China has closed its cinemas in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and some films are being released through streaming platforms instead, angering cinema chain owners. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Coronavirus: how straight-to-streaming film successes threaten cinemas in China

  • Because China has closed its cinemas amid the virus outbreak as part of steps to avoid large gatherings, some films are going straight to streaming platforms
  • With many Chinese people stuck at home, viewing figures are through the roof, and cinema owners are worried about their future
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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China has closed its cinemas in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and some films are being released through streaming platforms instead, angering cinema chain owners. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau

Based in Beijing, Elaine is a senior reporter on the culture desk. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the South China Morning Post.