This is one in which I want to hear from all of you.

Courtesy of Variety

For weeks now, as COVID-19 restrictions across the country begin to ease (or, in some cases, even where they haven’t), national and local news outlets have relentlessly reported on a seeming torrent of people streaming into public spaces. The coverage points to a common sense understanding: Spending two months sheltering in place with little-to-no human contact has produced an overpowering need for people to gather together outside their homes.

According to an exclusive new study, however, that media coverage belies a deeper truth: Anxiety over health and safety in public spaces still greatly outweighs the desire to leave home, and that disparity has only gotten larger as the pandemic has unfolded. The results — from a survey of roughly 1,000 people in mid-May by sports and events analytics firm Performance Research, in partnership with Full Circle Research Co. — point to just how steep a climb the entertainment industry has in front of it to win back public perception that it’s safe to attend, and spend money on, public events again.

Take this answer to the question of whether respondents would rather see a first-run feature as a digital rental at home or in a movie theater, if both were available today: A whopping 70% say they are more likely to watch from their couch, while just 13% say they are more likely to watch at a local cinema (with 17% not sure).

“Just as the country begins to open up there has been a swing toward increasing caution, with a majority of Americans clearly saying ‘not yet’ when it comes to attending large public events,” says Jed Pearsall, president of Performance Research.

Any of you have frequented this site for any amount of time likely know that I LOVE going to the movies, and in fact almost created a website about movies instead of one focused on politics 

Having said that I have NO intention of going back to the movies, perhaps ever again. 

I simply do not think it will ever be completely safe to do so. And I do not think I am alone in making that decision.

With that in mind, I have also been a little preoccupied with concerns over how new movies are going to be released to the public in a way that will still earn the studios the big buck they make by releasing them theatrically. 

I mean let’s face it, movies cost a ton of money to make, and if they cannot turn a profit who will bother to make them? 

My own solution would be that they release them through streaming services for the cost of a movie ticket and then hold off DVD sales for at least a year so that people would be more likely to stream them first. 

What do you think? 

Would you go back to the movie theaters, or would you rather watch newly released movies from home, or do you really even care?

Feel free to share your opinions.