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Movie theatre companies have been very angry. They are angry at the movie studio Universal. They are angry because Universal didn’t show their movies in movie theatres. Universal let people buy their movies at home very early. Some of their movies didn’t show in cinemas and others were only shown for one week.

Movie theatres are now very angry at Universal. Universal released the movies at home because movie theatres are closed. They are closed because of the coronavirus. Universal now said that their movie “Trolls World Tour” made lots of money. They said they might release more movies at home.

Theatre companies in the US, UK and other countries reacted angrily to this news. They have said that they will not show any Universal movies in their theatres. They are trying to protect their business. Movie theatres have had problems for many years. They are scared that people will stop going to movie theatres.

Difficult words

Studio (n): A business that makes movies and TV shows.

Cinema (n): A place to watch movies.

Release (v): For something to come out and become available for the first time.

React (v): What you do or say when you hear new information.

Protect (v): To make sure someone or something is safe.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: Coming Soon!

American English: Coming Soon!

Match the Synonym!

 1. Studio  A. Movie maker.
 2. Cinema  B. Make available.
 3. Release  C. Actions
 4. React  D. Make safe.
 5. Protect  E. Theatre

True or False?

1. Movie theatres are angry at movie studios.  T / F

2. Universal will only let their movies go to movie theatres. T / F

3. Some movies were released early.  T / F

4. Many movie theatres are closed now. T / F

5. “Trolls World Tour” did not make a lot of money.  T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. been / very / have / angry / companies / Movie theatre

2. are / movie / They / angry / the / studio / at

3. movies / their / let people / buy / Universal / at home

4. of / closed / are / coronavirus / They / because / the

5. protect / their business / are / They / trying / to

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English: Coming Soon!

Angry Scared Shown
Release Closed News

Movie theatre companies have been very (1)__________. They are angry at the movie studio Universal. They are angry because Universal didn’t show their movies in movie theaters. Universal let people buy their movies at home very early. Some of their movies didn’t show in cinemas and others were only (2)_________ for one week.

Movie theatres are now very angry at Universal. Universal released the movies at home because movie theatres are (3)__________. They are closed because of the coronavirus. Universal now said that their movie “Trolls World Tour” made lots of money. They said they might (4)____________ more movies at home.

Theatre companies in the US, UK and other countries reacted angrily to this (5)________. They have said that they will not show any Universal movies in their theatres. They are trying to protect their business. Movie theatres have had problems for many years. They are (6)__________ that people will stop going to movie theatres.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have any movie theatre companies in your country banned Universal?
5. Do you think it was right for the movie theatres to ban Universal?
6. Have you bought or rented any new movies recently?
7. Is it smart for movie studios to release their films at home and in cinemas at the same time?
8. Are movies available to watch at home and in cinemas at the same time in your country?
9. Should movie theatres get a window of exclusivity to show new movies?
10. Do you think movies released at home will be just as successful after the coronavirus crisis has ended?
11. Would you prefer to watch new movies at home or at the movie theatre?
12. Will you feel different about going to public places once the coronavirus crisis is resolved?
13. Have movie theatres closed at all during the Covid-19 crisis in your country?
14. Do you think movie theatre companies are right to be angry at Universal?
15. Should governments do anything to protect movie theatres?
16. Do you subscribe to any streaming services?
17. Do you think movie theatres will still exist 20 years from now?
18. Do you think any other businesses will be different after the coronavirus situation?
19. Do you often buy movies or TV shows?
20. What do you do if the film or show you want to watch is not available on a streaming service?