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Movie theatre companies have been very angry at the movie studio Universal. They are angry because Universal didn’t show their movies in movie theatres. When the coronavirus started closing movie theatres, Universal decided to let people buy their movies at home earlier than normal. Some of the Universal movies which were released at home had only been in cinemas for a few days or weeks. Trolls World Tour was released at home the same day it was released in cinemas.

Movie theatres around the world get an exclusive amount of time to show a movie first. This helps encourage people to go to movie theatres if they want to watch a movie. Movie theatre companies are now angry at Universal because they didn’t wait to release their movies at home. Universal released these movies at home because of the coronavirus but they have now said they might release more movies at home in the future. This is because the movie “Trolls World Tour” has made lots of money.

Many big movie theatre companies have now said that they won’t show any Universal movies in the future. Theatre companies in the US, UK and other countries did not say anything before but are now very furious with this news. They are trying to protect their business. Movie theatres have had problems for many years because people have been going to movie theatres less and less. They are nervous that people will stop going to movie theatres.

Difficult Words

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

Exclusive (adj): Only allowing one person or group to have something.

Encourage (v): To make some want to do something.

Furious (adj): Being very angry.

Nervous (adj): Feeling uncomfortable or worried.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Studio  A. Only
 2. Exclusive  B. Angry
 3. Encourage  C. Movie maker.
 4. Furious  D. Worried
 5. Nervous  E. Convince

True or False?

1. Movie theatre companies are very happy right now. T / F

2. Universal has recently released their new movies in people’s homes. T / F

3. Trolls World Tour has not made a lot of money. T / F

4. For many years, movies have been released at home and at the theatre at the same time. T / F

5. Many movie theatre companies will no longer show Universal movies. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

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

2. movie theatres / to / go / encourage people / to / This / helps

3. are / at Universal / now / companies / angry / Movie theatre

4. movies / these / at / released / Universal / home

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

Listening and Vocabulary

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

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American English: Coming Soon!

Released Future Might
Protect Amount Companies

Movie theatre (1)______________ have been very angry at the movie studio Universal. They are angry because Universal didn’t show their movies in movie theatres. When the coronavirus started closing movie theatres, Universal decided to let people buy their movies at home earlier than normal. Some of the Universal movies which were (2)____________ at home had only been in cinemas for a few days or weeks. Trolls World Tour was released at home the same day it was released in cinemas.

Movie theatres around the world get an exclusive (3)___________ of time to show a movie first. This helps encourage people to go to movie theatres if they want to watch a movie. Movie theatre companies are now angry at Universal because they didn’t wait to release their movies at home. Universal released these movies at home because of the coronavirus but they have now said they (4)__________ release more movies at home in the future. This is because the movie “Trolls World Tour” has made lots of money.

Many big movie theatre companies have now said that they won’t show any Universal movies in the (5)__________. Theatre companies in the US, UK and other countries did not say anything before but are now very furious with this news. They are trying to (6)__________ their business. Movie theatres have had problems for many years because people have been going to movie theatres less and less. They are nervous 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?