The future of cinema 電影院的未來在哪裡?

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詞彙: films 電影

Are you a movie­goer? If, like me, you’re a fan of film, then there’s no better place to watch something than on the big screen at the cinema. You enter the dark auditorium and take your seat, ready to be entertained. But while you engross yourself in some movie magic, many others are now getting their film fix at home.

Over the last few years, cinemas have seen a resurgence. Customers have been enticed by comfortable seats, and lots of choice of things to watch. Multiplexes in particular can screen up to twenty films at the same time, catering for all different tastes. In addition, 3D and even 4D movies can give the audience an extra immersive experience. So, what’s not to like about a trip to the cinema?

One answer to that question is convenience. Rather than going out, it’s so much easier to stay in and watch a romcom or action movie on a high-definition TV screen via a streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. There’s plenty of choice, and it’s relatively cheap as well. But, personally, I find there are too many distractions, and watching at home is not such an event. I miss the trailers too!

But the coronavirus pandemic has put the future of cinemas under the spotlight. Some have had to close because of reduced ticket sales.  And in the UK, it’s brought about a surge in TV watching and online streaming, according to media watchdog, Ofcom. It also found that half of UK adults will keep and continue using their new streaming subscriptions.

This isn’t great news for cinemas. They rely on the release of a big blockbuster to bring the crowds back, but the launch of new films, such as James Bond: No Time To Die, are being delayed. And Disney has released its $200m blockbuster, Mulan, online instead of in movie theatres. But John Fithian, from the National Association of Theatre Owners, told Variety magazine: 「This idea of waiting out the pandemic to make your movies more profitable doesn’t make sense to me. There won’t be as much of an industry left to play your movies in if you do that.」

詞彙表

moviegoer 常去電影院看電影的人
the big screen 大銀幕
cinema 電影院
auditorium 影廳,禮堂
engross 使…全神貫注
film fix 需要看電影的渴望
multiplexes 多放映廳電影院
screen 放映,播出
audience 觀眾
immersive experience 沉浸式體驗
romcom 浪漫喜劇
action movie 動作片
high-definition 高分辨率的,高清的
streaming service 在線收看服務
trailer 電影預告片
online streaming 在線播放
subscription 付費訂閱服務
release 發行,上映
blockbuster 大片
movie theatre 電影院

測驗與練習

1.  閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. How many screens does a multiplex cinema have?

2. Give an example from the article of a name for the place where films are shown.

3. True or false? You can watch an action movie on a streaming service.

4. What do cinemas need to bring back audiences?

5. Where did Disney release its new film, Mulan?

2.  選擇意思恰當的單詞或詞組來完成下列句子。

1. Could you finish this script at your earliest _______, please?

convenience                convenient                     conveniences            conveniens

2. Our teacher is going to _______ a film about volcanoes.

streaming                    screen                            spotlight                     cinema

3. It’s great to see the _______ in the popularity of cycling.

engross                       resurgence                      immersive                 release

4. Watching football in _______ means you can actually see the expressions on the players’ faces!

high defining                high defines                    low definition             high definition

5. I took my girlfriend to see a _______ movie – she laughed and cried all the way through!

thriller                          romcom                           action                        multiplex

答案

1.  閱讀課文並回答問題。  

1. How many screens does a multiplex cinema have?
They have many; sometimes twenty screens.

2. Give an example from the article of a name for the place where films are shown.
Cinema, movie theatre, multiplex, at home.

3. True or false? You can watch an action movie on a streaming service.
True. You can watch all kinds of films on streaming services.

4. What do cinemas need to bring back audiences?
They need a blockbuster film to be released.

5. Where did Disney release its new film, Mulan?
It released the film online, not at the cinema.

2 .  選擇意思恰當的單詞或詞組來完成下列句子。

1. Could you finish this script at your earliest convenience, please?

2. Our teacher is going to screen a film about volcanoes.

3. It’s great to see the resurgence in the popularity of cycling.

4. Watching football in high definition means you can actually see the expressions on  the players’ faces!

5. I took my girlfriend to see a romcom movie – she laughed and cried all the way through!