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December 06th, 2021

encanto spotlight pageA scene from the upcoming movie “Encanto,” one of many movies set to be released as part of this year’s fall movie season. Courtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The summer saw many great movies released in theaters for moviegoers, and the coming fall season is expected to also have some great releases. 

“The summer season started off with 'A Quiet Place II' around Memorial Day, and that kicked off the summer box office stuff. Then throughout the summer, more movies came out including 'Black Widow' and 'Jungle Cruise' and 'Space Jam: A New Legacy,' and those helped the box office numbers quite a bit,” Mitchell Theaters Owner Brian Mitchell said. “And even though they were also offered on Video On Demand (VOD) sites, people still wanted to see them in the theatre. Then just last weekend, the fall season began with the release of 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,' which actually shattered a few Labor Day records, so things are definitely getting better in the movie business.”

Overall, Mitchell said, moviegoers should be pleased with the films slated for release. 

“This fall, we'll see the release of Clint Eastwood's new movie 'Cry Macho' and then it was just announced the release of 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' would be moved up two weeks because of the box office response to 'Shang-Chi,' so that's good news. Then in October, there's the releases of 'The Addams Family 2' and 'Halloween Kills' and a few other ones that should be really good, including the next James Bond movie 'No Time To Die.' One setback we did see was with 'Maverick: Top Gun,' and there are some movies that are still being delayed. I also went to a convention in Las Vegas about two weeks ago when they premiered the 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' trailer, and that pretty much wrecked the Internet with views, and it looks amazing. 'The Addams Family 2' and 'Halloween Kills' are also going to be good movies for Halloween, which will be here before everyone knows it.”

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Mitchell added his own excitement about the movie release list. 

“Another big movie we're expecting is the new 'Ghostbusters' movie, we got to screen that at the Las Vegas convention, and it was a really good movie – it's really fun and really good, so people will really enjoy it,” Mitchell said. “Disney will also be releasing 'Encanto' around Thanksgiving, and then around Christmas is when 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' will be coming out. It's been a long 18 months, and we're ready to see people in the movie theaters again. 'Dune' will also be a big one for people, and that will also be out in October. And I imagine some of these movies are going to shift away from VOD because the studios do want that box office revenue, but I can't say 100 percent how all of that will ultimately go. Warner Bros. recently announced they will no longer be doing the same-day release deal with HBO Max after the end of the year, and there is still some speculation about whether 'Dune' and 'The Matrix 4' will be part of that, so we'll ultimately see how that ends up. Overall, people are tired of still being at home, they're ready to get out and about and go to the movies again, which I think is really exciting.”

Mitchell also talked about the effects he has seen from the VOD services. 

“It's all part of the business model that's had to be adopted due to the pandemic, and for the current times, it's worked for a lot of people,” Mitchell said. “It was especially big at the beginning of everything since there wasn't a vaccine widely available yet, and the younger demographics still can't get the vaccine, so I completely understand families not wanting to risk getting sick. But we've noticed people are tired of being at home and watching just their TV, so they want to get out for at least a little bit and go see a movie in a theater. And something else studios are realizing is the piracy that can happen with the movies that also release on demand – that pristine copy is online and can be made available for free somewhere else in a matter of minutes.”

With everything set to be released, Mitchell said he hopes to see a lot of people at the movies this coming season. 

“There's going to be a lot of great movies coming out, and if you're comfortable being in a movie theater setting, come on out and enjoy a movie or multiple movies. But if you're not quite at that point yet, stay home and then when you do feel comfortable being in a theater again, we'll be happy to see you and show you some movies,” Mitchell said. “As always, we appreciate all of our customers and supporters throughout this time, and we're really excited to have people coming to the movies again. There are a lot of good movies set to be released this fall and winter, and I hope people will come out and enjoy them.”

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