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The future of cinema 电影院的未来在哪里?

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电影院是欣赏大片的好地方。但随着在线收看的兴起和新冠防疫限制的影响,很多影院表示他们在赔钱,有些甚至不得不选择关门大吉。电影院的未来会是什么样的? 我们如何才能保护影院不会消失?

词汇: films 电影

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.”

词汇表

moviegoer 常去电影院看电影的人
the big screen 大银幕
cinema 电影院
auditorium 影厅,礼堂
engross 使…全神贯注
film fix 需要看电影的渴望
multiplexes 多放映厅电影院
screen 放映,播出
audience 观众
immersive experience 沉浸式体验
romcom 浪漫喜剧
action movie 动作片
high-definition 高分辨率的,高清的
streaming service 在线收看服务
trailer 电影预告片
online streaming 在线播放
subscription 付费订阅服务
release 发行,上映
blockbuster 大片
movie theatre 电影院

测验与练习

1.  阅读课文并回答问题。

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.  选择意思恰当的单词或词组来完成下列句子。

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.  阅读课文并回答问题。  

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 选择意思恰当的单词或词组来完成下列句子。

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!

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