Tom Hanks has faith cinema will ‘absolutely’ survive the pandemic: ‘A sea change was due anyway’

Tom Hanks is optimistic about the future of cinema (Picture: ABC via Getty Images)

Tom Hanks has shared his thoughts on the future of cinemas following the coronavirus pandemic, and he has faith they ‘absolutely’ will survive. 

The actor, 64, believes the industry will survive but that ‘a sea change was due anyway, it was coming.’

The News Of The World star told Collider in a Q&A: ‘Will movie theatres still exist? Absolutely, they will.

‘In some ways, I think the exhibitors — once they’re up and open — are going to have the freedom of choice of what movies they do want to play.’

Tom added that while there will undoubtedly be an increase in movies which go straight to streaming, he still feels there is a space for theatres following the coronavirus pandemic shutting them down for months on end. 

He explained: ‘Big event motion pictures are going to rule the day at the cinemas. It could even be that News of the World might be the last adult movie about people saying interesting things that’s going to play on a big screen somewhere. 

‘Because after this, in order to guarantee that people show up again, we’re going to have the Marvel Universe and all sorts of franchises. 

‘And some of those movies are great, you want to see them writ large, because watching them at home on your couch actually might diminish them somehow in their visual punch.’

Tom added that changes in the industry have been slowing creeping since the VHS tape was invented, and some of them are long overdue but don’t necessarily mean the end of cinemas themselves.

He said: ‘The sea change that has been brought by Covid-19 has been a slow train coming. I think there will be an awful lot of movies that will only be streamed, and it will be fine to see them that way because they will actually be built and made and constructed for somebody’s pretty good widescreen TV at their home. 

‘And there are going to be other movies that are going to be playing in that window. People will, in fact, I think flock to them in order to see them on the big screen while they have the chance.’

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