In-Person Movies Hit Hard During Pandemic

Posted by AMC Global on Dec 3, 2020 12:15:00 AM

Ongoing AMC Global study uncovers movie goer behavior during COVID-19

In the 23rd wave of our ongoing study with OpinionRoute, our consumer behavior research showed that most Americans have not seen a movie in person at a movie theater for quite some time, and it is likely to be months before they attend again. Respondents report concern about COVID-19 risk as the top reason for staying away, as well as local theaters being closed.

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Key findings for the week of November 30: 

  • While 67% of Americans report attending a movie in person more than six months ago, only 7% have attended within the past month.

  • Fifty-one percent of Americans predict that more than six months from now they will once again see a movie in a theater, while only 4% predict they will attend in the next couple of weeks.

  • Top reasons for the decrease in movie theater in-person attendance include COVID-19 risk (79%), closure of local theaters (43%), lack of “good” movies (30%), and cost (28%). 

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