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Room with a view: Cinemas face the threat of coping with the post-Covid restrictions and the rise in streaming services.

Room with a view: Cinemas face the threat of coping with the post-Covid restrictions and the rise in streaming services.

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Room with a view: Cinemas face the threat of coping with the post-Covid restrictions and the rise in streaming services.

FROM Monday, cinemas will reopen in Ireland. But will people go? Even when things fully return to normal, will our mass adoption of streaming services and giant, cheap televisions mean less regular visits to the local multiplex?

More immediately, how will cinemas handle distancing regulations or deal with challenges to food sales, a central part of how they make money?

On the face of it, the cinema economy is in reasonably good health. Before the lockdown, both admissions and box office receipts across Europe were close to historic highs.