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A world without cinemas: How will the world change after lockdown?

We didn’t expect to be sitting here, in the midst of 2020, wondering if there were going to be cinemas ever again. But yet again, we also didn’t think UFOs would be officially declassified with no one batting an eye.

2020 has been one of the wildest and more unpredictable rides in modern history. All of a sudden, we cannot conceive that humanity will ever readapt to having large groups of strangers sitting in a closed room together. 

So, what else do you think will change after the pandemic? For this article (a bit more laid-back than our usual contributions) we’ve taken out our crystal ball and imagine a post-COVID 19 world, based on industries that will (likely) completely change.

Live music.

Future concerts won’t look like this, but most people will likely have to see them through a screen, anyways. 

Just like recorded music was a disruptor for musicians a long time ago, the Internet completely changed the game of music sales. Nowadays, an artist that intends to make a living relies on sharing music essentially for free through online platforms, to then partake in festivals and concerts around the world.

And, although it’s fun, and new, and sometimes exciting to see our favourite artists performing from their living rooms, we do not believe this model is sustainable.

Buy yourself a new pair of headphones, and see if our top prediction comes through. We imagine a world where uber-famous artists charge extravagant prices for attending private, intimate performances to share online; and smaller names migrate to new platforms that share a bigger percentage of their revenue to be likely!

Cinemas and entertainment

Sadly, we think that cinemas were already bound to disappear, and the current situation will just accelerate what was due to happen.

The obvious alternative to cinemas is streaming services, which still creates a market gap for other components of the immersive aspects of a positive cinema experience. The current distribution model also creates a gap for the distribution of newer movies. 

If we had to bet, our money would be on that we’ll soon see the creation of streaming services for new releases, along with compartmentalised, Japanese karaoke-style rooms for rental that provide access to high-end equipment and several of these services. Going a bit further, we also see some of them offering their own food, with some others allowing customers to bring their own. 

Gyms and exercise. 

Stock picture services are likely also rushing to create pandemic-related pictures.

We envision private trainers, outdoor lessons, online subscription-based models, machine rental, and home equipment becoming more popular over time. This, however, still leaves room for weight-lifting equipment use, which is too expensive, impractical, and well, heavy, to disrupt. 

The shortest road to innovation in gyms and exercise, therefore, can only happen with:

  • People invent newer, more complete machines that allow people to do more, occupying less space (either in their homes or specialised places), or:
  • Keeping gyms incredibly pristine. Can you imagine a gym that sets systems in place to disinfect the whole place every now and then? Sounds unbelievable, but we wouldn’t rule out that some are already managing that alternative!

Don’t take any one prediction too seriously.

if there’s one thing that we’ve tried to reflect in our articles is that no one knows what the future will bring. Right now, we can only speculate and make educated guesses, that now and then will land on a similar outcome than predicted.

We encourage you to take care of yourself and others, stay alert, and continue to think of innovative ways to come out of this situation stronger

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