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Dear Movie Fans, I have carefully thought through whether the Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup Group should resume in-person meetups at present as originally planned. I have now reached the conclusion that we should continue our suspension of in-person meetups until August 1. The reason is that there are too many unresolved questions right now. In the meantime, we will continue with our virtual (online) meetups with a Netflix movie, followed by a movie discussion and a social time. See Saturday's event for the great cult classic, "The Blues Brothers", for which you can RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Bangkok-Coffee-and-Movie/events/271157719/ Among the questions about the "New Normal" are those about two of the most important features of our past meetups (aside from the movies) - the coffee hour before each movie and the movie discussions after the movies. Can these social features be effective as long as "social distancing" is required? Will we still have the same amount of the "best" movies (the non-Hollywood-blockbusters) to choose from? Or will the cinemas have to cut back on those movies because of the cinemas' now precarious financial positions due to being able to sell only 25% of the seats? Will our attendance rate be substantially smaller than in the past until a Covid-19 vaccine is available? Will the public and the cinemas "forget" about some of the safety procedures needed to stay healthy? Early signs are not promising. Originally, media reports just before the cinemas' reopening said that cinemas would not be allowed to sell popcorn drinks because such sales would interfere with the requirement for 100% mask usage in cinemas. A later media report said that popcorn and drinks **could be sold**. Then there is the issue of whether the cinemas (at least Major Cineplex in Siam Paragon) will fully observe safety procedures. As you may have seen, both the owner of Siam Paragon and Major Cineplex are being investigated for possible criminal offences for not enforcing social distancing rules and the state of emergency. In fact, the owner of Siam Paragon punished Major Cineplex by closing it down in Siam Paragon for 3 days last weekend. Sorry to have to delay our in-person meetups but I invite you to attend our virtual movie meetups beginning on Saturday as per the link shown above. Art, Organizer Bangkok Movie Meetup Group
"The World is Temporarily Closed". So reads the marquee of The World Theatre in Kearney, Nebraska. From New York to Nebraska, movie theaters tell audiences to stay inside and "Home Alone" while coronavirus continues to spread. "The Hollywood Reporter" magazine assembled a beautiful (and sometimes humorous) 30-photo collection: "Movie Theater Marquees in the Age of Quarantine". I have highlighted some of these photos that had the best words on their marquees to reflect "The Age of Quarantine": https://www.meetup.com/Bangkok-Coffee-and-Movie/photos/30862306/ NOTE: These photos are courtesy of The Art-House America Campaign More than 150 independent movie theaters across the United States have temporarily closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Art-House America Campaign aims to provide financial relief to struggling independent cinemas across the country so they can pay staff and their essential bills and survive until it is safe to reopen their doors: https://www.gofundme.com/f/Art-House-America Campaign ends April 30, 2020
Update: Bangkok Information from this Website on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) The new purpose of this Bangkok group is to cover COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its present and upcoming effects on society. Emphasis will be on Thailand and the U.S. We have had a 12-year history as the Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup group that has encouraged people (currently 5,000 members) to go to movies at Bangkok cinemas. Until the COVID-19 crisis is over, that objective has changed. ** Yesterday the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut closed all movie theaters. Los Angeles had previously done the same. ** Over time, announcements sent from this website will give you detailed information to facilitate your seeing movies IN YOUR OWN HOME: (1) Health Information for COVED-19 including the latest information from the Thailand and U.S. governments and local and international media (2) Information about Availability of Online Movies including Netflix, Amazon Prime, iFlix, TrueVisions (Thailand's cable/satellite TV). AIS, and Thailand's Thai language Broadcast Digital TV stations We will be using the existing Meetup.com platform because that is the only way to send emails to our 5,000 members as Meetup.com (which sends our emails) doesn't offer the capability for us to download the email addresses of our 5,000 members. Information updates will be sent to you (as a member of this group - still named for now "Bangkok Coffee and Movie" ). So as not to clog your email inbox, we will usually send you only 1- 2 emails per week.
*** Bangkok COVID-19 Blog *** CDC: How to Protect Yourself https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention.html Global Status - Confirmed / Deaths / Critical / Recovered (Continually updated and includes Thailand, U.S., and other countries) https://ddcportal.ddc.moph.go.th/portal/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/20f3466e075e45e5946aa87c96e8ad65 What's the purpose of this newsletter (and future plans for it)? https://www.meetup.com/Bangkok-Coffee-and-Movie/events/269462557/ WHO Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19) https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses ******************************************** Bangkok Post - Website: https://www.bangkokpost.com/ - iPhone: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bangkok-post/id353142217 - Android: (Use web browser as app monthly fee is expensive) Bangkok Post "Breaking News" - SMS short alerts on your phone (39 baht per month) https://www.bangkokpost.com/sms/ Khaosod English https://www.khaosodenglish.com/ Google News (excellent) - Website: https://news.google.com/?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US:en - iPhone: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/apple-store/id459182288?l=en-US - Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.magazines&referrer=news.google.com?utm_source=web&utm_medium=menu&utm_campaign=side_menu_promotion Where to Access Coronavirus News Without a Paywall (FREE!) https://lifehacker.com/where-to-access-coronavirus-news-without-a-paywall-1842300436?utm_source=lifehacker_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-03-13 ******************************************** Example of How Bad Testing is currently in the U.S. https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/legal-analyst-discusses-his-bout-with-coronavirus-80702021977?cid=eml_mmj_20200316 Thai Govt steps up virus fight https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1879405/govt-steps-up-virus-fight?fbclid=IwAR2D48-wCLv18JOOYP7dheFi26shZ3QhmuXRAujgLfBvzu-7BnsyCQR0mm8 NBCUniversal Breaks Theatrical Window, Will Make Movies Available On Demand Immediately (Films will go directly to streaming) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcuniversal-breaks-theatrical-window-will-make-movies-available-demand-immediately-1284844 Unofficial word received from one of the cinemas is that all Bangkok cinemas have been ordered to close effective March 18.