Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Bookstores Have Hope When Movie Theaters Are Returning


There is hope for the book retail world to continue growing. More stores have been opening up for over a decade and will continue to do so. How do I know this? Because movie theaters may soon reverse their plight.

Around seven years ago, a local movie theater closed. And then another. And another. The pandemic came and streaming exploded. Will movies in a theater disappear the way video rental stores went bye-bye?

Well, one theater that closed, was going to be torn down and condos were to go in. But it never happened. The theater rotted away. But amazingly it was renovated and reopened last month. It has been around here since 1925 and a lot of original, exposed brick is still intact. Looks great!

I recently had the pleasure of seeing the movie, Elvis, on the big screen there. Very good, by the way. When you consider how many movies are out of my demographics and tastes, I am not left with much to see in theaters. The shrinking number of theaters seem to show the same six movies on lots of screens. I want to go more often, if only they offered something good!

When I grew up, movie theaters were opening, not closing. Going to the movies was a popular, affordable activity for people of all ages. One year, as a teen, I recorded that I saw 100 movies!

My friend since kindergarten, Fred, whom I have known for 50 years, used to join me and we would see two or three movies on a hot summer day, sneaking from one theatre to another, Brooklyn style. We were all of 12, imbibing on whatever fare the duplex or triplex offered.

So, if movie theaters can be opened and re-opened, there is hope for books and bookstores.


Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at brianfeinblum@gmail.com He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres.


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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2022. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This blog, with over 4,000 posts over the past decade, was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum



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