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    Warner Bros. Just Made A Major Streaming Announcement For 2021 And It's Sparked A Debate About The Future Of Movie Theaters

    “We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions."

    The moviegoing experience has obviously been a little different this year with the ongoing pandemic. With everyone staying home, a lot of major movies have gone directly to streaming services.

    Gal Gadot "Wonder Woman 1984" poster
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    Wonder Woman 1984 will debut on HBO Max on Dec. 25.

    Well, things just got even more interesting in the world of cinema. Warner Bros. just announced it will release all of its 2021 films on HBO Max the same day as they hit theaters.

    I got you something ✨nice✨ this year: 🎁 The biggest movie premieres 🎁 In theaters and on HBO Max the exact same day 🎁 Beginning December 25 with #WonderWoman1984 #HBOMax #WBPictures https://t.co/QA8MlErRYQ

    The films will be available to stream exclusively on HBO Max at no additional cost to subscribers. However, the movies will only be available to stream for the first 30 days, then will leave HBO Max.

    This will include highly anticipated 2021 releases like The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The Suicide Squad, Dune, In the Heights, and Godzilla vs. Kong.

    Harley Quinn in "The Suicide Squad"
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    Ann Sarnoff, the chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, emphasized in a press release that the model is only intended to last through 2021, not as a permanent plan.

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    “We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions," Sarnoff said. “No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021."

    Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman 1984"
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    The announcement has sparked mixed reactions online. Some moviegoers are excited to have the option to stream, while others worry about the impact this could have on the future of movie theaters:

    I'll always like theaters more. I know people bring up ppl texting or talking. And sure, that happens sometimes. But to me it's nothing compared to what the distraction of my own phone, or my neighbor's barking dog, or pausing bc I got a work email, etc, do to a film experience.

    You’re laughing. Movie theaters are dying and you’re laughing?

    i dont want theaters to disappear completely but being able to watch a new movie from my house is more appealing to me than the theater experience. i have a nice enough TV, movies look pretty good on it https://t.co/y5y6F7BDZ8

    Movie Theaters really are about to become a thing of the past.........

    What do you think about the announcement? Tell us in the comments!

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