The Media School

IU students look forward to returning to movie theaters once the pandemic ends

March 11th, 2021 by


Students at IU have been spending more time watching movies on streaming services and are saddened by not being able to go to theaters as often but are excited by the thought of going back to the theaters very soon, according to several media school students from IU.

Why it matters: Streaming services have made it easier and safer to see new movies causing movie theaters to lose profits. Once the pandemic ends students will want to go back to the theaters.

  • Gretta Hambrook, 21, from Denver, said she enjoys the experience and aspects of theaters and looks forward to going back.

“So, going to a movie theater and like eating popcorn and seeing all the other people watching it and getting that crowd reaction to the movie is so different than watching it by yourself,” she said.

Background: Streaming services have gained more popularity with students during the pandemic. With many theaters closing or limiting numbers, students looked for streaming services for their entertainment.

  • IU senior Austin Render, 21 from Fort Wayne, relied on streaming services for entertainment or some students had to do what Hambrook did and finally get a streaming service.

“Because not just that movie theaters are down,” Render said. “But the fact that you have a lot more free time and a lot more time to just kind of sit around looking for things to do so you just pop something on Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu.”

  • Hamgrook never had a streaming service, like Netflix or Hulu, previously, she said.

“But with like lockdown and everything I decided I needed one,” she said.

  • Nick Pleszkun, 22 from Chicago, began to watch things he may have never thought to watch before the pandemic forced people to stay home more and watch more streaming services.

“I wasn’t a big musical guy, but I think I like music,” he said. “It’s not a big part of my life but now with Covid it’s given me more opportunities to watch other shows,”

What to watch for: As the pandemic continues to force students to stay home and watch more movies on streaming service platforms, which has also caused many theaters to lose profits from ticket sales and concessions but watch for the theaters to bounce back and be full of people once the pandemic ends.


  “Me personally, I think the biggest thing with  now is probably musicals. Like I wasn’t a big musical guy, but I think I liked music. It’s not a big part of my life but now with Covid it’s given me more opportunities to watch other shows.” 

Nick Pleszkun, 22, Chicago

 I actually got a Netflix account. I never had one previously but with like lockdown and everything I decided I needed one. ”

Gretta Hambrook, 21, Denver

 “Personally, I’m not a huge movie theater guy, just even no pandemic. I think it’s slightly overpriced for something you can get at home in my opinion. But, I mean, I know a lot of people that do love going to movies and I’m sure they will go back as soon as this is back too normal. ”

Austin Render, 22, Fort Wayne