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Disney CEO Says Moviegoing Has Probably Changed Forever

  • More titles will go online faster, even after pandemic passes
  • Theme parks also are seeing a shift thanks to new technologies
Bob Chapek
Bob ChapekPhotographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek said he believes there have been fundamental changes in people’s attitudes toward moviegoing, trends that will probably continue after the global pandemic passes.

“The consumer is probably more impatient than they’ve ever been before, particularly since now they’ve had the luxury of an entire year of getting titles at home pretty much when they want them,” Chapek said Monday at a Morgan Stanley media and technology conference. “I’m not sure there’s going back.”