With the release of Guardians of The Galaxy, Vol.2 on Friday, plenty of Disney and Marvel fans alike will be flocking to the theaters.
However, you won’t be able to see the film at a few local Northeast Ohio drive-in theaters in Ravenna, Chardon, Barberton, Wadsworth, and North Ridgeville.
Commonly, for a theater to play a film, they have to give up some of their profits for the rights, however according to local owners, Disney has begun demanding such a high price for their films, they have become ‘unprofitable.’
This has caused several local drive-in theaters to boycott Guardians – releasing a statement which can be seen in full here. Here’s a small excerpt from the owner of Chardon’s Mayfield Road Drive-In and Ravenna’s Midway Twin Drive-In:
Dear Fellow Drive In Enthusiasts,
Many of you have reached out to inquire as to why we’ve decided not to play Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While we know that you may be disappointed (we are too!), we have agreed to stand up against the rising demands of Disney and support Drive Ins across the county that simply cannot afford to play this film at their demanding terms. We see a few Drive-Ins permanently close every year and it’s certainly not because they are making too much money. Film Studios, as many of you already know, receive the large majority of each ticket sale; but even still, Disney felt the need to once again increase their take on those sales.
A statement that has garnered much praise, especially from small business owners.
Current theaters boycotting the film are Ravenna’s Midway Twin Drive-In, and theaters in Barberton, Wadsworth, and North Ridgeville.