Cost of Living·FULL EPISODE

That's pandemic entertainment! The future of arts, eats and other diversions

From box office futures to swingers' clubs to bar and restaurant crowdfunding campaigns, this week on The Cost of Living, we find out how our favourite entertainment industries are surviving. Is there the bright spotlight of lights, camera, action at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel?

How our favourite bars, clubs, restaurants and movie theatres are surviving COVID-19

This week the Cost of Living team takes a closer look at entertainment. From the return of movie theatres to the lengths bars and restaurants are going to survive to the barriers facing swingers clubs, we go deep on the entertainment options Canadian used to love before COVID-19. (Evan Mitsui/CBC, Shutterstock, Power Up Bar/Facebook.com)
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Movie theatres were hit early and hard. Even now, fans and filmmakers don't yet know if the cinema experience will bounce back. 

How long will it take any of us to feel comfortable sitting beside strangers? And can theatres hang on until we're ready?

Host Paul Haavardsrud talks to film fan and producer Amy Darling about what we're missing at the movie theatre and asks Forbes Magazine's box office analyst Scott Mendelson about when or if the movie business will return to normal.

COVID-19 isn't picky when it comes to the type of industry it shuts down. Pandemic closures come for businesses in the middle of the action and those on the margins.

Our producer Anis Heydari looks at one type of business that's more niche, but is also struggling with a common pandemic predicament: how to stay solvent when you can't meet face-to-face. 

'Lifestyle clubs' may not be mainstream, but like every other business they are navigating the rough waters of COVID-19. 

Finally, we go underground to a Toronto video game bar to find out how crowdfunding campaigns are helping

While many bars and restaurants are getting some help from government programs, like CEWS, CEBA and HASCAP, thousands of businesses may still not make it. That has many "begging," as one Toronto bar owner put it, through websites such as GoFundMe.

CBC business producer and Cost of Living contributor James Dunne asked owners what it will take to survive the pandemic and he found out some are asking for a little help from their friends.

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