The entertainment industry is a business predicated on drawing crowds in theaters, cinemas and concert venuesBy JAKE COYLE AP Film WriterMarch 12, 2020, 4:28 PM5 min readNEW YORK — The entertainment industry, a business predicated on drawing crowds in theaters, cinemas and concert venues, is bracing for possible shutdown in the coming weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, potentially putting on pause the normal hum of TV productions, the bustle of red-carpet movie premieres and the applause of audiences. On Thursday, the upcoming releases of “A Quiet Place 2” and the latest “Fast & Furious” movie, “F9,” joined the many postponements. The virus’ spread, and dawning awareness of its reach, has already forced the cancellation or postponement of all major imminent events on the calendar, including the sprawling, multi-format South by Southwest conference and festival in Austin, Texas; Hollywood’s annual movie expo CinemaCon, in Las Vegas; this month’s Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles; the sunny California music festival Coachella, which was postponed to October; and vital television events like the NBA season, which was put on hiatus Wednesday after a player tested positive for the virus. On Thursday, as California and some states were suggesting bans of not just


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