In response to the film industry being threatened by the global coronavirus pandemic, Nolan, whose film ‘Tenet’ is scheduled to open worldwide on July 17, has urged moviegoers to help them survive amid the current public health crisis.
“When people think about movies, their minds first go to the stars, the studios, the glamour,” Nolan wrote in an op-ed for Washington Post. “But the movie business is about everybody: the people working the concession stands, running the equipment, taking tickets, booking movies, selling advertising and cleaning bathrooms in local theaters. Regular people, many paid hourly wages rather than a salary, earn a living running the most affordable and democratic of our community gathering places.”
"These are places of joyful mingling where workers serve up stories and treats to the crowds that come to enjoy an evening out with friends and family. As a filmmaker, my work can never be complete without those workers and the audiences they welcome," he added.
He further said the theatrical experience has always reinforced a popular belief that "we're all in this together".