Using the 2020 Berlinale as a starting point, this essay explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on movie theaters (Kino) in Germany. The essay argues that given the meteoric rise of the streaming giants and their substantial impact on film production, narrative conventions, and reception, the long-term fate of Kino is anything but certain, prompting calls for state intervention and public funding of cinemas. The essay foregrounds specific shifts, including convergences, with cinemas and distributors in Germany moving their programming online as a way of reconnecting with their audience. Conversely, new online platforms have experimented with creating synergies between streaming and theatrical modes. Ultimately, the pandemic and post-pandemic eras are marked by accelerated cultural transitions, convergences, and adaptations.