Okay, I am seriously upset about this. As it turns out, Cineworld (the leading UK cinema chain) will not be showing Quentin Tarantino’s new movie: “The Hateful Eight”. It’s not only Cineworld that is not showing the movie in the UK, Picturehouse (which is owned by Cineworld) as well as Curzon have also not agreed to show Tarantino’s latest western. Apparently this comes down to an ‘agreement’ between Cineworld and the distributors of the movie, Entertainment. Pretty much what has happened is that Entertainment have agreed to show the only 70mm print of the movie in the UK in the biggest 70mm cinema, which is the Odeon in Leiscter Square, which holds the most seats. Cineworld do have the capabilities to show 70mm movies, however their capacity for customers is much lower than that of Odeon, only seating 344 as opposed to 1680, that is just good business. So instead of showing the movie in the rest of their theatres in a regular format, Cineworld have decided not to show the movie whatsoever, therefore coming to an ‘agreement’ with Entertainment.
They are pretty much cutting their nose off to spite their face. I do hope that they see the error of their ways and do decide to show the movie in a regular format. Granted it is not the vision of Quentin Tarantino, but the movie has been shown in this format in other theatres all over the world. I love Tarantino’s movies, and was so looking forward to seeing this movie multiple times thanks to the Unlimited Card that Cineworld has to offer, but they’ve also shot their valued customers in the foot when it comes to see this movie. I will still go see it elsewhere, the movie is made to be seen and Tarantino deserves the support of the movie going audience. Maybe I am just being salty with the whole situation but that’s my perceptive on the matter. Perhaps I’m wrong and have been misinformed but I’m still pretty butt hurt.
In an official response from Entertainment, the distributors said:
“Cineworld had made us aware that they were very unhappy that The Hateful Eight had been booked into the Odeon Leicester Square for an exclusive 70mm Ultra Panavision presentation, and specifically that they would therefore not be able to play the film at their Picturehouse Central venue. Due to the special facilities required for the unique 70mm Ultra Panavision presentation we needed the largest theatre and screen possible in the West End and the Odeon Leicester Square was the natural choice. The technical elements and costs involved with this special presentation meant that this would need to be the exclusive West End venue. The Odeon Leicester Square seats 1680 and Picturehouse Central only seats 344 so clearly this was not a viable alternative.
Cineworld had every opportunity to book the film in their other cinemas across the country on the same basis as other exhibitors and declined to do so. This is despite the fact that there is no dispute over the financial terms for this release.
We feel very sorry for Cineworld’s customers and in particular their Unlimited cardholders who will be denied the chance to see the film at a Cineworld cinema using their Unlimited card – a result of this Picturehouse issue relating to a single London West End cinema. As far as the general release is concerned we will be booking more sites with other exhibitors to compensate for Cineworld’s lack of support for a film that has already been given 5 stars and declared as Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece by The Guardian.
If Cineworld change their mind by tomorrow morning and decide to book the film in the proper way along the lines of the other exhibitors we would be happy for them to do so.”
So there you have it. The previous response was taken from The Guardian article on the same matter, a link to which can be found below.
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