‘The Hateful Eight’ Shut Out of Three U.K. Movie Theater Chains

The Hateful Eight
Courtesy of The Weinstein Co.

LONDON — Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” has been shut out of three of the leading movie theater chains in the U.K.

The loops — Cineworld, its arthouse subsidiary Picturehouse, and another arthouse group Curzon — are in dispute with the film’s U.K. distributor Entertainment, which said Cineworld and Curzon objected to a deal that granted rival chain Odeon exclusive rights in London’s main entertainment quarter, the West End.

The exclusive central London deal was inked so that the Odeon Leicester Square theater could offer a 70mm Ultra Panavision presentation of the movie, Entertainment explained. “Due to the special facilities required for the unique 70mm Ultra Panavision presentation, we needed the largest theater and screen possible in the West End, and the Odeon Leicester Square was the natural choice,” the company said in a statement. “The technical elements and costs involved with this special presentation meant that this would need to be the exclusive West End venue.”

Entertainment added: “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.”

Curzon had the same objection as Cineworld. It was offered the movie in eight out of their 13 sites, but declined the movie as it could not show the film in the West End.

As well as the Odeon chain, the Western, which stars Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, will also screen in the theaters of exhibitor Vue.

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  1. Bill says:

    The Hateful 8 was total trash . Hollywood doesn’t know how to make a meaningful movie anymore . I left about 1/2 way through . Quinton needs help , sick man :[

  2. Edward Phillips says:

    Apologies – I meant to write Hamlet was shot in 70mm in the 90’s!!

  3. Edward Phillips says:

    This is massive news in the UK. Every director, Tarantino included, makes films to be seen. He wants his film to be seen in the cinema but because of the prohibitive cost in bring back redundant equipment into operation, it has meant Odeon asked for – and got – an exclusivity option in London. To be clear, the ramifications of this is ONE SCREEN in the WHOLE country is screening the 70mm print of The Hateful Eight. ONE. In granting the exclusivity it has meant rival cinema chains have refused to carry the film in any format across the whole country.

    Tarantino loses out because only small independent cinemas and one major and minor chain will now only carry the film, so less people have the chance to see it. Even fewer will make the trip to London to see the 70mm film the way the director wants it to be seen…and overall film fans lose out.

    Lets be clear here…in 6 to 9 months time, no one is going to care what format, size or peculiarity the film is shot or projected in when we buy the blu ray or dvd – or God forbid the digital download and watch on our home tv, computer screen or phone.

    Why would I pay double the price of a cinema ticket to get to London, then pay double the price of a ticket to see the film and spend two hours travelling when I can just wait and pay less to own the film? In this one instance, Tarantino has lost. I have seen every one of his films in the cinema, from Dogs onwards, the UK were one of his biggest early supporters, yet we have been treated awfully with this.

    Cineworld is one of the major cinema chains here – effectively it is between them and Odeon who have the film – for market share. By shutting out half of your “shop window” you have taken the risky strategy of betting that everyone will still seek your film out.

    There is the argument that Cineworld can, and should still carry the film in digital format across the rest of the country. Maybe that is a fair argument. However, look at it from the perspective of the cinema chain and it looks awfully like the distributor/film maker is dictating terms on how their film is presented.

    Nolan never did this with his IMAX shot films. Spielberg and others who insist on shooting still on 35mm don’t. Even Kenneth Branagh who shot Hamlet on 35mm didn’t back in the 90’s.

    So, what makes Tarantino so special?

    Plus, isn’t this a bit of double standards? Tarantino went on the Howard Stern radio show to complain about how Disney “strong-armed” Arclight Cinema’s to shove aside his film for Star Wars at the Cinerama Dome…yet it’s ok to do that to the whole of the UK?

    Poor. Very poor. Can’t wait for the blu ray.

  4. therealeverton says:

    Hmmm. There’s no need to shut out the rest of the West End for this, so I get the annoyance, even if the response is extreme. Shame I was looking forward seeing the film at the cinema, but not sure about going elsewhere as I have an Unlimited card with Cinewrold.

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