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

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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