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Theater chains to boycott Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation

03.05.2015

Earlier in the week Netflix purchased the rights to Cary Fukunaga’s BEASTS OF NO NATION for $12 million and announced their intentions to release the film theatrically as well as on their streaming service on the same day. Theater exhibitors balked at that, calling it a “violation” of the usual 90-day window that customarily separates a film’s theatrical debut from its arrival on home entertainment.

Four of the largest theater exhibitors in the country, AMC, Cinemark, Regal, and Carmike, made good on their threat by declaring that they will not be screening the film. For the majority of us wishing to view the film up on the big-screen that unfortunately mean’s we’re out of luck.  However there is still hope as the film will hopefully be able to make its big-screen premiere in select theaters like The Alamo Drafthouse.

Drafthouse CEO Tim League doesn’t seem to have a problem with Netflix’s plan.

I’m agnostic about this sort of thing. I look at films I want to play and I play them regardless of the release strategy. I don’t look at myself as a competitor to Netflix, I think that argument is a little bit of a red herring. I watch a lot of movies at home, but there comes a time where I want to get out of the house. I look at cinemas as one of those options that compete with restaurants or baseball games or all of those things I can’t do in my living room.

Seeing as how Netflix is planning on giving BEASTS OF NO NATION a fairly substantial push for awards season, and screening a film theatrically is a must for the Academy Awards, this can only come as good news.

Insiders are guessing that the film could screen in as many as 200-250 independent and art-house cinemas. Good news for people with access to those theaters I suppose. Do I sound bitter? Sitting here in my one theater town (we’ve got two horses though!). As Netflix grows larger and more alternatives to viewing movies pop up, I can only imagine this will turn into a more pressing issue for theater chains.

Personally, I always like to view movies up on the big screen but when you take into account the annoying audience members, sticky floors, and sub-standard projection you often find at theaters, I can definitely see how it would be appealing to watch recently released films in the comfort of your own home.

Would you rather view BEASTS OF NO NATION up on the big screen first or does it matter?

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Source: Variety

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6:05PM on 03/06/2015
WAA WAA I'm quickly becoming irrelevant pay attention to me! - Chain Movie Theaters
WAA WAA I'm quickly becoming irrelevant pay attention to me! - Chain Movie Theaters
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10:43AM on 03/06/2015
OVerall, I'm kind of neutral on this. On the one hand, Theatre Chains are being babies about this. This is progress, Netflix has created new avenues for movies/entertainment to be brought to the public. If Theatre Chains are feeling that threatened about Netflix trying to do a theatre release and online release at the same time, then it calls into question the quality/price of their product. Maybe it's not as great as Theatres say it is.

On the other hand, if Netflix wants to get into
OVerall, I'm kind of neutral on this. On the one hand, Theatre Chains are being babies about this. This is progress, Netflix has created new avenues for movies/entertainment to be brought to the public. If Theatre Chains are feeling that threatened about Netflix trying to do a theatre release and online release at the same time, then it calls into question the quality/price of their product. Maybe it's not as great as Theatres say it is.

On the other hand, if Netflix wants to get into the movie production and distribution game, in hopes of winning Oscars no doubt, then you need to play the game by the rules according to the rule-makers. The Academy requires your movie to be released in theatres to be in contention. So while a limited release will be good enough to be in contention, they'd have a bigger impact by playing by the rules and giving it a theatrical release and wait the customary 90 days to release online.
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7:14AM on 03/06/2015
If the mass majority can watch this film at home (legally!) on the same day they could see it at the theatre, they are going to stay at home. This movie doesn't really sound like it cares ab box office tho
If the mass majority can watch this film at home (legally!) on the same day they could see it at the theatre, they are going to stay at home. This movie doesn't really sound like it cares ab box office tho
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11:42PM on 03/05/2015
Why would Netflix want to release this in theaters? Is it about money, because I'm not sure this is the type of movie that would make a lot in theaters. Is it for awards? If you release it just for streaming, wouldn't it still be eligible for an Emmy, just like an HBO film?
Anyway, in terms of movies, Netflix's streaming options are pretty awful (or older movies I've already seen), so it would be nice if that aspect improved.
Why would Netflix want to release this in theaters? Is it about money, because I'm not sure this is the type of movie that would make a lot in theaters. Is it for awards? If you release it just for streaming, wouldn't it still be eligible for an Emmy, just like an HBO film?
Anyway, in terms of movies, Netflix's streaming options are pretty awful (or older movies I've already seen), so it would be nice if that aspect improved.
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1:53AM on 03/06/2015
Because if they release it in theaters it can be an oscar contender like the article said, which it cannot be if only on netflix or even on netflix first.
Because if they release it in theaters it can be an oscar contender like the article said, which it cannot be if only on netflix or even on netflix first.
8:09AM on 03/06/2015
If it didn't go to theaters, it could still win an Emmy as a TV movie though, similar to an HBO film, I would think. I would think it's irrelevant hat type of award they would win, but who knows. As it is there's too much emphasis on the awards anyway.
If it didn't go to theaters, it could still win an Emmy as a TV movie though, similar to an HBO film, I would think. I would think it's irrelevant hat type of award they would win, but who knows. As it is there's too much emphasis on the awards anyway.
11:17PM on 03/05/2015
I don't want to watch movies for the first time at home. End of story.
I don't want to watch movies for the first time at home. End of story.
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10:37PM on 03/05/2015

Thankfully my town has an independently run theater.

I'll be sure to record myself dancing outside flipping the bird to Carmike & Regal.
I'll be sure to record myself dancing outside flipping the bird to Carmike & Regal.
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