THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED new Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight won’t be shown in some of Ireland’s biggest cinemas due to a decision by the distributor.
IMC Cinema Group and Cineworld were initially both affected by the decision by the UK-based Entertainment Film.
However, it has since emerged that 13 of the IMC Cinemas – which is a multiplex chain that has cinemas across the country, including the Savoy Dublin – will be showing the film:
In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a Cineworld spokesperson said:
We can confirm that The Hateful Eight will not be shown at our cinemas. Unfortunately we were not able to reach an agreement with the movie’s distributor. We make every effort to show a wide variety of movies and we’re very excited about other releases in January including Joy and The Danish Girl.
Cineworld has been responding to disappointed fans on Twitter, telling them:
The distributor, Entertainment, told The Guardian that the situation regarding Cineworld was down to an issue with a showing of The Hateful Eight at the Odeon Leicester Square.
It said this location was chosen “due to the special facilities required for the unique 70mm Ultra Panavision presentation” but that Cineworld “made us aware that they were very unhappy” with the decision, and “specifically that they would therefore not be able to play the film at their Picturehouse Central venue”.
It said that if Cineworld change their mind by tomorrow morning and decide to book the film, they “would be happy for them to do so”.
However this appears not to have been related to the issue with IMC Cinemas. They told us that it is a long-running issue going back a number of years. However, it appeared to have been resolved by this evening.
70mm Ultra Panavision is in a higher resolution than 35mm film, and hasn’t been used for a big movie release in around five decades. This interview with the film’s cinematographer Robert Richardson digs into why they decided to use this film format, and what that meant for the technical process on set.
TheJournal.ie is contacting Entertainment for a comment on the situation.