Quentin Tarantino's new western, The Hateful Eight, will not be shown at three UK cinema chains.
The film, released in selected UK cinemas on 8 January, won't be shown at around 135 cinemas owned by Cineworld and its subsidiary Picturehouse, and Curzon.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News a Cineworld spokesperson confirmed that they would not be screening The Hateful Eight after being unable to reach an agreement with the movie's distributor.
A Cineworld spokesperson said: "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".
Curzon Cinemas also released a statement to the public via Twitter saying that it was with "great regret" that it would not be showing the film, as the distributor had chosen to show it only in West End venues with 70mm screens, as well as in other cinemas across the country.
A spokesperson for Entertainment Film, the film's UK distributor, said that the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in the West End was "the natural choice" as the film requires special facilities and a particularly large theatre and screen.
The statement 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 1,680 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.
Fiona Rutherford is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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