The Irishman: Martin Scorsese’s Netflix film heads to Broadway after major cinemas refuse to screen it

Big chains balked at company’s plans to stream movie just three weeks after its theatrical release

Ellie Harrison
Tuesday 08 October 2019 10:16
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Martin Scorsese’s crime epic The Irishman will be shown at a Broadway theatre after major cinemas refused to screen the film.

Netflix’s attempts to win over traditional Hollywood with the new movie, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, have not gone as expected, with large cinema chains balking at the company’s plan to stream it just three weeks after its theatrical debut.

The Irishman will be shown at the Belasco Theatre in New York, marking the 112-year-old venue’s first ever film screening, from 1 November to 1 December.

Netflix plans to install modern screening equipment at the theatre and Scorsese’s drama will follow a standard Broadway schedule, meaning eight screenings per week between Tuesday and Sunday, with matinee showings on the weekends.

“We’ve lost so many wonderful theatres in New York City in recent years, including single house theatres like the Ziegfeld and the Paris,” Scorsese told Deadline in a statement.

“The opportunity to recreate that singular experience at the historic Belasco Theatre is incredibly exciting.”

According to Variety, Netflix is also working with independent chains to screen the film.

Scorsese and Netflix are keen for The Irishman to show in theatres so that it qualifies for the Oscars, but standard cinema agreements usually dictate that producers must wait 90 days to screen a film on a streaming platform – not three weeks.

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