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Mark Lensenmayer
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Netflix has booked THE IRISHMAN into Broadway's Belasco Theatre. The movie will open for at least a month on November 1.

Screenings will be on a Broadway-style 8 shows a week schedule, keeping Monday as a dark day. Tickets will be $15.

The Belasco seats approximately 1,000. This will be the first movie shown in this theatre.

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Mark Ogden
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That's a very interesting development. I wonder if they will do the same in Los Angeles. There are still live event theaters in downtown L.A. that are motion picture capable - the Los Angeles, The Orpheum, and the Million Dollar to name three. The AMPAS rules for Best Picture call for "paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County". I wonder if that would qualify.

I had some sympathy for the exhibition industry position on Netflix titles up until about a month ago. But during this year's Toronto Film Festival, Cineplex, Canada's largest circuit, refused to allow Netflix films to play at their Scotiabank Theatre even in the context of a not-for-profit film festival. That's a level of corporate ball-breaking that frankly drops even the pretense of the "specialness" of big-screen moviegoing.

I saw The Irishman last week. I didn't really care for it overall, it's nearly four hours long and there is some digital fakery going on that was pretty distracting. Even so, I thought it was definitely a picture best experienced on a big screen, and I think that there must be some commercial potential to it for theaters, even if you can only do three shows a day. Too bad Regal, AMC and the others won't even consider it. It's all about the commerce, not the art.

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Martin McCaffery
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How old is the theatre that it has never played a movie?

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Terry Monohan
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Looks like the good old roadshow days may be coming back to a large cinema near you? I wonder how large and wide the screen will be in this theatre and what type of stereo sound system they will use? Will the screen be curved or flat for this NYC showing? They need to have a intermission like they did in the past roadshow years.

In Hollywood CA It's time to re open the long closed Warner Hollywood Cinerama Theatre and run 'Irishman' on a large screen! Is this new movie in 1.85 flat or scope?

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Mark Ogden
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Flat.

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Mark Lensenmayer
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The Belasco theatre is 112 years old.

From the Schubert Organization site:

David Belasco opened the Stuyvesant in October 1907, having already bequeathed his name on his 42nd St playhouse, now the New Victory. When he relinquished the 42nd St theatre in 1910, he immediately renamed the Stuyvesant as the Belasco.

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Martin McCaffery
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112 years old. I'm willing to bet (but too tired to research) that it has played movies at sometime in its life.

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Frank Angel
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Nope -- film was never run at the Belasco until this engagement of The Irishman...or so sez Wikipedia.

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Martin McCaffery
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Wikipedia's source for that is Netflix's press release, so I'll stick with my suspicion. The history on Wikipedia is scarce and some pretty big gaps.

I can't claim encyclopedic knowledge of every theatre in the US, but every theatre I've looked into from the early cinema period at least showed some films, if only as part or filler for vaudeville shows. They may not have run "feature" films (under whatever definition was used at the time) but they did screen them. And as projection equipment was portable in the early years, they didn't have to have equipment installed.

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