Three major UK cinema chains will not screen ‘The Hateful Eight’

Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon cinemas will not screen new Quentin Tarantino film

Three of the biggest cinema chains in the UK have opted out of screening Quentin Tarantino’s new film, The Hateful Eight.

Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon cinemas won’t be showing the Western when it opens on Friday after talks with the film’s distributor did not lead to a deal between both sides.

The problem appears to be the format of the film and a deal distributors Entertainment struck with Odeon for an exclusive screening. Despite this setback, the film remains booked in over 600 screens around the UK.

Entertainment have issued the following response, offering Cineworld the chance to go back on their decision:

“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.”

In a statement to Digital Spy, a Cineworld spokesperson confirmed that they will not show the title in any of their 800 cinemas:

“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.”

Curzon cinemas also confirmed their decision on Twitter.

The Hateful Eight is released in the UK on January 8.

Set in Wyoming shortly after the Civil War, The Hateful Eight revolves around eight strangers seeking shelter at a stagecoach passover called Minnie’s Haberdashery during a blizzard. It stars Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh among others.