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The Irishman will screen at the BELASCO starting November 1st!

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https://deadline.com/2019/10/netflix-the-irishman-broadway-belasco-theatre-martin-scorsese-al-pacino-1202753643/

This is certainly very different, and sounds like it will be a great experience!

Updated On: 10/7/19 at 10:33 AM
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The movie is 3 1/2 hours with no intermission, and the Belasco bathrooms. Proceed with caution!
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Very odd indeed. Is this first extended length run of a movie in a broadway house since like the 80’s? Has this every happened before? I think I recall Fosse/Verdon having its premiere at the Gerald Schoenfeld, but I can’t recall any other situations like this....
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Disney premiered Hercules at the New Amsterdam just before Lion King came in. 

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One should also remember that no major theater chains (AMC, Regal, Cinemark)  will be screening the film due to it being produced by Netflix, which is only allowing the film a 26 day turnaround before going live on the Netflix site, compared to the industry standard of 90 days. As such there will likely be less than 5 theater in all of NYC playing the film, which is expected to be a major awards contender. Doing this is both a marketing ploy for awards season as it allows for more voters to get a true theatrical experience for a film that is playing in very few theaters, as well as a marketing ploy for cinefiles for the same reason. 

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Out of curiosity, I looked up the requirements for a movie to be eligible for a best picture nomination. 

The rule is that a move must run for seven consecutive days in LA with a minimum of three screenings per day. 

That is what Roma did last season to be able to get the best picture nomination. We will see what happens with The Irishman when it is released in theaters. May not surprise me to find out that it dos aforementioned bare minimum in LA to be qualified. Furthermore, the rule does't state that it has to be at a particular kind of theatre such as the major ones like AMC or Regal. 

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Islander_fan, THE IRISHMAN will be eligible for Oscars. Netflix is obviously going to make sure it meets (and exceeds) the minimum criteria to qualify. Like others have said, this is a campaign/press stunt, but it's also a way for Netflix to show its commitment to Scorsese. Because a happy Marty means he'll come back to Netflix for more movies, especially if the film wins awards.

I guess this is better than having a Sha Na Na tribute band or An Evening With Kevin Spacey fill the Belasco for a month...

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I have a feeling that “The Irishman” will have an almost unsurpassed Oscar campaign. It’s almost the “conclusion” of decades of films by these men (Scorsese, Pacino, DeNiro, Pesci) so I have a feeling this is going to be the big contender at the awards next year.
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Jordan Catalano said: "I have a feeling that “The Irishman” will have an almost unsurpassed Oscar campaign. It’s almost the “conclusion” of decades of films by these men (Scorsese, Pacino, DeNiro, Pesci) so I have a feeling this is going to be the big contender at the awards next year."

 

Assuming it actually turns out to be good!

Oh wait...I forgot about Green Book. Never mind! 

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So far reviews for this are phenomenal. I’m not worried about quality. Scorsese is a genius and it seems like he’s been given complete freedom on this project. This idea sounds really great honestly if I were in the city.
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It's like a fun broadway netflix pop up. Hopefully the refreshments are free
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And as cool as this is, the last thing I want to do is sit in those Belasco seats for four straight hours
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I'm sure concessions will cost as much as they normally would at a Broadway show (with perhaps the addition of popcorn). Don't know the details of the financials, but the Shuberts and/or Netflix stand to make money off the concessions on top of the fairly-cheap $15 ticket price.

As for reviews, The Irishman is currently at 100% on RottenTomatoes and 92 on Metacritic, so it seems like the real deal. Even Pacino got good reviews!

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this most be a 4-wall deal with the Shuberts--i'm sure netflix has negotiated a set weekly payment for rental as well as covering all the union costs related to the showings--probably the reason for only 8 showings a week and one dark night--the gross is totally immaterial with netflix probably giving away many (?most) of the tickets to awards voters.

I wonder if the movie will screen on 35MM film or if it will be 4K digital projection--both would need to be installed (as well as a screen and all the sound equipment) for the run--at a very high cost

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Martin Scorsese got turned down by AMC and Regal to do commercial releases for the film, and they are doing everything they possibly can to make this seem like not-a-Netflix-film. They want to win Oscars, moreso than Roma, and the Academy has made it very clear they’re opposed to streaming films. This marketing move gives it notoriety and proof that the team sees it as a theatrical film.

Can’t wait to see this in the Belasco - how cool.
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“the Academy has made it very clear they’re opposed to streaming films.“

ROMA’s 10 academy awards nominations and 3 wins beg to differ.
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If you follow industry reports, it’s pretty clear that insiders believe Roma underperformed, and that the old guard of Oscar voters (Spielberg, etc) are not interested in considering them.

Some reading on this:

https://ew.com/oscars/2019/10/03/awardist-column-netflix-irishman-marriage-story/

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/09/oscars-2020-predictions-academy-identity-crisis

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bowtie7 said: "I wonder if the movie will screen on 35MM film or if it will be 4K digital projection--both would need to be installed (as well as a screen and all the sound equipment) for the run--at a very high cost"

From Telecharge:

The Irishman will screen at the Belasco theatre from November 1 - December 1. This will mark the first time the Broadway theatre has welcomed a film at the landmarked playhouse, and Netflix will be bringing in state of the art equipment to screen the movie.

 

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How much do we think tickets will be?
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Press release says tix are $15.

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Call_me_jorge said: "Very odd indeed. Is this first extended length run of a movie in a broadway house since like the 80’s? Has this every happened before? I think I recall Fosse/Verdon having its premiere at the Gerald Schoenfeld, but I can’t recall any other situations like this...."

FOSSE/VERDON premiered the pilot episode at the Schoenfeld, which ran about 45 minutes (no TV commercials).   

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This sounds really neat, and kind of magical. I honestly wasn’t terribly excited about this movie, but will gladly see it at the Belasco for the unique experience. If anyone finds out the exact day/time that tickets go on sale, please report back! My one problem with this is those Telecharge fees that’ll likely be slapped onto the very reasonable $15 ticket price.
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Tickets are onsale now. Telecharge

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