Scotiabank Theatre is refusing to screen Netflix and Amazon movies at TIFF
Streaming platforms and movie theatre operators have notoriously had trouble getting along, and now that's affecting TIFF.
"Cineplex has been a great partner of TIFF’s for many years," festival co-directors Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente said in a statement.
"This year, new restrictions were put in place in our use of their Scotiabank Theatre during the Festival. As a result, we have scheduled films from streaming services in other venues."
Scotiabank Theatre has 14 screens and 4,500 seats, so refusing to screen the nine Netflix films and four Amazon films is no small deal.
So here's a curious #TIFF19 observation: Cineplex and Netflix do not get along. There are 9 Netflix films playing TIFF (including leading awards contenders MARRIAGE STORY, THE LAUNDROMAT, THE TWO POPES). Not *one* is screening in Cineplex's Scotiabank theatre, a major fest hub 🤔— Barry Hertz (@HertzBarry) September 6, 2019
In a statement to IndieWire, Cineplex said "There are hundreds of fantastic films screening as part of this year’s festival and with all those options we asked that our screens feature titles from studios who understand and appreciate the importance of the theatrical release model."
Instead of Scotiabank, Netflix and Amazon screenings during the festival are happening at TIFF Bell Lightbox, which is much smaller with only six screens and seating that ranges from 522 to 41 per theater.
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