SALT LAKE CITY — Good luck seeing “Roma” if you’re not a Netflix subscriber.
AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas announced Wednesday that they will only show movies that had a traditional theatrical release in their runups to the 91st Academy Awards, Deadline reports.
“Roma” — which earned 10 Oscar nominations on Tuesday — won’t be shown at these theaters since it was first released on Netflix.
AMC released a statement: “For more than a decade, movie-lovers have enjoyed the AMC Best Picture Showcase to catch up on the nominated films that played at AMC throughout the prior year. This year, Academy members nominated a film that was never licensed to AMC to play in our theatres. As such, it is not included in the AMC Best Picture Showcase.”
- Regal Cinemas won’t add “Roma” to its Oscar best picture run of films, either. The theater chain will have a Best Film Festival from Feb. 15 to 24. Interested parties can buy passes to the festival for $35.
- According to Deadline, Cinemark is also opting out of airing the movie in theaters. But there hasn’t been confirmation.
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Why not?: “The slight could be attributed to Netflix's break with theatrical release tradition,” according to CNBC.
Here’s what happened: “Roma” did hit some theaters. That is, after all, a requirement to be added to the Oscar nomination list, according to CNBC.
- In most cases, Hollywood studios released films on a 90-day window, making the film available in theaters for that span of time before being released on streaming services or video-on-demand (like Red Box or Vudu).
- The film arrived in theaters Nov. 21 and then appeared on Netflix about 23 days later on Dec. 14.