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EntertainmentIn snub of Netflix, AMC and Regal cinemas won't show 'Roma' as part of Oscars showcases

01:30  23 january  2019
01:30  23 january  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Netflix may have scored a landmark Best Picture Oscar nomination for Roma this year, but they're still running into trouble with the old guard. Both AMC Theaters and Regal , two of the nation's largest movie theater chains, are not including Roma as part of their upcoming Best Picture nominee showcases .

In snub of Netflix, AMC and Regal cinemas won't show 'Roma' as part of Oscars showcases © Jonathan Weiss/Dreamstime/TNS Two of the largest cinema chains in the U.S. won’t show Netflix’s “Roma” as part of their annual best-picture Oscars showcases, in a further sign that chilly relations haven’t thawed between major exhibitors and the streaming entertainment company, including AMC Theatres.

Two of the largest cinema chains in the U.S. won't show Netflix's "Roma" as part of their annual best-picture Oscars showcases, in a further sign that chilly relations haven't thawed between major exhibitors and the streaming entertainment company.

Neither AMC Theatres nor Regal has exhibited "Roma" prior to Tuesday's announcement of the Academy Award nominations. The theater chains have cited Netflix's windowing strategy for the movie, which involved a three-week limited theatrical run prior to its streaming debut.

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AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas have both declined to show Netflix 's " Roma " at their theaters following the Oscar nominations Tuesday. "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

EXCLUSIVE: AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas are sticking to their guns, and will only play those Oscar best picture nominees who had a traditional theatrical release and respected the 90-day cinema window. AMC Theatres & Regal Bar Netflix ’s ‘ Roma ’ From Oscar Best Picture Nom Showcases .

"Roma" received 10 Academy Award nominations, including a nod for best picture. It is the first time that a Netflix movie has been nominated for Oscar's top prize.

But Leawood, Kan.-based AMC said that "Roma" won't be part of its annual AMC Best Picture Showcase, a two-day event Feb. 16-17 at participating AMC cinemas around the country.

"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," the company said in a statement on Tuesday. "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."

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Regal Cinemas is also not playing Roma as part of their Oscar best picture showcase , but buried that lead in their press release this morning, simply listing that Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, A Star Is Born and Vice were part of their Best Picture Film

AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas won ’ t be showing any Best Picture nominees released by Netflix on their screens in the US. The two cinema chains have been boycotting Netflix ’s release strategy, which prevents cinemas from receiving a 90-day window of exclusivity as is traditional.

Regal Entertainment Group said in a separate announcement that its annual Best Picture Film Festival won't include "Roma."

"The Regal Best Picture Film Festival showcases the Best Picture nominees that played in our theatres in 2018. For that reason, 'Roma,' a movie predominantly shown on TV, will not be included in our festival," the company said in a statement. The festival is set to run Feb. 15-24 at Regal cinemas.

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Regal operates 558 theaters nationwide, while AMC runs 639 theaters.

Netflix declined to comment. The Los Gatos, Calif., company made the unprecedented decision to open "Roma" in a handful of cinemas for three weeks prior to making the Alfonso Cuaron movie available on its streaming platform on Dec. 14.

In the past, when Netflix has released a movie in theaters, it has made the title available simultaneously on its streaming service. But the critical acclaim that has followed "Roma" since its debut at the Venice Film Festival last year prompted the company to break with its long-standing rule.

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