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Netflix Will Release 10 Films in Theaters Before Streaming

Netflix will be releasing 10 films to theaters weeks before they make their debut on the streaming service.

This announcement comes after months of negotiation, with several major theater chains demanding a 90 day period of exclusivity before movies leave theaters and hit streaming services. The decision may seem odd, but Netflix has a good reason for going to theaters.

In order for a film to be eligible for high-profile awards, including Oscars, it is required that the film must run for at least seven days in an LA county theater. Netflix has been fighting for legitimacy from the awards committees and this would put the streaming service in the running.

This isn’t the first time that Netflix films have been released in theaters. In 2018, Bird Box, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mowgli, and the Academy Award-winning Roma all went to theaters before streaming.

Here’s a full list of Netflix’s upcoming theatrical film releases, along with their streaming debut date:

  • The Laundromat​
    7th (theatrical), Oct. 18th (Netflix)
  • Dolemite Is My Name
    4th (theatrical); Oct. 25th (Netflix)
  • The King
    11th (theatrical); Nov. 1st (Netflix)
  • The Irishman​
    1st (theatrical); Nov. 27th (Netflix)
  • Earthquake Bird
    1st (theatrical); Nov. 15th (Netflix)
  • Marriage Story
    6th (theatrical); Dec. 6th (Netflix)
  • Klaus​
    8th (theatrical); Nov. 15th (Netflix)
  • I Lost My Body
    15th (theatrical); Nov. 29th (Netflix)
  • Atlantics
    15th (theatrical); Nov. 29th (Netflix)
  • The Two Popes
    27th (theatrical); Dec. 20th (Netflix)

The rules about which films are eligible for awards will likely continue to be debated with more streaming services, including Disney+, set to release original content in the coming months.

Source: The Verge

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