Although most films almost disappear from your local multiplex in a month or so, the big theatrical chains are fast sticking to their quarterly release window, although in practice the circulation the movie is far shorter. This has made it difficult for a company like Netflix to want to give their films theatrical releases, but it also runs into a wall with big theater chains that refuse to agree to the abbreviated theater studio. This happened last year with Roma which used to play in some smaller chains like Landmark, and now this happens again with the Irishman .
Indiewire reports that Netflix may not persuade major theater chains to find a hand even for the new Martin Scorsese . Theatrical circuits are worried about opening the families of the shortened editions, and so the Irishman will only be in the theaters for three weeks. Per Indiewire, "It will open in Los Angeles and New York on November 1
While this doesn't necessarily hurt or help Oscar chances for Irishman – Roma ] managed to grab three Oscars and was seen as a serious contender to go home Best Picture – this signals that the theaters are so scared of losing their release window that they will miss out on gains from a new painting by Scorsese that brings together Robert De Niro Al Pacino and Joe Peschi ]. The calculation seems to be that if they give an inch to streaming, they will lose one mile and eventually share the profits of big issues with streamers. Theatrical circuits take care of their exclusivity, and if you significantly shorten that window, it gives people less incentive to show. I would argue that high ticket prices and clumsy services also give people less incentive to show up, but theater chains don't seem too concerned about solving these problems.