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
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’s Scotiabank Theatre, which is the largest venue used at TIFF, has said they won’t show any film distributed by a streaming service throughout the festival, according to IndieWire. READ MORE
TIFF CONFIRMS CINEPLEX POLICY BANNING NETFLIX AND AMAZON FROM PRIMARY SCREENING VENUE
Exhibitors take the battle over theatrical windows to film festivals as Cineplex bans streamers’ TIFF films from the 14-screen Scotiabank.
The battle between theater operators and Netflix over the streamer’s refusal to abide by traditional theatrical windows has expanded to the Toronto International Film Festival, where the owner of one of the event’s largest venues — the Scotiabank Theatre, a multiplex owned by one of Canada’s largest chains — has told the festival that it will not show any film that is distributed by a streaming service over the festival’s 10-day run.
“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.” READ MORE