Monday, May 20, 2024

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” Will Play Broadway Theater the Belasco for One Month Beginning November 1st


The whole theaters vs. Netflix thing re Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” has taken an interesting turn. “The Irishman” will play for one month at Broadway’s Belasco Theater, which will be retrofitted for showing the movie.

Theater chains have balked at showing Netflix and Amazon movies in their theaters because of the short windows before the movies are played on their TV platforms. There is still no list of theaters for “The Irishman,” which will be up for many Oscars and is highly anticipated in New York, of all places.

Without the Ziegfeld Theater (still can’t believe it’s a catering hall– the owners should drowned in stale popcorn) New York doesn’t have a “movie palace” to debut important films.

The Belasco, owned by the Shuberts, is a grand palace that seats 1,000 people. Bryan Cranston in “Network” just played there. The theater has a long, storied history. Hit shows have included the ridiculous–“Oh Calcutta!” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” — to the sublime, like Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” and and the amazing 1997 production of “A Doll’s House” with Janet McTeer.

Netflix will run “The Irishman” there from November 1st to December 1st, which is a few days longer than their original planned theater run (it was supposed to end November 27).

The Belasco is right next door to the great Cafe Un, Deux, Troi aka One, Two, Three. Last spring I was sitting in the window having dinner when Tony Goldwyn popped up during “Network”– it’s part of the show. Make your reservation now! Ask for Jose.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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