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10 Films Cinemas Refused To Play (And Why)

The movie theatres that gave Hollywood the middle finger.

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The relationship between big Hollywood film studios and brick-and-mortar movie theatres is a lot more complicated than a lot of people realise.

While the idea sounds simple on paper - studio produces film, cinema plays film, profits are divided up between the two - it’s not always that straightforward, and just because a company like Disney or Universal has made a film, that doesn’t mean that theatres are automatically obliged to play it.

In fact, should they want to, cinemas are allowed to simply say “no” when offered the chance to screen a movie, and even though it might seem foolish to reject the very product that keeps them in business (confectionery aside), it’s not uncommon for theatres to turn down films that they have some sort of problem with.

Whether they disagree with the subject matter, believe that the film is spreading a dangerous message, or are displeased with the deal that the studio wants them to sign, movie theatres have more power than you might think, and can take a firm stand against Hollywood's biggest releases at any time they choose.

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