Where to watch The Hateful Eight in 70mm in the UK

Where to watch The Hateful Eight in 70mm in the UK

Tarantino's latest will be distributed in 70mm but where in the country is likely to project the film in his preferred format

**UPDATE 29 Feb 2016**
Barnsley's Parkway has confirmed the dates it will be showing The Hateful Eight in 70mm. Catch it there between Friday 8 and Thursday 14 April.

**UPDATE 2 Feb 2016**
Parkway cinema in Barnsley has announced its preparation to be the third cinema in the UK to show The Hateful Eight in 70mm. Dates and times to be confirmed, expected to be April.

**UPDATE 7 Jan 2016**
Edinburgh Filmhouse has just announced it will be the second cinema in the UK to screen the film in 70mm.

**UPDATE 5 Jan 2016**
Trouble with the release of The Hateful Eight continues as cinema chains Curzon, Cineworld and Picturehouse (owned by Cineworld) will not be screening the film in any format due to a failure to reach an agreement with distributor Entertainment, which appears to stem from the exclusivity given to Odeon Leicester Square's four-week run of the film's 70mm print, likely the only copy in the country. Digital Spy first reported the news, which has been reported further afield. Entertainment has issued the following statement:

Cineworld had made us aware that they were very unhappy that The Hateful Eight had been booked into the Odeon Leicester Square for an exclusive 70mm Ultra Panavision presentation, and specifically that they would therefore not be able to play the film at their Picturehouse Central venue. Due to the special facilities required for the unique 70mm Ultra Panavision presentation we needed the largest theatre and screen possible in the West End and the Odeon Leicester Square was the natural choice. The technical elements and costs involved with this special presentation meant that this would need to be the exclusive West End venue. The Odeon Leicester Square seats 1680 and Picturehouse Central only seats 344 so clearly this was not a viable alternative.

Cineworld had every opportunity to book the film in their other cinemas across the country on the same basis as other exhibitors and declined to do so. This is despite the fact that there is no dispute over the financial terms for this release.

We feel very sorry for Cineworld’s customers and in particular their Unlimited cardholders who will be denied the chance to see the film at a Cineworld cinema using their Unlimited card – a result of this Picturehouse issue relating to a single London West End cinema. As far as the general release is concerned we will be booking more sites with other exhibitors to compensate for Cineworld’s lack of support for a film that has already been given 5 stars and declared as Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece by The Guardian.

If Cineworld change their mind by tomorrow morning and decide to book the film in the proper way along the lines of the other exhibitors we would be happy for them to do so.

There's much to be read between the aisles here, but ultimately it's film fans that will be losing out, and that's the real shame.

**UPDATE 18 Dec 2015**
It is our understanding that due to issues with the Ultra Panavision lens required to project The Hateful Eight in 70mm film, the only cinema currently equipped to screen the film in this format is Odeon Leicester Square. We will provide further updates soon.

Original article:

It's no secret that Quentin Tarantino prefers traditional film techniques over the now standard digital formats. That's why his much-anticipated western The Hateful Eight, set to premiere on Christmas Day, was shot for a 70mm – a large and high-resolution format – release. The problem is: the vast majority of cinemas across the UK (and the world) are not equipped with projectors wide enough to handle these prints.

Tarantino has already argued that the wider shots allow both outdoor and indoor scenes to look 'more intimate and vital'. 'I figured if I shot in 70, they'll have to release it in 70', he said in this year's Comic Con, in San Diego. Unsurprisingly, the Weinstein's obliged.

Since 1992's Far and Away, no film has invested so heavily in 70mm prints as The Hateful Eight. After an exclusive two-week US run in selected 70mm cinemas only, the film will then open with a traditional digital release worldwide, on 8 Jan 2016, while continuing to be shown in 70mm.

The format was first used in the late 19th century and was very popular with Solviet filmmakers in the 60s, 70s and 80s, not to mention for Hollywood's classic epics such as Ben-Hur (1959), West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sound of Music (1965) and, of course, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). More recently, blockbusters like Jurassic World (2015), Interstellar (2014), Gravity (2013), Inception (2010), Die Hard (1988), Blade Runner (1982) and Star Trek (1979) were partially shot in 65mm to amplify the impact of special effects and action sequences.

So, if you want to be among the cinephiles to see The Hateful Eight as the directors intends it to be seen (then brag about it to your pals), here are some of the UK cinemas that we think will offer you that opportunity:

Parkway (62-68 Eldon Street, Barnsley) — 70mm screening 8–14 Apr
Parkway has confirmed it will be bringing the 70mm print of The Hateful Eight to the north of England. This will be the first film Parkway has shown in 70mm.

Filmhouse (88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh) — 70mm screening 12–25 Feb
A three-screen independent cinema showing around 700 films every year, either in 2D, 3D, 35mm, 16mm or 70mm. Recently played Interstellar with the 70mm projector.
Filmhouse has confirmed it will be showing The Hateful Eight in 70mm.

Picturehouse at FACT (88 Wood Street, Liverpool) — not screening
The city's most popular and best-equipped venue, showing independent and mainstream movies. Projected Die Hard, Edward Scissorhands and Interstellar in 70mm, among others.

Odeon Leicester Square (24–26 Leicester Square, London) — 70mm screening 8 Jan–4 Feb
A large vintage space with architectural traces from the 30s. This year's projection of Interstellar was the first time a 70mm print film was shown here since Armageddon in 1998.

Pictureville Cinema (National Media Museum) (Little Horton Lane, Bradford) — not screening
Elected one of the highest-tech cinemas in the world, with 35mm, 70mm, 4K and Cinerama projectors (the only Cinerama system in regular use in Europe). The 300-seat cinema opened in 1992 with a special performance of the film Hook in 70mm.

The Rex Cinema (High Street, Berkhamstead) — not screening
Armed with a 1938 art-deco proscenium and one of the clearest sound systems in the world, the Rex Cinema also offered 70mm fans a wider look of Interstellar this year.

For now, you can feed your curiosity by watching Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L Jackson explain why when it comes to Ultra Panavision 70mm, you absolutely positively accept no substitutes...

**We will continue to update this article as and when we get confirmation of cinemas showing The Hateful Eight in 70mm. Please feel free to comment below if you hear of cinemas that are or aren't screening..

The Hateful Eight

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 48min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Written by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth
  • UK release: 8 January 2016

Bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) is transporting vile criminal Daisy Domergue (Leigh) to be hanged, but takes shelter from a blizzard at Minnie's Haberdashery. Tarantino's eighth film recalls his first, being similarly fuelled by claustrophobia, suspicion and intrigue, but Reservoir Dogs didn't have Hateful Eight's…


1. Agk Kag6 Oct 2015, 4:04am Report

Can you tell me where in other euoropen countries it would be possible to see the movie in 70mm? For example Germany, France (&not dubbed)

2. The Prince Charles Cinema13 Oct 2015, 12:36pm Report

You've missed us off your list:


Presented 2001 : A SPACE ODYSSEY in September from 70mm, and have THE THING, INTERSTELLAR, GREMLINS and DIE HARD all scheduled to screen from the format this year. With 2001 & THE MASTER scheduled to open up our 70mm programme in 2016. Would be nice to add THE HATEFUL 8 to that 2016 list too.

3. Bruce Campbell23 Oct 2015, 8:20pm Report

The new Picturehouse Piccadilly has 70mm facilities... lets hope they an get a print to show in 70mm from Weinstein. Fingers crossed. Support 70mm everyone.
There is nothing like it... Also hope the Prince Charles can get a print too....

4. Marco Barsotti27 Nov 2015, 12:35am Report

The theatre shown at 3:40 is NOT at Panavision!! it is in fact the "energia" screen (30x16mt) at Cinema Arcadia, Melzo, Italy

5. Spike Direction4 Dec 2015, 1:49pm Report

I just contacted Greenwich Picturehouse and they say that they won't be showing it as they no longer have a 70mm projector. :(

6. Marla11 Dec 2015, 10:36am Report

Is there a theatre in London showing the movie on/from 25 Dicember? I really don't want to wait till 8 Jan :-(

7. Cal Hallows11 Dec 2015, 6:02pm Report

I have just phoned the box office at Filmhouse in Edinburgh (#1 on the list) and they informed me that they were unable to get a 70mm copy of the film to screen. This may be subject to change (or perhaps I was misinformed) but it is somewhat regrettable.

8. Michael Rose14 Dec 2015, 8:30pm Report

No mention of the Bradford showings on their site.

9. Mr70mmuk14 Dec 2015, 11:04pm Report

I understand will be opening on January 8th 2016 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London for about two weeks, but so far no Tickets are are for sale on their website as it only selling for "Star Wars".

Some reports I heard that there should be up 5 x 70mm prints for the UK, but outside London no one is screening it in 70mm as it appears.

10. Rory MacMillan15 Dec 2015, 1:18am Report

Confirmed noone outside of London showing it in UK. Gutted...................

11. FACT LIVERPOOL15 Dec 2015, 7:06am Report

still have 70mm capability but this has been filmed in a format that is not compatible with the equipment.

12. Stephen Garnett15 Dec 2015, 7:50pm Report

Bradford Pictureville have confirmed to me that they will NOT be screening this film. :-(

13. Lizzie Pat17 Dec 2015, 4:56pm Report

I bought tickets today for The Hateful Eight on the Odeon Leicester Square site for the 70mm screening - 8 Jan 2016 !!!!!!!!!!

14. Elle HeZz17 Dec 2015, 9:30pm Report

Lizzie Pat - how? they are not on sale yet??

15. Nick West18 Dec 2015, 1:38am Report

Bradford recently 'upgraded' their IMAX to digital and ditched the film projector. Grim.

16. Lizzie Pat18 Dec 2015, 6:26am Report

Elle HeZz you need to type in Odeon Leicester Square in search engine then 24/26 Leicester Square 'https.film.list.co.uk.leicester squre' click on that. Then you will see Spectre click on where it shows THIS WEEK TODAY MON TUE etc to 'COMING SOON' it will then allow you to book - loads of spaces as of now (18/12 @ 6.25am) Good luck

17. MrHarney .28 Dec 2015, 2:35pm Report

I have just rang Picture ville Cinema (National Media Museum) (Little Horton Lane, Bradford) and they have confirmed that the 70mm of the film will be shown from the 8th Jan on a 70mm projector

18. Mark Henry30 Dec 2015, 10:03am Report

I'm not sure why Picture Ville in Bradford told you they were screening it in 70mm as they have just informed me they don't have the projector and the only venue screening it is Leicester Square.

19. Tony Cawood30 Dec 2015, 2:35pm Report

And you can't buy tickets at Pictureville for H8 in any format, they don't seem to be even screening it ;-(

There must be a way of getting a campaign going for some more regional screening?!?

20. Stan Giles2 Jan 2016, 1:32pm Report

It appears that no cinema , in the whole of Ireland will be showing this feature . Thanks a lot

21. Mark Henry2 Jan 2016, 11:58am Report

This petition has been set up to show The Hateful Eight in the north of England, get involved: https://www.change.org/p/cinema-goers-uk-cinemas-show-the-hateful-eight-in-70mm-in-the-north-of-eng…

22. Nopy995 Jan 2016, 8:31pm Report

Just picked up my ticket for the ultra panavision screening in Odeon Leicester square next week. Looking forward to it.

I do hope that this road show format can be shown up north after the odeon exclusivity deal is over.

Crying shame really.

Say 70mm again.. I dare you ...say 70mm again.....


23. Eduardo Suarez6 Jan 2016, 3:05pm Report

I rang Manchester Printworks and they confirmed they won't be having a screening either. They do still have the system to show it and just haven't had any none digital films on for a long time. If you ever want to ring them on a none 0872 number.. - 0161 836 2400

24. Eduardo Suarez6 Jan 2016, 3:10pm Report

(I should have put this in the main comment) Manchester Printworks is an Odeon Cinema.

I think the reason they're not showing it is the screen is taken up by StarWars.. Also the fact that the physical print would have to be transported I guess.. I've seen films such as Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises and Intersteller on IMAX 70mm film vs digital and you can tell the difference. Star Wars looked pixelated.

25. John Stewart 8/01/168 Jan 2016, 8:11pm Report

As I have been avoiding anything to do with this film, to avoid spoilers, this controversy has only come to my attention today. Anyway the best I have come up with is that the Vue are showing it, with the intermission. From what I have read only the 70 mm copy has an interval, unless I have picked it up wrong.Will keep a regular watch on this site for any news and will contribute if I obtain anything of use.

26. John Stewart 8/01/169 Jan 2016, 7:00pm Report

Yes, both versions have the intermission. I checked at the Vue today.

27. chris sherwood13 Jan 2016, 2:44pm Report

Pictureville Cinema (National Media Museum) Last information I had was the normal 70mm conventional Projector with 5 perforation vertical pull down remains there. This would be suitable for ULTRA PANAVISION 70mm with the anamorphic attachment, appropriate for Hateful Eight. If anyone knows any different let me know. HAS the 70mm 5 perf pull down projector gone as well?

Last I heard was the IMAX 70mm projector that has been removed. Replaced by digital IMAX projector. It is easy to mix up the two types of 70mm projectors.

28. Rob Younger31 Jan 2016, 1:07pm Report

It will be screened at the Parkway Cinema Barnsley, South Yorkshire, probably early April. This means that are just THREE places in the UK to see the 70mm Roadshow; London, Edinburgh and Barnsley! We are busy finishing the 70mm installation right now.

29. Trixxi Corish2 Feb 2016, 12:50am Report

Any updates on where in the north of England will show this in 70mm?

30. Trixxi Corish2 Feb 2016, 12:52am Report

Just saw your post about barnsley Rob, cannot wait!

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