Netflix Is Releasing ‘The Irishman’ And These Other Movies in Theaters

Time is inching closer to the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman at the New York Film Festival, and it continues to generate buzz for its cast, award prospects, and now, its running time (3.5 hours!). Netflix decided to scoop up the big-budget crime drama and its prize potential is already being compared to Roma, which almost clinched an Oscar. That Netflix movie had a limited theater release and was sent to the platform less than a month later, but it proved that Netflix could give filmmakers a shot at critical acclaim.  

Along with The Irishman, Netflix has other feature films slated to arrive at the movies for a short time before heading to its service. It’s part of a larger plan to make high quality films available for a full-blown cinematic experience that are also eligible for Academy Awards. Fans have quite a few flicks to expect from the digital giant for theater-then-home viewing.

Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro on set for ‘The Irishman’ | Getty Images/James Devaney/GC Images

After some back and forth, ‘The Irishman’ is heading to theaters

The film’s debut at the NYFF is on September 27 (and London Film Festival in October), and it’s recently been announced that The Irishman will be released in a limited number of independent theaters on November 1.

Originally, Netflix was trying to seal a deal for the movie to be played at major chains AMC and Cinemark, but they’ve refused to show it because it doesn’t follow the 90-day minimum exclusivity standard.

Instead, the film, which stars heavyweights Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, will be playing in a number of theaters and then hit Netflix on November 27. According to Digital Trends, in order to be an Oscar contender, a film must be shown in a commercial theater for a minimum of seven days in Los Angeles County. Below are some other titles on the same path as The Irishman.

‘The King’

According to The Associated Press, The King, starring Timothee Chalamet, is also on the Netflix big-to-small-screen roster. Chalamet’s adoring fanbase will no doubt fill the seats to see the actor play a young Henry V in the Shakespeare adaptation. It will debut in theaters on October 11 and head to Netflix on November 1.

‘Dolemite Is My Name’

Eddie Murphy has a full plate right now and a standup deal in place with Netflix, but his Dolemite Is My Name film has fans excited. There’s already talk that his portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore is one of his career’s best. Look for it in theaters on October 4 and on the streaming service on October 25.

‘The Laundromat’

Meryl Streep is looking to undo some shady scammers in the comedy/drama, The Laundromat. The cast also includes Gary Oldman, Sharon Stone, and Antonio Banderas in the Steven Soderbergh-helmed Netflix original which arrives in theaters on September 27 and on the site on October 18.

‘The Two Popes’

Written by Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes explores the inner scandals and struggles of the Catholic Church, and it’s already being touted as a strong Oscar contender. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Bergoglio, an official who wants to retire early because of where the church is headed. A theater release is set for November 27, and Netflix will reclaim it for its platform on December 20.

To learn more about Netflix’s other theatrical releases for 2019, check out this list compiled by Variety. The company is certainly not afraid to lure in well-known filmmakers and is willing to spend the big bucks for an awards push. Let’s see how Netflix fares this awards season in the face of anti-streaming sentiment.