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Marcus Theatres Pass on "Cloverfield" for the Same Reason as "Sweeney Todd"

Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2008 6:17 PM

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Once again, Marcus Theatres will not be showing a movie produced by Paramount Pictures. The last time, it was the Johnny Depp slasher-musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This time, however, its the highly publicized and hyped movie Cloverfield, which is produced by J.J. Abrams of TV's "Lost" and Mission: Impossible III fame.

The Business Journal of Milwaukee is reporting that the issue this time is the same as it was last time; price:

"Our negotiations with this film distributor have again reached an impasse," said Bruce Olson, president of Marcus Theatres. "Marcus Theatres did not show 'Sweeney Todd' on its first run availability date because acceptable terms could not be negotiated and now we will not be exhibiting 'Cloverfield' at any of our locations for similar reasons."

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The impact of Marcus' decision with Sweeney Todd probably wasn't that big a deal for either the exhibitor or the studio, as the movie only opened on less than 1,300 screens. Cloverfield is scheduled to open on 3,100 screens on Friday, which is a much wider release. Given the hype surrounding the movie, there will likely be a major push for people to see it this weekend, and if Marcus takes a couple of weeks to come to terms with Paramount, the bulk of movie traffic may have already seen the movie. According to the article, there are 49 Marcus Theatres locations in the United States, with a total of 594 screens.

While this is bad news for those of you without theaters nearby other than Marcus locations, it's gotta be good news for the non-Marcus theaters that are nearby to those locations! As always, you can find showtimes for Cloverfield for a movie theater near you by going to the movie's showtimes page. Some theaters have scheduled midnight shows on Thursday in anticipation of the demand for the movie, so don't forget to check out the times on Thursday as well!

Keep in mind that many theaters have not submitted their showtimes yet for this Friday. We do get some on Mondays, but the majority of them come in on Tuesday and Wednesday. We do multiple updates per day, so check back often and purchase your tickets in advance if possible!

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