Broadway theatre to turn into cinema for Scorsese’s The Irishman
Netflix is going to put up a screen in the Belasco Theatre and show the film on the Broadway model of eight performances a week.
Broadway will turn back the clock next month when it converts one of its august theatres into a cinema and starts screenings of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.
Netflix is going to put up a screen in the Belasco Theatre and show the film on the Broadway model of eight performances a week – Tuesday through until Sunday evenings, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday from November 1 to December 1.
The Belasco has been empty since the play Network ended its run in June.
Its next tenant will be Girl From The North Country in March.
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Broadway producers have been creative lately about using the theatre spaces when vacant, including programming concerts, magic shows and improv performances.
While unprecedented these days, turning the 1,000-seat Belasco into a cinema is an echo from the past.
Almost every Broadway theatre that is still standing was converted to showing films, recording radio broadcasts or being used as a TV recording studio at some point in Times Square’s seedier days, said Tim Dolan, a Broadway historian who is owner of the Broadway Up Close Walking Tours.
Mobster film The Irishman stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
It represents a big risk for Netflix, which put up 159 million dollars (£129 million) to make The Irishman after other studios passed.