Three North Texas Theaters Will Screen The Hateful Eight In 70mm.

When tickets to opening day screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens went on sale — two months in advance, mind you — they were scooped up in record-breaking amounts, selling eight times as many as the last film in the franchise did on its actual opening night.

Lest it be forgotten, though, the new Star Wars isn't the only huge opening this month — or the hardest ticket to score, for that matter. Announced earlier today were the 100 theaters nationwide that will host screenings of Quentin Tarantino's new western feature The Hateful Eight in glorious 70mm. And three such venues happen to be located right here in North Texas.

Those would be AMC Northpark 15 (8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas), Cinemark West Plano and XD (3800 Dallas Parkway, Plano) and AMC The Parks at Arlington 18 (3861 South Cooper Street, Arlington). Tickets to those screenings are on sale here.

It's a pretty big deal, too, as the number of theater's being retrofitted to be able to handle the antiquated stock — a move that is costing these theaters upwards of $80,000 — is about half of the amount initially anticipated. That shouldn't be a huge shock, as the last film to be shot in Ultra Panavision 70 was 1966 Charlton Heston vehicle Khartoum. (Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master was distributed in a similar 70mm format back in 2012, but that film was shot in 65mm, and received an even more limited release.)

Tarantino hopes that more than just cinephiles appreciate his efforts here, as he's releasing the longer 70mm cut of The Hateful Eight on Christmas day, a week ahead of the edited-down wide release. These screenings, he's said, should be thought of more as an event, with special musical overtures preceding these screenings. These showings will also feature an intermission between acts, as well as a souvenir program.

And, y'know, the simple fact that this film was shot on 70mm at all is just pretty baller on its own. It's a rarely used format that's wider and more detailed than we're used to these days, and an experience that few folks in this movie-going generation have had a chance to experience in person.

So, yeah, take that, Star Wars.

8248_2

8248_3

8248_4

8248_5

8248_6

8248_7

8248_8

8248_9

8248_10

8248_11

8248_12

8248_13

8248_14

8248_15

8248_16

8248_17

8248_18

8248_19

8248_20

8248_21

8248_22

8248_23

8248_24

8248_25

8248_26

8248_27

8248_28

8248_29

8248_30

8248_31

8248_32

8248_33

8248_34

8248_35

8248_36

8248_37

8248_38

8248_39

8248_40

8248_41

8248_42

8248_43

8248_44

8248_45

8248_46

8248_47

8248_48

8248_49

8248_50

No more articles
X