Chains get with Disney tea party
Last week, we reported on the fascinating ongoing tussle between Walt Disney and the exhibition chains over the release of Alice in Wonderland. A formidable coalition of cinema chains (Odeon, Vue, Cineworld) was threatening to boycott the film in reaction to Disney’s plans to severely slash the gap between theatrical and DVD releases.
At time of writing, it seems as if the boycott is crumbling. Vue and Cineworld have admitted they will show the film. Ward Anderson, Ireland’s largest cinema chain, has yet to respond to our inquiries, but it looks as if you will be able to catch Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter somewhere nearby.