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Chris Nolan Hates Netflix for Killing Movie Theaters

Dave Parrack 20-07-2017

Christopher Nolan isn’t a fan of Netflix. Especially when it comes to the streaming giant’s attitude to making movies. He hates the fact Netflix insists on streaming its movies at the same time as releasing them in theaters. A practice he thinks is doing irreparable harm to movie theaters 6 Reasons You Shouldn't Abandon Movie Theaters Movies are awesome. Watching a movie in a theater makes them awesome-er. Sadly, most people are skipping movie theaters and just watching films online instead. Which is something we simply cannot let happen... Read More .


Nolan is the destined-to-be-legendary film director who brought us Inception, The Dark Knight, and Interstellar. All three of which are absolute classics. However, Nolan wouldn’t have made any of those movies for Netflix, simply because he vehemently disagrees with the company’s distribution model.

Christopher Nolan Loves Film But Hates Netflix

Netflix has been pumping out some stellar original content 15 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2017 Netflix is now producing its own original content. And some of the new Netflix Originals set to debut in 2017 definitely look like they'll be worth watching. Read More over the last few years, including House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Master of None, and the excellent Stranger Things. It’s now making movies too, some of which don’t star Adam Sandler, thankfully. However, Nolan isn’t happy about Netflix’s approach to making movies.

According to IndieWire, Nolan said in an interview, “Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films. They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation.”

When asked about Netflix funding projects that studios are unlikely to ever get behind, Nolan said, “I think the investment that Netflix is putting into interesting filmmakers and interesting projects would be more admirable if it weren’t being used as some kind of bizarre leverage against shutting down theaters. It’s so pointless. I don’t really get it.”

Nolan was also asked whether he would ever consider making a movie the studios had no interest in. A film like Bong Joon Ho’s Okja, for example, which is currently streaming on Netflix. To which he replied, “No. Well, why would you? If you make a theatrical film, it’s to be played in theaters.”


Nolan clearly doesn’t have any love for Netflix, but he does have some respect for Amazon, which is happy to give theaters first dibs on its movies. He said, “You can see that Amazon is very clearly happy to not make that same mistake. The theaters have a 90-day window. It’s a perfectly usable model. It’s terrific.”

Cinema Isn’t Dying, It’s Evolving

Chris Nolan is entitled to his opinions, and his passion for delivering the best cinematic experience he can possibly muster is admirable. However, he’s missing the point of Netflix here, which is to use the money given to it by subscribers to make films it thinks its subscribers will want to watch. And, for better or worse, movie theaters do not factor into that formula Cinema Is Dying: How Movie Theaters Can Ensure Their Survival Movie theaters need to offer more than just a way of watching the latest films. They need to stop competing on "convenience" and start focusing on "experience." Here's how. Read More .

Are you a Netflix subscriber? Do you enjoy a lot of Netflix Originals? Or would you prefer the company sticks to buying content in? Do you understand where Nolan is coming from? Do you think Netflix will ultimately kill movie theaters? The comments are open below…

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  1. TheWalt
    July 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    If Nolan is so concerned about the future of the movie theater industry,he should get together with the rest of his Hollywood people and make a deal to give theaters a bigger cut of the box office take, if it really matters that much to him.
    There's no way theaters should be selling BILLIONS of dollars worth of movies and have to rely on concessions to keep the doors open.
    That would allow them to at the very least, sell concessions at a more reasonable price so patrons don't feel like they're being robbed every time they show up.

  2. Patrick Saunders
    July 21, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Nolan is desperately trying to protect a business model that has outlived its usefulness.

  3. Brandon
    July 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I don't think Nolan could be more wrong. He's a dinosaur making movies for a dying industry. Since Netflix, I just wait until the movie I want to see shows up, and then I watch it. I know the dinosaurs are in love with Amazon video, but while I have it to watch The Grand Tour, it's otherwise atrocious. Impossible to navigate, non-existent content, and even as a prime subscriber I have to pay for most everything that is remotely interesting. Did I mention the UI is horrible?

    I means seriously, I don't get how movie theaters could possible compare to Netflix. I don't have to leave the house, I don't have to plan on being anywhere at a certain time.

    Going to a movie theater means paying a months subscription TO SEE ONE MOVIE. Two months if I take my wife. I can't pause for bathroom breaks. Any food, that's 3 more months of subscription I just spent. On top of that, you are forced to watch ads, sit next to someone who's texting, and sit in an uncomfortable seat at a weird viewing angle. Bring it Netflix, make the movie theater something my kids read about in history class.

  4. Oh THAT Brian!
    July 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Movie theaters are a must. Remember that the majority of the ticket price goes back to the distributor and the movie studios. The concessions are where the theaters make the majority of their money. When my wife and I were younger, we enjoyed going to the theater. Now our health prevents trips to the movies, except for very special occasions.

    Nowadays, we have to wait for a movie to come out to Netflix or Red Box before we can watch them. That is why we have a home theater system. It doesn't hurt to be able to pause the movie when nature calls!

    I say this to Chris Nolan: If it weren't for Netflix, a large part of his audience would never see his movies with his original vision - they would have to wait for it to be butchered by network television! Give us a break, Chris!

  5. Al
    July 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Geez! You don't think that gouging the customer on the price of soft drinks, popcorn, etc., had anything to do when "the demise of movie theaters." do you? My local theater wanted $2.50 for a bottle of water. A few blocks away, Costco was selling 40 bottles of water for $2.99. I mean, "Come on!"