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Christopher Nolan's Tenet to screen early at theatres in some US cities

The spy thriller is set to open in the US on Sep 3 but will start screening several days before as a gesture of support to the theatres that are reopening after months of shutdown.

Christopher Nolan's Tenet to screen early at theatres in some US cities

Actors Elizabeth Debicki (left) and John David Washington in a scene from Tenet. (Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros Entertainment via AP)

Some US moviegoers will be able to see Christopher Nolan's Tenet a few days early. Warner Bros on Tuesday (Aug 18) said that it would be offering early access screenings starting Aug 31 as a gesture of support to the US theatres that are reopening after five months of being closed because of COVID-19. 

The US$200 million (S$273 million) spy thriller starring John David Washington will open more widely in the US on Sep 3. It will open internationally first, arriving Aug 26 in more than 70 countries, including Japan, Russia, much of Europe, Australia and Canada. 

It opens in Singapore on Aug 27.

Tenet is the first major new Hollywood movie to be released in American theatres since most locations shuttered in mid-March. It's arrival could not come soon enough for the ailing theatres, many of which are opening this week without any significant new movies and instead programming popular back catalogue films like The Empire Strikes Back and Back To The Future to entice audiences. 

The nation's largest exhibitor, AMC, will open some of its doors Thursday, with Regal following on Friday.

"Warner Bros. is proud to support our partners in exhibition as they reopen their doors," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros' president of domestic distribution, in a written statement. "And there could be no better film to welcome audiences back to a true big-screen experience than Tenet."

The film, originally set for a Jul 17 release, had its premiere postponed several times because of global spikes in COVID-19.

(Source: CNA/AP)

Source: CNA/ap