February 22, 2015 at 1:03PM
How to purchase theatrical rights to older big studio movies
I'm in the process of starting a pop-up cinema in my home city Rotterdam (The Netherlands.) We'll have some 50-100 visitors a night. There is one website for Dutch people that makes buying screening rights very easy (www.filmservice.nl). However, it only has some 16K titles. And the movies I was researching today, namely Burn After Reading (2008) and Boogie Nights (1997) aren't amongst them. There is no way for me to contact Warner Bros directly (they're behind both films) and they're obviously out of theatrical distribution so no other company has them in their catalogue. I really want to do this right, and I'd hate to make money illegally. But God, they make it very tempting. Ironically enough, it's easy to purchase rights for smaller art-house films.
Who knows how this works?