February 22, 2015 at 1:03PM

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How to purchase theatrical rights to older big studio movies

Hi,

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?

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Do you have some experience in this matter? Should I say 'screw it, nobody's going to find out and Warner Bros honestly couldn't care less'? Or should I be more stringent.

February 22, 2015 at 1:11PM

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It's not worth the risk. If you get slapped with a big lawsuit you are instantly out of business and it could completely bankrupt you if the court rules against you.

There must be a legal way for you to show these films.

February 22, 2015 at 2:44PM, Edited February 22, 2:44PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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(off topic: cool: wanneer is het? = when is it happening?)

February 23, 2015 at 5:36AM, Edited February 23, 5:36AM

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WalterBrokx
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