‘Tenet’ to screen early in some US cities

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

The $200 million spy thriller starring John David Washington will open more widely in the US on Sept. 3.

Tenet is the first major new Hollywood movie to be released in 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 catalog 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.

Tenet will open internationally first, arriving Aug 26 in more than 70 countries, including Japan, Russia, much of Europe, Australia and Canada.

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

Early domestic screenings of Tenet will be scheduled on the evenings of Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 where theatres are open in the US Tickets go on sale Friday.