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COVID-19 permitting: ‘Tenet’ opens Sept. 3 on 70mm at the Music Box, preceded by three-week run of ‘Inception’ Aug. 14

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 8/6/2020 By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

It’s a national pandemic exclusive. Next Friday, Aug. 14, the Music Box Theatre will premiere a newly struck 70 millimeter print of Christopher Nolan’s 2010 thriller “Inception.”

It’ll be the first theater in the country to show the 10th anniversary re-release in the widescreen film format, according to theater officials.

The three-week Music Box engagement gets a seven-day head start on the other, digitally projected Chicago area “Inception” screenings beginning Aug. 21, at theaters to be announced.

Then: On Sept. 3, the Music Box will unveil a 70mm presentation of “Tenet,” Nolan’s latest starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debecki.

Barring any change in release strategy by distributor Warner Brothers, and unless Chicago city COVID-19 regulations tighten up again, “Tenet” will open on various other Chicago screens Sept. 4, as it will in some other major U.S. markets. Los Angeles and New York City may prove the exception, depending on pandemic curves and civic and state regulations.

“Tenet” won’t be following the customary same-day worldwide release blueprint. Nolan’s film, a doomsday-prevention scenario toying with concepts of “time inversion” and quantum physics, will open Aug. 26 in over 70 countries including Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and France. A week prior to the pandemically hobbled U.S. market, in other words.

China, typically the most lucrative exhibition market outside the U.S., premieres “Tenet” on Sept. 4.

Postscript: If you see either or both Nolan attractions in theaters, please: Wear your mask and keep your social distance. You’re not alone here. As Arthur Miller once wrote, there’s a universe of people outside, and you’re responsible to it.

Michael Phillips is a Tribune critic.

Twitter @phillipstribune


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