Netflix, Cinemark Partner for Zack Synder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Theatrical Distribution

Cinemark, the nation’s No. 3 theatrical chain, and Netflix have partnered for the pending release of the streamer’s original movie Army of the Dead from director Zack Snyder. Cinemark will release the movie on its screens in both Cinemark XD and Digital Cinema beginning May 14. Cinemark XD is a projector capable of 35 trillion colors and custom surround sound that makes moviegoers feel part of the on-screen action.

Tickets are on sale now at Cinemark.com and on the Cinemark mobile app to watch the zombie movie before it is available on Netflix on May 21.

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Army of the Dead stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi and Samantha Win as a group of mercenaries who travel to Las Vegas to pull off a casino heist during a zombie apocalypse.

“Cinemark is excited to work with Netflix on our first wide release … in our theaters across the U.S.,” Justin McDaniel, SVP of global content strategy, said in a statement. “Zack Snyder fans will love seeing the action in an immersive, cinematic environment with larger-than-life sight and sound technology.”

Netflix heretofore has insisted any theatrical release of an original movie coincide with simultaneous streaming access worldwide, a stance that has resulted in most exhibitors boycotting Netflix movies.

Cinemark and Netflix have worked together on limited releases that put multiple films on the big screen. While this is the first wide release of a Netflix film at Cinemark theaters, the companies expect to work together on future releases.

“Following the success of our limited-run in-theater tests with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Midnight Sky and The Christmas Chronicles 2, we are looking forward to the wider theatrical release of Army of the Dead,” said Spencer Klein, head of distribution at Netflix. “We are thrilled to offer consumers the opportunity to watch this highly anticipated film in theaters and on Netflix.”

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