This Fall, Netflix to Release 10 Films in Theaters Prior to Streaming Debut

Thinking that you’ll be watching Netflix’s new Narnia adaptation while wearing your pajamas on your couch at home? Don’t be so sure.

Netflix only released four films in theaters in 2018, but one of them was the Oscar-winning Roma. Now, in this upcoming autumn season, the streaming giant has announced plans to release ten films exclusively in theaters prior to being made available on their online platform. As Netflix quests for more recognition at the Oscars with these ten releases, notable titles are the Martin Scorsese film The Irishman and the innovative 2D animated movie Klaus.

Among these ten films, the length of time shown exclusively in theaters before hitting Netflix’s online streaming service varies from one week to a month. For Narnia fans, this may encourage hope that that Netflix’s adaptation won’t just be available on small screens. The most recent report indicates that Netflix is developing the Narnia franchise as a set of movies and at least one series.

Is it important to you to see a Narnia movie in theaters, or would you be just as happy watching at home? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

25 Responses

  1. Swanwhite says:

    I really hope they’re in theatres! It makes it more of an event and more fun to go in costume to with friends and family.

    • Cleander says:

      Hey Swanwhite!
      I actually would prefer watching at home : my family tends not to go to movie theaters these days… we just get the DVD later. Though I don’t know… a church watch party could be good!
      We’ll see what happens.

      • Wolfden says:

        Haha, my family is the same way!! Although we normally go to the movies once a year around Christmas. I would probably rather stream at home, but who knows, I might just head off to the movies as soon as they come out!!

    • click here says:

      Can’t wait to see those ten films on the big screen. Such a Netflix fan.

  2. Reepicheep775 says:

    I actually really hope this is true. Movie theatres are one of my favourite places on earth and I would love to see the new Narnia films there. I’ve also been worried about the fate of movie theatres in recent years due to the popularity of streaming, so it’s nice to see them working together.

  3. Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

    Ooo this makes me excited! Not because I don’t like streaming but because this (probably) means they won’t skimp on budget (i.e. it’ll look movie grade not tv)

  4. narnia fan 7 says:

    It should probably be noted that Netflix only seems to do limited theatrical releases. Mainly so the movies can qualify for awards.

    Even if they make a Narnia movie that gets released in theaters, vary few people would actually be able to see it on the big screen.

    • icarus says:

      Exactly. At best these are token releases designed to circumvent the Oscar’s antiquated selection criteria. Whether anyone actually goes to see them is kind of irrelevant – the cost of distribution and marketing alone would probably make it very unlikely that such a short release window is a profitable endeavour for them, however its all about securing that Oscar eligibility..

      Since I don’t really see Narnia as being the sort of Oscar-bait movie they would make the effort for, I won’t hold my breath seeing any of these in theatres.

    • Reepicheep775 says:

      Well, that’s disappointing. 🙁

    • JFG II says:

      Yeah, few would see them, yet getting into theaters is important in presenting a movie rather than a TV series – If that’s what is happening. LWW, PC & VDT have already been made into films. That leaves MN, HHB, SC & LB as opportunities to expand the new Narnia series beyond a TV series.

  5. JFG II says:


    This is what I’ve been hoping against hope for: Narnia adaptations of the untold stories – shown in theaters!

    This time, next year, we may have an announcement showing a movie of The Magician’s Nephew being released Winter 2020 or Spring 2021!

    • Frodo Lives says:

      2020 seems too soon – 2021 is more probable. I just hope Narnia gets a complete adaptation before WWIII breaks out. Then again Narnia could help make WWIII bearable for viewers because it’s about courage and loyalty and – you know I’m just kidding right? God Help Us.

  6. Geekicheep says:

    Personally, I would rather see it at home. I do love a good movie at the theater, and I would ABSOLUTELY go if that’s what they do, but I kind of feel another LWW movie would not work at the theater. The 2005 version, for all its flaws, was a really good, really popular version of that story, and I kind of feel likt it would be hard to beat on the big screen. Especially with all the talk about budget and stuff around here lately, I just don’t think it would do as well as that movie. Now if they start with MN, that would probably do EXTREMELY well, because it’s a huge favorite among serious fans, and even casual fans would be curious about a prequel to LWW. But whatever happens, I’m looking forward to it!

    PS: I’ve never been to a movie in costume, but that sounds like fun! It would also be kind of hilarious, because I’m sure I would be the only one there in costume, unless it were part of some kind of convention. But that would be really cool!

  7. Aslan#1Fan says:

    I love the idea that it will be both. I want to see Narnia in theaters for the scale and the sheer epicness but it would be nice to have it stream later as well.

  8. click here says:

    Gosh! Im definitely excited to see all of these especially “The King”!

  9. click says:

    These are all great movies, but I can’t wait for El Camino, the Breaking Bad sequel on Netflix!!

  10. telmarine says:

    Sorry to be a wet blanket but I wouldn’t get too excited over this news. Major theater chains require a 90 day exhibition window for a studio to allow a film to show in their theaters, and that’s not something Netflix will get on board for. They will likely prefer to have a film exhibit for a few weeks (or a month tops) before it premieres on their steaming service. Since most theater chains won’t agree to those terms, than any potential box office release will only be in select theaters. So don’t expect to be tracking any box office numbers if Narnia premieres in theaters with Netflix. The Box office numbers will likely be very limited. Plus, Netflix would have to budget for a $100+ million marketing campaign (for each film) even if Netflix were to do a complete 180 and decide to work with theater chains after all. That’s potentially $700+ million. That is a huge marketing expense, and even though the Narnia franchise can probably make that back, it’s still considered a significant risk for Netflix. This is something that Netflix hasn’t been doing at all. I suppose things can always change in the future. But ultimately, there are many roadblocks to seeing Narnia released in the same way that the Walden films were released to theaters.

  11. I am cringing for Earthquake Bird. I can’t wait to watch it! 🙂

  12. Woaah! I’m so excited for this. This is really interesting.

  13. I love the idea that they are releasing it on theaters before putting on Netflix!!I’d love to see Narnia in a theater!

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  16. bizz says:

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