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Pete Davidson's Movie 'The King of Staten Island' Abruptly Pulled From Drive-In Theaters

Pete Davidson's Movie 'The King of Staten Island' Abruptly Pulled From Drive-In Theaters

Pete Davidson‘s movie, The King of Staten Island, is being pulled from drive-in theaters.

The theaters were “abruptly informed they were not able to show the film,” Variety reported on Friday (June 12).

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The movie was seemingly intended to debut in a limited number of theaters, mostly drive-ins, that were still open amid the pandemic, while also launching across premium video-on-demand platforms.

“The news has created consternation, and even outrage, in the close-knit community of drive-in operators, many of whom have been promoting showtimes and selling tickets for The King of Staten Island. Now, they’ve had to offer refunds and scramble to find new content to show under short notice. Universal didn’t give exhibitors any reasoning behind the hasty decision,” the outlet reported.

“There was no explanation. They changed their mind,” one theater owner told the publication.

However, it seems it might have all come down to an original miscommunication.

“Insiders at Universal chalked it up to an internal misunderstanding, saying The King of Staten Island was always intended to premium exclusively on-demand, however some executives unintentionally booked the film in about 100 theaters. When they realized the mistake, the studio went back to theaters and asked them not to play it,” Variety reports.

Judd Apatow also addressed the situation earlier in the week.

“THIS IS AN ERROR. THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND IS ONLY OPENING ON VOD FRIDAY. IT IS NOT OPENING IN THEATERS,” he wrote on Wednesday (June 10).

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