If you missed out on snagging tickets for Taylor Swift’s record-breaking stadium tour in the U.S., there’s some good news on the horizon that might soothe your FOMO. Swift is set to release a filmed rendering of her tour, titled “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour,” in movie theaters nationwide this fall, with an opening day scheduled for Friday, October 13th.
This isn’t going to be a one or two-night special event; it’s going to be a significant cinema experience. AMC Theatres has promised that the film will be screened at all of its U.S. locations, with multiple showings on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during its initial run. Many of AMC’s premium screens, including Imax and Dolby Cinema locations, will also feature the film. Additionally, “The Eras Tour” will be shown at Cinemark and Regal theaters in the U.S., with more theaters and chains expected to join in.
Swift herself shared the exciting news on her social media accounts, along with a trailer for the film. She expressed her joy about bringing the concert film to the big screen and encouraged fans to join in the experience, complete with era-appropriate attire, friendship bracelets, and plenty of singing and dancing.
Tickets for the film are already on sale through AMC Theatres’ website, the Cinemark site, and Fandango. The prices are tailored to Swift’s style, with adult tickets at $19.89 (plus tax) and children/seniors’ tickets at $13.13 for standard screens. Additional charges apply for Imax and Dolby Cinema showings.
But with Swift’s massive fan base, are movie exhibitors ready for a potential stampede of Swifties trying to secure their seats? AMC seems to be taking precautions to prevent ticketing system breakdowns. The company has reportedly upgraded its website and ticketing systems to handle a surge in traffic, anticipating high demand. However, they acknowledge that even with these improvements, delays, longer waiting times, and possible outages may still occur, given the passionate fandom.
To discourage scalpers, there will be some restrictions, including no passes, no use of AMC A-List Stubs memberships, and a no-refund policy for tickets purchased. This is aimed at preventing mass purchases and subsequent mass refunds if reselling becomes challenging.
While AMC is a key partner, this concert film won’t be exclusive to their screens. AMC is acting as both distributor and exhibitor, making the film available to unaffiliated theaters as well. Cinemark and Regal in the U.S., Cineplex in Canada, and Cinepolis in Mexico have already signed up to show the film. AMC expects to add more theaters to the list before the October release.
The announcement clears up the mystery surrounding the extra cameras at Swift’s recent performances at L.A.’s SoFi Stadium. Fans speculated that Swift was filming for a big-screen release, considering her previous successful collaborations with streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon. This film promises to be another memorable addition to her repertoire and offers a chance for fans to relive the magic of her tour on the silver screen.
No mention of overseas engagements has been made for “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour” in cinemas, and this decision aligns with the fact that the Eras Tour won’t extend beyond the Americas until 2024. Taylor Swift’s upcoming year will be predominantly dedicated to touring Europe, Japan, Australia, and various other international territories. While she’s set to return briefly to the U.S. in the fall of the following year to conclude the world tour, her team likely doesn’t anticipate a significant rush among fans who already secured tickets for those shows just because they now have the opportunity to see a movie version in advance.
It’s worth noting that many fans worldwide have already caught glimpses of Swift’s three-and-a-half-hour set through unauthorized fan livestreams. However, these video spoilers didn’t diminish demand; in fact, they often drove resale prices higher during the U.S. tour.
The film is directed by Sam Wrench, known for his previous work with top musicians, including the live Imax concert presentation by Brandi Carlile in 2022 (“In the Canyon Haze Live”), “Billie Eilish Live at the O2,” “Lizzo: Live in Concert,” and “BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage.”
On the AMC ticketing site, the running time is listed as 2 hours and 45 minutes, slightly shorter than the set length of about 3 hours and 15 minutes in stadiums over the past six months. Some of this condensation is likely due to the elimination of costume and set changes. However, no songs have been cut from the setlist for the film. The film will also include a “secret songs” mini-set, and fans can speculate about the possible candidates for this surprise solo slot based on previous choices, such as “I Can See You,” “Maroon,” “Our Song,” “You Are in Love,” “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” and “You’re on Your Own, Kid.”
Fans who rushed to buy tickets after Taylor Swift’s announcement on social media found themselves in a short queue on the AMC website, with wait times of approximately 15 minutes, while there was no wait at Fandango, where tickets are also available for purchase.
Although there hasn’t been official information about how long the film will be in theaters, tickets are currently being sold for screenings through November 4th. All showtimes are scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with an exception for Halloween night, which falls on a Tuesday.
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