Tommy Wiseau's The Room is finally getting a wide theatrical release, as Fathom Events plans a one night only release for next January. The Disaster Artist has not been a box office titan thus far, having earned just $13 million through its first three weeks in theaters. But the film, which tells the story of how mystery man Tommy Wiseau made what’s often been called the worst movie of all time, The Room, has earned mostly positive reviews and was nominated for two Golden Globes, including Best Picture (Comedy or Musical.) Beyond that, it appears that most of the legions of The Room regulars approve of it. Not a large group, in the overall scheme of things, but certainly a passionate one.
For these seeking to see The Room and the Disaster Artist back to back, Regal Cinemas ran a one-night-only double feature in a couple of dozen locations around the country two weeks ago. Some cities also ran preview screenings of both films, while The Room continues to run monthly and one-off screenings in many locations. But now, the Room experience is about to get a proper wide release.
The Room will get a one-night-only theatrical release in 600 theaters, on January 10, 2018, according to THR. The movie will show at 8 p.m. around the country, through Fathom Events. The release will be accompanied by a trailer for Best F(r)iends, the latest film featuring The Room co-stars Wiseau and Greg Sestero. An official website, in true Wiseau fashion, includes a crude map of all of the theaters which will be playing the film, all of them including Wiseau’s face on the poster.
Wiseau gave THR a very Tommy Wiseau quote on the matter:
"It's really great because it's going to tackle the other areas where people aren't aware of The Room still… I've never called it a cult phenomenon, or whatever they call it… I call it a free expression, that's what The Room represents. I encourage people to express themselves in the screenings. A ton of people ask me, 'Why do you encourage that?' I say, 'Why not?' What I wanted was to give them a smile and it's their choice if they want to express themselves."
The 600-screen release will represent what’s almost certainly the widest release in The Room’s history, although Fathom did release a version of the film with Rifftrax commentary, also for one night only, in 2015. You can expect lots of spoons, footballs and other traditional accessories of Room esoterica.
The release will allow fans to see both The Room and The Disaster Artist on the big screen, although it’s unclear how many screens The Disaster Artist will still be playing on come January 10. But yes, Wiseau is right: The Fathom release will open the full Room communal experience to several markets that haven't had the honor up until now.