LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift fans will have another shot to see the artist’s Eras Tour — at least on movie screens.
A concert film shot during the pop superstar’s recent six-night stand in Inglewood, California will open at movie theaters across North America on Oct. 13, Swift announced early Thursday, just weeks after her blockbuster Eras tour drew nearly half a million fans to SoFi Stadium amid a frenzy that some have compared to the days of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
“Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,” as the movie is called, will bring to the screen Swift’s first road show since 2018, which launched in March in Arizona and went on to dominate social media over the summer with viral video clips of various parts of the three-hour-plus show, including surprise cameos by the likes of Ice Spice and Taylor Lautner and a recurring bit in which she bestows a signature hat on an audience member during her song “22.”
AMC Theatres will distribute the film. In a statement, AMC said that it “has upgraded its website and ticketing engines to handle more than five times the largest influx of ticket-buying traffic the Company has ever experienced before.” In November 2022, Ticketmaster’s botched on-sale for the Eras tour outraged fans and fueled criticism from federal and state politicians about the ticketing company’s dominance in the live music industry.
The Eras tour ostensibly comes behind Swift’s 10th studio album, “Midnights,” which came out in October and immediately set a record for the most streams ever accumulated in a single day on Spotify. (The LP is also widely expected to fare well in Grammy Award nominations due to be revealed Nov. 10.) But the show encompasses the 33-year-old’s entire career, with separate sections devoted to each of her studio albums, three of which — 2008′s “Fearless,” 2010′s “Speak Now” and 2012′s “Red” — she’s re-recorded as part of a campaign to take control of her early work after her old label Big Machine changed hands.
During her final SoFi show on Aug. 9, Swift announced that she planned to release her “Taylor’s Version” of 2014′s “1989″ on Oct. 27.
The Eras tour, which concert industry experts predict will rake in more than $1 billion by the time it ends, stopped last week for four nights in Mexico City and will head to Brazil in November; next year the tour is scheduled to visit Asia and Europe before returning to North America for dates in Miami, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Toronto.
Swift’s upcoming concert movie follows a 2020 Netflix documentary, “Miss Americana,” and an earlier concert film depicting her tour behind 2017′s “Reputation” album.