After being ridiculed by many, including Barack Obama, for pulling ‘The Interview’ from theaters, Sony has changed their tune and will allow select theaters to show the film on Christmas day.
On Tuesday, Dec. 23, Sony made the decision to release The Interview after all. However, the release will be just a fraction of what was originally planned for the film, with select theaters across he country receiving permission to show it starting on Dec. 25.
‘The Interview’ To Be Released In Select Theaters
It’s official: The Interview will be released in theaters on Christmas!
Sony announced on Dec. 23 that they have allowed a handful of theaters across the United States to show the film after all, reports The Wrap.
Instead of a massive wide release as was originally planned by Sony, the film will be shown in just under 100 independently owned theaters.
Michael Lynton, the Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, said: “We have never given up on releasing ‘The Interview’ and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day. At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.”
Sony Hopes To Add Even More Theaters To Release Plan
Some of the theaters already secured include The Plaza theater in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas.
“While we hope this is only the first step of the film’s release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech,” Michael’s statement continued.
The film is also scheduled to release on VOD.
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— Lauren Cox