Well this is cool. Although the five major theater chains decided to drop The Interview, and remain committed to not showing the film, other theaters are willing to screen the movie. Specifically, the Plaza Atlanta and the Alamo Drafthouse have been authorized to show the picture on Christmas Day according to Variety. Additionally, The Wrap is reporting that some VOD outlets will get the movie, and that an official announcement is coming later today.
It’s possible that other theaters could be added to the list, but nothing is official on that front yet. We only know for sure that the Alamo Drafthouse and Plaza Atlanta are getting it as far as movie theaters go. Hit the jump for the tweet from Alamo chief Tim League and the Facebook post from Plaza Atlanta, which includes the showtimes for the Christmas Day screening. We’ll update this story as we learn further details about Sony’s release plans, but this is very exciting (especially for an Atlanta resident like me). [Update: Sony has released an official statement, but it makes no mention of a VOD release. You can read the studio’s statement after the jump along with a tweet by star, co-writer, and co-director Seth Rogen commenting on this new development.]
Breaking Plaza News: The Interview will open Exclusive on 12/25 . The Plaza will be one of the few theaters in the nation to open the film .
— Plaza Atlanta (@PlazaAtlanta) December 23, 2014
Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory
— Tim League (@timalamo) December 23, 2014
The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 23, 2014
Here’s the press release:
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES LIMITED THEATRICAL RELEASE OF THE INTERVIEW ON CHRISTMAS DAY
[Hollywood – December 23, 2014] Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Interview will have a limited theatrical release in the United States on Christmas Day.
“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,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. “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.”
“I want to thank our talent on The Interview and our employees, who have worked tirelessly through the many challenges we have all faced over the last month. 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.”