Posted 12/23/2014 at 4:23 PM
Posted 2 years ago
In a major reversal, Sony has decided to give The Interview a limited release to theaters on Christmas Day.
Sony has also announced that the film will also be released as video-on-demand.
In a statement, Michael Lynton, 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.”
He added “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.”
Theaters that will show The Interview include:
Alamo Kansas City in Missouri.
Alamo Kansas City in Yonkers, New York.
Tower City Cinemas in Cleveland, Ohio.
Pittsburgh Southside Works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Alamo Drafthouse in Dall/Ft Worth, Texas.
Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, Texas.
Alamo Drafthouse in San Antonio, Texas.
Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn, Virginia.
On Twitter Seth Rogen tweeted “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!”
James Franco also tweeted “VICTORY!!!!!! The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!! SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters”
The White House released the following statement “The President applauds Sony’s decision to authorize screenings of the film.”
After a damaging hacking attack, and leading up to the planned Christmas Day debut release of the film, hackers had attempted to intimidate Sony Pictures by making threats against theaters planning to screen the film.
Sony may also release the film as a free stream on Crackle.