Sony authorizes select theaters to play the film in the wake of the hacking scandal

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Despite hackers’ efforts to shut down The Interview, select theaters are set to screen the movie on Christmas Day.

Sony announced Tuesday morning that just under 100 indie theaters will continue with the original plan to show the movie, beginning on Thursday.

“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,” Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, said in a statement. “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,” Lynton said. “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.”

James Franco and Seth Rogen both Tweeted their excitement about the film’s release, and Franco poked fun at President Obama for mispronouncing his name as “Flacco” in a speech on Friday.

The White House issued a statement Tuesday in support of Sony’s choice.

“The president applauds Sony’s decision to authorize screenings of the film,” the statement said. “As the President made clear, we’re a country that believes in free speech and the right of artistic expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film and we welcome that outcome.”

The Plaza Atlanta Theater, the Texas Drafthouse Cinema and the State Theater in Michigan were the first theaters to decide to play the movie. The Art House Convergence, which reps 250 indie theaters, started a petition Monday, which currently has 500 signatures in favor of playing the film if Sony will let them.

Sony also released a new TV trailer for the film on Tuesday.

Here is the complete list of where you can see The Interview:


Loft Cinema, Tuscon


Riverdale 10, Little Rock


Cinefamily, Los Angeles

Commerce 14, City of Commerce

Crest Westwood, Los Angeles

East Hills Mall, Bakersfield

Fontana 8, Fontana

Granada Hills 9, Granada Hills

Janss Marketplace 9, Thousand Oaks

Jurupa 14, Jurupa

Los Feliz 3, Los Angeles

Laemmle’s North Hollywood 7, Los Angeles (starting Dec. 31)

Perris 10, Perris

Santa Paula 7, Santa Paula

Sterling 6, San Bernardino

Westminster 10, Westminster


Alamo, Littleton


Westown Movies, Middletown


Plaza Theater, Atlanta


Sun-Ray Cinema, Jacksonville



AppleCinemas, Cambridge


The Bijou, Traverse City

Alamo, Kalamazoo

State Theatre, Ann Arbor



Alamo Main Street, Kansas City

MX Movies, St. Louis

New York

Alamo, Yonkers

Cinemopalis, Ithica

Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington

North Dakora



Fox Theatre, Dallas

South Carolina

Terrace Theatre, Charleston


Belcourt Theatre, Nashville


Alamo Ritz, Austin

Alamo, Lubbock

Alamo Marketplace, New Braunfels

Alamo, Richardson

Alamo Park North, San Antonio

Alamo Westlakes, San Antonio


Alamo Loudoun, Ashburn

Cinemall, Abingdon