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‘The Interview’ Will Be Released in Multiple Theaters and VOD on Christmas Day

'The Interview' Will Be Released in Multiple Theaters and VOD on Christmas Day

SECOND UPDATE: Here is the complete list of Alamo Drafthouse locations that will be screening “The Interview”:

Alamo Lakeline – Austin
Alamo Slaughter – Austin
Alamo South Lamar – Austin
Alamo Ritz – Austin
Alamo – Littleton, CO
Alamo Loudoun – Ashburn, VA
Alamo –  Kalamazoo, MI
Alamo – Yonkers, NY
Alamo Main Street – KC
Alamo – Richardson, TX
Alamo Vintage Park – Houston, TX
Alamo Mason Park – Katy, TX
Alamo – Lubbock, TX
Alamo Marketplace – New Braunfels, TX
Alamo Park North – San Antonio
Alamo Westlakes – San Antonio

UPDATE:
League has sent the following statement to Indiewire:

Alamo Drafthouse will be playing THE INTERVIEW at multiple locations.
Specific theaters and showtimes are currently being determined. Follow
@Drafthouse for further announcements.Below please find a statement
from Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League…

“We cannot imagine the
pressures that have been affecting Sony, at all levels of the
organization they have been under attack. Amidst this unwarranted chaos,
they have regrouped and listened to the public, the
government and the exhibition community and responded with resolve and
determination. At 10:45 AM, Sony bookers approved screenings
at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other arthouse and independent theaters across the country.

This is the best Christmas gift anyone could
give us. We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood
firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression.

Two days til Christmas, and I am proud to be an American.”
– Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League

EARLIER:

After initially announcing that the Christmas Day release for “The Interview” was canceled, Sony has allowed the film to screen in a select few theaters around the country on Wednesday, while also making the film available on VOD platforms, according to several theater owners made aware of the arrangement.

The news first broke today on Twitter, when The Alamo Drafthouse CEO and co-founder Tim League tweeted the news.

A rep for the Drafthouse later confirmed the arrangement, but said that it had yet to determine which of its locations around the country would show the film. Additionally, The Plaza Atlanta announced its intention of screening the film on December 25.

In both cases, the plan is only to show the film for one day only, but the full details of Sony’s strategy has yet to be revealed. The announcement arrived a day after the indie exhibitors organization Arthouse Convergence circulated a petition encouraging Sony to work with theater owners to show the film. On Friday, President Barack Obama publicly said that Sony’s decision not to release the film was “a mistake.”

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