Sony Pictures allows some theaters to show 'The Interview'

It was unclear how many theaters would be allowed to screen "The Interview."

December 23, 2014 20:03
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Kim Jong-un and Seth Rogen

Kim Jong-un and Seth Rogen. (photo credit: REUTERS)

LOS ANGELES - Sony Pictures said on Tuesday that "The Interview" will have a limited theatrical release in the United States on Christmas Day and the studio is looking for more options to screen the film that prompted a cyberattack on Sony.

"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," Sony Pictures chief executive Michael Lynton 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."

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The screwball comedy about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un led to a cyber attack on the studio, which the US government has blamed on North Korea.

The founder of the Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, Tim League, wrote on Twitter that Sony authorized the theater to screen the film. A spokeswoman for the theater chain confirmed the tweet.

It was unclear how many theaters would be allowed to screen "The Interview" and if major movie theaters that had decided not to open the film last week owing to security concerns would join the group of authorized exhibitors.

Another theater in Atlanta, the Plaza Atlanta, said on social media that it will also show the film. Representatives for the theater were not available for comment.

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