Update, December 23: At last, New York City theaters are announcing that they will show Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview, starting Christmas Day — a big relief, since we never quite finalized our plan to screen Team America on a bedsheet hanging from the Freedom Tower.
Here’s the current list of stouthearted theaters:
Manhattan: Cinema Village (details here) is the only theater in Manhattan to show The Interview, despite earlier reports that Quad Cinema would also exhibit the film.
Brooklyn: Williamsburg Cinemas (details here)
Queens: Center Cinema in Sunnyside (details here), Kew Gardens Cinema (details here), Main Street Six (details here)
In addition to these liberty-loving exhibitors, one theater theater will be bringing the script to life: The Treehouse Theater, at 154 West 29th, will host a live reading of the script on December 27. (Tickets are free, and will be distributed at 5:30 on the 27th at Pioneers Bar, 138 West 29th Street.)
It was only a matter of time: News came out today that The Interview would be shown in movie theaters across the U.S., mainly at Alamo Drafthouse locations.
In New York, that means Yonkers:
THE INTERVIEW tickets are now on sale! Midnight shows (mostly) through next week. http://t.co/DR94me8UHg
— Alamo Drafthouse NYC (@AlamoNYC) December 23, 2014
The movie shows at midnight each night starting on Christmas through the following Tuesday, December 30, then at 10:45 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, and then again at midnight on New Year’s Day. Check the Alama Drafthouse-Yonkers site for all the details.
Just before noon on Tuesday, Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League posted this on Twitter:
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
On December 17, Sony announced it was pulling the movie entirely, after terrorist threats were made by a group called the Guardians of Peace against theaters that opted to show the movie, which skewers North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. It was the same day the Voice ran an in-depth interview with Seth Rogen, the movie’s co-director, co-writer, and star. A day before that, on December 16, Rogen announced he was canceling all his public appearances.
Rogen shared this on Twitter today:
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
…And Rogen’s partner, co-writer and co-director Evan Goldberg, posted this:
Thanks to everyone who didn’t give up on our movie! @Sethrogen & I are humbled & overwhelmed by your support. Hope you enjoy the film!
— Evan Goldberg (@evandgoldberg) December 23, 2014
So how is the movie? Meh. Our chief film critic, Stephanie Zacharek, writes in her review of The Interview that it “will go down in history for all the wrong reasons, stirring up an awful lot of trouble for very little payoff.”
Mashable is updating a list of theaters across the country that will show the movie — at least until it become available on demand, when everybody will have an opportunity to see it.
“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, CEO of Sony Entertainment, in a statement released today. “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.”
On Long Island, the movie is opening at two theaters on Christmas Day: Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington (details here) and in Mastic at Island Cinemas (details here). The movie also opens on New Year’s Day in Ithaca (details here).
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