We will not be denied our dick jokes.
When massive chains and corporations chicken out in the face of empty threats by kooky totalitarian regimes, leave it the art house cinemas to come to the rescue in the name of freedom. That's right. The movie nerds who spent their youth dissecting Truffaut films are the ones stepping up to North Korea by offering Sony a venue to show The Interview on Christmas Day.
Art House Convergence represents independent exhibitors across the country, and wrote and wrote a letter to top Sony execs Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal offering them screens to show their embattled film on Christmas Day, according to Variety. The story is still developing, but CNN's Brian Stelter just came on the TV and said that at least one theater in Atlanta and one is Austin will show the movie, with perhaps more to be announced. Sony has spent the last few days trying to formulate a distribution plan, no doubt feeling more empowered with the force of the U.S. government behind them.
“We understand there are risks involved in screening ‘The Interview,’" Art House Convergence's letter read. "We will communicate these risks as clearly as we can to our employees and customers and allow them to make their own decisions, as is the right of every American.”
We're guessing that once the screenings are officially announced, they'll be the hottest tickets in town. (Our advice: buy as many as you can and sell them for triple the price, then wait for the DVD.) Interest in a movie has rarely been higher, and suddenly, seeing a Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy has become an act of patriotism, which is exactly what the North Koreans had in mind when they started this mess. We'll be updating this post once information about the screenings
leaks becomes available.
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UPDATE: Seth Rogen and James Franco have broken their silence and tweeted the following:
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
VICTORY!!!!!!! The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!! SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters… http://t.co/0KyZQAB6cf— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) December 23, 2014
UPDATED: The Alamo Drafthouse will show The Interview tomorrow at multiple locations.
UPDATED: Here is the full list of theaters that will be showing The Interview on Christmas.
Alabama: Edge 12 – Birmingham
Arizona: Harkins Theatres – Phoenix
Arkansas: Riverdale 10 – Little Rock
California: Laemmle Theatre, North Hollywood, CA (Dec. 31) Cinefamily – Los Angeles Mission Grove Theaters – Riverside
Colorado: Alamo – Littleton
Delaware: Penn Cinemas Riverfront – Wilmington Rehoboth Beach’s Movies at Midway – Lewes Westown Movies – Middletown
Florida: Sun-Ray Cinema – Jacksonville
Georgia: The Plaza Atlanta – Atlanta
Illinois: Art Theater Co-Op, Champaign Hollywood Blvd Cinema, Woodridge
Indiana: Jasper 8 Theatres – Jasper
Louisiana: Chalmette Movies – Chalmette The Robinson Film Center – Shreveport
Maryland: Eastpoint Movies 10 – Baltimore
Massachusetts AppleCinemas – Cambridge
Michigan: Alamo – Kalamazoo The Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor
Missouri: Alamo Main Street – Kansas City MX Movies – St. Louis
New York: Alamo – Yonkers Dipson Flix 10 Stadium – Lancaster (Dec 26) Dipson Lakewood Cinema – Lakewood (Dec 26)
Ohio: Tower City Cinema – Cleveland Gateway Film Center – Columbus
Oregon: The Fox Theater – Dallas
Pennsylvania: Southside Works Cinema – Pittsburgh
Puerto Rico: Caribbean Cinemas – Puerto Rico
Rhode Island: Cable Car Cinema – Providence
South Carolina Terrace Theatre – Charleston
Tennessee Belcourt Theatre – Nashville Franklin Theatre – Franklin
Texas: Alamo Lakeline – Austin Alamo Slaughter – Austin Alamo South Lamar – Austin Alamo Ritz – Austin Alamo – Richardson Alamo Vintage Park – Houston Alamo Mason Park – Katy Alamo – Lubbock Alamo Marketplace – New Braunfels Alamo Park North – San Antonio Alamo Westlakes – San Antonio City Base Cinema – San Antonio
Vermont: Merril’s Roxy – Burlington
Virginia: Alamo Loudoun – Ashburn