KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City has confirmed they will play the movie ‘The Interview’ beginning Christmas Day, following threats of terrorist attacks which resulted in the movie being pulled from theaters back in October.
Also announcing plans to play the movie is The Pharaoh Cinema 4 in Independence, which will play the movie until Jan. 1.
And late Wednesday morning, YouTube tentatively agreed to help Sony Pictures distribute “The Interview” via the Internet, according to sources with direct knowledge of the ongoing negotiations.
Interview Showings in Greater Kansas City Area:
Kansas City: Alamo Main Street 6
Blue Springs: Blue Springs Eight
North Kansas City: Screenland Armour
Overland Park Cinetopia
‘The Interview,’ which is about journalists instructed to kill the leader of North Korea, led a group to make terrorist threats to movie theaters that showed the film. The same group is believed to have hacked Sony’s computer systems too.
After much debate about the movie’s release Sony has decided to put the film back into some theaters.
When news of the release was made around midday Tuesday, tickets for the Christmas day release at the Alamo Drafthouse sold out by 3 p.m. Despite threats that theaters would be attacked if they showed the film, it didn’t stop some Kansas City moviegoers from buying tickets.
“I understand all the implications of AMC and all the other main stream theaters pulling out so Sony was kind of in a weird place from a standpoint of not having theaters to release it but that’s why they need independent theaters to continue to release it,” said Cara Fitts of Lake Latawana.
A representative from Alamo Drafthouse says the company is very excited that Sony has allowed them to show the film. They say it’s a freedom of speech issue.
The Alamo plans to show the interview for one week beginning Christmas day. Two other Alamo theatres in Austin and Atlanta will also play the movie.