West End Cinema will join 300 independent theaters across the country in screening Sony Pictures Entertainment’s controversial film, “The Interview,” on its original Dec. 25 release date.
It’s a Christmas miracle. Or as one of the movie’s stars, Seth Rogen, says: “Freedom has prevailed!” Rogen plays alongside James Franco as two American journalists who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
West End Cinema co-founder Josh Levin, who called the movie “the most controversial release of the 21st century,” said in an email to media that it will be shown at 2:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. for a week starting Thursday, with tickets available online.
Last week, Sony canceled the movie’s release after unknown hackers threatened attacks on theaters. The FBI traced the threat to the North Korean government.
Google Play, YouTube Movies and Microsoft’s Xbox Video are also letting users rent the film online for $5.99.
Two theaters in Virginia – One Loudoun in Asburn and Manassas 4 Cinemas in Manassas – will join West End with screenings on Christmas Day.