Three Delaware theaters join the rest of the country in showing the controversial movie “The Interview” on Christmas Day.
This comes nearly a week after a cyber threats prompted Sony to temporarily pull the movie from its original release date.
“Sony made ‘The Interview‘ available yesterday (Wednesday) morning and we decided to play the movie shortly after when we found out,” said owner of Westown Movies Rick Roman.
In addition to hitting the big screen at Middletown’s Westown Movies, the film will also play at Rehoboth Beach’s Movies at Midway and Penn Cinemas Riverfront in Wilmington. Penn Ketchum, co-owner of Penn Cinemas expressed little excitement about the release.
“Tickets are on sale. Go see the movie,” Ketchum said.
The last minute release posed a slight challenge at the Midway theater in Rehoboth Beach as it will only be able to provide 2 separate screenings daily at this time. However, it’s a different story in Middletown where Roman is positive that the movie will draw a big crowd.
“We have had nothing but a positive response to playing ‘The Interview’. I think we will see a very patriotic crowd. Both Homeland Security and the FBI have determined that there is no threat, so we are not worried people will not come to Westown Movies. In fact, I think we will see more people coming to show their patriotism,” Roman said.
The comedy film is only playing in a limited number of theaters until Sony Pictures Entertainment “secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.”
One of those platforms is google play where the movie was setup for streaming on Wednesday.