“The Interview” will be playing in movie theaters after all.
On Wednesday, Dipson Theatres joined a number of other chains across the country in announcing it would screen the comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Although most theaters will show the film starting Christmas Day, Dipson will show it beginning Friday at Flix Theater, 4901 Transit Rd., Lancaster. The announcement came after Sony Pictures Entertainment reversed an earlier decision and announced it would open the film in limited release after all.
“Dipson has decided to open the movie for our customers and let them decide if they are going to come out or not,” said Bryan Spokane, vice president of Dipson.
The controversial film was pulled from release after Sony was hacked and an online threat was issued Wednesday against movie theaters that showed the film, causing the nation’s largest theater chains to drop the film. President Obama then chastised the movie studio on Friday for pulling it from release, the same day the FBI concluded the North Korean government was responsible for hacking the multinational company.
“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,” Michael Lynton, Sony’s chairman, said.
“I think this is a good thing,” said Dino Fudoli, town supervisor in Lancaster. “We should stop allowing other countries to hack into our systems and cause us to give up our free speech rights. I think it was ridiculous for Sony in the first place to pull it. I understand their concern for public safety, but we cannot live in fear of every single person or country that threatens our way of life.”
Fudoli said he was going to call the Lancaster chief of police to make sure he knew the film would be showing.
“We should at the very least be alert to the surrounding area around the theater to make sure it’s safe. I’m sure the theater is taking proper steps, but we will make sure law enforcement is doing its job, too.”
Rogen, in a tweet, said: “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!”