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December 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

‘The Interview’ will screen in Seattle and other cities

In Atlanta, a theater manager adjusts the marquee of the Plaza Theatre. Photo: ERIK S. LESSER.

In Atlanta, a theater manager adjusts the marquee of the Plaza Theatre. Photo: ERIK S. LESSER.

Update, noon Wednesday: Here’s the latest on how to see “The Interview” in Seattle and on digital platforms.

Update, 4:44 p.m.: The independent Ark Lodge Cinemas (formerly Columbia City Cinema) has announced on its website that it will show “The Interview” twice daily, 12/25 through 1/1. More than 200 theaters nationwide have now announced that they will show the film. Expect this list to continue to be updated.

Update, 1:10 p.m.: A nationwide list of theaters that will open “The Interview” Dec. 25 is here; refresh for updates. So far, no local screenings are scheduled. SIFF managing director Mary Bacarella said today that SIFF would not open the film on the 25th; asked if a later opening might be in the works, she said they were still considering options. I’ll update as I hear more.

Update, 11:50 a.m.: Sony has confirmed in a statement that the film will have a limited theatrical release on Christmas Day, with Sony CEO Michael Lynton noting that “[we] are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.” Though it still seems unlikely that the major chains will play “The Interview,” smaller chains and independent theaters are beginning to announce bookings of the film nationwide. Nothing is confirmed yet for Seattle; representatives at SIFF and Sundance Cinemas (both of which struck me as likely possibilities) said this morning that they didn’t know if they would show the film. As I hear more, I’ll post it.

Original post: In what appears to be a reversal of last week’s announcements, “The Interview” will indeed be opening on Christmas Day  in at least a few theaters, including the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas/Fort Worth and the Plaza Theater in Atlanta. (No word on any screenings in Seattle yet, but that may change.) Representatives for both theaters confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter this morning that Sony has authorized screenings of the film to begin Dec. 25. The HR also notes that a source has informed them that VOD screenings of the film will also begin that day, but it’s not known which platform. Stay tuned; this story continues to change rapidly.

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