“The Interview” opened in Los Angeles-area theaters on Christmas day, beginning with a 12:30 a.m. screening at The Silent Movie Theatre in Fairfax, in defiance of a massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures that the FBI has blamed on North Korea.
The comedy will also be shown Thursday at theaters in Agoura Hills, Azusa, Commerce, Granada Hills, Lancaster, Los Feliz, Van Nuys, Westminster and Westwood.
The Los Angeles Police Department was not planning any special security arrangements at any of the theaters in the city screening “The Interview,” according to Officer Sally Madera of the Media Relations Section.
After initially balking at a planned Christmas Day release in the face of threats of violence by computer hackers who crippled the Culver City-based studio in late November, Sony on Tuesday announced the film would have a limited theatrical release starting Christmas Day, as well as a video-on-demand availability.
The studio made the goofball comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, available Wednesday via Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and a Sony site called seetheinterview.com.
“It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this film,” Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lynton said in a statement released Wednesday.
“With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, December 17th, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. We are pleased we can now join with our partners to offer the film nationwide.”
— Staff and Wire Reports