Sony announces limited release for 'The Interview'; Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton to screen film

DENVER - The Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton will screen 'The Interview' on Christmas Day after Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday announced a limited theatrical release of the film.

The film will be screened at midnight on Christmas Day and shown once a day until New Year's Day, said Alexandra Griesmer, marketing manager for Alamo Drafthouse Denver.

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said Tuesday that Seth Rogen's North Korea farce "will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day." He said Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters.

The Alamo Drafthouse had  tweeted earlier they did sign a petition and requested to screen the film.

"At 10:45 AM Sony bookers approved screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other arthouse and independent theaters across the country. This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us. We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression. Two days til Christmas, and I am proud to be an American," said Alamo Drafthouse Chief Executive Officer Tim League. 

"We cannot imagine the pressures that have been affecting Sony, at all levels of the organization they have been under attack. Amidst this unwarranted chaos, they have regrouped and listened to the public, the government and the exhibition community and responded with resolve and determination," League said.

Moviegoers celebrated the abrupt change of fortune for a film that appeared doomed, as the film began popping up in the listings of a handful of independent theaters Tuesday.

Showtimes for the Colorado screenings were listed on the Alamo Drafthouse's website, where moviegoers can also purchase tickets.

After hackers last Wednesday threatened violence against theaters showing the film, the nation's largest theater chains dropped the film. Sony soon thereafter canceled the film's release altogether.

The FBI subsequently accused North Korea of being behind the hacking scheme. 

But that decision drew widespread criticism, including from President Barack Obama.

On Tuesday, Rogen tweeted his excitement about the news.

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