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The Interview to Play at Several Locations This Christmas

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Whittney Evans
The Interview promotional poster at Brewvies in Salt Lake City.

Whether you’re seeing it because you want a good laugh this Christmas or because you want to support free expression, there are a handful of venues in Utah to catch the controversial film The Interview tomorrow.

In downtown Salt Lake City, Brewvies film consultant Norman Chesler said the movie house and bar jumped on the chance to bring the film to customers Christmas Day.

“We have customer’s we’ve dealt with for years and we want to make sure they’re happy with what we do,” Chesler says.

In addition to Brewvies, Megaplex 20 at The District in South Jordan, Main Street Cinema 6 in St. George, Historic Cedar Theatre in Cedar City and Walker Cinema 8 in Perry will all be showing the film Christmas Day. Chesler says smaller movie houses can be more flexible with show times, which is why larger theaters aren’t screening the film.

Patrick Robinson works at Moviegrille in Ogden, which is also showing the film.  He says many movie-goers want to show their support for artistic expression.

“We felt like ‘Why take that away?’ so to speak,” Robinson says. “If somebody wants to come out and enjoy the movie and other theaters aren’t willing to show it, then we should give the people what they want.”

Sony decided not to release the film following threats from hackers against theaters who’d planned to screen the film. The comedy depicts the attempted assassination of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. Tuesday, Sony authorized a limited release of the film on Christmas day. 

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