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The Interview to Play at Several Locations This Christmas

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. 

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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