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5 Biggest Theater Chains Drop THE INTERVIEW In Light of Terror Threats

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


The controversy surrounding Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview continued to escalate today as virtually every major movie theatre chain in America has decided to drop or delay the upcoming comedy, leaving its distribution future in doubt.

This has been an ongoing conversation, and a lot can change between now and Christmas Day, when the comedy was supposed to open in theaters. But Variety reports that AMC Entertainment, Regal Cinemas, Cinemark and Cineplex all have decided to “delay or drop” The Interview in response to threats of a Sept. 11-type attack on theaters that dare to program it.

Sony, the ongoing victim of a series of hacks that some believe are tied to the creation of The Interview, has said that they will continue to make the movie available, but they will support the theater chains if they decide not to screen it beginning on December 25. Eric Wold, an exhibition industry analyst with B. Riley and Company, tells Variety:

It’s much less of a big deal to pull the film than it is to risk something happening. It makes no sense for a theater to choose to show this movie.”

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