SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- After pulling "The Interview" from theatrical release in the face of terrorist threats traced to North Korea, Sony confirms it is changing plans and releasing the film online on Christmas Eve and in limited theaters on Christmas Day after all.
In an historic first, the big-budget Hollywood film will be available simultaneously online and in theaters, in fact, it will be the first big movie ever to be online first. If anyone had concerns about safety in the theater, Sony took care of that.
It will cost $5.99 to stream, or $14.99 to buy on Youtube, Xbox, Google Play, and its own service, Crackle as well. Sony is also talking with Apple iTunes and Netflix, but those deals aren't finished yet. The movie will be available as early as 10 a.m. Pacific time on Christmas Eve, according to CNN's Brian Stelter who broke the news this morning.
WHERE TO SEE THE INTERVIEW AROUND THE BAY AREA:
- ONLINE: Youtube, Google Play, Crackle, Xbox
- Elmwood 3 Theatres, Berkeley
- Fairfax Theatre 6, Fairfax
- Palladio 16 Cinemas, Folsom
- Livermore Cinemas, Livermore
- Contra Costa Cinemas 8, Martinez
- Boulevard Cinemas 14, Petaluma
- Maya Century Plaza 16, Pittsburg
- Maya Salinas 14, Salinas
- Camera 3 Cinemas, San Jose
- Del Mar Theatre 3, Santa Cruz
- Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol
- Sonoma 9 Cinemas, Sonoma
- New Parkway, Oakland
Dave Corkill, owner of Cinema West, has also confirmed to KPIX that the theaters in Fairfax, Petaluma, Martinez, Livermore, Sonoma and Sacramento also will screen the movie. The Cinema West Theater in Tiburon, however, will not.
The Camera 3 theater in Downtown San Jose announced that they would show the movie beginning this Friday.
The San Francisco Chronicle has also reports that the Roxie Theater in San Francisco has shown interest in screening the film. The theater was offered a digital projected cinema version to show it but the small theater can only accommodate a 35mm print.
Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters.
Steve Gaydos, Vice President and Executive Editor at Variety, told KCBS that it's a full reversal from last week when theater chains started pulling the film and then Sony announcing, themselves, that that they would not let anyone show it.
"This follows the president of the United States actually saying Sony should not have pulled the film. If you can think of anything that is remotely of precedent, I'd like to hear it," he said.
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