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West Plains, Mo. — The Glass Sword Cinema on Hwy. 63 South in West Plains will be among the roughly 300 theaters across the nation to show the controversial movie “The Interview” for its opening, Christmas Day.
The movie — classified as an action political comedy/satire — depicts a TV reporter and producer who obtain an appointment to interview North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who is said to be a fan of their show. Subsequently the CIA asks them to assassinate him.
In June North Korea threatened “merciless” action against the U.S. if the movie were released. Recently a group calling itself “Guardians Of Peace” threatened terrorist action against theaters which showed the movie.
Several major movie theater chains decided they would not show the movie, and on Dec. 17 release of the movie was cancelled, but that action met with criticism by President Obama, some Republican leaders and others.
On Dec. 23 it was announced there would be limited release of the movie on Christmas Day — to smaller movie theater chains and independent theaters which wished to show it.
Wide U.S. release of a movie generally includes about 3,000 theaters, rather than 300.
For more information about “The Interview,” click HERE.
To see the IMDB page on the movie, click HERE. To view the Facebook page of The Interview, click HERE.
Glass Sword owner Gary York received an “emergency phone call” Friday from the distributor saying the movie was being pulled from release. Then Tuesday he received another phone call offering it to him.
To view the most recent trailer for “The Interview,” click HERE.
Show times Thursday, Christmas Day, at the Glass Sword are 4 and 7 p.m. For subsequent show times, see glassswordcinema.com.
Besides the Glass Sword, other Missouri theaters showing “The Interview” are five Wehrenberg theaters: Campbell 16 in Springfield, Cape West Cinema in Cape Girardeau, Arnold 14 Cinema, Chesterfield Galaxy 14 and Arnold 14 Cinema; also, Branson Meadows Cinema; Galleria 6 and Chase Park Plaza Cinema in St. Louis; and Alamo Main Street 6 and Screenland Armour in Kansas City.
Ragtag Cinema in Columbia will show the movie starting Friday. Moxie Theater in St. Louis will show it starting Jan. 2.
In Arkansas, Riverdale 10 in Little Rock, along with Cinema 8 in Searcy, Mall Cinema 8 in Hot Springs and Silver Screen Cinema 8 in Cabot, all under the same ownership, will show “The Interview.” Stars Cinema 6 in El Dorado also will show it.