Yesterday, Sony Pictures announced that they would be releasing the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview in select cities starting Christmas Day, lining up roughly 300 theaters across the country. (You can see the full list at the bottom of this article.)
For those wanting to see the movie who aren’t located near any of those theaters, Sony has also gone ahead to release the movie via VOD streaming on a number of platforms, including Google Play, YouTube Movies and Microsoft’s Xbox Video. It’s available to download/stream right now!
According to the Sony release:
“As of 10:00 a.m. PST, the film will be available to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and the dedicated website www.seetheinterview.com at a price of $5.99. The film can also be purchased in HD for $14.99.”
Variety is also reporting that Sony is in talks with Netflix to stream the movie via that popular pay service.
Since this is a story that is evolving with almost hourly news, check back here for any further updates about Sony’s plans for the movie that they’re doing their best to get out there despite the lack of support from the country’s biggest theater chains.
This is a huge announcement by Sony, because it makes The Interview the first day-and-date VOD release by a major studio ever, and it could catch on with other studios depending on how well it does.
For those who prefer to see it on the big screen, here is the list of theaters announced so far–check your local listings for times and ticket availability:
Alamo Lakeline – Austin, Texas
Alamo Slaughter – Austin, Texas
Alamo South Lamar – Austin, Texas
Alamo Ritz – Austin, Texas
Alamo – Littleton, Colo.
Alamo Loudoun – Ashburn, Va.
Alamo – Kalamazoo, Mich.
Alamo – Yonkers, N.Y.
Alamo Main Street – KC
Alamo – Richardson, Texas
Alamo Vintage Park – Houston, Texas
Alamo Mason Park – Katy, Texas
Alamo – Lubbock, Texas
Alamo Marketplace – New Braunfels, Texas
Alamo Park North – San Antonio, Texas
Alamo Westlakes – San Antonio, Texas
Apple Cinemas – Cambridge, Mass.
Cable Car Cinema – Providence, R.I.
Grand Cinema Theaters – New London, Wis.
The Fox Theater – Dallas, Ore.
Laemmle Theater – North Hollywood, Calif. (Beginning Dec. 31)
Merril’s Roxy – Burlington, Vt.
MX Movies – St. Louis, Mo.
The Plaza Atlanta – Atlanta, Ga.
Regency Theaters – Los Angeles, Calif.
Riverdale 10 – Little Rock, Ark.
Eastpoint Center 10 – Baltimore, Md.
Southside Works Cinema – Pittsburgh, Penn.
Terrace Theater – Charleston, S.C.
Tower City Cinema – Cleveland, Ohio
Hollywood Blvd. – Woodridge, Ill.
Tristone Cinemas, Tristone Jurupa 14 Cinemas – Riverside, Calif.
Vintage Cinemas, Los Feliz 3 – Los Angeles, Calif.
Academy Theater – Portland, Ore.
Art Theater Co-Op – Champaign, Ill.
Belcourt Theatre – Nashville, Tenn.
Caribbean Cinemas – Puerto Rico
Chalmette Movies – Chalmette, La.
City Base Cinema – San Antonio, Texas
Crest Westwood – Los Angeles, Calif.
Dipson Flix 10 Stadium – Lancaster, N.Y.
Dipson Lakewood Cinema 8 – Lakewood, N.Y.
Edge 12 – Birmingham, Ala.
Esquire Theatre – Cincinnati, Ohio
Franklin Theatre – Franklin, Tenn.
Fun-Lan Drive-In – Tampa, Fla.
Gateway Film Center – Columbus, Ohio
Groundview Theatre – Columbus, Ohio
Harkins Theatres – Phoenix, Ariz.
Harkins Valley Art – Tempe, Ariz.
Jasper 8 Theatres – Jasper, Ind.
The Lake Worth Drive-In and the Swap Shop – Sunrise, Fla.
Look Cinemas – Dallas, Texas
Loft Cinema – Tucson, Ariz.
Lyric Cinema Cafe – Fort Collins, Colo.
Merrill’s Roxy – Burlington, Vt.
State Theatre – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Nickelodeon Theatre – Columbia, S.C.
Palace Pointe – Roxboro, N.C.
Penn Cinemas Riverfront – Wilmington, Del.
Prime Cinemas – Red Bluff, Calif.
Ragtag Cinema – Columbia, Mo.
Rialto Cinemas – Berkeley, Calif.
Robinson Film Center – Shreveport, La.
Sun-Ray Cinema – Jacksonville, Fla.
Tygart Valley Cinemas – Fairmont, W.Va.
Agoura Hills Stadium 8 – Agoura Hill, Calif.
Cinémas Palme D’Or – Coachella Valley, Calif.
Commerce 14 – City of Commerce, Calif.
East Hills Mall – Bakersfield, Calif.
Foothill Cinema Stadium 10 – Azusa, Calif.
Fontana 8 – Fontana, Calif.
Granada Hills 9 – Granada Hills, Calif.
Janss Marketplace 9 – Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Perris 10 – Perris, Calif.
Santa Paula 7 – Santa Paula, Calif.
Sterling 6 – San Bernardino, Calif.
Van Nuys Plant 16 – Van Nuys, Calif.
University Village 10 – Riverside, Calif.
Westminster 10 – Westminster, Calif.
Rehoboth Beach’s Movies at Midway – Lewes, Del.
Westown Movies – Middletown, Del.
Maiden Alley Cinema – Paducah, Ky.
St. Anthony Main Theatre – Minneapolis, Minn.
The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul – Minneapolis, Minn.
Chase Park Plaza – St. Louis, Mo.
Cinemopalis – Ithica, N.Y.
Cinema Arts Centre – Huntington, N.Y.
Island Cinemas – Mastic, N.Y.
Fargo Theatre – Fargo, N.D.
Sundance Sunset 5 – West Hollywood, Calif
The Bijou – Traverse City, Michigan
Jean Cocteau Cinema – Santa Fe, NM
Cinema Village – New York, NY
Hudson Mall Cinemas – Jersey City, NJ
Cityplex 12 – Newark, NJ
Big Cinemas Columbia Park 12 – North Bergen, NJ
Allwood Cinemas – Clifton, NJ
Fabian 8 – Paterson, NJ
Big Cinemas Edison Cinema 8 – Edison, NJ
Williamsburg Cinemas – Brooklyn, NY
Kew Gardens Cinemas – Kew Gardens, NY
Merrick Cinemas – Merrick, NY