Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

The Interview Will Return to Denver on Christmas, Without Pot

Just a few weeks ago, the most controversial thing about The Interview was actor/creator Seth Rogen's invitation to come smoke pot with him at a special December 8 showing of the movie in Denver: "We are going to do a screening of #TheInterviewMovie in Colorado where I get baked with everyone first, and we can smoke weed in the theater." But not at the Sie FilmCenter, where the event had initially been booked; it moved to the Oriental that night, where Rogen did not partake -- but others certainly did.

Then came the cyberattack on Sony, and the company subsequently pulling the movie from distribution, which made it look like Denver might have had one of the only showings of the film. But now Sony has relented, and The Interview has been booked at 200 independent theaters around the country -- including several in Denver, in a gift for film and First Amendment fans.

See also: The Interview Will Be Remembered for All the Wrong Reasons

Yes, the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton will show The Interview on Christmas. Here's the explanation from Alamo founder Tim League:

Sony bookers approved screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other arthouse and independent theaters across the country. This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us. We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression."

You can see it exclusively at our theater beginning midnight, Christmas. I want to take a moment here, too, to thank all the servers and cooks who volunteered to give up part of their Christmas to be sure that our guests have an awesome time. We believe movies are a sacred contract at the Alamo; no matter the film, no matter its content, we want them to be exhibited beautifully and with the respect and passion that they deserve. It's about film. It's the right thing to do.

The Interview will screen at midnight on December 25 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton; find more info here.

And on December 26, the Denver Film Society will start a two-week run of The Interview at the Sie FilmCenter. Here's the word from the DFS:

As owners and operators of an independent art house theater (the Sie FilmCenter), the DFS recognizes the importance of providing a space for this film to be released. On Monday, the DFS signed a petition through the Art House Convergence, showing their solidarity with the independent film community and taking a stand for freedom of speech and artistic expression.

"We join with our colleagues in the art house community nationwide in concern over the censorship of any film," says DFS Festival Director, Britta Erickson. "It's a dangerous precedent for the future of films. The Denver Film Society is proud to provide our Denver-area audiences with the opportunity to experience, discuss and make their own decisions regarding The Interview.

Tickets for the DFS run are now on sale at Read our early December interview with Seth Rogen about the film here.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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