Atlanta and Texas theaters to premiere 'The Interview' on Christmas Day

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By RYAN GORMAN

"The Interview" will indeed premiere on Christmas Day despite the hackers' best efforts.

Independent movie theaters in Atlanta and Texas have announced the film will show on their screens starting December 25. Theaters in Los Angeles and Phoenix later announced they will also have the movie.

The moves come only days after hints Sony was looking at a digital release for the movie.

Plaza Theatre, a 75-year-old art house cinema on the city's north side, will show the movie five times on Christmas and every day until at least January 1.
The theater confirmed the showtimes on Twitter and said the showing is fully authorized by Sony Pictures.

A late night deal hashed out via email led the studio to put the film "in the mail" today, the cinema told WSB.

The Texas DraftHouse Cinema chain also announced on Twitter that the film would hit its screens.

Showtimes have not yet been released, but a spokesperson confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that screens across the state will lit up with the movie.

The announcement comes only days after Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton told CNN the movie studio was looking for alternative ways to distribute the film in the aftermath of the nation's five largest movie theater chains backing out of showings.

"The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists traveling to North Korea to interview Kim Jong Un that are recruited by the American government to assassinate the dictator.

The Plaza Theatre also hinted that other cinemas will be showing the film and that Sony "will announce the list by days [sic] end" on December 24.
Sony originally pulled the film's release after terror threats that appeared to come from North Korean hackers were made against theaters showing the film.

The Morning News is also reporting that the movie will be available on video-on-demand "no later than Christmas."

It is not clear which side contacted the other first. Multiple AOL News attempts to reach the Plaza Theatre for further comment were unsuccessful –- the voicemail was full.

In a statement, Lynton said the movie studio "stood up to those attempted to suppress free speech.

"We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day."

Sony, hinting at a possible simultaneous online or video-on-demand release is alsop working "to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience."

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Atlanta and Texas theaters to premiere 'The Interview' on Christmas Day
(L-R) Actors James Franco, Charles Rahi Chun and Seth Rogen arrive for the premiere of the film 'The Interview' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014. The film, starring US actors Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un, played by Randall Park. North Korea has vowed 'merciless retaliation' against what it calls a 'wanton act of terror' -- although it has denied involvement in a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
The entrance of Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California is seen December 16, 2014. 'Guardians of Peace' hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning the Hollywood studio not to release a film which has angered North Korea. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
The entrance of Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California is seen December 16, 2014. 'Guardians of Peace' hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning the Hollywood studio not to release a film which has angered North Korea. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Seth Rogen and James Franco talk about their controversial action-comedy 'The Interview,' on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing Tuesday, DEC. 16 (7-9am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: James Franco and Seth Rogen take part in a SiriusXM Town Hall with Seth Rogen and James Franco with host Lisa Lampinelli on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio channel at the SiriusXM Studios on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Seth Rogen takes part in a SiriusXM Town Hall with Seth Rogen and James Franco with host Lisa Lampinelli on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio channel at the SiriusXM Studios on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) James Franco and Seth Rogen arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Interview' held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA on December 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
Movie posters for the premiere of the film 'The Interview' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014. The film, starring US actors Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un, played by Randall Park. North Korea has vowed 'merciless retaliation' against what it calls a 'wanton act of terror' -- although it has denied involvement in a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Security is seen outside The Theatre at Ace Hotel before the premiere of the film 'The Interview' in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014. The film, starring US actors Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un, played by Randall Park. North Korea has vowed 'merciless retaliation' against what it calls a 'wanton act of terror' -- although it has denied involvement in a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy security is seen outside The Theatre at Ace Hotel before the premiere of the film 'The Interview' in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014. The film, starring Us actors Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un, played by Randall Park. North Korea has vowed 'merciless retaliation' against what it calls a 'wanton act of terror' -- although it has denied involvement in a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TAIYUAN, CHINA - DECEMBER 18: (CHINA OUT) A woman poses with Kim Jong-un's figure at a shopping mall on December 18, 2014 in Taiyuan, Shanxi province of China. A shopping mall held a public welfare art show of famous stars' wax figures wearing face masks to call on people to protect environment. All visitors to enter the wax figure museum should wear face masks. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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