NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After weeks of controversy and threats against movie theatres, “The Interview” opened in theatres across the country, including three in Middle Tennessee.
The two showings on Christmas Day at Belcourt Theatre in Hillsboro Village were sold out. People were waiting in long lines outside the building for the first showing at 1:30 p.m. just days after it seemed no one would get the chance to see it in theaters.
Sony Pictures initially cancelled the film’s Christmas Day release following a hacking attack and terrorist threats. The comedy was denounced by North Korea for its humorous portrayal of a plot to assassinate the country’s leader.
The Belcourt Theatre took precautions to address any terrorism concerns. A spokeswoman with the theatre said while there were no direct threats to the venue, they hired three security officers and have been working with Metro police.
When News 2 asked moviegoers if they were scared during the movie, most said they felt safe because of the extra security.
In fact, Mary Phillips and her family said all the hype made the movie even better.
“There was a point in it. It just proved what kind of people this was fighting,” said Phillips.
“I really recommend it,” added her son, Paul.
As of Thursday night, tickets for some showings of “The Interview” Friday and over the weekend were still available.
The movie is also playing at the Franklin Theatre, Premier 6 in Murfreesboro, and Montana Drive-In in Estill Springs. It can also be watched online through Google Play, YouTube and Microsoft’s X-Box video service for $5.99.