By Emily Trube | @KRLDEmily
DALLAS (KRLD) — Hundreds of North Texans spent their Christmas watching “The Interview.” The Texas Theatre in Dallas was packed.
Barak Epstein with Aviation Cinemas, who runs the one-screen movie house on Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff, says his last-minute deal with Sony to screen the controversial movie almost didn’t happen.
“The whole thing is insane,” says Epstein. “We weren’t even planning to be open today.”
It was announced on Tuesday that Sony would allow “The Interview” to be released to small chains and individual theaters whose owners were willing to show the comedy about a plot to kill the North Korean dictator. Alamo Drafthouse and the Art House Convergence led the campaign to get the film released, after concerns about attacks prompted the nation’s larger theater chains to drop the film.
Epstein signed on immediately.
“This is a movie that, as of six days ago, a foreign government censored for us,” he says. “Because it’s now open, we are adamant that we should let the people choose what movies they want to see.”