Ark Lodge to Show “The Interview” On Christmas Night

Ark Lodge is one of approximately 200 cinemas nationwide (and the only one in Seattle) to show “The Interview.” According to the official Ark Lodge Facebook page, “tickets are going fast.”  Tickets can be purchased here.

Joel Connelly at the PI picked up the story (including some (attempted) Columbia City connections to the film):

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The Ark Lodge Cinemas, in Seattle’s Columbia City, will be one of about 200 theaters across the country showing “The Interview,” the frat house movie in which Seth Rogan and James Franco set out to assassinate North Korea’s “Great Leader,” Kim Jong-Un.

Sony Pictures announced last week that it was canceling the movie’s Christmas Day opening because large theater chains were afraid to show it.

But the show will go on at smaller independent theaters such as Ark Lodge.  Ark Lodge will screen “The Interview” at 9:30 on Christmas night, and at 2:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

“Freedom has prevailed: Sony didn’t give up,” Seth Rogen tweeted on Tuesday.

Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton, in making the announcement, said the filmmaker was seeking “to secure more platforms and more theaters so that the movie reaches the largest possible audience.”

Sony Pictures was the victim of a cyberattack in which North Korea was “centrally involved,” according to the FBI.  An anonymous group issued threats about the movie opening.

(The “hermit kingdom” saw its own Internet service, used by a tiny number of the North Korean elite, go down for a lengthy period on Monday.)

The communist Kim family dynasty, which has ruled North Korea since World War II, is acutely sensitive to the image of its “Great Leaders.”  U.S. movies are forbidden in that country, although “Great Leader” Kim Jong II, father of the current “Great Leader,” collected thousands of American flicks.

Last April, two men claiming to be North Korean officials visited a London hair salon that had used a picture of Kim Jong-Un in an advertising poster.  The poster said:

“BAD HAIR DAY? 15% off all gent cuts through the month of April, Tuesday-Thursday.”

The North Korean government would probably take an active dislike to Columbia City.  The “hermit kingdom” is badly malnourished.  Columbia City features one of Seattle’s best bakeries, a breakfast spot (Geraldine’s) filled almost from the moment it opens, plus the original Tutte Bella Pizza a block south of the Ark Lodge.

Tutte Bella challenged Seattle’s rulers when it led the successful campaign to allow sidewalk dining at restaurants.  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, in 2013, used a Columbia theater to outline his plans for an inclusive city in which opposition voices get heard.

Kim Jong-Un won his last election with 100 percent of the vote.

Paul Constant at The Stranger also encourages everyone to attend:

Earlier today, I told you that independent cinemas were taking up the slack after national movie theater chains refused to carry The Interview. I just got word that the one Seattle-area movie theater that will carry The Interview on Christmas is Ark Lodge Cinema in Columbia City.

1419382387-interview_xlgLatisha Miller, the manager at Ark Lodge, told me they will host their first screening of The Interview at 9:30 pm on Christmas day. From Friday the 26th through January 1st, they’ll be showingThe Interview at 2:30 pm and 9:30 pm daily.

What I said this morning still stands: Don’t feel like you should have to see The Interview to prove your patriotism. But you should absolutely give Ark Lodge your business; they’re a great independent neighborhood theater that has the guts to screen a controversial movie when the corporate chains finked out. These are the folks you should be supporting when you spend your moviegoing dollars.

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