A small number of movie theaters have been selected to play "The Interview." The film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, has been at the center of controversy for the past two weeks because it is about an assassination plot against North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
Now it will show in more than 200 select theaters: one of them in Huntsville, right behind Madison Square Mall.
"I got a phone call yesterday saying that we were going to show it, which was a big surprise," said Caitlin Haupt, manager of the Madison Square Cinema.
As employees put up letters spelling out the movie title on the marquee, people stopped by wanting to know more.
"I'm glad that they're not backing off on showing it and sticking to their guns," said moviegoer Chuck Edwards. "I'm wondering what's going to happen when they do show the film."
"If they're showing it, why not go see it," said another patron, Tom Boric.
Madison Square Cinema had to get new movie posters after they trashed the originals when the movie was initially pulled.
Being the only theater in Madison County showing the film, people have already started buying tickets.
"With this movie, I'm sure people will want to see it just to see what the hype is about, so we'll be fairly busy," said Haupt.
As one of the city's smaller theaters, Haupt looks forward to the buzz created around the theater due to the film.
As customers looked at the new posters, some already started making plans.
"I'm going to come back and see it tomorrow," said Edwards. "I like comedies, and I want to see what all the controversy is."
"I'd like to go see it," said Boric. "But I'm not sure about the consequences because we don't want the United States to get nuked by the North Koreans."
"We'll be showing three times a day, we'll probably be showing it for about four weeks," said Haupt. "Being the only theater in town [showing the movie], we will probably keep it longer than that."
Here is a list of theaters that have been selected to show the film:
Andalusia: Clark Theatre 3
Birmingham: Edge 12
Boaz: Boaz Cinema 9 - check showtimes
Enterprise: Clark Cinema 1 & 2
Fort Payne: Fort Payne Cinemas 6 - check showtimes
Greenville: Edge Cinema 8
Huntsville: Madison Square Cinema 12 - times not listed online yet
Troy: Continental Cinema 6
Estill Springs: Montana D/I 3
Franklin: Franklin Theatre
Murfreesboro: Premiere 6
Nashville: Belcourt Theatre 2
Sony had initially cancelled the movie's release. It is widely believed that Sony Pictures suffered a cyberattack last month partly due to North Korea's fury over the movie. Read more.