- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

DENVER (AP) - At least three Colorado movie theaters plan to screen “The Interview” after the film ignited an incident with North Korea.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, Lyric Cinema Cafe in Fort Collins and Sie FilmCenter in Denver are joining nearly 300 theaters nationwide that will be showing the movie Thursday or over the weekend.

Sony has authorized theaters to show “The Interview” after national chains dropped the satire.

Sony’s cancellation of the movie after terrorist threats from hackers drew widespread criticism, including from President Barack Obama.

The movie prompted a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. North Korea’s Internet was shut down in an apparent attack Monday.

Sony initially canceled the Christmas Day release but reversed course. Seth Rogen and James Franco, the film’s co-stars, hailed Sony’s decision to show the film as a victory for freedom.

Walter Chaw, general manager of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, said in a statement that Sony’s decision was “the best Christmas gift anyone could give us” and the right thing to do.

Theater owners “have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression,” Chaw said.

The movie is a comedy about journalists tasked by the CIA with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Sony pulled the movie after major theater chains decided not to screen it.

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