(Update to this post: Sony has now pulled the plug on the movie’s distribution)
The Malco cinema chain in Memphis, for now, is still planning to show the controversial Seth Rogen/James Franco flick “The Interview” when it comes out on Christmas Day.
Sony has taken the unusual step of saying theatres don’t have to show it because of the controversy attached to it and because of security concerns. Five of the biggest chains in the U.S. have said they won’t be showing the movie – according to The Hollywood Reporter, they include Regal Entertainment, AMC, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment.
A Malco spokesman Wednesday morning said “while no final decision has been made, now we are still playing the film.”
A few things are in the process of opening at Overton Square at the moment.
The clothing shop CrazyBeautiful is holding a grand opening event Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. And a little more than a week later, on Dec. 13, the restaurant Belly Acres will hold a grand opening of its own at 2012 Trimble.
Belly Acres will be a farm-to-table restaurant with a variety of memorable design touches including a crop duster that will appear to be flying through the eatery’s walls.
Malco has debuted a limited edition Malco Memories Photo Magnet to raise money for St. Jude.
The drive coincides with Malco’s “Century of Cinema” celebration, highlighting the company’s 100th anniversary next year. The photo magnet is available for $1 each from Nov. 27 through Christmas Day at all Malco locations. And 100 percent of the money raised will be donated to St. Jude.