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Sunnyside Center Cinemas one of six NYC film theaters to play ‘The Interview’


Dec. 24, 2014 By Michael Florio

Sunnyside residents won’t have to go far to see ‘The Interview.’

Only six theaters in New York City are believed to be playing the film—one of which is Sunnyside Center Cinema.

“We are a cinema and we believe in freedom of choice in our country,” said Rudy Prashard, the owner of Sunnyside Center Cinemas who is also playing it at his Main Street Theater in Flushing. “People should have the right to see what they want.”

The Interview, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, is about the attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un

The film has been controversial from the get-go.

Last week Sony Pictures announced that it would not be distribute the film after the major theater chains said they would not show it following threats of violence from hackers.

Sony back tracked this week and said it would in fact distribute it. Most theaters, however, have still decided not to play it.

However, Prashard said people should have the option to see the film. “If people don’t want to see it they don’t have to. We live in a free country.”

President Obama applauded Sony’s decision to release the film this week. He said he did not want the film company to cower to the hackers.

Prashard said he doesn’t believe he is putting anyone at risk by screening the film.

“I put my trust in the leader of the free world,” he said.

Prashard said that since he announced that he would play the film at his two theaters, he has received positive feedback.

“We have been getting calls constantly,” he said. All of them have been positive, he claimed

The film will be playing at both theaters on Christmas Day through the following week. The first screening will be at Noon, then 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm, 10 pm and midnight.

Only six theaters in New York are playing the film, with three in Queens.

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