Sony Hack: Bow Tie Cinemas Will Not Show ‘The Interview’

Bow Tie Cinemas will not show “The Interview” after a threatening message was released by Sony hackers Tuesday warning of a 9/11-style attack.

The Northeast theater chain joins Carmike Cinemas in deciding not to carry the satire about a talk show host tasked with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Bow Tie has 55 locations in such states as Colorado, Connecticut, Virginia and New York and approximately 350 screens.

Bow Tie CEO Ben Moss said that the company was making the decision in “an abundance of caution,” even though the Department of Homeland Security has said that there is no evidence of an active plot against movie theaters.

“The safety and comfort of our patrons is foremost in our minds,” Moss said.

Some analysts believe that North Korea has been involved in the devastating cyber-attack on Sony as retaliation for “The Interview.” The country has denied involvement but praised the hackers.

Hackers have leaked internal company documents, salary information, budget details and the social security numbers of thousands of Sony’s past and present employees.

In a message Tuesday, hackers wrote: “The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.”

Other chains contacted by Variety such as Celebration! Cinemas and Malco Theatres said they had yet to reach a final decision. Major chains such as Regal, AMC and Cinemark have yet to comment publicly on the matter.

 

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