Michigan Theater Offering Free Tickets to 'The Interview'

The Interview Still 2 - H 2014
Ed Araquel

The Interview Still 2 - H 2014

Moviegoers will be urged to make a donation to a charity supporting military veterans

A Michigan theater chain is offering fans the chance to see The Interview for free during a weeklong run at its Canton, Mich., location, starting Wednesday.

Emagine Entertainment will purchase tickets to the film and offer them to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis, distributing as many as 5,000 tickets free of charge. In exchange, moviegoers will be asked to make a donation to Michigan’s Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, designed to support local veterans who need financial support after they return from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Donations will be actively solicited at the box office, but there’s no minimum amount, Emagine co-founder and chairman Paul Glantz told The Hollywood Reporter.

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He added that Emagine, which organized free movie nights following the 2008 economic downturn, felt the need to organize another free event to illustrate its support for the First Amendment.

“This is really about defending our liberties….[The military veterans helped by the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund] are the real defenders of our liberties,” Glantz told THR. “These are people who have risked their lives for things like our First Amendment rights.”

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The Michigan-based chain operates nine theaters and was the first one in the world to fully convert to digital projection.

Those who can’t get to the Emagine Canton theater can send donations to P.O. Box 33099, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303.