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'The Interview' sells out times at Clifton's Esquire Theater on opening day

'The Interview' movie poster. (PHOTO: IMDB) 'The Interview' movie poster. (PHOTO: IMDB)
CLIFTON, OH (FOX19) -

Clifton's Esquire Theater was one of the 200 independent theaters across the nation that decided to show the controversial film, The Interview, on Christmas Day. The movie sold out all four of it's time slots Thursday.

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The comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco is about the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Last week, Sony Pictures pulled the plug on the movie's Christmas Day release after big theater chains said they would not show the film amid threats of a 9/11 style attack.

Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that there would be a limited number of theaters that would show the film despite the threats. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Sony released the movie through a variety of digital platforms, including YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website.

Sony's CEO Michael Lynton released a videotaped message on Wednesday thanking Sony employees for standing by the studio and the film.

"It has been a long and difficult road for us to get here and I wanted to say how grateful I am to each and every one of you. We certainly had our setbacks but we never folded, we never stopped pursuing as wide a release as possible," said Michael Lynton. "It was essential for our studio to distribute this movie especially given the assault on our business and on our staff. This release represents our commitment to our filmmakers and free speech," said Lynton.

The Esquire Theater opened their doors on Christmas Day to fans who were wanting to see the film.

Police were on hand at the movie theater Friday in case any problems arose, but they were not expecting any trouble.

The Esquire Theater will have a special Q&A session following the 7 p.m. screening of the movie on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, University of Cincinnati's Richard Harknett, head of the political science department leader, will lead one of the Q&A sessions. On Sunday, there will be a Q&A session with Judge William Mallory Jr.

The Interview is being shown at 1:20 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:50 p.m. at the Clifton theater.

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