- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - It’s opening day for Sony Pictures’ movie “The Interview,” and one theater in Washington says interest has been intense.

The movie was released online Wednesday, and independent theaters agreed to release it in over 300 venues on Christmas.

Josh Levin, the general manager and co-founder of the West End Cinema in Washington, said demand for tickets to see the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been unprecedented after major theater chains dropped the movie because hackers threatened moviegoers with violence.

Levin said his theater initially planned two Thursday showings but those quickly sold out. They added two more showings, which sold out Wednesday.

Levin said the phone at the theater “has been ringing incessantly” with people trying to buy tickets for the movie.

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