- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

DEMING, N.M. (AP) - Showings of “The Interview” packed theaters in Deming and Santa Fe on Thursday, helping push the film to just over $1 million in ticket sales.

Despite hacker threats, Sony Pictures reversed course earlier this week and decided to allow independent theaters across the country to show the film. The studio also made it available for rental and purchase on digital platforms.

In Deming, the manager of the Luna County-owned and operated Starmax Family Entertainment Center says word that the theater would be showing the film prompted calls from people in Alamogordo, Truth or Consequences, Silver City, Lordsburg and even El Paso, Texas.

Moviegoers also packed Santa Fe’s Jean Cocteau Cinema. Owner and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin was among the first to offer his theater for screenings.

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