San Diego based theater chain leads the country in gross ticket sales for terrorism threatened, “The Interview” starring Seth Rogan and James Franco  

Vista, CA — UltraStar Cinemas has announced that their west coast theater chain has led the nation in gross ticket sales for the nearly maligned Sony release of “The Interview.”  Amid weeks of speculation, terrorist threats and rumors, Sony initially pulled the film from mainstream distribution, then days before the scheduled Christmas release date, gave a triumphant go-ahead. Sony then called upon theaters to screen the film while taking any needed safety precautions necessary.

No stranger to trailblazing, UltraStar Cinemas distributed the controversial film throughout California and Arizona locations for a Christmas Day release.  The decision by management propagated their desire to preserve free speech and artistic integrity while providing a safe environment for movie goers.  Their efforts resulted in total box office sales which lead the nation over the opening holiday weekend.

“UltraStar Cinemas is proud to stand alongside Sony Pictures in making sure the American public never gives into terrorism or censorship of any kind. We are proud to have opened the film “The Interview” on Christmas Day with the highest gross in the nation. We have taken precautions to ensure that all of our guests and employees are able to enjoy all entertainment, both controversial and mainstream, in a safe and comfortable environment,” explained Alan Grossberg, President and CEO of UltraStar Cinemas.

The Interview continues to be screened at:


  • UltraLuxe GardenWalk, Anaheim, CA
  • UltraStar Mission Valley Hazard Center, San Diego, CA
  • UltraStar Desert Cinema, Cathedral City, CA
  • UltraStar Mary Pickford Theatre, Cathedral City, CA
  • UltraStar Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu, AZ
  • UltraLuxe Scottsdale Pavilions at Talking Stick, Scottsdale, AZ
  • UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, Maricopa, AZ


About UltraStar Cinemas

UltraStar Cinemas is Southern California’s largest privately owned movie theater group. UltraStar Cinemas is headquartered in San Diego County and operates 74 screens at 7 sites throughout Southern California and Arizona. Recognized for pioneering the digital age of cinema, UltraStar was the first theater group in the world to be fully equipped with Pure Digital Cinema® powered by DLP Cinema® technology in all of its locations. In 2009, the company also became the first to offer D-BOX motion seats, which use motion effects specifically programmed for each film to create an immersive experience for movie goers. For more information, visit  




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