Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9  

LUBBOCK - The comedy, 'The Interview' was released to more than 200 independent movie theaters on Christmas day including the Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock. The movie has caused a lot of controversy, but also a lot of praise from movie-goers at the premiere today.

Tickets were sold out for the premiere of the movie "The Interview" even though the film has caused a lot of controversy.

"People want to see it, and for these guys to show it, you know I think its a great thing, because people are going to watch it," said movie-goer Mike Reyes.

Mack Owen, Representative of Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock said, "Tim Lee the owner and the founder of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, made the decision two days ago, to go ahead and release the movie at several Alamo Drafthouse's throughout the nation. Here in Lubbock we've chosen to show it."

The Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock is one of the few if not only theaters in the area to show the film, which caused the Christmas day showing to sell out.

"I wanted to see it before the controversy, before there was any knowledge of Sony being hacked, before any of the emails, before anything was leaked. I had interest just based on the plot and the connections it has to numerous films throughout film history," said Richard Driver, who attended the premiere.

The fictional plot portrays two men recruited by the CIA with a mission to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jung Un . But due to the nature of the film, Sony Pictures decided to offer a limited release to Alamo Drafthouse and YouTube.

"Alamo Drafthouse Cinema theaters just supports Sony and their decision to release the film. We think it's a great expression of freedom of speech," said Mack Owen.

"You know the history of success of their films from 'Super Bad' through 'This Is The End', I think Sony probably jumped at the opportunity and we're happy to fund their project," Richard Driver.

People are driving to Lubbock, just to see the film that has sparked international controversy. For those that have wanted to see the movie ever since it was previewed are grateful to the movie theater.

"It's a wonderful thing that they're showing the movie. I think it's brave, I think it shows the fact that the Alamo Drafthouse is true to their mission to show films that may be a little edgier," said Rob Weiner.

"It's great, I had hoped that they would show it before the controversy, before it waacknowledgedI'm glad they are going to, today, I'm glad I was able to get some tickets to come out and enjoy the film," Richard Driver.