In early January, an employee of UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center saw Michael Turko’s TV report on KUSI News about a local World War II prisoner-of-war support group who wanted to see the movie “Unbroken” together. After reaching out to several local theaters, the group was told they could not be accommodated due to the size of their group and the large number of walkers and wheelchairs. The employee told UltraStar’s management, who enthusiastically agreed to help the group.
“Unbroken” is the true story of Olympian Louis Zamperini, who was captured by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The support group thought it would be therapeutic to see the film together. They brought friends and family, and more than 50 people attended the private screening, provided complimentary by UltraStar.
The POWs and their guests were met by a red carpet, balloons, refreshments and lots of media attention. Preceding the movie was a welcome ceremony with a color guard presentation, a performance of the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
For more on this story, check out CBS 8’s report.
Thank you, UltraStar, for giving our veterans the appreciation they deserve!
About Hazard Center
Hazard Center is the go-to destination shopping center in the heart of Mission Valley with some of the best dining, specialty shops and services offered in San Diego. Visitors appreciate Hazard Center’s central location and easy accessibility, as well as iconic brands such as Barnes & Noble, UltraStar Cinemas, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Lakeshore, and FedEx Office. Its namesake, Roscoe E. Hazard, helped build San Diego and his tremendous loyalty to every project contributed to a better city. Whether it’s girls’ night, date night, office lunch or errands, Hazard Center has something for everyone.