The Room is finally getting a proper theatrical release

It’s the least it deserves, tbh

14 years after it opened in only two cinemas, The Room will finally get a US-wide theatrical release on January 10. The film, widely regarded as the worst ever but also a beloved cult classic, is screened regularly but has never been released properly – until now.

The film, Tommy Wiseau’s passion project (that he financed, produced, wrote and directed), was initially ridiculed for the inadequacies that later made it beloved. One of its biggest fans is James Franco, who recently made and starred in The Disaster Artist, a film about the making of The Room.

The Room will be released in around 600 theatres at 8pm in the US for its one-day release. A trailer for Wiseau and Sestero’s latest film, Best F(r)iends will play ahead of the screening, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wiseau told THR, “it's really great because it's going to tackle the other areas where people aren't aware of The Room still”, adding that he hopes to have a special screening at the Hollywood Bowl on the film’s official 15 year anniversary, June 24.

Ever modest, Wiseau also said, “I’ve never called it a cult phenomenon, or whatever they call it. I call it a free expression, that's what The Room represents. I encourage people to express themselves in the screenings. A ton of people ask me, ‘Why do you encourage that?’ I say, ‘why not?’ What I wanted was to give them a smile and it's their choice if they want to express themselves.”

Read our interview with James and Dave Franco about The Disaster Artist here.