The 89’er Theater posted a sign on its door to inform viewers leading up to the Lightyear premiere that the scene would be skipped. Its owner subsequently reported that the film was instead shown uninterrupted. The sign was also taken down.
In the film, a supporting character voiced by Uzo Aduba kisses her wife, marking the first display of affection between same-sex characters in a Pixar film. The studio has been known to feature underlying LGBT themes in previous films.
As a result of the scene, the film has been banned in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Lightyear went on to earn $51 million at the box office during its premiere weekend, behind Jurassic World: Dominion, which premiered the weekend before. Globally, it made $86 million.
Chris Evans, the voice of the titular Buzz Lightyear character, stood by the scene, which was very nearly removed, saying he hopes for a day “where it is the norm” to include same-sex romance.