Going to the cinema is becoming an increasingly pointless exercise in these days of Blu-ray and giant home theater systems, now its becoming a real gamble with your life.
Less than a month after a man was shot at a Philadelphia screening of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” comes word that a 32-year-old man was shot twice in the abdomen in the lobby of the Four Seasons Station theatre multiplex in Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday evening says The Greensboro Telegram.
The victim, Clive O’Connor, was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery. The theater was playing a sold out opening of the biopic movie “Notorious”, the story of slain rapper Biggie Smalls aka. ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’, and several hundred people turned out waiting to see the movie.
These included some frustrated patrons who had to wait in the cold to get tickets. O’Connor “got into an argument” with an unknown person in the line who evidently shot him.
Stranger still is that rapper/actor Jamal Woolard, who plays Christopher Wallace in the film, was actually at the theater during the shooting though police reports indicate he wasn’t in the proximity of the shooting or has been linked to the incident in anyway.
Funnily enough around the same time, four men were stabbed at a New York City nightclub where an after party was being held for the film’s debut.
The Four Seasons theater has informed the media that it has taken the unusual step of deciding to drop the film entirely from its lineup and that it will not be showing it in the future.
The film itself however scored $21.5 million opening at the box-office over the weekend with an excellent $13,126 per screen average, while reviews have been mixed to slightly positive.