If you thought the worst problem of cinema was rude texters and people talking loudly throughout, be glad you don’t live in Birmingham in the UK.
The Vue cinema chain has banned gang film “Blue Story” from all its cinemas after a mass brawl at the Nechells multiplex in the Star City entertainment complex last night when fighting broke out reports The Daily Mail.
The Andrew Onwubolu-directed “Blue Story” has scored very good reviews and is described as a tragic tale of a friendship between Timmy and Marco, two young boys from warring postcodes in London who become friends but get caught up in gang violence.
Pockets of fighting erupted in a one-hundred strong crowd at the cinema after a ‘group of people arrived with machetes’. Police rushed to the scene with guard dogs and five teenagers, including 13 & 14 year old kids, have been arrested.
West Midlands Police also seized two machetes and a knife from a nearby roundabout and said they would be making further arrests on Sunday or Monday. A senior police chief told the media the force used by officers was ‘proportionate’ and indicated the disorder ‘may be the worst thing’ the responding officers had ever seen and it was concerning that some of those involved were so young.
Families had been attending the first opening Saturday of “Frozen II” when the brawl broke out and people were evacuated as Vue cinema managers closed the venue. Vue says in a statement: “We can confirm a decision was made to remove the film. The safety and welfare of our customers and staff is always our first priority.”