Several Showcase Cinemas will no longer be showing gangster film Blue Story after a brawl involving around 10 youths and machetes at an entertainment complex last night.
Listings have been taken down from the Showcase website and an automated message at cinemas confirms they’ll no longer be showing it.
The cinemas at Nottingham, Southampton, Reading, and Leeds won’t schedule any viewings.
Carla French, of Southampton, said: “So now not only Vue Cinemas stop the blue story by Rapman, now the showcase cinema de lux in Southampton have? Don’t think people understand how hard he worked for this movie for it to be taken away. Bloody stupid. Gutted I won’t be watching it tonight.”
Seven police officers injured in the fight at Star City near Nechells, Birmingham, on Saturday afternoon. Tasers and dog units were deployed to restore order at the scene.
Many families who had visited view to watch the film Frozen II witnessed the distressing brawl and images portraying the chaos and evacuation of the cinema were widely shared online.
It comes after Vue banned screening Blue Story from all its branches.
The film portrays inner-city gang violence. Directed and written by music artist Rapman, real name Andrew Onwubolu, is based on his own experiences of gang violence and carries a pacifist message. Two friends become caught up in the world of South London ‘postcode wars’.
Online commentators have slammed the decision by Vue cinemas as “racist” while critics have suggested the film promotes gang violence.
Showcase Cinema, an American company with more than 940 screens in the US, U.K., Argentina and Brazil, were contacted for comment.
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