Published: Tue, November 26, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Machetes and knives: Bloody gang war breaks out at United Kingdom cinema

Machetes and knives: Bloody gang war breaks out at United Kingdom cinema

The movie was pulled from the chain's 91 cinemas within the United Kingdom following an incident that broke out at one in all its venues, and was adopted by cinema chain Showcase opting to do the identical quickly after.

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.

As of yet the West Midlands police have not established what incited the violence at the theater or whether or not it actually began in a screening of Blue Story.

Blue Story's ban was criticised on social media, with some people saying the incident took place in the queue for Disney's Frozen 2.

Five teenagers were arrested and seven police officers injured after a brawl involving machetes erupted at a movie theatre in Birmingham, England Saturday night, according to the Guardian. But citing customer safety as the reason for its decision to pull the film, the company said it had never seen so many incidents reported for a movie within 24 hours of it hitting its screens. The film opened in 60 of our sites across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Friday 22nd November, but during the first 24 hours of the film over 25 significant incidents were reported and escalated to senior management in 16 separate cinemas.

Video footage from inside the multiplex in Birmingham appeared to show fights and people screaming.

Cinema chain Cineworld says it has no plans to pull showings of gangland film "Blue Story", despite a number of its competitors scrapping listings.

The description of the scene - where reportedly "up to 100 teenagers were involved in the 'major disorder, ' where people were armed with machetes" - sounds absolutely terrifying.

Writer and director Andrew Onwubolu, known as Rapman, described the incident as "truly unfortunate" and said he hoped it was not an "indictment" of the film.

The film tells the tragically familiar story of two childhood friends who get caught up in gangs from rival postcodes at war on the streets of London. Another 14-year-old boy was held on suspicion of obstructing police.

A film about gangs has been removed by a cinema chain following a large brawl at one of its venues.

"We have come up with a plan to re-instate screenings of the film supported with increased security protocols and will be doing so from this evening", it said.

The hurt police officers suffered minor facial injuries.

The 15-rated film was developed by BBC Films, which declined to comment, and distributed by Paramount Pictures, which said it was "saddened" by events at Star City but noted it had received "incredibly positive reaction and fantastic reviews". A number of police officers have been assaulted, and several arrests have been made.

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