During the film’s opening weekend, Universal Pictures has offered to pay for enhanced security for screenings of West Coast hip-hop biopic “Straight Outta Compton”. The opening of the highly anticipated movie, which follows the rise of Los Angeles rap group N.W.A., is causing security concerns for some theaters. The film, which is produced by Universal, opens in North America on Thursday night.
A Universal spokesman made the following statement:
“We’re very proud of our association with ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ and the film’s been seen nationwide by thousands of people in hundreds of screenings and all of those have occurred without incident. The studio has not solicited enhanced security for theaters who will begin showing the film this weekend, but it has partnered with those exhibitors who’ve requested support for their location.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, Downers Grove-based Classic Cinemas, which operates 13 movie theaters in the Chicago area, said it will provide security at some of the 10 locations where it will show the film this weekend. CEO Chris Johnson didn’t provide specifics on what security measures would be taken or the cost.
The decision to offer increased security comes as a result of recent attacks in movie theaters, racial tensions across the country and the film’s “gang-oriented,” subject matter. Studio Movie Grill, which operates in Chicago also and the Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton said it will add security at the film’s screening this weekend as well.
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