Vue Cinemas has pulled Paramount Pictures’ Blue Story from all its 91 cinemas in the UK and Ireland, following reported violencel at its Birmingham Star City venue on Saturday, November 23 which the exhibitor is linking to the film.
“We can confirm a decision was made to remove the film from our cinemas,” a Vue representative told Screen. “The safety and welfare of our customers and staff is always our first priority. We are saddened to have had to take this step, which is not made lightly, particularly as the film itself seeks to strike a strong message against violence.”
Blue Story was one of at least 12 films playing at the Star City venue on Saturday. It is not known exactly how and why Vue is connecting the film to the violence.
Writer-director Rapman commented on the situation via a message on his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Sunday evening.
The film was playing in 320 cinemas across the UK and…