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Movies That Theaters Refused To Show


There are plenty of ways that filmmakers and
studios curb the content of their work to appeal to as large an audience as possible. Regardless, there are still some theaters
that choose not to show certain films for a variety of reasons, whether they be moral,
fiscal, or logistical. Here are a just a few examples of times theaters
backed out from showing a film. Perhaps the most popular of the recent films
to be refused by a movie theater is 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A small theater in Iowa decided not to screen
this entry in the Star Wars franchise, but not because its owners objected to the content
of the film. Instead, it was because of an issue with Disney’s
terms. As part of their distribution deal, Disney
required theaters to screen The Last Jedi in their largest auditoriums for a minimum
of four weeks, and took a cut of 65% of ticket revenue from those screenings. That’s a high price to pay for any small-town
movie theater, especially in recent years, when plenty of potential audience members
have ditched the big screen for lots of smaller screens that stream entertainment at home. Of course, The Last Jedi still went on to
grab an international box office total of more than $1 billion, even without being shown
in the Keystone of Northeast Iowa. Not all theater cancellations are the product
of inter-company conflict. Some are a matter of public safety. The 2014 comedy The Interview, directed and
produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, was the subject of some headline-grabbing
controversy because its plot is centered around the assassination of Kim Jong-Un, the current
real-life Supreme Leader of North Korea. When word got out about the movie’s premise,
a group of hackers calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace” threatened that tragedy
would befall any theater that screened the film, causing Rogen and actor James Franco
to cancel publicity appearances. “Haters gonna hate…and ainters gona ain’t” “That is not an actual thing people say.” Not long after this announcement, Carmike,
AMC, Regal, and Cineplex all stated that they would not be screening the film, citing the
safety of their patrons as their top priority. With so many theaters shutting out The Interview,
Sony chose to pull its cinematic release altogether, though they were met with some criticism from
then-President Barack Obama for caving in to terrorist threats. In the summer of 2018, a Wisconsin theater
company chose not to screen the Slender Man film because its violence hit a little too
close to home. As many moviegoers undoubtedly already knew,
Slender Man is a fictional character born out of a meme on the Something Awful forums
in 2009, a cryptid for the modern world. In 2014, two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls,
allegedly in tribute to this fearsome fictional being, attacked one of their friends, nearly
killing her. Because of the severity and premeditated nature
of the crime, the girls were tried as adults and charged with first-degree attempted homicide. Though the victim survived, this horrifying
tragedy has surely left its mark on people from the area. The theater company chose to withhold the
screening out of respect for the victim, and given the circumstances, it’s hard to blame
them. Some film controversies are not as life-threatening
as terrorist attacks, but still manage to keep some movies out of theaters. Such is the case of a drive-in theater in
Alabama that refused to show the live action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast after
the director revealed that the character LeFou, Gaston’s lackey, is gay. The proprietors of the cinema implied that
homosexuality was inappropriate for all-age audiences, and that it was a sin, citing their
Christian faith as first and foremost in their decision-making process. Ironically, the film also got complaints from
some viewers because, after headlines touted LeFou as Disney’s first openly gay character,
any content that might’ve dealt with that was pretty much limited to the subtext that’s
basically in every movie. “I’m not done with you yet.” “Me neither.” Whether or not LeFou can be considered an
example of decent gay representation, it is unfortunate that this theater chose to discriminate
based on the sexuality of a fictional character and send a clear message to their patrons
about who they do and do not approve of in their establishment. Perhaps unsurprisingly, since this story was
covered by national news outlets, the theater has since changed management. Religious fervor has always been a cause for
controversy in art and media, and you can see a pretty clear example of how with Monty
Python’s religious satire, Life of Brian. “By what name are you calling him?” “Ah Brian!” “We worship you o Brian, who are lord over
us all.” The British comedy classic is centered on
a young Jewish man who was born on the same day as Jesus Christ who gets mistaken for
the Messiah and is eventually crucified in a scene set to a cheerful tune about looking
on the bright side of life. It probably won’t shock you to learn that
upon its release in 1979, it was actually banned in Ireland and Norway because of its
blasphemous themes. The film itself sets out to criticize the
misunderstandings and pitfalls of modern organized religion rather than ridiculing faith, but
the movie still drew plenty of criticism for its irreverent treatment of the subject. Nether the criticism nor the ban stopped Life
of Brian from racking up an outstanding box office total in the United States and securing
a legacy among fans. A 40th anniversary reissue saw over 400 screenings
across the United States and United Kingdom. A more serious film that drew inspiration
from Christianity, and an even more intense ire from Christian movie-goers, was 1988’s
The Last Temptation of Christ. Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese
this adaptation of the 1955 novel of the same name depicts Jesus, played by Willem Dafoe,
imagining himself entangled in situations that conflict with certain Biblical depictions
of Christ. Upon its release, an organization called Mastermedia
International incited a boycott, which led to coverage on Christian radio stations, protests,
and eventually three U.S. theater companies deciding not to screen it at all. They might’ve made the right decision. In Paris, a screening of the film was interrupted
when a fundamentalist Catholic group set fire to the theater while it was playing, injuring
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100 Comments

  1. Wastingsometimehere Author

    I'm sorry, but if you literally are setting people on fire for seeing a movie, you lost your moral high ground entirely.

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  2. Lamel Winston Author

    I'm from Omaha Nebraska and even tho it's the Midwest we get pretty much everything. That being said I waited over a year for bright burn and was truly shocked upon it's release it was nowhere to be found! Not even nearby city! I've been looking into it but can't find any reasons why. Does anyone have any idea why? Didn't wanna pirate some shitty copy or even a perfect one. I wanted that theater expierience damnit!

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  3. Zanji1234 Author

    Fun Fact: Live of brian is still "banned" during "good Friday" i think it's called here in Germany. So any Theater which shows THIS movie (and other i think around 700) will have to pay a fine (which is kinda high)

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  4. Mirunan Sjcr Author

    Did anyone notice that in the Scene where hulk gives ant man a taco
    hulk actually gives him two tacos but tge next scene only shows one
    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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  5. Jacob W Author

    These religious nutjobs only validate my views that religion is just a fancy word for cult and that they should be abolished. Throughout human history religion has only bred hate and violence

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  6. SevelRomanov Author

    Movies who also really suffered of an extremely limited theatrical release where:
    Underworld: Blood Wars and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
    Funny enough both Sony movies, so the majority where actually forced to download both movies elligally from the internet if they wanted to watch them.
    Then they could just be thankful for, that it was Blu-ray remuxes who turned up pretty fast.

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  7. Dirty Bee Hinds Author

    this year some theaters controlled by leftwingnut radical parasites wouldn't show a movie that promoted life over baby murder…… that just shows how scumbaggery the business has become

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  8. LearningEngineer.com Author

    The setting of a fire at the Paris theatre over the Last Temptation of Christ was an act of terrorism by religious fanatics. If you don't call it what it is, it will continue.

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  9. Nicholas Farrell Author

    "Citing their Christian beliefs"

    Ah yes, the old "my religion hates money" excuse. Explains why the theater next town down changed hands after the Harry Potter films started coming out.

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  10. S D Author

    So the state of Alabama would ban a movie because it hinted at homosexuality, but they were ok with the same movie when it only hinted at beastiality?

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  11. Jocelyn Gonzalez Author

    So Alabama have an issue with Beauty and the Beast because of a gay character but if they had a film of cousins being together they won't care 😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  12. T. F. Author

    I live in Alabamer. A lot of people here are Fuck’n stupid. I’m not a Christian and 9 times out of 10 I run into I know more about the Bible and the religion than they do.. If you’d like to encounter people who’ve read one book or some of one book, then some how miraculously know more than anyone else. It’s these people..

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  13. Nexus0Z Author

    I'm against religious offending in movies so I watched "The Last Temptation of Christ" to know about it. it wasn't blasphemous at all. I'm sure the idiots who were against it and set the cinema on fire didn't even watch the movie and did based on what they heard from people more stupid than them!

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  14. The Real SyXx Team Syxx Productions Author

    Christianity has killed more people then any other religion on earth. Its amazing the power a group of brainwashed people can have.

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  15. A Team Author

    If people can’t handle gays in this day and age! It’s a real good way to know if someone is a brainwashed from some cult religion like Christianity.

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  16. Richard M Author

    A cinema wouldn't show Beauty and the Beast because it had a gay character? Where was this?

    Alabama? Oh, that explains everything. How backwards.

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  17. Guy Beardmane Author

    In 2013 there was a theater in Elizabethtown, Kentucky that refused to play The Butler because Jane Fonda plays Nancy Regan in the movie. The manager of the theater was one of those "Hanoi Jane" douche canoes.

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  18. Trixster Million Author

    Kids should not be exposed to any sexuality. That includes homosexuality, no matter how cool some people might think that is.

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  19. Andy S Author

    I kinda wished our cinemas hadn't screened Lame Jedi,…i would've saved myself some money to spend it on something worthwhile other than that turd 💩 of a film.

    Glad I got to see Under The Skin, which was on a very limited screening @ arts picture house only. I can understand why the mainstream cinemas weren't showing it though.

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  20. Anthony Emrick Author

    It's not descrimination, it is holding to ones Principles… Something that used to mean something in this country. I'm sure plenty of other theaters showed the film and didn't cause much inconvenience. That is why we have CHOICE AND FREE MARKETS.

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  21. evil smout Author

    nothing says Jesus loves you than a news report saying 6 burnt horribly in fire set by it's my bible and i,ll go kane on you and bash your head in it with if that's what i thought it said bashers still i happend to like that film its got a happy ending no not him been crucified but living a entire life in a few mins in his head where he gets to know the joys of having a family and a ordinary life only to realise hes been tricked hes not ordinary his extraordinary and therefore sees why he has to die why and as he does so ordinary people can enjoy such normal lives and while they dream of been extraordinary it's it's only the extraordinary Who sacrifice so they can dream

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  22. evil smout Author

    my local ODEON had 4 screens 3 showing harry who gives a fuck on his quest to take choice away as a option and no screens showing city of the dead 4th of the dead films aftet 80s flick day

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  23. J.M. VONWIDON Author

    To forsake morality is to deny your own humanity………And to take such an AGGRESSIVE Push for the standards of 3.5% of our population is to forsake 96.5% of your countrymen………WHAT about our African-American brothers and sisters?……WHAT about our Mexican – American brothers and sister?……."Throw them in slums" and "Parade around those that let 4-5 year old children decide their life?!"
    It's my RIGHT….and a NATURAL Right that I DON'T Expose MY children to sexual matters/deviancy UNTIL Their OLD Enough to even Know/Care about such AAAADDDDUUULT Subjects!
    Under THEIR "logic"(better lack there of)…if my Son says "IM SUPERMAN" then WHY NOT throw a cape on him and let em jump off a building?!
    Your DESTROYING them Just the SAME! WHEN will ANYONE React?
    When THEY say children are "mature" enough so GROWN ASS PERVERTS USE them for Their Sexual Pleasure?
    ………THAT is NEXT on the horizon!
    Thinking THATS ABSERD?…….Check the laws being introduced in Europe……AND YOUR CONGRESS!
    IF YOU DON'T protect your VERY own Children…..you LOSE your HUMANITY and become nothing MORE than a MONSTER to TRUE MAN……a common Ravenous Beast thats needs to be put in a cage for the sake and saftey of your community……..SHOOT YOUR DAMN T.V. and Start FIGHTING for the CHILDREN!……….If Anyone opposes this……PROVES our current Calamity.

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  24. Aceofdeath4life Author

    What time for beauty and the beast you said and I quote it's disappointing they decided to discriminate based on sexual orientation not that they decided exercise their religious freedom

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  25. NGMonocrom Author

    Movie theaters are privately owned. If one refuses to show a film due to it containing a homosexual character, then that's their right. If groups wish to protest outside of said theater, then that's their right. No one in America should ever be forced to violate their God given right to practice their religion, a right protected by a little something called the First Amendment, just because a tiny minority made up of realistically 2% of the World's population says they should do so anyway.

    Don't like a business's policies? Protest outside of it. If they lose money because of their policies, they'll either change those policies or go out of business. That's the proper way to go about getting your point across, and getting what you want.

    And a management change at a theater means nothing since if the owner didn't feel the exact same way, then such an anti-homosexual policy never would have been implemented in the first place. That manager is gone. That owner who told him what the policy will be…. He's still there.

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  26. Jesse Galvan Author

    That incompetent coward Obama is talking about caving in to terroristic threats?! What about the midnight sessions of him importing 50000 terrorists into this country? And that's in just one of his midnight sessions! [email protected]!K YOU Obama!!!

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  27. William Van Parys Author

    The Democrats, are all about caving and bending over for the enemy!!! Democrats, have become our very own homegrown terrorists… Literally the only Democrat I vote for on purpose, is my congressman… Because people from his office have helped me on three occasions now… He now gets my vote…

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  28. Nyx X Author

    I get the gay thing. Everyone has the right to practice their fate and if the majority of the city is Christian then they have a right to deny the screening of the movie. I'm not that religious but my country's traditions dont accept stuff like that so I u understand it all

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  29. J L Author

    I keep reminding myself to NEVER trust Looper because it's just bigoted, elitist Hollywood propaganda first and foremost. Hollywood is a plantation and slaves are sold via dramatic headshots. The plantation owners are fervently anti-Christian Classists. They sneer through Looper.

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  30. nevskislake Author

    I am not sure how many theaters refused to show it, but I remember the huge controversy around Silent Night, Deadly Night. People were protesting outside theaters. Just goes to show that outrage culture is nothing new.

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  31. Reece Darren Bainbridge Author

    Nope. I totally get why Beauty and the Beast wasn’t shown.
    Even as a “gay man”. I still don’t think it’s appropriate to introduce homosexuality, to minors.
    They are children. They do not need to know their sexual orientation yet.
    Many mistake expressionism with homosexuality. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME. And this is why we have this ridiculous gender craze in society at the moment.
    There are only two genders. And you can be whichever one you feel you are.

    However, if we just had the intellect to realise, embracing both masculine and feminine parts of ourselves, we wouldn’t have so many inner turmoils.
    “I can’t cry because I’m a man”
    “I can’t sit like this, because I’m a woman”
    These are very small examples as to the problems we are given to deal with.
    Rather than dealing with the world’s biggest problem….. The lack of compassion and understanding.
    🙏🙏🙏

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