Some theaters across the country that will be playing F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton are concerned about security, and Universal has announced that it will “support” theaters in their security concerns as the N.W.A biopic opens this weekend.
“The studio has not solicited enhanced security for theaters who will begin showing it this weekend, but has partnered with those exhibitors who have requested support for their locations,” a Universal spokesman said.
Although there have been hundreds of pre-release screenings without incident, there is some concern that the movie‘s gang-related themes may be cause for worry. What’s more, the added need for security comes at a time when movie-goers have experienced a rash of violence.
Last month, two women were killed when they attended the movie Trainwreck by a man who randomly shot them before shooting himself. And earlier this month, during a screening of Mad Max: Fury Road, a man brought a pellet gun and a hatchet to a Tennessee theater and sprayed movie-goers with pepper spray.
Although Universal has refused to say whether or not the support it has promised for the movie theaters includes paying for added security, multiple sources have indicated that is the case. Universal also did not disclose which theaters it would be working with.