back to top

No, Saskatoon Theatres Did Not Use Metal Detectors At "Straight Outta Compton" Screenings

"Cineplex at no time had security or paid duty police officers using metal detectors."

Posted on

Cineplex flatly denies that moviegoers were subjected to metal detectors at screenings of Straight Outta Compton.

Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Studios

CBC Saskatoon reported Monday that the movie theatre chain beefed up security and used metal detectors over the weekend in Saskatoon before screenings of the new N.W.A. biopic.

Cineplex is Canada's largest cinema chain and operates 162 theatres across the country, including two in Saskatoon.

Cineplex says CBC "inaccurately reported this story."

"Cineplex at no time had security or paid duty police officers using metal detectors in our theatre on the weekend," Pat Marshall, VP of communications, told BuzzFeed Canada in an email.

She did, however, say the cinema company will sometimes hire extra security "as was the case this weekend."

Saskatoon Police / Via Facebook: SaskatoonPolice

The extra muscle was provided by an off-duty Saskatoon Police officer, as part of the department's special event policing program. The cost was paid by the theatre, police spokesperson Kelsie Fraser told BuzzFeed Canada.

Fraser also cast doubt on the claim there were metal detectors used at the downtown Galaxy Cinemas, where the officer was dispatched.

"We did not provide any metal detectors. I don't think we even have any."

The release of Straight Outta Compton has prompted heightened security at theatres across North America.

John Salangsang / AP

The film about the rise of the iconic '90s rap group, which also depicts police brutality, opened this weekend against a backdrop of renewed protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere in the United States. It also follows the July theatre shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, at a screening of the Amy Schumer rom-com Trainwreck.

Some suspect adding extra security at a movie about rappers is motivated by racism.

"So here we have a film that amplifies the experiences of marginalized and disenfranchised black youths, black youths who have been severely affected by police brutality, and the plan is to increase security presence at showings of that film?" Kirsten West Savali wrote at The Root.

Cineplex's Pat Marshall did not answer when asked about the perception of racism.

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.