Universal Pictures is offering to reimburse theaters for security guards during opening-weekend screenings of “Straight Outta Compton,” according to several theater executives.
Some theaters in major cities are taking the studio up on the offer, according to the Wall Street Journal, particularly as demonstrations have continued this week against police tactics in Ferguson, Mo.
The film’s Monday night premiere in Los Angeles featured unusually heavy security, including metal detectors for guests to pass through, and several street closures in the surrounding area, the Journal said.
“Straight Outta Compton” is expected to draw large crowds and easily top the box office after opening this week, the Journal said, but noting that "it is rare for a particular movie to prompt security. In 1991, some theaters hired security personnel for screenings of the gang drama “Boyz N The Hood.”