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'Boys Don't Cry?' Theater Chain to hold Women-Only Screenings of 'Wonder Woman'

  • Gal Gadot poses at film premier of

    Gal Gadot poses at film premier of "Wonder Woman." | Photo: Reuters

Published 26 May 2017

The theater received mixed responses after announcing it would hold women-only viewings to celebrate the release of "Wonder Woman."

A cinema chain announced Friday it would throw a ladies-only screening of the new Wonder Woman film hitting theaters June 1.

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"Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz," Alamo Drafthouse Theater announced Wednesday. "And when we say 'Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,' we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female."

The event went live via the Alamo’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The response was astounding with not one, but two shows selling out almost immediately. However, not all fans were as excited.

Twitter was singing off the hook with feedback flying in from all directions. “Yeah, sexism is great!” one tweet read, “Let’s see more businesses banning on the basis of gender! Next up> Race, creed and color!” Another read, “‘IT’S ONLY ONE SCREENING,’ says the random idiot …’we’re just relocating the jews,’says the moustached German … IT’S JUST JUSTIFICATION!”

However the cinema chain took it all in stride, responding with some witty come backs. One Facebook user, Bill Fairbrother, asked, “Have you ever hosted a men’s only showing of any film?” Alamo quickly replied, “We’ve never done showings were you had to be a man to get in, but we *did* show the Entourage movie a few years ago.”

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Another user asked, “Will there be a male only screening of Thor: Ragnarok? Or a special screening for the IT that’s only for those who identify as clowns?” To which they responded saying it was an excellent idea.

"We thought it might be kinda fun ... to celebrate a character who's meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades," organizers said.

It’s no secret that women in Hollywood have been poorly represented for as long as movies have been in theaters. Morgan Hendrix, representative for Alamo DraftHouse explained, “We asked ourselves, ‘How do we create a land of Amazonian women? Well — we just hold a women’s only screening!'”

The theater chain has arranged for a third “ladies only” with tickets still available. The event is scheduled for June 6.

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