Theatre Yanks ‘Brokeback Mountain’ And Refunds Money

Poulsbo Regal Cinema yanked ‘Brokeback Mountain‘ “an epic epic love story…of two young men–a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy–who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection,” and which provides, “a testament to the endurance and power of love.” The movie directed by Ang Lee (the guy who directed, ‘Wo hu cang long‘ or ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’) is based on the book, ‘Brokeback Mountain‘ written by E. Annie Proulx. Apparently the theatre has not yet stated the reason for its ‘yank’ of the film after much advertising and promotion of it. The article states to draw attention to the fact of the town’s conservative stance and the fact that it rents out the theatre to a local church so they can hold Sunday Services there. Yet the web site states what, “would this have anything to do with why Brokeback isn’t on the marquee?” Now truly some of the subject matter and topics presented in the film may be offensive to most of those viewing the film (or the complete opposite) but does that give the theatre the right to ‘yank’ the this sort of film or any other film of any sort at the cost of those wanting to view it? Then again is it correct for a theatre to do such a thing as to not offend and drive off customers and their customer base who may not attend other showings of films due to the showing of one film? Truly we must consider the movie is only playing nationwide in around 265 theatre most of them being Regal theatres. But does this action of ‘blocking’ or ‘yanking’ a film when something to do with the film is not right in someone’s eye or many people’s eyes? Is it justifiable, is it hurting posterity, is the meer showing of a film of that nature hurting today as well as posterity, or is it the complete opposite? Or in this case is the film just propaganda, truly a picture to protray the struggles, or to show a malevolent lifestyle?


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