Blue Story banned by more cinemas after Birmingham Star City machete brawl

Cinema bosses at four Showcase venues have followed Vue by axing Blue Story in the wake of the riots at Birmingham Star City last night where marauding thugs caused chaos.

Showcase cinemas at Nottingham, Southampton, Reading and Leeds have decided not to schedule any viewings of the gangster film.

It comes after Vue banned screening Blue Story from all its branches.

Families were left terrified after machete-wielding thugs stormed the popular leisure and entertainment complex.

Carla French, of Southampton's Showcase cinema said: "So now not only Vue Cinemas stop the blue story by Rapman, now the showcase cinema de lux in Southampton have?

“Don't think people understand how hard he worked for this movie for it to be taken away. Bloody stupid. Gutted I won't be watching it tonight."

Star City was on lockdown last night after a massive brawl involving 100 people broke out.

Horrified customers were evacuated as the violence erupted, with cops also being attacked.

Now a recorded message on Vue's answerphone reveals how the movie will no longer be screened at its venues, BirminghamLive reports.

Many families were visiting Star City for the opening of Frozen II at the time of the unrest, just after 5.30pm.

The message from Vue said: "We regret that we will no longer be screening the film Blue Story at any of our venues.

"Should you have a booking for this film, please say cancellation when prompted and a member of our team will be with you shortly to assist you with your booking."

Cinema-goers were forced to wait up to 50 minutes to get a refund for the cancelled tickets this morning.

Blue Story, rated 15, was released on more than 300 screens nationwide on Friday.

The gritty gangland drama, directed by Andrew Onwubolu, aka rapper and producer Rapman, tells the story of two boys from rival postcodes.

West Midlands Police confirmed five arrests were made and seven officers received minor facial injuries.

Those arrested include a girl aged 13, another girl and a boy both aged 14 and a 19-year-old man.

They were all held on suspicion of assaulting police.

In addition, a boy aged 14 was held on suspicion of obstructing police.

Police have now recovered two machetes and a knife.

An investigation has now been launched as detectives urge anyone with information to come forward.

Supt Ian Green from Birmingham Police said: "This was a major outbreak of trouble which left families who were just trying to enjoy a night out at the cinema understandably frightened.

"We worked quickly to move the crowds on, but were met with a very hostile response and officers had to draw Tasers to restore order.

“Thankfully, the injuries to our officers were very minor.

“We’ve had a great response from the public who have been very supportive of our officers.

"We understand that families with young children will have been left upset by what they saw last night, but we urge people to appreciate that our aim last night was to protect the public and restore order, and that’s what we achieved."

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