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'Joker' Viewers Flee Movie Theater In New York After Man Starts Cheering For On-Screen Murders

'Joker' Viewers Flee Movie Theater In New York After Man Starts Cheering For On-Screen Murders

The unsettling incident left many viewers, at least one third, walking out of the crowded theater in Manhattan‘s Times Square on Friday night.

Even though 'Joker' is laughing his way to the bank, breaking box office records every day since its release date, one can't help but notice how some people are a bit anxious to go for its screening at cinema halls. 

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The Joaquin Phoenix starrer has beautifully captured the dark side of society and it is truly a pathbreaking movie in every sense of the word. The moment, the first teaser, poster and even when the trailer released, one knew the visual spectacle that veteran actors like Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro would bring on board. 

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However, the movie has been in the news for multiple reasons and one of them is the tightened security in cinema halls. An incident happened at a New York cinema hall when moviegoers had a rather unsettling experience after a young man started cheering for onscreen murders. As reported by KRDO.

The unsettling incident left many viewers, at least one third, walking out of the crowded theater in Manhattan‘s Times Square on Friday night.

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While many moviegoers asked him to remain quiet, the man spat on them as they left early, said Nathanael Hood, who was present at the theater. “I was scared. I’m sure a lot of other people were,” Hood was quoted as saying by CBS New York. 

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Hood added that his applause and disruptive behavior increased as the on-screen action intensified. "About halfway through when Joker started killing people and monologuing about how society is evil he started clapping really loudly and incessantly for a good minute. People started yelling for him to shut up, but he kept clapping and cheering like mad," Hood said.

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Hood also claimed that the man became "belligerent" when others told him to stop, reports ABC News.

Meanwhile, Etai Benson, who sat behind him, told the publication that he saw the man reportedly pouring a full bottle of alcohol into a drink. "This was most likely a harmless drunk guy, but all the nervousness built around the film made what happened [Friday] night really unsettling," Benson said.

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Following this, the security showed up and eventually escorted him out of the theater. 

Joker has been on the news for various reasons including many viewers walking out of the cinema halls for its content, which have been called 'disturbing' and 'too dark', reports The Sun.

Many police departments had kept a close watch on theaters the day Joker released because they feared the violence shown in the film might spark copycat crimes.

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This comes after a gunman named James Holmes fired at a Colorado theatre in 2012 during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. At least 12 people were killed in the mass shooting and 70 others were injured.

What do you think of Joker? Did you like it? 

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