Cinemas in major cities across the country are hiring additional security guards as a precaution for the screening of Universal's critically acclaimed movie "Straight Outta Compton," theater executives said.
"We are hiring a little extra security in a couple of our theaters," said Phil Zacheretti, chief executive of Phoenix Theatres Entertainment, a Knoxville, Tenn., chain with 10 theaters in Maryland, Kansas and several other states. "We don't expect any major issues, we just want to make sure everybody feels comfortable coming to the theater to see the film."
Comcast Corp.-owned Universal Pictures has offered to help theaters offset the costs of hiring additional security guards for "Straight Outta Compton," which traces the rise of the pioneering and controversial rap group N.W.A founded by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
"We're not soliciting enhanced security for theaters, but Universal is partnering with those exhibitors who have requested support for their locations,'' said a spokesman for the studio.
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