Fire Alarm Pulled at Movie Theater at The Grove, Prompting Evacuation Amid ‘Star Wars’ Showings

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Hundreds of moviegoers were briefly evacuated from the Pacific Theatres at the Grove in Fairfax on Thursday evening.

Moviegoers were evacuated from the Pacific Theatres at The Grove after a fire alarm was pulled on Dec. 17, 2015. (Credit: Michael Drake)

Moviegoers were evacuated from the Pacific Theatres at The Grove after a fire alarm was pulled on Dec. 17, 2015. (Credit: Michael Drake)

The evacuation occurred after a fire alarm was triggered inside the building, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. There was no threat to the theater or "anything else of that nature," she said.

Several disgruntled movie fans took to Twitter and Instagram after the incident, which prompted a response from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Showings of the much-anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" were interrupted, according to witnesses.

"As soon as the previews were over and the movie was about to start -- fire alarm. They evacuated the whole building," said an exasperated Andrew Gouch, adding that he had purchased his "Star Wars" tickets two months in advance.

"My kids want to still sit in there but … I don't know," he said. "I don't drink; I may start."

The screenings resumed after firefighters determined that no fire had occurred and the building was safe.