Universal Pictures is charity to repay theaters for confidence guards during opening-weekend screenings of “Straight Outta Compton,” according to several museum executives.

The surprising step was stirred by a multiple of new attacks opposite moviegoers, stability secular tensions opposite a nation and a swat biopic’s gang-oriented theme matter.

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-owned studio adult on a offer, according to one film buyer, quite as demonstrations have continued this week opposite military strategy in Ferguson, Mo.

Exhibitors have been grappling with how most confidence is indispensable in their vast auditoriums after a Louisiana male killed dual women during a display final month of “Trainwreck.”

A Universal orator after reliable that a studio has “partnered” with museum operators who wish to sinecure additional security.

Universal will repay theaters for confidence during opening-weekend screenings of ‘Straight Outta Compton.’
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The film’s Monday night premiere in Los Angeles featured scarcely complicated security, including steel detectors for guest to pass through, and several travel closures in a surrounding area. The eventuality was peaceful.

Major museum bondage mostly sinecure confidence for bustling weekends, and “Straight Outta Compton” is approaching to pull vast crowds and simply tip a box bureau after opening this Friday. But it is singular for a sold film to prompt security. In 1991, some theaters hired confidence crew for screenings of a squad play “Boyz N The Hood.”

“Straight Outta Compton” tells a story of N.W.A., a argumentative swat organisation founded by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube that became famous for dirty tales of squad life and drug dealing. Its 1988 strain “F— tha Police” was generally incendiary.

The film facilities several scenes of squad assault in south Los Angeles and of assertive military tactics, including footage of a 1991 violence of Rodney King by city police. But a movie’s depiction of a rappers’ gangster-filled credentials isn’t a usually reason Universal done a offer for confidence reimbursements.

Protests in Ferguson on Monday night around a anniversary of a sharpened of Michael Brown by a military officer stirred some-more museum operators to pointer on to a plan, pronounced a film buyer, who books cinema for several hundred eccentric theaters. It was misleading to what border a nation’s 3 largest operators— Regal Entertainment Group,
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—are staffing adult security.


Security in film theaters has turn a divisive subject in new months, given a “Trainwreck” sharpened in Louisiana and sentencing of James Holmes, a Colorado male who killed 12 people during a 2012 screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Notably a Aurora, Colo., museum where Mr. Holmes non-stop glow didn’t have confidence crew on palm that evening, a relapse that is now a basement for a polite lawsuit opposite a theater’s operator, Cinemark.

Theater operators employing additional confidence pronounced it was only an additional prevision given new events.

“I don’t consider it’s unequivocally necessary, though we’re doing it for a public’s assent of mind,” pronounced Rudyard Coltman, who runs a Cinetopia museum sequence in Kansas City, Kan., and Portland, Ore. The confidence costs need preapproval from Universal, he said.

An initial quote for employing off-duty military officers was $80 an hour, Mr. Coltman said, so he is some-more expected to sinecure a confidence organisation that charges $35 an hour. Security guards will be stationed during his theaters this weekend, in a run and in a auditorium display “Straight Outta Compton.”

Write to Erich Schwartzel during erich.schwartzel@wsj.com

Movie Studio Offers to Pay for Security during ‘Compton’ Screenings

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