CINEWORLD WILL continue to screen Blue Story after a stabbing took place at one of its cinemas on Sunday.
Police were called to the chain’s cinema at Cornerhouse, Nottingham, after reports of a stabbing in the venue.
A 20-year-old man was wounded during the incident and taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening and police say he is expected to make a full recovery.
Two people, a 16-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man, have been arrested in connection with the stabbing.
The 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and causing grievous bodily harm.
The 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article.
Supt Ross Cooke, Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our officers have acted quickly to establish the circumstances around this incident leading to two arrests and the recovery of a knife.
“Isolated incidents such as this are incredibly serious and as a force we are committed to ensuring that appropriate action is taken to keep people safe and bring to justice those responsible.”
The cinema remained open but closed several of its screens following the incident.
A spokesperson for Cineworld told The Mirror: “Cineworld can confirm that we were required by Nottinghamshire Police to close screens 9-14 this morning during their investigation.
“However, this investigation did not affect our ability to operate and customers can still purchase tickets for showings of Blue Story this evening, tomorrow and throughout the week.
“We currently have no plans to cancel any of these screenings.”
The stabbing follows reports of a number of “significant incidents” at cinemas around the country during the opening weekend of Blue Story, including a mass brawl in Birmingham.
The incidents prompted Vue and Showcase to remove the film from their cinemas. Following considerable outrage from the public both chains reinstated the feature.
Blue Story, from first-time film director Rapman, explores the lives of two best friends who end up on opposite sides of a rival gang war.
The director has disputed claims it incites violence and has said the film is about “what people do for the people they love”.