UK cinema chains pull gang-themed movie after brawl

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LONDON (AP) — Two British cinema chains have pulled a film set among London street gangs after a brawl broke out at a movie theater where it was showing.

Showcase Cinemas and Vue say they won’t screen “Blue Story,” which centers on two friends on opposing sides of a violent neighborhood rivalry.

Police say dozens of youths, several carrying machetes, clashed at Vue’s Star City theater in Birmingham, central England, on Saturday. Six teenagers aged 13 to 19 were arrested and seven officers were slightly hurt.

Police did not connect Saturday’s brawl to “Blue Story,” but Vue said Monday there had been more than 25 “significant incidents” at theaters screening the movie.

The film’s director, Andrew Onwubolu, said it was “truly unfortunate that a small group of people can ruin things for everybody.”

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