Absolutely Fabulous audience members ‘thrown out’ of cinema screening for laughing too much
Published 06/07/2016 | 13:31
A grandmother and a great-grandmother have said they were ejected from a screening of the new Absolutely Fabulous film for laughing too loudly.
Jacqueline Cox (60) and Cindy Amass (59) claimed they were told to leave by the manager of a Vue cinema in London after he heard them laughing.
Great-grandmother Cindy told the Mirror it was her first night out in over a year and that the incident “really knocked (her) confidence”.
“I had a heart attack and Jacqui’s daughter bought us the tickets, as I’m like her aunt and she wanted to do a nice thing for me,” she said.
“I hadn’t been out for over a year and I was really looking forward to it. It was an early showing at 6pm so there wasn’t many people in the cinema.
“We weren’t laughing that loudly, but it is a funny film, it’s not like we were watching anything serious.”
She added that being asked to leave was “really embarrassing” and “ruined (their) day out”.
“It’s very disappointing, I’m quite upset, I have been very ill and not been out for a long while,” she said.
The pair said they are known to friends as a real-life Eddie and Patsy, and had been “really looking forward” to the film after watching the hit TV show.
Jacqueline, also a grandmother, added that they had been instructed to “laugh on the inside” or leave the cinema.
“I said, ‘what the hell does that mean?’ That just made us laugh even more.”
Two other audience members were reportedly ejected from the screening, and all four were offered full refunds.
A spokesperson for Vue cinemas told the Mirror that cinema management would not ask audience members to leave for laughing too much.
“We love seeing our customers enjoy their big-screen experience at Vue,” the spokesperson said.
“However, in this instance we had a number of complaints about some customers talking too loudly.
“We would never ask our customers to leave for laughing.”