Joker Screenings Canceled at LA Theater Due to 'Credible Threat'


A Huntington Beach, California theater showing Warner Bros.' Joker was shut down Thursday after a "credible threat" was reported to the police.

According to Variety, officers were sent to the Century Huntington Beach and XD theater, with two additional screenings canceled for the day.

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“The police department deemed the threat was credible enough to provide a uniformed presence at the theater,” a statement from the Huntington Beach Police Department reads. “As the investigation continued, our officers worked with the managers of the theater, who determined they would cancel the final two showings of the movie and close the theater out of an abundance of caution. Based on the investigation, and in working with theater management, it was determined that the theater could safely reopen today and resume normal operation.”

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“The Huntington Beach Police Department will provide patrols at Century Theater for the rest of this weekend,” the police added. “We are working in conjunction with the theater’s management as well as mall security to provide a safe environment to the public. This incident is currently under investigation, and no further details will be provided.”

Police did not provide details on the threat detailed, but Joker screenings continued Friday as planned with advance tickets being sold on the theater's website.

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Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.

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