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Crowd of 100 refused to leave Rex Cinema after movie premiere was cancelled

Published on Jan 9, 2014 10:44 PM

A crowd of more than 100 people, mostly foreign workers, refused to leave Rex Cinemas at Mackenzie Road, after the theatre cancelled the premiere of a movie on Thursday night.

The police were called in after some in the crowd apparently began shouting at cinema staff when screenings of the Tamil movie, Veeram, was abruptly cancelled. They had lined up for more than six hours.

Three police cars and about 10 police officers were at the scene, but no arrests were made.

Two patrons, Mr Suresh Veerasamy, 29, and Mr Tamal Shanmugam, 28, both construction workers, said they were at the cinema at 6am on Thursday to buy tickets. The cinema had sold tickets for a 9pm and a 12.15am screening.

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