Men upset at women-only screenings of Wonder Woman film at Texas cinema

Some men responded by asking if there would be men-only screenings of male-centric superhero movies like Thor.
Some men responded by asking if there would be men-only screenings of male-centric superhero movies like Thor.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM DRAFTHOUSE.COM

Men have not taken very well to a Texas cinema chain's announcement of women-only screenings of the new Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot at one of its cinemas.

Texas-based cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse on Thursday (May 25) announced its all-female screenings of the DC film at its Austin cinema on June 6.

"Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz," says a note on Alamo's website. "And when we say 'People Who Identify As Women Only', we mean it. Everyone working at this screening - venue staff, projectionist and culinary team - will be female."

However, not all were happy at the women-only showing of the strong feminist icon, and made their displeasure known on Alamo Drafthouse Austin's Facebook post announcing the screenings.

Facebook user Bill Fairbrother wrote: "Have you ever hosted a men's only showing of any film?"

Bradley Lucio added: "Could you imagine the anger and outrage from the liberal staff of Alamo if Trump held an all-male screening at the White House or even if another theatre did an all-male screening?!"

Mike Canales quipped: "Great, let us know when you have guys-only screenings of Thor, Spider-Man, Star Wars, etc. Let's see you walk the walk now that you set this precedence."

The cinema chain replied Mr Canales: "Very sorry if you feel excluded. We thought it might be kinda fun - for one screening - to celebrate a character who's meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades. Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we've offended you."

However, other men welcomed the move.

Geoff Stark said he thought it was a great idea and said he would catch the film another time.

Cody Leitholt added a comment directed at "bemoaning gentlemen": "Women are paying to voluntarily remove themselves from your company for an evening. Maybe your focus should go beyond the business that's facilitating this and be directed towards the nearest mirror."

Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who stars as Wonder Woman, has not publicly addressed the issue yet.

Alamo later added a second women-only screening at a different time on the same day, and tickets were sold out as of Saturday (May 27).

The 2hr 21min PG-13 action-adventure film will hit cinemas in the United States on June 2.

A spokesman for Alamo Drafthouse on May 31 told The Straits Times: "Obviously, Alamo Drafthouse recognises Wonder Woman is a film for all audiences, but our special women-only screenings may have created confusion - we want everybody to see this film.”