Cinemas pull plug on 'Hunger Games'

Cinemas pull plug on 'Hunger Games'

The management of the Lido and Scala theatres has decided not to show The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 film for fear of political implications.

The management of Apex group, which operates the theatres, told the Bangkok Post on Wednesday that earlier someone had called to purchase 200 tickets for the film's premiere at noon today at Scala, requesting they be sent by mail. Later, the management saw the tickets being distributed for free via a Facebook page.

The League of Liberal Thammasat for Democracy on Sunday posted on Facebook it would give out 160 tickets for the premiere at Scala, calling it the "Raise Three Fingers, Bring Popcorn and Go to Theatre" campaign.

It also asked fans to comment on "How does the Capitol resemble Bangkok?" — a reference to the dystopian setting of the film — in exchange for free tickets.

As of 6.46pm on Wednesday there were 241 comments on the post.

Apex said the decision had nothing to do with protests in Khon Kaen yesterday. "Our theatres are being used for political activism," they said.

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