- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2015

Hundreds of disgruntled moviegoers were forced to evacuate a Los Angeles theater Thursday night during screenings of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Pacific Theaters at the Grove shopping center in Fairfax was evacuated after a fire alarm was pulled, according to police.

Police and firefighters responded to the scene but later determined there was no threat. Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department told local news station KTLA there was no threat to the theater or “anything else of that nature.”

Several upset moviegoers took to Twitter and Instagram to voice their frustration, saying they were rushed out of the theater without any indication of what was going on.

“Fire alarm went off in middle of #StarWars at the Grove. Still don’t know why… Nerve racking,” Harrison Kratz tweeted.

“As soon as the previews were over and the movie was about to start — fire alarm. They evacuated the whole building,” Andrew Gouch, one of the evacuated moviegoers, told KTLA. He had bought his “Star Wars” tickets two months in advance.

Mr. Gouch told reporters that he was so exasperated by the incident that he wanted to go home rather than return to the theater to finish watching the movie.

“My kids want to still sit in there but … I don’t know. I don’t drink — I may start,” he said, KTLA reported.

The screenings resumed after authorities determined that there was no threat and there had been no fire.



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