- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 25, 2017

An upcoming “women-only” screening of “Wonder Woman” is not going over well with customers of the Austin, Texas-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse.

Warner Bros. will roll out its big-budget superhero film in less than two weeks, but two June 6 showings at Alamo Drafthouse’s Alamo Ritz location are reserved exclusively for females — including staff.

“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz,” the company said Wednesday on its website. “And when we say ‘Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,’ we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”

Men were quick to fill up Alamo Drafthouse’s Facebook page with questions about future events geared exclusively to them.

“Does this mean Drafthouse will have a men’s only screening of Man of Steel or The Terminator?” asked Kenny Marshall. “Hell, maybe even Escape From New York or Demolition Man.”

“I love Alamo Drafthouse and watch all my movies with y’all (and still will), but separating any group from another is very odd,” added Ryan Scott Serrano. “Wonder Woman was created in the 1940s as an empowering figure and a lot of people, men and women, are happy to see it come to the big screen. I doubt the original writers ever had women’s only screenings as an agenda.”

“Great, let us know when you have guys-only screenings of Thor, Spider-Man, Star Wars, etc,” added another.

The venue responded to customers by saying the event “doesn’t have a thing to do with equality.”

“Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, opens nationwide June 2.

Update: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema released the following statement on May 30 in response to backlash to its women-only screenings: “Obviously, Alamo Drafthouse recognizes ‘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.”

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