Afterward, the 15 women lined up outside, accompanied by other moviegoers who believed Gordon had been treated unfairly. The women demanded to see the theater’s manager. At Gordon’s request, he ended up issuing refunds to anyone from the theater who stayed behind to complain.
But no one ever apologized, the women said.
When asked about the incident, the person who answered the phone at the Clearview theater said there was no one there to comment and suggested calling the AMC Theatres corporate office in Kansas.
Spokesman Ryan Noonan of AMC Theatres said he asked the staff to look into the matter.
“Based on our initial investigation, operational mistakes by the theater team led to this unacceptable and unnecessary disruption, and we are working with the theater to address what occurred,” he said in a prepared statement. “We sincerely apologize to our guests in the theater for this disruption and for the frustration they experienced as a result of it.”
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