U.K. Cinema Temporarily Cancels 'Blue Story' Following Stabbing

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Due to police investigations, CineWorld temporarily canceled the Brit gang film from its Nottingham cinemas after the incident, a week after the Vue chain made a similar decision.

U.K. gangland film Blue Story was temporarily removed from screens in a British city following a stabbing over the weekend. 

Multiplex chain Cineworld closed screenings on Monday following an incident at its cinema in Nottingham in central England on Sunday night. One man was taken to hospital while two men were arrested by police on suspicion of the possession of a bladed article.

Speaking to later to The Hollywood Reporter, the chain confirmed that the decision was made at the request of the local police, with Blue Story returning to the cinema later that evening.

”Cineworld can confirm that we were required by Nottinghamshire Police to close screens 9-14 this morning during their investigation," it said in a statement. "However, this investigation did not affect our ability to operate and customers can still purchase tickets for showings of Blue Story this evening, tomorrow and throughout the week. We currently have no plans to cancel any of these screenings."

The news comes following a week in which Blue Story — the directorial debut of British rapper-turned-filmmaker Andrew Onwubolu, better known as Rapman — made headlines after it was pulled from screens by theater chain Vue. The decision, made in the wake of a brawl in a cinema in Birmingham and what the chain described as more than "25 serious incidents," sparked an immediate backlash. Vue CEO Tim Richards later said the film would be returning to his cinemas, with plans to beef up security.

Showcase Cinemas, another British chain, also initially pulled the film from release before reinstating it.

Blue Story, distributed by Paramount with backing from BBC Films, tells the story of two London friends who become embroiled in the city's gang wars.