Cinema disputes claims and say pair were 'disrupting the viewing experience for customers'
Two grandmothers claim to have been thrown out of a screening of the new Absolutely Fabulous movie for “laughing too loudly”.
Cindy Amass and Jacqueline Cox, 59 and 60 respectively, went to a 6pm screening of the film at a Vue cinema in Islington, London.
Speaking to The Mirror, they say staff told them to “laugh on the inside” and were removed from the cinema after “making too much noise”.
The pair, who describe themselves as “just like” Ab Fab characters Patsy and Eddie, described themselves as “devastated” by the “really embarrassing” incident.
However, a spokeswoman for Vue Cinemas has told The Independent that they would “never ask customers to leave for laughing”, continuing, “in this instance we had a number of complaints about some customers talking too loudly during this film which was disrupting the viewing experience for the majority of customers”.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has scored the biggest opening weekend by a British film this year at the UK and Ireland box office.
Jennifer Saunders’ comedy raked in £4.04m over its opening weekend, the best total by a British film since Spectre earned £16.3m in three days last October.
Saunders and Joanna Lumley are joined in the film by fellow Absolutely Fabulous regulars Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks, as well as by more than 50 guest stars including Rebel Wilson, Joan Collins, Dame Edna Everage, La Roux, Lulu and Emma Bunton.
The plot follows Saunders’ Edina and Lumley’s Patsy as they flee to France after being accused of accidentally killing iconic supermodel Kate Moss. Watch the trailer below.