Families at the WestWind Solano Theaters in Concord were shocked to see glimpses of the 18-rated BDSM-themed movie, which stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as playboy billionaire Christian Grey and his student submissive Anastasia Steele.
The marquee outside should have been a red light, with both film names lit up as showing and the screens just a short distance away from each other. But while some mums may have enjoyed the sneak peek at the Red Room, it is far from suitable for kids (although France may disagree).
Tuesday is “Family Fun Night” and still, both Fifty Shades and Spongebob are listed as the movie choice, with screening times clashing.
Cinema-goer Deborah Powell told KTVU that she took a group of children to watch Spongebob, but arrived in the car park to see “a woman being slapped, naked and bound up”.
“I could see another car behind us that had children in there with their eyes closed,” she said. “There is no way to avoid looking at that screen. It’s too tempting. So, we couldn’t stay, we had to turn around. My children were devastated.”
Powell added that she complained to a drive-in worker, who mentioned that other parents had also been disturbed by the proximity of Fifty Shades to Spongebob.
WestWind Solano is yet to respond to our request for comment but a manager reportedly told KCRA that the location of the screen has been changed.
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