On Wednesday, Alamo Drafthouse Austin announced it would hold a women-only “Wonder Woman” screening when the movie debuts in June.
“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz,” the movie theatre wrote. “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.”
Some people did not respond well to the announcement and perceived exclusion.
“Alamo Drafthouse, will there be a male only screening for Thor: Ragnarok or a special screening for IT that’s only for those who identify as clowns?” one Facebook commenter wrote.
“We might actually have to steal that clown idea,” the Alamo Drafthouse account responded. “Thanks Ryan!”
In fact, it seems that whoever is running the Austin Alamo Drafthouse Facebook account has a snappy response for critics across the board. Here’s a sampling of how the theatre is responding:
Alamo also provided some more earnest responses, noting that it often provides special viewings for groups such as veterans and active military members, and that its many other “Wonder Woman” screenings are open to all.
There was clearly demand for the tickets to the women-only showing. The first screening sold out, leading Alamo to add a second women-only “Wonder Woman” screening.
As of Thursday, the second women-only screening had also sold out.
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