LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Universal pictures is offering to reimburse theaters for the costs of extra security this weekend for the launch of Straight Outta Compton.
A spokesperson for Universal explained to Variety that the studio is parterning with exhibitors who have requested support for their locations but did not comment on the issue of reimbursement.
The offer stems from a combination of recent events including recent attacks against moviegoers, continuing racial tensions across the country, demonstrations over police tactics in Ferguson, Mo., and the film’s gang-oriented subject matter.
“Universal is proud of our association with Straight Outta Compton, which portrays the rise of five talented young men from underprivileged and oppressed backgrounds into one of the most influential music groups in modern history,” the spokesperson said.
“The film has been seen by thousands of people at hundreds of screenings, all of which have happened without incident. The studio has not solicited enhanced security for theaters who will begin showing it this weekend, but has partnered with those exhibitors who have requested support for their locations.”
On Monday the Los Angeles Police Department reportedly tripled security for the film’s premiere.
Straight Outta Compton opens nationwide Friday.