Movie theater fires back after uproar over women-only showings of 'Wonder Woman'

The Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain is facing backlash over its plans to offer women-only screenings of the upcoming film "Wonder Woman," with some claiming it constitutes sexism.

But the theater chain is not backing down, adding more screenings to its schedule.

Alamo Drafthouse's Austin, Texas, location first announced its plans for a women-only screening of one of the biggest female-led superhero movies ever.

"Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz," Alamo Drafthouse wrote on its site. "And when we say 'People Who Identify As Women Only,' we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”

While some praised the decision, a number of critics took to social media to say the policy is sexist and exclusionary to men. 

 

 

 

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The theater chain fired back, noting that tickets sold out quickly for the event and mocking the criticism. Other Alamo Drafthouse locations soon added women-only screenings as well.

The theater also cited previous events it has hosted exclusively for groups, like active military service members and veterans. 

Other screenings of the film will be open to all other customers.

 

 

Some cinema locations will give the proceeds from the women-only screenings to female-associated organizations and charities.