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Media captionVue chief executive Tim Richards says the chain is taking a appreciate at „beefing up safety“ to bring the film reduction

The boss of a cinema chain that banned a London gang film after a mass brawl in Birmingham has rapid the BBC he plans to renew screenings by the weekend.

Vue banned Blue Epic after pronouncing there had been 25 serious incidents in 16 of its cinemas.

However its chief executive, Tim Richards, acknowledged it became now taking a appreciate at „beefing up safety“ to restart screenings.

It comes after Blue Epic’s director, Rapman, puzzled whether or now not there had been „hidden causes“ for the ban.

Rapman, whose valid name is Andrew Onwubolu, previously rapid the BBC there became „no connection“ between his film and the brawl in Birmingham, which resulted in five arrests.

„After which you originate thinking, is there hidden causes there? What’s the owner like? Has he got a enviornment with young city early life? Is he prejudiced?

„Does he bid that this film brings a definite form? Is there a color ingredient?“

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Media captionRapman says he feels cheated following Vue’s resolution

Vue has acknowledged the resolution to pull Blue Epic from its 91 cinemas nationwide became „categorically now not“ linked to rush.

Responding to Rapman, Mr Richards acknowledged the chain mandatory „more movies like this on our monitors, now not much less“.

„Appropriate now we’re taking a appreciate at attempting to glean that film reduction onto our monitors by the weekend and per chance, if we are in a position to, to perambulate up that,“ he acknowledged.

„Our plans upright now are to indulge in a examine the timings and test who’s attempting to bag the tickets, and we’re going to be beefing up safety the build we indulge in had problems.

„There will most possible be one or two cinemas, like Birmingham, the build this is in a position to perchance perchance be very sophisticated to define screening it as soon as more there.“

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Rapman (centre) on the gap of Blue Epic

Blue Epic specializes in two buddies from different south London postcodes on rival aspects of an aspect highway war.

It’s miles rated 15 for solid language, solid violence, threat, intercourse and drug misuse.

One more cinema chain, Showcase, had also before all the things stopped exhibiting the film after the incident in Birmingham, however reinstated screenings on Monday evening after „cautious consideration and discussions with the distributor“.

In a commentary, Vue added: „Following an ongoing overview of safety to protect the protection of our crew and potentialities, we hope to be exhibiting the film from this weekend with additional safety preparations in our cinemas to be definite that all people can glean pleasure from the film in comfort and safety.“

Rapman, valid name Andrew Onwubolu, welcomed Vue’s resolution and expressed gratitude to „all people who fought for this film prefer it became their very indulge in“.

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