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'Brokeback' dropped from theatres in two states

“It’s such a terrible show, and it is such a horrible message. I just think (pulling the show) tells the young people especially that maybe there is something wrong with this show.”

— Gayle Ruzicka president of the Utah Eagle Forum, praising the decision of Larry H. Miller Group not to run the film in its theatre in Salt Lake City.

Man, these theatre-owners have no balls. They’re missing out on some ticket sales. We’re planning to go tomorrow, as it’s opened here in the Triangle. It’s playing the independents here, not the chain movie houses — the Carolina Theatre in Durham, in Raleigh at the The Rialto, and The Varsity in Chapel Hill.

Moviegoers intending to see the highly acclaimed “Brokeback Mountain” Friday night discovered it had mysteriously disappeared at the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons, despite ads for it in Salt Lake City‘s two major newspapers.

The theater is owned by Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. The manager of the Megaplex refused to say why the film had been cancelled. A Miller spokesperson did not return calls.

…The decision by Miller Group to drop the film came a day after another chain suddenly decided not to show the movie in Poulsbo, Washington. The Regal multiplex movie theater ran ads for “Brokeback Mountain” in Thursday’s edition of the Kitsap Sun newspaper and was promoting pre-sale tickets at the theater.

But when people went to the theater posters had been removed and the film was not available.

Needless to say, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based Regal didn’t return phone calls either.

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