Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Movie Bears protest CineArts this weekend

The San Francisco Movie Bears group is leading what they bill as a peaceful protest at the CineArts at Empire, 85 West Portal, San Francisco tonight and tomorrow (Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6) at 6 p.m.

Milk, the movie about gay city Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978, is set to open at the theater tonight.

The event is part of a boycott against CineArts and other theaters owned by Cinemark Holdings Inc. that started because Alan Stock, Cinemark’s CEO, donated $9,999 to the campaign supporting Prop 8, which eliminates the rights of same-sex couples to marry in California. Cinemark is based in Plano, Texas.

Movie Bears is a social group that gathers regularly to watch movies at local theaters. The group started in San Francisco four years ago and has since grown to include chapters in other cities.

According to Movie Bears’ Drew Galleni, since Thanksgiving, there have been protests against Cinemark in Chicago; Portland, Oregon; and Boulder, Colorado.

A growing group of people have vowed specifically not to see Milk at a Cinemark theater at, Galleni said in an e-mail, adding that the tally at the Website now reaches 24,528 – representing a potential loss of revenue of about $240,528 to Cinemark.

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– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, December 5, 2008 @ 4:55 pm PST
Filed under: News

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