Cineplex pulls south Indian film following drive-by shootings at Toronto-area theaters

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Cineplex has canceled screenings of a South Indian film following four drive-in shootings at theaters across the Greater Toronto Area on the day of its premiere.

Cinema chain says it has pulled action film Malaikottai Vaaliban after windows were shot at

Cineplex has canceled the screening of a South Indian film following four drive-in shootings at theaters across the Greater Toronto Area on the day of its premiere.  A Cineplex cinema at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto on Monday, December 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Cineplex has canceled the screening of a South Indian film following four drive-in shootings at theaters across the Greater Toronto Area on the day of its premiere. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press)

Cineplex has canceled screenings of a South Indian film following four drive-in shootings at theaters across the Greater Toronto Area on the day of its premiere.

Cineplex spokesperson Michelle Saba says the theater chain has pulled the action film Malaikottai Vaaliban due to circumstances beyond their control.

Saba adds that Cineplex is working closely with local authorities who are investigating incidents at their theaters.

York Regional Police said they were called to a theater in Richmond Hill, Ont., on Jan. 24 after an employee arrived and found shots being fired into the windows.

The same day, police responded to similar incidents at movie theaters in Vaughan, Scarborough and Brampton. Police say all incidents happened early in the morning and no injuries were reported.

Police spokeswoman Lisa Moskaluk said investigators believe “the incidents are related and are being targeted because of their similarities.”

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Alex Nino Gheciu is a journalist at The Canadian Press.

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