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Alamo Drafthouse's women-only movie screening sparks backlash in Austin

Alamo Drafthouse's women-only screening sparks backlash in Austin

Wonder Woman 2017
An all-women screening of Wonder Woman at Alamo Drafthouse was the target of outrage. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

KVUE — In the universe of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, her family lives on an island called Themyscira — an all-women island.

In an effort to create a unique event that mirrored that, the folks at Alamo Drafthouse created a women-only screening of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, which opens Friday, June 2.  In an unexpected parallel to the plot of the film, the Alamo Drafthouse team learned firsthand what happens when men stumble upon a women's only island (theater).

Creative manager for Alamo Drafhtouse, Morgan Hendrix, said their intent was a fun, empowering showing based around the movie.

"We asked ourselves, 'How do we create a land of Amazonian women? Well, we just hold a women's only screening,'" she said. "After all, she lives on a women's only island and comes from a land of women. This makes perfect sense."

Hendrix said they knew there might be a bit of negative reception, but not the level they received. Within an hour, hundreds of comments on the event announcement included things like, "Imagine the s---storm if there was any male-only showing of anything."

While a number of comments seem to indicate disapproval of the event, many others showed their support for Alamo. Men and women alike told other posters to "pump the brakes" and support a film that is "long overdue."

Alamo Drafthouse has added a second all-female screening of the films. Both are sold out.

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