It's been news for a couple of weeks.
The movie shot largely in the Parkersburg area last year, Pro Wrestlers Vs. Zombies, won't have its world premire here, or at least not at the Smoot Theater.
The movie's producers say the Smoot is missing out on an opportunity to get publicity for the area, and, perhaps more importantly, a lot of money coming into town from people who would have come for the premiere.
The Smoot has had such premieres before. The independent movie Bubble had its premiere there several years ago.
The reason the producers say the Smoot doesn't want to show it is that it doesn't fit the "family-friendly" image the theater seeks for its events.
I don't know if Bubble fell into the "family-friendly" genre. But a glance of the productions the theater normally holds, as well as some events I have covered there, upholds that claim.
Furthermore, if trailer for the movie, posted on the web, is any indication, the movie looks like its filled with profanity and typical horror movie-style gore. Definitely not family-friendly.
I think the undercurrent of the producers crying "foul" isn't just that the theatre is not giving them the chance to premiere the movie where it was shot, but a sort of artistic freedom; namely freedom of speech.
I think the moviemakers have the right to produce whatever movie they want. But I also think the Smoot Theatre has the right to show what they want. If it doesn't think the "zombie" movie is its cup of tea, that's their choice.
The public, and what it chooses to see, will have the last word.
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