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Cinemas ban suited young men dubbed ‘Gentleminions’ from film screenings over TikTok stunt

Despicable, us? Cinemas ban suited young men dubbed ‘Gentleminions’ from film screenings over TikTok stunt that is costing thousands of pounds in refunds to customers who claim the trend spoils their enjoyment of the film

  • Social media trend sees hordes of teenagers turning up to the cinema in suits
  • Some of the teens are disrupting screenings of the new Minions film
  • Cinemas are being forced to offer refunds to disgruntled cinemagoers 

A viral TikTok trend is costing cinemas across the country thousands of pounds in refunds.

The noisy trend sees hordes of teenage boys dressing up in suits to watch Minions: The Rise Of Gru. 

One manager of a Vue Cinema in Worcester said they had to issue £1,300 worth of refunds in a single day due to complaints from customers.

The noisy trend sees hordes of teenage boys dressing up in suits to watch Minions: The Rise Of Gru

This grab show a scene from the latest Minions film - The Rise of Gru

This grab show a scene from the latest Minions film – The Rise of Gru

They said: ‘I had to refund all of the tickets in that theatre because of kids shouting and mimicking the Minions while the film was playing. 

‘It was a group of about eight kids.

‘Now, when we see any kids coming in to see the film dressed up we give them a warning.’ 

One sign, reportedly from an Odeon cinema, read: ‘Due to recent disturbances following the #Gentleminions trend, any group of guests in formal attire will be refused entry for showings of Minions: The Rise Of Gru.’

The sequel to the 2015 film Minions is already top of the box office in the US and Australia, making £106million in its opening weekend

The sequel to the 2015 film Minions is already top of the box office in the US and Australia, making £106million in its opening weekend

Teenagers across the country are going to the cinemas suited and booted but are disturbing other cinemagoers

Teenagers across the country are going to the cinemas suited and booted but are disturbing other cinemagoers

One mum said she ‘walked out after an hour and got a refund’, adding: ‘Pretty much the whole rear half of the cinema was full of teenagers screaming, shouting, chanting and yelling throughout the entire thing.’

Another customer added: ‘Absolute idiots ruined the movie for my two kids. They were upset by all the noise.’

The sequel to the 2015 film Minions is already top of the box office in the US and Australia, making £106million in its opening weekend. 

An Odeon spokesman said ‘a small number of incidents’ meant they had to ‘restrict access’ to the film.

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