Fight Erupts during Batman Movie
Santin, Aldo, Winnipeg Free Press
Couple flees after usher attacked
MOVIEGOERS taking in a late-night showing of The Dark Knight Rises fled the Silver City St. Vital theatre Thursday after a fight broke out between a large, unruly customer, a 19-year-old usher and a customer who tried to intervene.
"The guy jumps up and sucker-punches the usher -- it was unbelievable. I've never seen anything like that before in my life," an eyewitness said.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she and her husband went to the 10:15 p.m. showing. When the film began, a couple in the front row were texting and talking loudly.
Ushers repeatedly came into the theatre to try to convince the couple to turn off their phones to no avail, she said, adding even other moviegoers were yelling at them to stop.
With about 45 minutes left in the movie, the woman said, a lone usher appeared to give the couple an ultimatum and that's when the fight broke out.
"After he sucker-punched him, he started beating on the employee. The movie is still going, the lights are still down, and these people are fighting in the front row," she said. "It was very odd.
"Some people were yelling and throwing things to get the guy to stop.
"Finally, somebody jumped in and was trying to help the usher.
"People were leaving, and that's when we left. The theatre was almost empty by then."
The woman said her husband called 911 from their seats. The fight seemed to last about five minutes.
The woman said she was surprised the other theatre staff seemed unwilling or unable to help their co-worker.
When she got out into the corridor, she and others were yelling at the other staff and telling them about the fight inside.
"They just stood there blankly," she said. …