Florida parents scrambled to cover their children's eyes and others whisked them out of emergency exits, when they took them to see the latest Disney movie and a graphic sex scene played instead.
The Regal Cinemas Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park, Fla., experienced technical difficulties while trying to play the new Disney film, presumably “Frozen.”
Initially, the theater put on a filler cartoon, but suddenly a sexually explicit movie began to play.
"They put in the filler, it looked like 'Steamboat Willie,' the old Mickey Mouse cartoon, and then all of a sudden it goes into this other scene," said Lynn Greene, who brought her grandchildren to the movie.
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Greene said the sexually explicit clip played for less that two minutes, but it seem to last much longer.
"It seemed like forever when you're trying to, you know, cover a little guy's eyes," Greene told My Fox Tampa Bay. "I didn't have enough hands to cover his ears too and he got the sound down real good."
A spokesperson for Regal Cinemas said the scene was part of the wrong movie, which played accidentally.
Free movie tickets were offered to the audience, but Green says that’s not enough.
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You're talking, what, a PG-rated movie to all of a sudden have an R-rated scene up there for little children?" she said. "My concern is that there should be safeguards in place so that this doesn't happen again."
Patron’s took to Fox 13’s Facebook page, with many defending the theater.
“I think people forget human error does still exist and everyone is ready to jump on the lawsuit happy bandwagon,” a user commented.
“Good Lord people are so uptight anymore [sic]. Everything is such a HUGE deal,” wrote another.
Others believed there was no room for error and that free tickets aren't enough to compensate.
“Absolutely not enough...my children do not watch anything that not intended for their little eyes. That kids movie is brand new so would be played all day, so no errors should have been made bc they aren't switching them out,” a women wrote. “I believe it was probably done on purpose by an immature teenage employee who thought it would be funny. Someone has to be held accountable, the movie theater management or its owners.”
The theater says it is looking into the incident to ensure it doesn't happen again.