Theater Bans Unaccompanied Men from ’50 Shades Darker’ Movie

An Irish theater has banned unaccompanied men from viewing Fifty Shades Darker, the second movie in the Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy. The theater has also issued a warning about ‘women’s hormones flying all over the place’.

The movie stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, and opens in Irish theaters tonight.

The message about the theater’s policies was recorded on the phone listings for the Diamond Cinema in Navan, Ireland. Paul Eagan, who records the phone listings for the Diamond Cinema, states: “If you’re looking to go to Fifty Shades Darker and you’re bringing your boyfriend, you better keep lots of space between you. It’s on an 18 cert—” meaning no one under 18 will be admitted— “and I must stress that single men or married men on their own, any unaccompanied males will not be allowed in.”  The message is thought by some to be a ‘tongue in cheek’ stunt to get people to attend the showing simply to see if unaccompanied men are not permitted to enter.

“It’s meant to be a titillating film,” Egan told the Irish Mirror. “It could lead to all sorts of temptation with women’s hormones flying all over the place, while watching the film. It might be better to keep the men outside the door until we see if women can control themselves,” he said lightly. “The film is basically porn for women, going on what the distributors are describing to us.”

Paul noted that he hadn’t seen a preview of the film, but when asked if he viewed the original Fifty Shades of Grey, he laughed. “I saw a bit of it. I actually fell asleep, those kind of films just don’t grab me at all.”

Fifty Shades darker opens tonight in the wake of mixed reviews from critics.

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