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Movie Theater Cancels Screening Of ‘Gone With The Wind’ Due To Public Backlash

By Alan Jude Ryland

The board of Memphis, Tennessee's Orpheum Theater has deemed Gone with the Wind "insensitive," after receiving "numerous comments" from patrons who expressed their concerns following an August 11 screening. 

After much consideration, the board agreed not to include the classic film in next summer’s screening series.

Their statement read:

“While title selections for the series are typically made in the spring of each year, the Orpheum has made this determination early in response to specific inquiries from patrons. The Orpheum appreciates feedback on its programming from all members of the mid-south community. The recent screening of Gone With the Wind at the Orpheum on Friday, August 11, 2017, generated numerous comments. The Orpheum carefully reviewed all of them.”

The statement continues: 

“As an organization whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves,’ the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population.”