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Minions: Theaters ban teens in suits following ‘Gentleminions’ TikTok trend

Some cinemas have banned people from wearing formal attire to screenings Minions: The Rise of Gru due to a TikTok trend.

Hordes of youngsters have watched the film in suits and taken to social media as part of a new viral craze.

But the behavior that accompanies the trend — cheering, clapping, yelling, and mimicking the Minion characters — has caused trouble for other disgruntled moviegoers.

It has also resulted in many cinemas being forced to offer refunds to those not interested in the joke.

The trend started right after the new film launched on July 1st.

Universal Pictures also supported the viral videos on Twitter, writing, “To everyone who shows up at @Minions in suits: we see you and we love you.”

Cinemas criticize the trend, however. A manager at a Vue cinema in Worcester said he was forced to issue £1,300 worth of refunds in just one day because of customer complaints about the so-called ‘Gentleminions’.

They said: “The trend cost me £1,300 yesterday. I had to refund all the tickets in this theater because of the kids screaming and imitating the minions during the movie.

“It was a group of about eight kids. Now, when we see children coming in disguise to see the film, we give them a warning.

“We tell them that if there is a complaint, whatever that may be, they will be kicked out of the cinema.

“It’s being implemented in a lot of cinemas, I have colleagues in Cheltenham who I know have had problems too.”

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Another cinema exec added: “The problem with the trend is kids running around treating the film like an opera, screaming and clapping.

“We had a little disturbance but we asked the kids to be quiet and luckily they were kind enough that it wasn’t a problem for us.”

A sign reportedly from an Odeon cinema was posted online stating that suit wearers would be refused entry to the film.

It read: “Due to the recent unrest surrounding the #Gentleminions trend, any group of guests wearing formal attire will be refused entry to screenings of Minions: The Rise of Gru.”

Other customers also took to social media to complain that the latest viral phenomenon – dubbed the new Binley Mega Chippy – had spoiled their enjoyment of the film.

Minions: The Rise of Gru has already become a hit in the US and Australia, topping the box office and grossing $128 million in its opening weekend.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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