Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Harlem Nights”

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Caused the first movie theater to have metal detectors

Unfortunately, during the movie opened to a bit of controversy. For whatever reason, in Michigan, a costumer decided to shoot inside the movie theater. He injured two people before he was killed by the police in the parking lot. After that, the “Americana 8” theater, where the shooting took place, became the first theater in the world to install metal detectors, patrons had to pass through in order to enter. It caused quite a controversy at the time, leading some to claim that the film advocated violence. Jasmine Guy, who played Dominique La Rue in the film, said racism is what led people to say that. She noted that other films that came out during that time, like Lethal Weapon had the same amount of violence but were not accused of advocating violence.

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