A Florida movie theater accidentally showed a graphic sex scene to a theater full of children and their parents instead of the new Disney film Frozen.
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Gawker reports through eyewitnesses that the Regal Cinemas Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park had to stall for time after some technical issues prevented the theater from airing the Disney movie on time. The projectionist decided to play some filler cartoons and started with the classic Steamboat Willie, but some graphic adult material soon made its way onto the screen.
The actual content of the sexual material is unclear, but some reports indicate that the theater showed the red-band trailer for the Lars Von Trier NC-17 film Nymphomaniac starring Shia LaBeouf. The original report from a local Fox outlet makes no mention of the film.
Regardless, the sexual material had parents shuffling their children to the exits.
"It seemed like forever when you're trying to, you know, cover a little guy's eyes," Largo mom Lynn Greene told Fox 13. "I didn't have enough hands to cover his ears too and he got the sound down real good."
The trailer for Nymphomaniac features, among other sexual acts, a fellatio scene. But this may not be what the Florida theatergoers actually saw.
A representative for Magnolia Pictures, the U.S. distributor for the film, told TheWrap that the trailer had not been sent to theaters. Matt Cowal told the site that the trailer only exists online for now.
"If the Gawker 'Frozen' story is true, it would've had to been uploaded from the internet and repurposed by a particularly twisted projectionist," Cowal said.
The theater apologized to the families and offered them free tickets.