A screening of the new Joker film had to be stopped after a man started threatening other cinema-goers like "a scene from Jeremy Kyle."
Customers watching the dark and twisted supervillain flick at Vue Cinema in Cheshire Oaks watched in disbelief as the real-life drama unfolded in front of them as they tucked into their popcorn.
Staff were forced to turn off the film part-way through the gripping movie as they dealt with the situation on Saturday night, reports Cheshire Live.
And footage shows a man getting heated before making hand gestures and bursting into a expletive-filled rant.
He was later escorted out the building by police and the film was restarted. The rowdy movie buff has now been banned from the cinema for 12 months.
The scenes that unfolded during the 5.45pm screening were described by witnesses as "an absolute joke" and like "a scene from Jeremy Kyle."
One Twitter user, who was at the screening, praised staff for how "brilliantly" they dealt with the incident.
The woman, named Ellen, wrote: "Go to [email protected] Cheshire oaks to see the Joker and the film gets turned off because of a man kicking off, the Vue dealt with it brilliantly, police were called, movie resumed once they were escorted by police of the premises & gave us all a free ticket to say sorry!"
A spokesman for Cheshire police said: "At 6.31pm on Saturday, October 5, police received a report of a man being threatening towards customers at a cinema on Coliseum Way in Ellesmere Port. Officers attended and a man was removed from the cinema.
"A 12 month banning order has been issued to the man by the cinema."
The force confirmed no further police action is being taken.
Meanwhile the film, which hit cinema screens on Friday, has left terrified fans leaving early as they say it's "too dark and scary".
Many have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the new controversial film.
One said: "Would have walked out of the joker after an hour if the missus would have let me!"
Another person agreed: "Hmm i don’t like the joker, it’s too dark"
A third added: "Okay, my daughter and I didn't make it through the Joker movie. We left the others behind. lol Too dark!"
But in contrast, many others have praised the film for highlighting mental illness and what many people suffer with in reality.
One person admitted: "I'm hoping the Joker movie opens the eyes of a lot of people about what the opposite side of the coin feels like everyday. Monsters are never born, only created.
"Mental health is real, and ignoring or dismissing it causes real damage. Please think people."
The film has also sparked further controversy as critics believe the dark violence could create copycat crimes.
And actor Joaquin Phoenix angrily left the room in an interview with The Telegraph after being questioned about his concerns regarding the film.
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