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Quentin Tarantino's Movie Theater Takes Out Restraining Order Against 'Deranged Man'

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No, a different deranged man.

According to Complex, the manager of Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles has taken out an order of protection against a “deranged man” who has been harassing staff and patrons while threatening violence online. Legal documents claim the man was barred from the theater for behaving inappropriately with female patrons, and he has also been accused of stalking Tarantino as well as making disturbing comments and threats via text to staffers and on social media, naming July 25, specifically, as a date for harming theatergoers and employees:

“The legal documents include text messages as well as social media posts in which the man references infamous cult leader Charles Manson, and states “All Millennials should be mass murdered.” He is also accused of telling moviegoers to stay clear of New Beverly Cinema on July 25, as he intends to “‘commit a violent act that would make him famous.’”

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The LAPD is currently searching for the man, who has disappeared since making the threat. Several members of the theater staff are protected under the restraining order, but Tarantino himself isn’t on the list.

Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood about the Manson family murders in Los Angeles is set to hit theaters, including the New Beverly Cinema, on July 26.

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I just visited the New Beverly for the first time since QT had bought it, having gone there once before in the ‘90s. The theater is very much a throwback to the ‘70s LA theaters, simple storefront boxes with a cheap marquee, longer than they are wide, not much rise to the floor so you have to watch the film with other patrons’ heads in your view, and classic seats with only the simplest of modern upgrades: a bolted-on cupholder to the thin armrests. The $6 matinee has a relaxed feel with a fairly chill crowd of locals, hipsters and easy-going cinephiles; they give out free postcards of current and upcoming programming. The theater even waits for everyone in line to get their popcorn before starting the show that was programmed by Tarantino himself, a show that includes some classic themed trailers and even a cartoon, all run by a small staff of polite yet cool folks. It’s clean but otherwise feels exactly like every lower-rent LA theater from my childhood in the ‘80s.

It’s a nice little affair, a change from the modern megaplex, and it sucks that some jerkoff wants to ruin that for everyone just because he has an unhinged obsession with the theater’s famous movie director owner. Screw off with that noise, pal, go get your meds adjusted and try talking to more therapists before engaging with the outside world again. Tarantino is just a normal dude who makes good movies, he’s not the Antichrist or the Illuminati or whatever else your imbalanced brain is telling you; think of him as a ‘90s video store clerk with a new job, leave him be, and let everyone who wants to enjoy this little theater alone.