Unplanned 9-minute sellout

The Kelowna Right to Life Society is trying to find more theatre availabilities for the controversial movie 'Unplanned.'

A second screening of the movie next Monday night at the Grand 10 sold out in just nine minutes, Tuesday.

Executive director Marlon Bartram said tickets went on sale at 6 p.m. and were sold out by 6:09.

Bartram says he can't understand how big movie companies can turn the film away when a "small-time, inexperienced guy" can sell out a theatre in less than 10 minutes.

"This movie is like nothing the pro-life movement has seen before. Pro-lifers who were fallen asleep, maybe given up, are rallying around it," he said.

"The film is so powerful, it has the potential to change countless hearts and minds on the issue of abortion.”

The film has sparked outrage on both sides of the issue.

Pro-lifers are angry at movie theatre chains because the film is only on a small number of screens, while pro-choicers have come down hard on those theatres that do choose to play the film.

The Salmar Theatre in Salmon Arm cancelled a planned showing after receiving threatening emails.

The independent Towne Theatre in Vernon plans to run the movie for an entire week, beginning Friday.

Landmark Cinemas CEO Bill Walker, whose company owns the Grand 10, says they will be bringing in extra security for the private screening Monday night at the theatre and Wednesday at the Xtreme 8 in West Kelowna.

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