UPDATE: Alamo Drafthouse released the following statement about its women-only screenings: “Obviously, Alamo Drafthouse recognizes Wonder Woman is a film for all audiences, but our special women-only screenings may have created confusion — we want everybody to see this film.”
EARLIER: One theater chain is bringing a little girl power to a few upcoming screenings of Wonder Woman.
In celebration of Wonder Woman and the many female fans who love her, the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas has announced a women-only showing of the upcoming superhero flick.
“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz,” the theater said in an announcement. “And we say ‘Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,’ we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”
Wonder Woman has long been considered one of the most important feminist pop culture icons of all time, and Patty Jenkins’ upcoming film marks the character’s first solo outing on the big screen. The special Alamo screening is billed as a chance for a few of Diana Prince’s many, many female fans to gather together in “celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created.”
Predictably, a number of men took to social media to voice their complaints about the women-only screening and cry “reverse sexism” (even though they are welcome to buy a ticket to literally any other Wonder Woman screening). In response, the Alamo Drafthouse issued a few sharp replies to its critics on Facebook.
Despite the outrage, tickets for the all-women screening sold out almost immediately — and when the Alamo added a second screening in Austin, those tickets sold out, too. The Alamo Drafthouse in New York City has since added a women-only screening of its own, with all proceeds going to support Planned Parenthood.
Wonder Woman will hit theaters nationwide on June 2.