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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A La Puente mother claimed her family was kicked out of an AMC movie theater in Industry because of her special-needs daughter’s laughter.

The Schreurs family took 10-year-old Destiny to see “The Fault in Our Stars” at the AMC Puente Hills 20 on Monday night.

About 20 minutes into the film, Marji Schreurs said family members were approached by a theater employee who asked them to keep the girl quiet.

“She wasn’t screaming,” Schreurs said. “She wasn’t having a meltdown. She was laughing.”

After exchanging words with the manager, Schreurs said the family was asked to leave.

AMC Theatres’ spokesman Ryan Noonan issued a statement to KTLA regarding the incident.

“On Monday evening, a theatre manager received complaints from two guests about disruptive behavior during a movie. The manager stepped into the auditorium to observe the situation, identified prolonged disruptive behavior, waited to see if the behavior would cease, and when it did not, approached the guests. The manager explained our policy about making noise that disrupts others during the movie. At that time the guest asked for a refund, which was provided.”

Family members believed Destiny was treated unfairly.

“She deserves to be able to laugh just like anybody else,” Schreurs said.


  • FaithC

    Was the movie funny or was she just laughing because she felt like it and others wanted to hear the dialog? Would this even be news if the child was not special needs?

    • Suzanne

      I don’t even think it is a movie the child would understand. and no if she didn’t have special needs it wouldn’t be news, not news now as far as I’m concerned.

  • Cyndi Ssekitto

    I’m on both sides of the fence,if it’s not a comedy type movie and it’s not an appropriate time to be laughing that would be annoying. however I have a special needs son love to go to the movies, on the comedy movies he laughs louder than most people, I’ll tell him to calm it downif I think its excessive but I don’t expect anybody to tell me that he doesn’t have a right to be there or to have a good time that’s not what going to the movies is all about

  • jj

    The Fault in Our Stars

     2h 5m – Comedy-drama/Romance

    So a comedy and she was laughing and asked to leave yea wrong and yes right to make a big deal about it.

  • Judith K Littles

    I understand that she is special needs but everyone who was there paid for their ticket and they should have been able to hear the movie without major disruptions. If they child was disturbing others, her family should have removed her without being told. Being courteous to others is not just for parents of typical children.

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