SINGAPORE: Fans of the Tamil movie "Veeram" were finally able to catch the movie at Rex Cinemas on Friday morning, following the cancellation of two screenings on Thursday night.
About 100 people, mostly foreign workers, had gathered outside the cinema at about 9pm on Thursday, and the cinema's management called the police to "help with crowd control".
The disgruntled movie-goers were given the option of a refund, or to watch the movie at 11:45am on Friday.
However, that screening was not a full-house.
Some of the patrons told Channel NewsAsia earlier they had taken leave on Thursday just to catch the movie.
The movie, starring popular actor Ajith Kumar, had another screening at 3pm on Friday.
The cinema's manager told Channel NewsAsia the cancellation was due to a technical issue from the distributor.
"At about 8:30pm, the producers informed us… that there's an issue and told us to stop selling tickets for the movie,” said Mr Kumar, manager at Rex Cinemas.
“We were unable to sell tickets for the 9pm and midnight show until the issue was resolved. At least 6 hours was needed to resolve the issue.
“We screen our movies via a hard disk. So in order to use the hard disk, we need a password key that's provided only by the producer. Once the password key is in, only then can we sell tickets." - CNA/ec
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