Fake tickets rob youth of cinema seats
FRIDAY night’s sell-out youth event in Gympie was spoiled by a handful of people who used counterfeit tickets to get in.
Movies ’til Midnight, held at Sovereign Cinema, is a quarterly event organised by Gympie Regional Council’s Youth and Community Development Office to coincide with the release of the latest edition of The Noise Magazine.
Tickets were sold out well before Friday and it is believed seven people with fake tickets ended up with seats, forcing that number of ticket-payers to sit on the floor for the triple-movie screening.
No official complaint was made to police, but Youth and Community Development officer Matt Allard said a new ticketing system would be in place next time to avoid these kinds of issues from happening again.
He said about seven tickets, worth $20 each, were forged.
Sovereign Cinema owner operator Laurence Duggan said it was disappointing some people decided to print fake tickets and sneak into a sold out event. “Honest people missed out on seats. We moved people into all the spare seats and at the end of the washout there were seven dodgy tickets. We had our suspicions who it was but they’d done a really good job.”
It was the fourth Movies ’til Midnight held in the 160-seat Cinema 1.
Despite the hindrance, Mr Allard was happy with the way the overall event went and the overwhelming community response which caused tickets to sell out early, securing the success of future events.
“At the next Movies ’til Midnight we are going to number the tickets to match the seats,” he said.
“We’ll draw up the map of seating arrangements and people can choose their seats when they purchase their tickets and that’s where they’ll sit.”
The event included a set by new Gympie original band Kymira, as well as screenings of Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Transformers 3.
The Noise Magazine committee assisted Mr Allard in organising this event. They were the first made to give up their seats.
Members will next time be in charge of ushering people to their numbered seats as well as handing out the latest edition of the mag.