HOUSTON, TX - They're Straight Outta Compton and their Boyz-N-the-Hood backstory is playing out on big screens everywhere, starting this weekend.
The SoCal hip hop trail-blazers, known as N.W.A., set fire to the music industry when their unique style and message emerged in the late 1980's. The group attacked controversial and racial issues head on, becoming well-known for their anthems against authority. That edgy attitude may be part of the reason some movie theaters are increasing security for Straight Outta Compton's release this weekend.
A spokesperson for Universal Pictures said this about theaters upping security:
"We're not soliciting enhanced security for theaters, but Universal is partnering with those exhibitors who have requested support for their locations.''
So far, no local Houston theaters have confirmed they'll have extra security strictly because of Straight Outta Compton, but many say they often have extra guards on staff for big movie premiere weekends.
Of the theaters showing screenings this week, including 'LA Live' in Los Angeles Thursday night, none have reported any violence, but the combination of recent movie theater shootings, N.W.A.'s in-your-face storyline, and heightened racial disputes continuing throughout the country, could create a tense mix of emotions at theaters.