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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Premiere Halted by Electrical Sparks

Saturday night’s premiere of “Hobbs & Shaw” was brought to a halt following a brief electrical issue in the Dolby Theater.

Reports from inside the venue say an electrical grid toward the front of the theater started sparking about 30 minutes into the screening, causing flashes and loud popping sounds to fill the room. The sparks then moved upward from the floor in the center of the orchestra and back toward a block of seats.

Although security did not evacuate the theater, a number of panicked guests fled from the venue, leading to widespread confusion.

Before the movie resumed, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took time to address the audience, letting attendees know that he was waiting in the wings to make sure crowd was safe. However, “Jason Statham ran his a– out of here”, he added.

The delay lasted only around 15 minutes before the film began playing again.

In “Hobbs & Shaw,” Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw only to team up and take down a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist, played by Idris Elba. “Deadpool 2” filmmaker David Leitch  is directing alongside screenwriters and series veterans Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce.

“Hobbs & Shaw” opens across the globe in most international markets, followed by China on Aug. 23.

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  1. Okay. And a careful reading of this account doesn’t provide the answer to that most basic of questions:

    WHERE is “the Dolby Theater”? Presumably Los Angeles? Sorry, but that’s just basic journalism – and on that level alone, this piece fails.

    • A fair point. But it’s also the case that the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, site of the Academy Awards since it opened, is probably as well known in the industry as is Radio City Music Hall. Does one need to specify where that is? (It’s part of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, which is in New York City, which is in New York State, which is in the United States of America, on planet Earth.)

      • Of course – YOU know that, and I know that but: there are those WITHOUT that knowledge who might be totally in the dark when reading this piece. Your Rock Center reference of course is irony taken to the extreme, but there are journalistic style and informational standards – and on that level, this piece fails. If a reader – even for a moment – is left to wonder about untold information that’s important, well, there’s a problem. And come on: again, if you read this article and the reference was to the “Pantages Theater” – would you automatically KNOW it referenced the one in LA? Or perhaps…Minneapolis? Or Toronto? Or – And after all, there ARE Dolby theaters all over – including the screening theatre in Burbank. Not ONLY the Academy’s Dolby Theater. Let’s not be silly here. A simple two or three words would have made it clear and that’s really not much to expect of a decent journalist.

  2. Looks like the Dolby Theatre was just not equipped to handle…

    THE MOST

    Electrifying Man

    IN ALLLLLLLLLL OF ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!

    (If ya smell what The Rock is cookin’!!)

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