Cinema evacuated during Joker movie after man shouts ‘Allahu akbar’

A cinema was evacuated after a man caused widespread panic by screaming "Allahu akbar" during a screening of the Joker.

A man was overheard shouting "it's political" during the 9:30pm screening at the Grand Rex cinema in Paris on Sunday. He was told to be quiet by others watching the film.

He is said to have then stood up on his seat, placed his hands on his chest and shouted out "Allahu akbar".

The panic deepened further when people incorrectly claimed he had a gun, Le Parisien reported.

A cinema-goer, named as Victor, told Le Parisien: "It was total panic.

"People jumped over seats and women fell to the ground in the aisles."

During the evacuation the man was wrestled to the ground by other cinema-goers and security guard but he managed to escape.

However he was stopped outside by police and arrested.

He was later found to be unarmed and identified as a 34-year-old from the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt.

After the cinema was evacuated it was searched by a bomb squad and dogs for any weapons or explosives – nothing was found.

According to  Le Parisien , the cinema's management said that the newly-released mover attracts "a specific kind of viewer, notably people who are against the system.

"There have been minor incidents in other theatres."

However one of the cinema's directors told The Hollywood Reporter the man had been working with an accomplice to distract visitors so they could steal people's possessions.

Joker has became the most successful R-rated movie in history, collecting $849million (£659m) worldwide.

It stars Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role and was released in the UK on October 4.

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