A mum was refused entry to a film rated 15 at a branch of Cineworld – because she had her four-week-old baby with her.
Catherine Buckley, 37, had gone to the cinema in Shrewsbury on Tuesday afternoon to see A Star is Born, but staff told her she wasn’t allowed in, the BBC reports.
The mum-of-two and her sister had already bought tickets to watch the film, which stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper .
But as they were walking towards the screen, a staff member approached saying: "We’re not sure you can take her in, she’s not 15."
Catherine told the BBC: "We thought they were joking but they said no, we actually couldn’t take her in."
Cineworld said in a statement that the staff member was acting in accordance with the age restriction law.
Catherine also argued that her four-week-old baby, Rosie, "wouldn’t know what was going on at all."
"I understand that there has to be rules and legislation in place but they’re asleep for 18 hours a day," she said.
"She can only make out near shapes… she wouldn’t know what was going on at all, so is she not allowed to sit at home and watch the news?"
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A parents guide on IMDb lists the content in the film that is unsuitable for children, including a few non-graphic sex scenes, 73 uses of "the F-word" and frequent drug use.
Cineworld told the BBC: "In line with the British Board of Film Classification’s rules, Cineworld is not allowed to let anyone under the age of 15, including babies, into films that are classified as 15 or over.
"We are sorry this customer was disappointed but this is a mandatory law that Cineworld staff have to follow.
"We allow babies into all films that are classified as 12A and under.
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"Staff at Cineworld Shrewsbury were acting in accordance with the age restriction law."
Mirror Online has also contacted Cineworld for comment.
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