'Going Clear' Dropped from Second Theater Near Scientology Headquarters - 2015-09-21
A second Florida theater near the world spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology has scrubbed plans to play Alex Gibney's controversial documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.
AMC Woodlands Square 20 in Olsdmar, Fla., has told HBO it will no longer be screening film due to "space" reasons. Last week, the AMC multiplex agreed to rent HBO Films the use of an auditorium beginning on Oct. 2 after a nearby cinema in Clearwater, the Cobb Countryside 12, dropped the film. The Cobb Countryside 12's owner had told HBO it backed off screening the movie after receiving pressure from the church. Woodlands Square is a short 10 minute drive or so from the Cobb Countryside.
Now, AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa, Fla., will play the film instead. A spokesman for AMC said the Tampa location, a 45-minute drive from Clearwater, is a larger venue, allowing the chain more flexibility.