Alabama Drive-In Bans 'Beauty & the Beast'

HENAGAR, Ala. - The Facebook page for a Tennessee Valley Drive-In has been removed, 24 hours after a post saying that the theater would not run the new Beauty and the Beast because of a homosexual character.

The owners of the Henagar Drive-in Theatre in DeKalb County took to social media to make the announcement Thursday night.  The post and the Henagar Drive-In Facebook page could not be found Friday night.  At this time it's unclear if the owners removed the page or if it's a precaution from Facebook, which will temporarily remove a page if it's reported too many times.  

The post to the theatre's Facebook page points out the drive-in has new owners as of December, and those new owners have changed their criteria for how they choose what they will show on the big screen. "If we can not take our 11 year old grand daughter and 8 year old grandson to see a movie we have no business watching it," states the post. "If I can't sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it."

The owners are referring to the news from Disney that the new live-action film will debut its first openly-gay character.

Beauty and the Beast Director Bill Condon describes the character as "somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston."

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