Surprise Guest Shows Up at Batman Screening

Real bat in Texas theater may have been released as a prank
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2022 11:18 AM CST

(Newser) – Moviegoers in Austin, Texas, got to see more than one type of bat during a screening of The Batman this weekend, per the AP. An actual bat was spotted swooping around inside the theater, putting the movie on pause while management called animal control and tried—unsuccessfully—to get the critter out, KXAN reported Friday. Guests were offered their money back, but most chose to stick it out and watch the film, "bat and all," according to one moviegoer.

The Moviehouse & Eatery by Cinepolis says the bat was likely released into the theater as a prank. The theater's general manager, Heidi Deno, said they'll be "adding additional security and checking all bags upon guest entry." There were no reports of anyone being bitten during the incident. Less than 1% of bats in the wild have rabies. (The movie itself, meanwhile, did really well on its opening weekend. Read the reviews.)

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