Strange behavior by a lone moviegoer sent some patrons scurrying from the Grand Theatre 14 on Sunday afternoon, visibly unnerved, although police and patrons largely downplayed the incident.
Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette police spokesman, said Christopher Harmason, 35, of New Iberia was issued a summons for disturbing the peace inside the theater, located at 2315 Kaliste Saloom Road, during a showing of “Deadpool,” a popular R-rated movie starring Ryan Reynolds.
A theater patron said Harmason, described as a large man with a full beard wearing an oversized coat, started pacing in his own aisle and muttering about halfway through the 2:10 p.m. show.
The patron, who declined to provide his name, said the theater was about half full and that Harmason’s behavior “did not strike a positive chord” with several patrons, who left the theater. Some asked theater operators to call police.
One patron, a woman, was “crying and shaking.”
A theater manager too, declined to give her name — but said the incident was handled quickly and that an “odd person” had been removed from the show. She said the movie was not interrupted.
Around 4 p.m., the lot remained largely full with automobiles, and patrons were purchasing tickets. Three police cruisers were in the lot.
Lafayette was shaken July 24 when a lone gunman opened fire with a handgun in an evening showing at the Grand Theatre 16 in Lafayette, owned by the same company as the Grand 14. Two patrons and the assailant were killed, at least 10 were injured.
A phone call to Kendell Moore, a spokeswoman for Southern Theatres, which owns the Grand 14, was not immediately returned Sunday.