A movie theatre in China’s Hangzhou City came up with what is probably the most original way to celebrate the year of the dog.
Forgoing the standard ban on admitting entry to animals, the Hangzhou-based cinema opened its doors to its regular visitors and their four-legged canine friends. Unsurprisingly, the movie of the night was the Dog’s Journey – a comedy-drama movie that explores the boundless friendship between dogs and their owners.
Over 300 movie-goers flocked to the screening to share a rare and touching opportunity to bond with their four-legged friends. Many visitors remarked that the cinema hall was left in a squeaky clean condition after the screening, noting that dog owners turned out to be more responsible in cleaning up their mess than the regular visitors.
The event hasn’t gone without its fair share of online criticism. A number of online users in China raised concerns about allowing dogs entry into public places. “A lot of dogs are easily scared, the sound in movie theaters can be very loud and with so many people and dogs there, they’d be uneasy… I’d rather take my dog to play in the park.” – said a Chinese user on one of the social networking platforms.
The concerns of bringing dogs to a public place like the cinema were quickly put to rest by a cinema employee – “The dogs were disciplined. There was no furious barking, urinating or defecating. The theater had a pooper-scooper and other clean-up tools at the ready, “ he said.
A professional veterinarian was also hired by the cinema management to be present during the screening to offer assistance upon request.