After learning about the sexual orientation of LeFou, the sidekick to villain Gaston who is played by Josh Gad, the Henagar Drive-In Theatre in Henagar, Alabama, announced on Facebook it would not screen the film.
“It is with great sorrow that I have to tell our customers that we will not be showing Beauty and the Beast at the Henagar Drive-In when it comes out,” the post reads. “When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine.”
The business cited an announcement from film director Bill Condon which pointed to LeFou as Disney’s first homosexual character and also said there would be a “surprise for same-sex couples” at the end of the movie.
“I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine. We are first and foremost Christians,” the business said. “We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches. We will continue to show family oriented films so you can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language.”
The theatre opened in 1999 and has consistently screened family-friendly movies at the venue. The current line-up at the theatre includes: The Eagle Huntress, rated G, and A Dog’s Purpose, rated PG.
Beauty and the Beast is set to hit theaters March 17 and has been rated PG. In its review of the film, The Hollywood Reporter said of Gad’s character that “rabid red-state homophobes may be incandescent with fury to see how things end up for him in the finale.”