Lynn Greene of Largo said she took her grandchildren to see the PG-rated animated movie at Regal Cinemas Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park Friday when workers said they would be temporarily shown another cartoon as a result of technical difficulties, WTVT-TV, Tampa, Fla., reported Tuesday.
"They put in the filler, it looked like 'Steamboat Willie,' the old Mickey Mouse cartoon, and then all of a sudden it goes into this other scene," Greene said.
Greene said the scene appeared to be a sexually explicit clip from an R-rated movie.
The theater said the clip played for less than two minutes, but Greene said it seemed longer.
"It seemed like forever when you're trying to, you know, cover a little guy's eyes," she said. "I didn't have enough hands to cover his ears too and he got the sound down real good."
Green said the free movie tickets offered to audience members were not enough of an apology.
"You're talking, what, a PG-rated movie to all of a sudden have an R-rated scene up there for little children?" she said. "My concern is that there should be safeguards in place so that this doesn't happen again."
A Regal Cinemas representative said the company is working to prevent similar incidents from taking place in the future.
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