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As evident by its $94 million 4-day opening weekend, people across the country are flocking to see 50 Shades of Grey. It's quite clear that the promise of the source material's kinky sex scenes being brought to life is attracting moviegoers to theaters. On the other hand, residents of one California neighborhood are concerned with the high demand to see it.

A sign at the Sacramento 6.
A sign at the Sacramento 6.

The Sacramento 6 drive-in theater in Sacramento California is just one of thousands of theaters currently showing 50 Shades of Grey, and one of the few drive-in theaters left standing. Yes, you can still go to a classic drive-in theater and sit in your car while watching a movie on an outdoor screen in 2015. However, the fact that the screen is outdoors is leading to several issues within the community.

The main issue is that the theater is located very close to U.S. Route 50, a major highway in the area. This allows people casually driving along the highway to see the film's spanking, bumping and grinding in all its glory.

An aerial view of the theater and Route 50.
An aerial view of the theater and Route 50.

Of course, this upset many parents whose children saw the film's explicit scenes from the car. Local Sacramento news station Fox 40 got several complaints from these parents. The station told one of the theater's managers that the station was getting complaints, to which she responded:

Oh really?

While screening the film by a highway could of course lead to eyes younger than 17 seeing the film, that isn't the biggest issue at hand.

Many people will naturally want to take a peak at a movie screen with a sex scene being shown on it...even if they are driving at speeds of 70 mph. Therefore, the biggest concern that Sacramento citizens have is that the gratuitous sex in the movie will draw people's attention away from the road. This could result in a deadly accident occurring. One resident said:

“I’d think it’s a safety issue; people trying to sneak a peek as they are going 70 miles-an-hour down the freeway and looking not where they are supposed to be going, but looking at the movie."

Still though, others do not see the problem. They argue that people should be focusing on the road no matter what, and that a quick glimpse at an R rated movie won't hurt anyone. One [Fifty Shades of Grey](movie:391697) fan named Jennifer said of the issue:

“I don’t know if they would have enough time to figure out what’s going on.”

So far, no accidents have been reported as being a result of these screenings. What do you think? Should the theater be free to show the film or should they show it some place else?


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