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“Discrimination Against Diabetics”

Burns Court Cinemas
Ranked #8 of 30 Fun & Games in Sarasota
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Showcasing independent films. For times and film information see website. We serve beer and wine. For Discounted admission become a member - see our website for member pricing and freebies.
Reviewed April 12, 2014

My 16 year old son who has type 1 diabetes went to see Divergent this afternoon at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas in Bradenton. He was with a group of other students of similar age most of whom were girls with purses. My son has a leather bag which he uses to carry his diabetic testing supplies and emergency snacks. If you are unfamiliar, diabetics need to have specifically measured snacks with them at all times in case their blood sugar goes low. When that happens a life threatening situation occurs.

After purchasing his ticket and attempting to enter the movie he was singled out to inspect his bag. No other people in his group were asked to inspect their bags. He was told he would not be able to bring his bag into the theater because it contained food which was prohibited. He was allowed to bring his testing equipment. He had no choice but to purchase an apple juice to ensure he had a safety net if his blood sugar went low during the movie. William the manager on duty was belligerent and uncooperative. His comment was any food you require can be purchased. The most amazing comment William made was "if you have a problem with our policies the you can leave." This was to my 16 year old son!

Lakewood Main Street Ranch has hosted multiple diabetes fundraisers not only this morning but also the Tour de Cure ride a few weeks back which my son and I rode in. It's incredibly sad to see this level of insensitivity to diabetics by a business who benefits from those events and in particular toward a 16 year old.

ALL diabetics need to boycott Lakewood Ranch Cinemas until they (1) issue and apology (2) reprimand William the manger on duty (3) modify their policy to allow a diabetic to carry a potentially life saving snack. (3) modify their policy to allow a diabetics to carry a potentially life saving snack.

5  Thank Chad S
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Yes, we went there to see Wes Anderson's latest movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" , while on vacay.

Overall the experience was good. You can drink wine and beer here. She did, I didn't. Small art house type theatre, friendly staff, fresh popcorn, mediocre sound. The audio dropped off one of the scenes. Bummer. Guess I'l have to go back and see that great movie again. Next time...less popcorn, more wine. $8 bucks was reasonable for the experience.

Thank Opie1Cannoli
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Sarasota residents are so fortunate to have Burns Court, which shows foreign and art movies year round which are not usually available to the "regular" movie theaters. If you become a subscriber to the theater, you see those outstanding films for $5. How can you go wrong?

1  Thank Chesterlady
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Made a push to see most of the Oscar nominated movies this year and many of them played at Burns Court Cinema. After the show, plenty of wonderful places nearby to eat like Owen's Fish Camp or Nancy's BBQ. Perfect evening. Parking a little scarce!

Thank PattiP313
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Always showing the latest in interesting films in an updated venue, complete with wine & popcorn. The Lakewood Ranch Theater is a sister to the Burns Court Cinema and offers a few more films than Burns Court.

Thank Mary Ann F
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