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Hollywood theater won't show Jackson service at LAPD's request

July 7, 2009 |  9:10 am

Michael Jackson's memorial service will be shown live in 37 cinemas across the country, but not in Los Angeles.

The service was scheduled to be shown at the Mann Chinese 6 theater in Hollywood, steps away from Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame, but was canceled this morning at the request of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police officials were concerned about security because of the heavy interest among fans, according to Cinedigm Entertainment Group, which is broadcasting the service in affiliated theaters.

"The security of those in the Los Angeles area must come first," Cinedigm President Jonathan Dern said in a statement posted on the company's website. "While we wish we could bring the service to more local fans, the right decision is to remove the Mann from our group of theaters providing this event.

"We're glad that the fans in our other 37 locations across the country will still be able to come together to celebrate the life of the King of Pop," he said.

-- Raja Abdulrahim