Charles Theater closed following a shooting threat via social media directed at a screening of 'Black Panthers' documentary

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The Charles Theater was evacuated and then closed today due to a shooting threat, sent via Twitter to the theater, that was connected to a screening of the Stanley Nelson documentary, "Black Panthers: Vanguard Of the Revolution." The screening was going to have a panel following the 1:15 p.m. showing with director Nelson and activist Deray McKesson. The 1:15 p.m. screening, which was interrupted by the evacuation around 2:40 p.m., was later allowed to finish and the scheduled Q&A was held in the lobby, but the rest of the screenings for today were canceled and the theater is closed, a police officer on the scene confirmed. The officer added that tomorrow the Charles would be back open and "Black Panthers: Vanguard Of the Revolution" would continue screening.

Today's remaining screenings of "Black Panthers: Vanguard Of the Revolution" have all been moved to the AMC Loews theater in White Marsh and are scheduled for 4:10 p.m., 7:15 p..m, and 10:10 p.m.

UPDATE: Deray McKesson has highlighted the tweet that contained the threat. At 11:05 a.m., Twitter user @Black_MCHII tweeted "There will be some shootings there" and mentioned the accounts of McKesson, Stanley Nelson, and the "Black Panthers" documentary. 

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