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Hearing Set for Man Allegedly Threatening Violence at Tarantino-Owned Theater

The man allegedly warned patrons to stay away from the theater on July 25, the day he intended to commit the act.

A civil court hearing is set later this month for a man accused of threatening violence at a movie theater owned by Quentin Tarantino the day before it begins screenings of the director's film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

Employees at the New Beverly Cinema were granted a temporary protective order last week against Neil Geisner, also known as Omkar Gaitonde, and a hearing to make that order permanent is scheduled for July 25, according to court records and a Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman.

The film will screen July 26 at the Beverly Boulevard theater in the Fairfax neighborhood, according to the venue's website.

Set in 1969 Hollywood, the movie focuses on a television actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) and includes an encounter with the Manson Family and a portrayal of the murder of actress Sharon Tate.

Geisner allegedly cited Manson in his threats and warned patrons to stay away from the theater on July 25, when he would commit a violent act that would make him famous, The Blast reported. Text messages and online posts included a statement that "all Millennials should be mass murdered," according to the website.

Tarantino is not named in the protective order, which covers three theater employees, according to the court spokeswoman.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department could not immediately confirm whether police had taken any action with regard to the matter. There is no record of Geisner being arrested and no charges have been filed by the District Attorney's Office.

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