Rodent complaint at Lennox movie theater the latest among many in health dept. records

Serious health questions have surfaced regarding a the Lennox AMC movie theater after complaint of a mouse received several other health code violations over the years. (WSYX/WTTE)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Serious health questions have surfaced regarding a popular local movie theater.

A moviegoer reached out to Six on Your Side reported a recent trip he won’t soon forget. As it turns out, Franklin County Public Health has been looking into issues there for some time.

According to county records, the problems go back years. The latest complaint on November 1, 2017. It’s a movie premiere Bob Powell will remember for some time.

“We sit down. Before we know it, we hear something scampering across the floor,” said Powell.

It's not the sound you want right before the opening credits.

“We, as gross as it is, stay there and put our feet up just because we’re into this movie and not a few minutes later there was a mouse on the seat next to me eating my candy,” Powell told ABC 6/FOX 28.

He told ABC 6/FOX 28 a rodent took a deep dive in his bag of Sour Patch Kids.

“I could hear the wrapper rustling around, then I look over and sure enough! Head first in the bag,” said Powell.

At that point, Powell headed to talk to management at AMC Lennox 24. He may have been surprised, but not officials with Franklin Public Health.

“Just because you have one violation or one critical violation doesn’t automatically put you into our enforcement process,” said Garrett Guillozet, supervisor of the food safety program.

Health department records indicate a history of violations and critical problems listed dating back years, including rodents, bugs, and mouse droppings,

Guillozet explained to ABC 6/FOX 28 why AMC Lennox 24 never had issues with their license to operate.

“This facility has been in compliance because they’ve been working to actively abate this nuisance or get rid of their pest problem,” said Guillozet.

AMC corporate communications director Ryan Noonan released a statement that said:

We are aware of the report, and we are taking all necessary steps to address it. AMC takes aggressive and proactive pest control action, including a proactive inspection by a pest control company at AMC Lennox 24 every week.

For Powell, it’s simply not enough. He told ABC 6/FOX 28 the manager of the theater tried to ease his concerns and was nice. But he’s not sure when or if he’ll be catching another movie there.

“He gave us a coupon for a free ticket and offered us another movie in the theater, but at that point, I just wanted to get out of the building,” said Powell.

Franklin County Public Health will continue to track the theater to find out if they make the required improvements. A follow-up inspection is set for Thursday, November 9th.

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