They say the only things to survive the apocalypse will be cockroaches and Cher. Apparently, New York’s bedbugs want all the end-of the world attention they can get. The premiere of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the post-apocalyptic dystopian teen movie of the month, was moved on Tuesday from Time Square's AMC Empire 25 to the Regal Cinemas E-Walk 13 just across the street due to a bedbug infestation. The Empire 25 faced some bad PR over the weekend when Ant Man attendees reported bed bug bites.
AMC had this to say: “At AMC, we take aggressive, proactive steps, including regular inspections and inspections any time a bedbug is suspected. If any inspection comes back positive, the affected area is treated the same day...by pest control.”
While the pests attempted to integrate themselves into our national obsession with apocalyptic narratives, they didn't seem to bother cast members or fans at the premiere. By the time Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson and the rest of the cast of Games of Thrones and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt veterans hit the carpet, fans were screaming — and not over blood-sucking insects.