Bed bugs force Lodi movie theater to temporarily shut its doors

A Lodi movie theater closed its doors this week after bed bugs were discovered inside
That bites! Bed bugs found inside a movie theater in Lodi

A Lodi theater was temporarily closed after several moviegoers complained they were bitten by bed bugs while watching a movie.

After the Lodi Stadium 12 Cinemas closed its doors Sunday following complaints, a pest control company found "small pockets of bed bugs in limited areas of our theater," according to Catherine DePrima, a spokeswoman for Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, which operates the theater.

Pest control employees were working throughout the week to exterminate the bugs and found no live bed bugs Wednesday.

The company plans to reopen the theater Thursday and perform regular inspections throughout the year, DePrima said in an email to The Times.

“We are battling bed bug infestations in many places in California’s Central Valley and are confident in the service that we are providing the Lodi Stadium 12 Cinemas theater complex," DePrima said. "Their pest issues are limited and under control. The theater will re-open tomorrow as planned. ”

Two girls, who watched a movie at the theater on Friday, told FOX40 they woke up the next morning with hundreds of tiny red bites on their arms and legs.  

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