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Infestation: Patrons say they were bit hundreds of times by bed bugs in theater

LODI, Calif. (KTXL) – Two teenagers, who are covered in bed bug bites, claim they got them while sitting in a movie theater.

“When we woke up the next morning, we looked at each other and saw that we had all these red bumps all over us,” one of the girls told KTXL.

Family members say the girls went to see a movie on Friday night and awoke Saturday to hundreds of bites on their arms and legs.

“You shouldn’t have to worry about bugs at your local theater,” one of the girls said.

Family members say they reported the bites to the theater’s manager but the area was never closed off.

“At around 2 o’clock when the movie got out, he called me and said they actually found bed bugs inside the theater,” Matthew Wendt said.

The girls are not the only ones who claim bed bugs bit them in the theater.

“It was a really bad rash on my arms and on my legs too. From where you’re sitting, from where my skin was touching the seat,” Stephanie Booth said.

Booth says she brought her daughter to the theater and both of them walked away with bites.

“I wish they would have told us about it or put up a public notice, because she was taken out of school for itching, and I had to leave work already,”  Booth said.

On Sunday, Lodi Stadium 12 posted a public notice that read, “In consideration for our patrons, we are closed today for a thorough inspection. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”

Wendt says management decided to close the theater only after he posted about the bed bug encounter on Facebook.

“It went kind of viral and when it got really big, that’s when they closed the whole theater down,” said Wendt.

The movie theater has yet to respond to KTXL’s request for a comment.