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December 29, 1987|JOHN VOLAND | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

The Los Angeles-area violence that erupted two weeks ago at screenings of Eddie Murphy's new concert film "Raw" was not an isolated phenomenon. A Baltimore woman was shot in both legs Sunday night during a screening of the film. Police said she was shot by a man who had been asked to move by the woman's friend. Dolores Curtis, 23, was listed in good condition Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her friend, Joseph Lockett, said Monday he politely tapped on the shoulder one of two men who were standing and asked him to move, according to Baltimore police. After verbally threatening Lockett, one of the men pulled out a handgun and fired, police said. No one has been arrested in the shooting. The rash of violence associated with the film has prompted some New York theaters to beef up security. "When we heard about the problems on the (West) Coast, we decided to increase our security," said Holly Duthie, manager of the Eighth Street Playhouse in Manhattan, where Murphy's new film--which is proving very popular at the box office, grossing $22.1 million since it opened Dec. 18--is playing. But a Times Square theater manager, John Green, said he did not believe the Murphy film should be blamed for the violent incidents in California and Maryland. "It could have happened at 'Cinderella'," Green said. A spokesman for Murphy reached Monday had no comment on the violence.

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