OSLO, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Not a single seat remained empty for the first cinema event organized for dogs and their owners in Norway and the response was "a happy bark," newspaper Aftenposten reported on Wednesday.
After different cinema topics like baby-cinema and coffee and knitting cinema for seniors, dogs also got their opportunity on Monday evening in a hall of the Ringen cinema in Oslo.
Half of the 70 seats were taken by the four-legged visitors and the rest were taken by dog owners during the showing of Laurie Andreson's movie Heart of a Dog, cinema manager Marianne Zecca said.
The cinema also provided snacks -- popcorn for dogs and it was allowed to exit a bit in case some of the dogs become restless, she said.
It was the first time such kind of event was organized in Norway, but is already popular in several other countries, such as Austria and Britain, according to Aftenposten.
The big interest in Oslo was confirmed when all the tickets were soon sold out. The only thing that was special in this case was that the volume of the movie was muted so as not to damage the animals' hearing, Zecca said.
"We have chosen the hall with leather seats, because these are easiest to clean. The movie is also the last one on the daily programme, so there is some extra time for cleaning and ventilation," Zecca said, added that she was looking forward to more possible dog events in the future.
One of the visitors, Anna Compton, brought her two dogs to the event, believing that they were happy to come along, although they could not enjoy the artistic aspect of the movie.
"Dogs are herd animals and we are their herd. They enjoy to accompany us and not being left at home," she said.
While Nora Sarastuen was not sure who enjoyed the movies more, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Sam or herself, another visitor, Kristina Fjone, said that her dog liked to watch TV.
"His favourite programme is Dog Patrol, as there is a lot of sound and interesting pictures. And of course he will be sitting in the seat, now that he is for the first time in the cinema," she said.