Banning cell phones in theatres.

Discussion in 'Entertainment and Movie Talk' started by CJS, May 6, 2012.

  1. CJS

    CJS Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure everyone has experienced the annoyance. Why dont they have an instant ejection policy or a cell free zone where they won't work. Me and the GF regularly complain about it and have had alot of people warned and a couple booted out. As far as talking this is the worst too, it's 2012 I dont understand why the chair cant be equipped with a small standard headphone jack with a minimal volume to drown out the yippers and be adjustable that you can still hear the regular theater sound. We complain after and get free passes when no one resolves it, maybe only when they do something serious about it because they lose money anything will be done. Any opinions?
     
  2. Rusty85

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    I think they need to just give anyone that's loud the boot along with using their phones.
     
  3. Lear60man

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    I would gladly pay an extra dollar or two per ticket for a theater that had a signal jammer.
     
  4. usconcept

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    Are you aware that there are portable mobile phone jammers, not sure if they're legal where you are?
     
  6. Wolfie138

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    the thing that gets me, is that threads like this had to be created. when i was a kid, and up till abotu mebbes 10~15 years ago, people just knew how to behave in public places like this. granted there weren't cell phones then, but generally people know that if they talked through the movie they were being ****, and generally other people would shout out to tell them to stfu. what else i don't get is, if i pay that much for a ticket i want to WATCH the * film - why do these people fork out money then blather to their friends all through it?
    i suppose a big part of this is cinema cutbacks - there always used to be an usher/ette standing by the hall door and they'd come and tell people to shut up or get out. now, the cinnies don't give a *.
    maybe if people kept going back to the box office and demanding a refund cos the presentation had been ruined they'd start taking a better stance against idiots.
     
  7. dbalschi

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    FCC says they are illegal.
     
  8. cavx

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    You've not only hit the nail on the head, you drove right through the other side. The problem is, I am of the age that has kids that don't know how to behave in public and I feel that my age group is very much to blame for this bad behavior.
     
  9. Nwerke

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    You guys are the ones who are out of step. The new etiquette is "the person on the other end of the mobile phone conversation trumps everybody and everything".

    How many of you have been speaking to someone via a mobile and then heard a toilet flushing?

    How many of you have been in a cinema lately where nobody used their cell phone?

    How many of you have been with friends at a pub or restaurant, where at least two people haven't been on the phone nonstop the entire evening?

    The new etiquette says that YOU are the ones who are rude and in the wrong. Sorry, but it is what seems to be emerging!
     
  10. cavx

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    No, I disagree. If I go to the cinema and pay $11+ (3D is what $18 now?) for a ticket, I want to hear the movie soundtrack, not the person behind me yabbering away about, whatever. I've told many a teenager (or early 20s) off for using their phone in a cinema.
     
  11. JD

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    I despise people who talk or use their phone at the theater.

    But, I don't think jamming them is the answer. Too many firemen, cops or parents with kids or other potential emergencies to jam them.

    Theaters need to enforce policy.
     
  12. yodakiller1138

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    Texting is a problem also.
     
  13. Kt Templar

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    Here, they play an ad sponsored by one of the mobile phone companies gently making fun of phone usage and says 'Please turn off your phone' or words to that effect in front
    of the main film.

    One recently was about a band of elite ushers who acted like the TSA and bagged everyones' phones and rugby tackled a mum for texting. That sort of thing.

    Generally, it seems to work. I don't ever recall anyone ever actually talking on their phone here.

    The cinema has to have the right to eject a person for phoning tor texting with no refund. It's only fair to the other people in the cinema.

    I guess one of the problems is danger from attack from the perpetrator and lack of respect for everyone else these days.
     
  14. Sundowner

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    I was thinking this exact same thing when I saw the Avengers. This guy next to me kept getting on his phone texting through out the film until I looked over and very loudly said "are you kidding me dude?!" to which he smirked and put it away. not even 10 minutes later he was on it again. not to mention 3 others through out the film texting. They really need to do a better job enforcing it. I think the demanding a refund idea is great! I think the great thing about movie with a bunch of people is the excitement and the cheering but if people are going to be on their phones, I'd rather see the first showing in the afternoon with hardly any people.
     
  15. Mola Rob

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    I am just sick of cell phones period. I am really tired of having a conversation with someone who needs to check their phone every time it beeps to alert them of a lame Facebook update or a text asking them "what are you doing". Very important stuff.
     
  16. Dung0beetle

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    When did the movie theater usher's job change from "movie cop" to "janitor"? I appreciate not stepping in sticky stuff while entering/exiting the theater, but I would like to experience the movie as intended without the annoying people in the background yammering away and seeing little blue lights all around.
     
  17. CJS

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    And because it is a business I think it's the only way to force theatre chains to react. I'm sure each individual theatre has to report back how many passes it gives out. It's probly the only way to send a message that some sort of enforcement or proper prevention needs to be taken. Texting for sure is an issue, probly worse theres nothing more annoying especially during a dark film than a bunch of light up squares floating in the crowd. Not being sexist by any means my GF has even noticed that one of the worst culprits for the texting FB updates are girls that go to movies with dates that have no interest in the film. Seems they just go for the date and have no interest in whats on screen. Another one is when people talk during the story setup or non action buts, and then are totally engaged during an action sequence and then talk about how awesome it was for 5 mins. I think as athers posted it is the "On my cell hierarchy attitude" and in general alot of people are straight up ignorant, maybe thinking they paid money so they have the right to yip. I encourage everyone to complain as long as it's legitimate. The only way it will ever change is if the masses stop allowing it, because the laid back apathy about it being ok is how it started. As far as emergencies well there's vibrate and if there's a looming emergency you kinda know about then you shouldnt be in a theatre should you lol. Once the head offices see a growing trend they will weigh up that cganging their policies will far outweigh the cost of free passes which is income lost to them. Hiring someone for the night is probly less than loss of revenue from 4 passes a night. It's like the equation from Fight Club on auto recalls lol.
     
  18. hansicle

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    I totally understand, nothing's worse than hearing muttering through a movie, especially when it's near you or next to you. The other annoying thing is the screen coming up and distracting you when someone is texting, or looking at their phone. I always make sure I turn my phone to vibrate, and if I do get a message, I look at it when the movie's over.

    At the very least, start printing disclaimers on tickets that say "Phone use during the showing of movies is prohibited, and the theater has the right to remove patrons who make use of their phone during the show". ...yadda yadda. Have signs posted, posters, notices..ect. I know for "sell out" events, the theater usually has some sort of ushers making sure that they crowd the people in and make sure everyone gets seated, and they usually make an announcement. Have someone do that for every showing. Step into that theater just before trailers, make their little speech, tell people to turn off their phones, if they need to talk, go outside in the hall, and if they talk during the show, they can be removed by the usher police. It would take 2 min, then they can go back to sweeping popcorn off the floor....
     
  19. CB2001

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    All theaters should make it, and talking in the theater, a standard like the Alamo Drafthouse. And if anyone complains, make it a great "don't use your cell in our theater" promo.
     
  20. CJS

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    I used to go to a theater in Toronto called the Uptown, old school place and they did that. There was never a problem after the person came in. They even said that if there were any distractions beyond what may be considered normal they would deal with it immediately. I think the presence alone of someone there was worth a ton of prevention, kinda like police presence, you may not see them but if you know they're around you're less likely to do something. I think its definitely a three part recipe for ignorance in theaters. One part technology, one part apathy and one part ignorance. Me and the GF will always slip over if possible and ask quietly for people to turn stuff off or to keep it down. Sometimes they are in front of people and I have no idea how they aren't annoyed and just sit there. Chances are that one person is annoying 30 people so if you do have to give a lil **** to someone everyone else is probably in full agreement and would back you up for complaining etc.
     
  21. 0neiros

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    Maybe they need to do the Laser Show Policy. Here, before the Laser Show and announcement is made - "During the show, If we see a laser pointer, flashlight, cellphone, or lighter, we will immediately stop the show, point out the offender, and the show is over. The offender will then have to deal with all of you out in the parking lot." There was one drunk idiot that tested this during laser metallica...it took the police to save his * out in the parking lot.
     
  22. CJS

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    Thats amazing. Funny thing is thats the kind of girl that goes on a date and doesnt have any interest in the film. She was probly seeing underworld or Iron Man. Standard "Theater Twit" lol
     
  23. CJS

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    If you tell me everyone stands up and does the Gladiator thumbs down deal I am moving to your town. That would be amazing. After 2 weeks you would have no distractions.:lol
     
  24. DrewSmith007

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    What about usher call buttons? It couldn't be that expensive to install at every other seat or so. If they get enough calls, they come in and boot the jerk...
     
  25. who45

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    this highlights one reason why i dont go to the cinema much anymore - apart from the high cost i dont want to watch a film with phones illuminated on silent as people are texting or talking - id rather buy the dvd and watch it in my own premises in under the conditions i like to watch a film - no interuptions.

    what we cant see is if a phone text or call may be genuine - always that possiblity that someones phone beeps informing them of a death or relative in an accident or a family member broken down......... its too hard to enforce a no phone policy imo.

    its why i choose not to go very often - if its not phones its people talking, then when you ask them politely your told to pee off and mind your own - alot of rude arrogant people in todays society ruining it for others :( - in my day you had respect and many people these days simply lack it.

    policing the cinema with ushers on the look out for phone users will only end in tears, joe public will simply tell the usher where to go, confrontations lead to brawls esp off most of todays youth - no respect
     
  26. Shylaah

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    Or they could like have a special number they like show you at the beginning
    of the movie so you can call it like you know when someone is annoying you
    by using their cell phone. OMG that would so cool to have if they would come
    throw the person/s out.

    Somebody make it stop!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shylaah
     
  27. Kt Templar

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    When I saw the Avengers over the weekend they played a PSA I hadn't seen before. Basically it said turn off the phones because if you use it during the show, we WILL escort you out. I didn't hear or see any phones so I don't know if they meant it or not.
     
  29. hansicle

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    They need one with Hawkeye up in the projector booth, some guy takes out his phone, and it gets hit with an arrow, and he does the whole "I'm watching you" eye point thing.....
     
  30. terryr

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    Localized phone jammers would be ideal. But they are illegal. I would vote for exemptions.

    How about every time someone uses the phone the picture goes off? That would make people 'hulk out' on the guy.

    If theaters were built a certain way the signal couldn't get through.

    Or, Somehow, teach people manners?
     
  31. familyman

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    I just don't get why people pay so much for tickets and then spend the whole time on their phone!. Its like an addiction. I hate sitting near someone who is texting, the phone screans are so darn bright!.
     
  32. Zombie_61

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    Here's the bad news. Last week a good friend told me about an article he'd read recently that stated there are groups around the country (here in the U.S., that is) that are petitioning the major theater chains to allow texting during movie screenings. Apparently these inconsiderate imbeciles can't be without their precious cell phones for the duration of a single movie, and they're attempting to coerce theater owners into allowing this behavior; particularly teens, who like to text their friends at home and in adjoining theaters so they can review whatever movie they're seeing "on the fly".

    So far none of the theater chains have given in, but if they see enough of a decline in ticket sales (particularly in the target audience groups) because these groups begin a passive-aggressive boycott...well, we've all heard the phrase "money talks".
     
  33. CJS

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    Only reinforces the ignorance and audasity of these d-bags. One again back to the whole problem it seem A-Holes are breeding little A-Holes.
     
  34. Psab keel

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    Alamo Draft House has a ZERO tolerance policy for talking or texting during their films. Good on them! They even made an ad out of some ***** with an attitude to prove their point. The ad was posted by another member here, but you can find it on YouTube.

    I can't STAND when I see this crap. If you want to talk or text on your phone, go for it, just don't do it in the theater. If I get an important call or message and I need to take it while I'm at the theater, I do like AN ADULT WITH MANNERS DOES AND EXCUSE MYSELF TO GO INTO THE LOBBY AND TAKE THE CALL, WAITING UNTIL I AM OUT OF THE ROOM BEFORE I PICK UP THE PHONE OR TALK! When I'm done I quietly go back and enjoy the movie, or leave if need be.

    Simple.

    It all comes down to having manners. Some people have them. Some don't. And when someone doesn't, they NEED to be called out on it and held responsible. Plain and simple. It's not a lot to ask. It's called respect.
     
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  36. CutThumb

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    I really would like some reliable data on the number of people who are killed or injured because they respounded to their cell phone calls at inappropriate time (including those nearly beaten to death for using them during a film). Several times over the last few years I've almost run into people, particularly teenagers, stepping out into the road whilst answering their mobiles. One lad had actually taken one of his I-Pod earphones out whilst answering his phone before he decided just to walk out infront of me. He looked pretty startled after I swerved past him braking , then got out the car to berate him, but unbelievably he was STILL talking on the phone whilst stood in the middle of the road !
    I find this obsession with "personal performance" tech that converts an everyday mundanity into a newsreporting event for some people really irritating. Its as if they have this absolute compulsion to text or speak every single incident, thought and opinion they have immediately to a desparately waiting audience of probably about three people.
    When I go to the cinema to see a film its generally to escape from the actual world for a while and go somewhere a bit more interesting and entertaining instead and I would expect it to involve my full attention for just a couple of hours.
    For a growing minority that seem to think their immediate commentary is a required secondary soundtrack to the film this seems to be an impossible consideration of other peoples perspective. And even if they don't speak, given the size and brightness of some of the screens of some mobiles now its almost as if they wanted to shine a pale blue torch in your face, such is the back wash of light from them.
    Whilst I applaud the technological advantages and skillsets that mobiles bring to the world, like almost every invention of mankind, some people need to be trained how to use them properly. I'd suggest an etiquette test that if they fail three times (like using them in the cinema whilst the film is showing)gets them a ban of three months. Or a finger broken. Whatever works.
     
  37. niennumb1

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    I think there needs to be a nice petition made up and proposed to the theaters to take action on this problem as well as get Hollywood involved because it's just disrespectful to be in there with your head buried in your cell phone completely ignoring the film and bothering others around you.
     
  38. Psab keel

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    "Whilst I applaud the technological advantages and skillsets that mobiles bring to the world, like almost every invention of mankind, some people need to be trained how to use them properly."

    I agree with your sentiment, but I will paraphrase and say that people need to be trained properly. Period. If you don't have manners then you need to be taught them. And young people especially need to understand that the universe does not revolve around the status of their facebook, twitter accounts. NO ONE CARES! As much as social networking can be a great resource to connect with others from long distances, it will never replace face to face contact with a person. I find it ironic that the initial intention of using a telephone tends to be overshadowed to use it for every purpose OTHER THAN to talk with someone through speaking and listening. What a novel idea!

    You can actually hear one another and speak to one another! Cell phones, and texting have their place, but not in the theater. I work in retail (mostly working a register) and have to deal with people and their self absorbed sense of false importance. If you must make a call while in my line, at least say hello to me and thank me. If you don't say hello, I won't say a * thing to you. The issue is more about technology and people needing to be reminded to use their manners. It extends to the theater, to the stores, and every walk of life. Technology is great, but in the hands of someone rude, it becomes a societal crutch.
     
  39. Nwerke

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    I don't say *I agree* with it! Far from it. But it is what it is. WE are the dinosaurs here, and we're going to be outbred and replaced by the numpties who think it is fine. Who think it is SERIOUSLY UNCOOL, in fact, that we object to it.

    Oh, I'm in WA by the way - 3D sessions are about $22 here.

    I CALLED IT! I CALLED IT!!!!!!! :lol
     
  40. MooMooEgg

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    I typically go to movies by myself, but a few of my friends asked me to go to the midnight showing of the avengers. What sucked was that the two girls I went with kept talking and had their cells on to text. It was * me off so badly, but I couldn't say anything because they're friends. And the funny thing was that one of them was complaining. That she would start getting angry if people started talking or making noise during the movie. :facepalm


    I really want every theater to start a cell phone/********* ban. I would gladly pay extra for such services. And if my friends get kicked out, ill just wave to them as they're leaving.
     
  41. JD

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    You don't ban something because some people abuse it. You go after the abusers.

    It absolutely sucks when you have to leave the theater to get an usher (are they even ushers anymore?) because someone's talking too loud or using the phone... or something's wrong.

    Once was if you made a complaint about something gone awry, the local theater chain automatically gave you a coupon for a free pop/soda and even on occasion a free movie pass. That local chain was swallowed alive by AMC and I don't frequent them as much, so I don't know if that policy holds true.

    The current theater chain I frequent is locally owned - and while the theaters are very nice, their customer service kinda sucks. I've exchanged a few e-mails with them regarding an issue or two (one a disturbance and another trying to get an event)... it's amazing how some big corporations lack customer service skills.
     
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    Maybe the way is to corral these universally important texters into one theater. For high pop culture movies where or whatever and have a text allowed theater, and then have an absolute zero tolerance through the rest of the place. So if u dont want to be around it you wont, and if you feel so the need to look like u have friends across the world and need to tell FB you just squeeked out a damp one next to your first date than you can do it in a room full of likeminded people. May I say like a theater shortbus? lol JK I dont like to mock mentally challenged people it was a figure of speech. I think I made my point lol.
     
  45. blipper

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    Zombie - not sure if you caught the other news from CinemaCon, seems the 48fps 'issues' kind of hogged the limelight.

    Regal Entertainment Chief Executive Amy Miles, one of several panelists debating the ways theaters can lure "today's savvy moviegoer," suggested that exhibitors consider allowing younger patrons to use their cellphones with certain types of movies such as "21 Jump Street."

    I saw Cabin In the Woods yesterday at a morning showing, only three other people there - it was great but there's something to be said for the full crowd, shared experience when they behave.
    The film before that I saw was The Descendants at a regular evening slot and I lost count of the number of clowns texting openly during the performance, one girl was unabashedly having a full on phone conversation.
    I'm close to giving up now, just sets me on edge when all I want is to experience a movie without distraction.
    But like Nwerke says, it's becoming more apparent now that this 'always on' generation are the ones who will displace us and define 'acceptable' behaviour, sadly.
     
  46. Commander Max

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    How good can a movie be if your * around with a cellphone. That's just as much a statement about the quality of movies as it is the audience.
     
  47. firesprite

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    I haven't had a problem with this since I started exclusively going to the Cinebarre for my movie viewings. The most annoying thing I've experienced lately is a couple half-drunken women who felt the need to take ten pictures of themselves in their seats for the 3D viewing of Avengers prior to the movie starting. I wouldn't have minded so much if the flash didn't seem to be perfectly positioned to blind me every time they snapped a pic. Ultimately, I couldn't look directly toward the screen until the movie started to avoid the experience.

    Fortunately, it stayed stowed during the actual movie itself.
     
  48. CB2001

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    The only time a cellphone should be messed with in a theater is in case of an emergency (I mean a real emergency, like if someone sitting next to you is having a heart attack), or if its meant to be used in the movie like this (and even THIS is pushing it a bit): 13th Street: Last Call (The First Interactive Theatrical) - YouTube
     
  49. Psab keel

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    Emergencies are another thing entirely. Like a medical emergency. Not, ohmygawdmyboyfriendjustsleptwithmybestfriendandimmakillemboth, emergency.

    We may be dinosaurs, but to sit idly back and allow bad behavior only encourages it. If people stand up for what is right then there is a chance to correct it. Even if it fails at least we can live with ourselves by knowing we tried and that applies to most areas of life, not just dealing with ******** talking or texting during a movie.
     
  50. CJS

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    I don't care how **** the movie is. everyone in there has a right to see a **** movie without phone distractions. I think thats a horrible rationale. Not to mention alot of the time it;s the people not interested in the type of movie itself that do this. Just cuz it's crap or someone doesnt have their little mind wrapped up in the film gives absolutely no right to disturb others. Going back to the girlfriend that goes to a movie with her boyfriend and has no interest and cant stand having no attention on her from her date so she needs to FB and text to feel relevant for 90 min or so. It should be instant ejection regardless of whats on screen. Dont like the movie? leave before it's halfway done and the theater will give you a gift voucher for a free film. It's all of their policy to do this.
     

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