Should Cell Phone Usage be Banned in Movie Theaters?

An issue that affects all movies, whether horror or comic book affiliated, is being banned in certain movie theaters. Should all movie theaters follow suit?

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By Whispers68 - 10/19/2009
Although not strictly affiliated with a comic book movie, the matter of having a film interrupted by the bright shining light of a patron answering a cell phone call or text message has become an issue we all have faced at one time or another.

Whether you decide to interact with the offender vocally or expressing your dismay by sighing loudly, there seems to be further hope for you and others in your position where they feel a law or rule should become more widespread as opposed to the brief message/video clip posted on the screen of respecting others in the theater by not adding your own sound effects.

Carousel Luxury Cinemas, which owns roughly 16 theater screens in Burlington, North Carolina, is in the process of banning cell phone usage in theaters. This means no texting or answering phone calls during a film's release. On the first attempt you'll be asked to silent/shut off the phone. If you're asked a second time, you must leave the theater of the specific screening you were in.

The passage of a ban isn't a far fetched idea for Burlington because another movie theater establishment in North Carolina, owned by parent company Southern Theatres LLC of New Orleans, has successfully banned cell phones from being used while a movie is screening. Ron Krueger,the chief operating officer for Southern Theatres gave patrons an advance notice before enforcing the ban.



Whispers68: This ban would work well in NYC. The idea is now whether banning cell phones will become a national phenomenon amongst chain movie theaters. How will this matter hold up in court because although the movie theater has the right as described on the back of your ticket stub, to remove you from a screening, will a lawyer be able to find a loophole with this new cell phone ban? I don't mind your phone being on silent or vibrate during a movie's screening because if you're expecting an important call (parents out on a date and your children are at home with the babysitter), you should be able to have your phone "open" at all times for communication. But the idea is to have it on silent/vibrate and leaving the theater when a call/text comes through. With a text message, you could leave your seat and go towards the door without leaving, in order for the light to not affect others. If you use the theater as if it's your private living room; talking at the screen as if the actors can hear you, answering your phone and talking for two minutes about the next group hangout... that's drawing the line and for that, I would willingly accept the banning of cell phones in movie theaters. I've been witness to the lack of integrity by patrons in pretty much every movie I've seen so i definitely understand why certain chains in North Carolina have banned usage or will be banning eventually.
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supermarioworldE - 10/19/2009, 1:08 PM
I don't think i've seen anyone text while watching a movie in theaters before. If the person is so bored, that he/she has to text, then why pay for the movie? People who outright talk in theaters should be slain. Two morons kept yapping while I was watching Watchmen, and it nearly ruined the experience for me. If you have respect for the movie and the people watching it, pay attention and shut up. If not, then leave
BmanHall - 10/19/2009, 1:22 PM
Easy, yes.
JoshWilding - 10/19/2009, 1:38 PM
Whenever I see a US TV show or movie there always seems to be someone talking, shouting or clapping during a movie, lol! I've never really had this prblem or a phone related issue here in the UK but there was one time during X-Men 3 where this kid kept shouting out to someone else he was with what was going to happen next - I told him to shut up but thinking back he was probably doing me a favour! :)
Spilox - 10/19/2009, 1:41 PM
people talking during the movie is the worst!
I don't realy mind people texting during the film. But why would you pick up the phone when you're wathing a movie :S
MovieTheaterLad - 10/19/2009, 1:55 PM
I can't begin to tell you, from work experience, how much I've had to deal with annoying people in theaters, and if my job were a video game, cell phone users would be freakin' cannon fodder as far as enemies go!

Let me just say that even if you're texting, EVERYONE that's behind you can see that glowing screen in the darkness of the room.

I think that this is something that would benefit alot of patrons who are sick and tired of having to deal with obnoxious jerks who think they own the place.
Whispers68 - 10/19/2009, 2:13 PM
@MultiPurposePoni

Dude...hahahahahaha!!!

I can imagine the frustration you felt in order to throw away a box of something you purchased. LOL

I had a situation (non cell phone related) where a group of high schoolers, roughly 10 of them...maybe three girls were present and seven guys. I knew they would act silly as soon as they walked in talking loudly as if they were at a party. They tossed candy and such at the rows in front of them and I didn't mind because well, it didn't reach me. I was in a row way ahead, all to myself so I guess they had this impression I was a pushover like the other patrons. Well, I stood up, walked to the back where they were located and said, "Who threw the candies at me?" no one answered, so I said, "You know what? I will smack each and everyone of you guys if another item is thrown." LOL. Sometimes, regardless of age, although I'm only a few years older than they were, these scumbag kids need to be taught a lesson that although we are older and appear more conservative, smacking fire out of their disrespectful mouths isn't far fetched. I don't know why they think people older are suckers.

Let's just say the other patrons enjoyed their movie without being interrupted furthermore.
TheDurkinKnight - 10/19/2009, 2:20 PM
[frick] Yes!
AshleyWilliams - 10/19/2009, 2:29 PM
Yes,some douche bag was on the phone during the TDK..........
Whispers68 - 10/19/2009, 2:30 PM
@nightwatcher4

was it a long call and did anyone say anything to the cockhead?
BmanHall - 10/19/2009, 2:34 PM
@ MultiPurposePoni: Hahaha, we military don't [frick] around. I've done the same thing but with Snow Caps.
WeaponX - 10/19/2009, 3:11 PM
I once kicked a dude in the back of the head but my intention was to kick the back of his seat to get his attention (he was having a full on conversation on his cell during the opening of Ghost Rider) but it was dark - and I missed the top of his backrest.
...his phone flew into the aisle too, it was a whole thing. I literally kicked the phone from his head.

Thankfully he left but I missed the first ten minutes of the film, so I'd totally support cell phone banning if they ever got around to it in my neck of the woods.

It's because of inconsiderate cocks, picking a movie to see becomes an exercise in strategy and statistics to avoid these clowns so your experience isn't ruined. Banning would make people like me less hesitant to see everything that interests me in theaters.



beckala63 - 10/19/2009, 3:17 PM
I once (politely) asked a girl who answered her phone during the movie if she would mind just taking it into the hallway. She gave me such a dirty look, as if I was the one being rude, and she didn't end the call for another couple of minutes...So yeah, why wouldn't they ban cell phone use during the movie? I would definitely support it.
Whispers68 - 10/19/2009, 3:53 PM
@beckala63

Isn't it funny how they think you're the one creating issues by asking politely to simply remove themself from the theater for their phone call?

@weaponX

You're right in so many ways. I sometimes look out for this when I enter a movie theater and sit down with my girlfriend. Why should I have to enter a movie theater and "fear" the movie being ruined because of a light being emitted with the brightness level comparable to HIDs since it's so dark in the area or someone having a full blown conversation as if it's just them present in the theater?
mwkcope - 10/19/2009, 3:57 PM
When I was watching Hellboy some teens wouldn't shut up.
Is it occurring to me that it's mostly the teens talking?
flames809 - 10/19/2009, 7:50 PM
IDC CUZ I DON'T MIND PPL TALKING OR TEXTING OR USING PHONE IN THE THEATER THAT'S THERE BUSINESS NOT MINE AND

mwkcope- IS ALWAYS THE TEEN ISN'T IT
WeaponX - 10/19/2009, 8:21 PM
@Whispers68 - I do the same thing, I pick our seats where I think I'm around decent folk. I also pick movie times based off the chances of fewer young people (kids and teens mostly) so it ends up as midnight showings almost always, what theater has the least amount of draw based on its location for younger crowds etc.
It's a whole thing just so I can enjoy a positive movie going experience.

Not only would banning the use of cell phones promote less concern they really should press on the ushers to roam a bit more instead of hanging around the corner by the entrance/exit with their fingers up their ass. Then patrons wouldn't constantly have to feel the need to take matters into their own hands just to get some civility out of a few jerks.
Whispers68 - 10/20/2009, 12:21 AM
@multi

"When THEIR business interrupts MY watching of a movie that I paid 10 bucks for, it's a pain in the ass. And I will turn whatever is within reach into a projectile aimed at their head."

Dude, that sentence reminds me of my angry Army cousin. LOL. That line was too funny.
RorMachine - 10/20/2009, 8:32 AM
I would go one step further..if you answer your phone during a movie, or speak through it in any way, you should only be tied upside down to a tree by your toes and have the skin whipped from your body Passion Of The Christ style.
Betty - 10/20/2009, 6:42 PM
What I hate is when they answer the phone right at the beginning of the movie in a hushed tone, "I said I'm IN the theater, I can't talk. Honey, I said I can't talk. People are getting mad. I just got hit with a box of something! I'll call you outside." he gets up. shuffles from the exact middle of the audience. still with the phone to his ear.

Hey [frick]-ass! Don't answer your G.Damn phone in the first place! I dont care if the cat puked on the bear rug! I'm trying to watch Batman & Robin ova heya!
Stumblin - 10/21/2009, 11:53 AM
I cannot stand people using their damn cell phone in the theater, even if they're just texting that damn light is pretty f^cking bright when it's f^cking dark.

That and people who want to have full on conversations during the movie, or even better, people that don't enjoy the movie consistently complain about it throughout the film...I'll shove my god damn 20 oz. cup right up their ass and choke them with Sour Patch Kids.
SHHH - 10/21/2009, 1:20 PM
People talk during a movie without a cell phone
AshleyWilliams - 10/21/2009, 3:59 PM
Whispers68-Actually he was texting and messing with his friends.....I eventually said shut up or i would kick his......you know where im going with this. :)
ASSASSIN666 - 10/21/2009, 7:41 PM
You have to be a real half a f**k to even leave your phone on let alone answer it. Most cases it's some young female twit like Multi was taking about, but in the eye of fairness I've seen men do it too. Either way it's f**king annoying and I always have some choice words ready for them!

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