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Re: movie theatre and cell phones
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2014, 06:49:49 PM »
I'm of the opinion that they need to change their PSAs on cell phones in the theater.  Currently, they all show extremes - someone's phone going off loudly and repeatedly for example.  I think it leaves people rationalizing, well I'm just checking this once, and I'm shielding the screen, surely others will let this go, it's not like I'm making/taking a phone call, etc. Maybe they'd be more successful in showing a commercial similar to what OP experienced - they are watching a movie and get distracted by light in their periphery  :D

We just saw Maleficent at the El Capitan (classic theater in Hollywood.) Their announcement specifically mentioned that glowing screens were a problem. It seems as if everyone followed directions, which was great. It was not a video, but made in person by the theater manager, which might have helped.

I love the El Capitan!  Did they do a pre-movie show? (I haven't been there in about 20 years; I think the last thing I saw there was "Lion King")



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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2014, 07:51:50 PM »
So they thought they were entitled to talk and use there cell phones in a theater? There is no point in even talking to someone who is that clueless.

This type of behavior used to be a problem at the theater that I go to, to the point where I cut way back on going out to the movies. Now, however, after the previews they run a cute, funny little ad reminding people not to use cell phones, and not to talk. It has been pretty effective.

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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2014, 09:17:56 PM »
Maybe movie theaters need to get a bit interactive like this commercial for no texting while driving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHixeIr_6BM

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« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2014, 11:43:16 PM »
You weren't rude (assuming you asked politely, and didn't yell or swear at them or anything). They were definitely rude for continuing to have their phones lit up when the movie had started.

As for their comment about YOU being rude, I suspect they were getting defensive because deep down, they knew darn well they were in the wrong.

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« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2014, 01:26:48 PM »
I'm of the opinion that they need to change their PSAs on cell phones in the theater.  Currently, they all show extremes - someone's phone going off loudly and repeatedly for example.  I think it leaves people rationalizing, well I'm just checking this once, and I'm shielding the screen, surely others will let this go, it's not like I'm making/taking a phone call, etc. Maybe they'd be more successful in showing a commercial similar to what OP experienced - they are watching a movie and get distracted by light in their periphery  :D

We just saw Maleficent at the El Capitan (classic theater in Hollywood.) Their announcement specifically mentioned that glowing screens were a problem. It seems as if everyone followed directions, which was great. It was not a video, but made in person by the theater manager, which might have helped.

I love the El Capitan!  Did they do a pre-movie show? (I haven't been there in about 20 years; I think the last thing I saw there was "Lion King")

Yes, they did. First was an organ concert -- they installed one of the great Wurlitzer theater organs and the resident organist did a fantastic medley of Disney songs. Then they had a magician, who did 5 or 6 big illusions.

I hadn't been back since the second Pirates movie. We're certainly going to go again. I normally hate movie theaters for all of the many reasons that show up here, but the El Cap is a different experience entirely. People paying attention to the "no cell phones" request is just part of it.
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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2014, 01:38:36 PM »
I was just at a live dance performance and everyone behaved well except for the phones.  Ugh. 

To the left of me two seats over was a dad who clapped wildly for his little girl but then pulled out his cell phone and used it between his leg for the rest of the first half.  He did not come back for the second.

Down four rows was a little boy who played on it the whole time.  Mommy tried to get him to keep it low but he'd wave it around a lot and could see the glow the whole time.

Another mom two rows in front was holding up her phone and hiding it with the program.  I figured out she was recording her daughter dancing even though they said in 7 different ways no recordings allowed.
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« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2014, 04:04:35 PM »
They were rude and you were not.  I don't even bother asking people any more when they blatantly ignore the warnings on the screen - I just hop up and grab a manager.  This after a very classy lady threatened to fight me when I asked her to stop texting because it was distracting. 

DH and I have found a theater near us that has a flat zero tolerance for electronics.  If they see you with it out, you are made to leave, no refunds and no second chances.  I've never even seen a need for it to be enforced and we see movies there whenever possible.

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« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2014, 07:25:29 PM »
I went to see a play the other day. Beforehand, the audience was given a welcome and intro, and asked to turn off their cell phones as it's very distracting to others (I find it pathetic that this even needs to be explained, but apparently it does). Later in the show I noticed a woman a few rows ahead of me using her phone. The usher came quickly and asked her to put it away, which she did. She didn't look happy about it though. Perhaps she was checking in on the babysitter or something, but I don't care...the play lasts only for an hour before intermission, and an hour after intermission; surely there's nothing so dire that can't wait an hour. Or if a family member is being rushed to hospital just as you go off to see a play, maybe don't go see the play and tend to the emergency instead.

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« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2014, 08:33:06 PM »
I went to see a play the other day. Beforehand, the audience was given a welcome and intro, and asked to turn off their cell phones as it's very distracting to others (I find it pathetic that this even needs to be explained, but apparently it does). Later in the show I noticed a woman a few rows ahead of me using her phone. The usher came quickly and asked her to put it away, which she did. She didn't look happy about it though. Perhaps she was checking in on the babysitter or something, but I don't care...the play lasts only for an hour before intermission, and an hour after intermission; surely there's nothing so dire that can't wait an hour. Or if a family member is being rushed to hospital just as you go off to see a play, maybe don't go see the play and tend to the emergency instead.
Actually I think part of the problem is people don't leave the number of the place they will be with the babysitter = they leave their cell phone number. That is why they get so paranoid they won't turn them off. But I'm pretty sure that if you called a theater or restaurant with a I'm the babysitter and the kid is sick message they will go find the parents.

I remember calling my parents at a restaurant because the alarm was going off at Dad's work. Laundry's put a note on the hostess stand and when Dad checked in for their reservation they gave them the message.

Another time a child I was babysitting had dropped pizza on himself before I got there. He had his PJ's on at the time. His parents left. Later he kept complaining that it hurt. Turned out he had a 2nd degree burn. I called the theater the parents attending a play (they did wait to the intermission) - and the ushers located them by doing an all call. In the meantime I called my Mom and a friend's Dad who was a Doctor for help.
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Re: movie theatre and cell phones
« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2014, 12:12:57 PM »
I was just at a live dance performance and everyone behaved well except for the phones.  Ugh. 

And it just happened yesterday at the afternoon performance by Bill Cosby. I counted at least 5 cell phones going off during his show. 4 of them were silenced right away, probably by people who forgot it was on, but 1 just kept going. I don't know whether it bothered him or not but he never reacted to it. Because he is awesome. Totally, completely awesome  ;D

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« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2014, 02:45:17 PM »
This is the Cinemark warning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgU2ue37hgY

I like it.  However, some people don't even respond to that!  We have the choice of leaving the theater to get an usher or confronting the jerk patron.  Sigh. 

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« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2014, 03:07:23 PM »
We were at Regal Cinemas Saturday seeing Maleficent and had an issue with the group in front of us. One woman pulled out her smart phone and was checking facebook. I leaned forward and asked her to turn off her phone, which I would have done regardless and especially halfway through the feature. I had to repeat myself three times.

Afterwards, one of her party turned the flash on and waved it around, seconds after the final scene.

I spoke to the customer service desk afterwards and he said they do send in ushers twice, but missed that, as they would have escorted the person from the theatre.

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Re: movie theatre and cell phones
« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2014, 03:00:25 PM »
This is the Cinemark warning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgU2ue37hgY

I like it.  However, some people don't even respond to that!  We have the choice of leaving the theater to get an usher or confronting the jerk patron.  Sigh.
I like this one!  (Except the "no eating or drinking" seems out of place.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9K2ONYCMM8

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« Reply #28 on: July 07, 2014, 11:00:04 AM »
I have a similar story that happened last night.

I went by myself (first time since my separation) to see "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (which I enjoyed!) and it was a smallish theater. I sat on an unoccupied row. Before the previews started, a male/female couple entered my row. The female sat two down from me and it appeared the guy was going to sit next to her on her outside side (i.e., not next to me). However, he changed his mind and sat next to me! So it was her, him and me, all cozy, on an otherwise empty row.

Based on their comments during the previews, I learned they were French, which may explain the guy's not thinking about the fact that he may have been crowding me or possibly making me uncomfortable (if anything, I'd have been fine with the girl sitting next to me). But I felt it would've been ruder if I'd gotten up and moved and I wasn't alarmed or anything - just a little uncomfortable.

He also pulled out his cell phone once during the movie to check something. He was looking at it for longer than just a quick eyeballing so I glanced at it too which is my way of saying, nonverbally, you should put that up.

Anyway, enjoyed the  movie, didn't enjoy the experience, b/c I couldn't get out of my mind that a strange male was sitting right next to me and my thigh, if I didn't control it, would touch his. And maybe that's just me and my uncontrollable thighs!

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« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2014, 01:25:29 PM »
As I get older, I am starting to notice someone saying, "You are rude" is a certain sign that the speaker was rude.