Had to dig this thread up, because yesterday my sister and I went to the theater I said was so good about handling disturbances. The movie was "The Other Guys," and the theater was packed.
In the row in front of us, but just to the right of my sister was a group of 4 - 5 teenagers. During the ads and attractions, they were loud and getting louder with each passing minute. The ad which told the audience to silence cell phones, and no texting in particular seemed to set them off. One kid even waved his cell in the air, "Look at me, I'm texting!"
I was sitting there thinking, "And here I was just writing what a good theater this was, and now I've got to get up and go get an usher or something."
Just then, the actual movie started. From the row in front of the teens, a man turned around and said loudly, "Okay, NOW, shut up!"
From behind us, another man chimed in, "Yes, shut up!"
In front of me, the man leaned forward, and caught the eye of the teen who had waved his cell phone. He said nothing, but even in that dim light, his glare spoke volumes.
Quiet. Blessed quiet. Now once the movie started, everyone was laughing, but I heard no talking from the teens. It was nice that the theater has established a reputation for maintaining order, so that audience members felt comfortable about speaking out.