Cell Phones in the Theater

Posted by schnolis on April 26th, 2009 filed in Observations

Yesterday in the theater something happened that has never happened to me at a Ritz Theater before. About 30 minutes into Sugar, someone’s cell phone rang and a ridiculously loud volume. It rang a couple of times. Then to the dismay of everyone else in the theater, a woman answered the phone and started having a LOUD conversation. I couldn’t believe it. She must have been partially deaf because she kept shouting.

The reaction of everyone in the theater was to shush her. Some told her to shut up, and other uttered things I cannot in good conscience repeat on this page. She was on the phone for far too long, but eventually ended the call. Later, she walked up to the top of the theater and took two more phone calls. It was unbelievable.

It amazes me that people are so inconsiderate. I feel self-conscious if my phone vibrates loudly and would never intentionally leave my phone on for a film. Is awareness for others so foreign to people today that they wouldn’t care if their insanely loud cell phones and conversations are bothering other people.

When I passed on this story to a friend I was informed that recently someone in a theater got shot for talking on a cell phone by another moviegoer. This apparently happened in a theater I have visited in the past six months, not some out of the way place. I can say that I understand.

When this happens, I’m tempted to tell someone who works for the theater about it, but I don’t want to leave and miss some of the movie. In the event yesterday, nobody else left, either. I think the movie theater should provide some kind of text-messaging or email system that customers can quickly send a message to in the even the volume is too loud, or the screen is off center or a really obnoxious guest is talking on a cell phone. Texting is quiet and easy enough to deliver without leaving the theater and missing the show.

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