Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Cell Phones and Movie Theatres Don't Mix

The Old Gray Lady reports that the National Association of Theater Owners "plans to petition the Federal Communications Commission to permit the blocking of cellphones inside theaters."

Emotionally, I get it. I've had to ask countless folks to turn off their phones in the almost two years that I've been a part-time projectionist.

Rationally, I can't support it. Just getting people to shut up in general is what theaters need to do. Usually, a quick and quiet word suffices: "Excuse me, but your voice really carries in the auditorium." If it doesn't, a request to leave usually takes care of the problem.



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