Blogger Calls 911 After Viewer Uses Cell Phone During Movie Screening

One of the biggest problems of the smartphone generation is the amount of people that decide to play on their phones during a screening, whether an advanced screening or one that is paid for.

There was an incident this past week at the Toronto International Film Festival involving Alex Billington of TIFF screenings are only open to press and industry as opposed to the general public.

Billington called 911 rather than the police department when he observed an act of piracy during a screening.



My personal opinion is that theaters should have a policy in place that kicks moviegoers out of the theater if they are caught using their phone in a theater. Using a cell phone during a movie is wrong no matter what one may think about it. It’s rude and disturbs others that are trying to enjoy a film.

I applaud the Alamo Drafthouse for their policy:

We have a zero-tolerance policy towards talking and texting during the movie. If you talk or text, you will receive one warning. If it happens again, you will be kicked out without a refund.

The next time one thinks about using their phone in a screening whether advanced or paid, please remember how distracting the light is to other people.

Tags: Movies Toronto International Film Festival

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