Movie Theater Police States

Boing Boing has an article on movie theaters introducing the idea of patting down customers and “coat checking” camera phones and cameras to prevent “copyright infringement” of movies. Apparently this is common at previews in California and is now making it’s way to Toronto and other theaters.
Yeah, good idea. I’m giving you my camera? No fucking way.
I can get a Netflix account and you can kiss my ass.

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2 comments on “Movie Theater Police States
  1. Jay says:

    When I did some professional theatre in college, I did a show where people kept taking pics throughout the perfermance despite the huge warning in the program that photography or recording of any type was not allowed. One night after the 6th or 7th time a flash went off in my face, I walked off the stage, told the person to hand over the camera or walk out right now. He started to protest, and then other members of the audience started yelling at him to leave.
    More to the point, I was at a movie theatre a few years back when someone started taking pics of their friends standing up during the film; I got them all kicked out and left with a fist full of movie passes. I noticed you took some pics of some stuffed friends during the IMA’s showing of King King. Naughty naughty.
    Enjoy Netflix.

  2. I didn’t have the flash turned on during the movie, so I wasn’t disturbing other movie viewers, and the pictures weren’t about capturing what was on the screen, just the stuffed animals.
    I can understand why no one should take pictures during your performance, just like no one should have their phone turned on during a movie. Interrupting the performance is wrong, but that’s different than the reason why the theaters are doing what they’re doing.
    I shouldn’t have to turn in my camera or phone to the theater before seeing the movie; just turning it off should be enough.
    And thanks, I am enjoying Netflix and movies on demand in my own home. Much more comfy.

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