Reuters – March 15, 2006:

Movie theater owners faced with falling attendance are considering asking federal authorities for permission to jam cell phone reception in an attempt to stop annoying conversations during films, the head of the industry’s trade group said on Tuesday.

“I don’t know what’s going on with consumers that they have to talk on phones in the middle of theaters,” John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, told the ShoWest conference in Las Vegas.

“We will actually petition the Federal Communications (Commission) to remove the block” on jamming cell phones, he said.

This is already legal in France.



  1. Locke says:

    “My mother has many illenes, that could at any moment need to dial 911 ”

    It’s astonishing that we survived for thousands of years without cell phones! Now we can’t even go an hour and a half without one. God, progress is great!
    -Yup. With the average life expectancy of what…say 30 years? 35?How old are you Steve?

  2. Scott Gant says:

    The thing is, theaters have been around for decades now, heavy cell phone use only the past 10 years or so.

    Doctors went to movies back then, didn’t worry about having to get a call. People with heart conditions went to movies, businessmen went to movies. They all went to movies back then without having to be attached to the umbilical cord that was their phone. Why all of a sudden will the Earth not rotate now because someone couldn’t get a call on their cell phone?

    Should we also make it illegal for a company not to cover an area in the US? What if you’re driving through some remote part of the country and you have a heart attack and need to call 911, yet can’t get a signal even through roaming? E-GADS!

  3. jose says:

    YES !!! YES !!!! PLEEEEASE BLOCK ALL THOSE DISRUPTIVE CELL PHONES IN THE THEATER!!!! APPARENTLY THERE IS A THRILL FOR SOME PEOPLE WHEN CONTRADICTING COMMON COURTESY IN THE USA ..SO IF YOU WANT TO BEHAVE LIKE ANIMALS BY IGNORING THE FACT YOU INTERREACT IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY, LETS IMPLEMENT TRAINING TO ANIMALS AND VOID ANYTHING THAT YOUR MIND DOESNT UNDERSTAND….. SUCH AS CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS !
    I PAY MY TICKET TO BE ENTERTAINED …WHO ARE YOU TO DISRUPT ME??? IF YOU HAVE AN ILLNESS IN THE FAMILY THEN RENT A MOVIE AND MONITOR YOUR RELATIVE AT HOME OR TAKE TURNS WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR OWN FAMILY, SACRIFICE YOURSELF IN THE NAME OF LOVE BUT DONT JEOPARDIZE THE CONFORT OF OTHERS FOR YOUR SITUATION….WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TO DISRESPECT MY SPACE??
    WE SHOULD HAVE BOTH KIND OF MOVIE THEATRES, IN TIME YOU WILL SEE ATTENDANCE WILL RISE IN THE THEATRES WHERE THEY IMPLEMENT THE BLOCKER….YOU WILL SEE….


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