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How Do You Deal with Noisy Theatre Goers?

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A western Washington man could face jail time for the way he dealt with a disruptive movie goer last month. How do you deal with it?

Last month in Kent, Washington, a man fed up with a group of noisy moviegoers behind him stepped over the seat and punched a 10-year-old boy in the face.

The man, who told police he thought the person he hit was a grown man, was watching “Titanic” in 3-D with his girlfriend and had asked the people sitting behind to quiet down and stop throwing popcorn, but they laughed at him, he said.

The 10-year-old lost a tooth and had a bloody nose in the confrontation.

The man will be arraigned on second degree assault charges next week, and if convicted faces six to nine months in jail.

It was pretty extreme, and most people wouldn’t dream of doing something like this.

Yakima Theatres runs a clever bit before each feature, telling us that we should have learned how to act in theatres while young children. No talking, feet off the seats, no running around and so on. I have to say that most of the time, audiences that I have been in taking in  movies in Yakima are fairly courteous. Your experience may be different.

What route do you take in dealing with noisy or disruptive movie goers? Do you go to the usher, or handle it more directly? I have a six year old son who is only good for about an hour and ten minutes worth of a movie. Then, depending on the film, he’s usually ready to go. So my son could become one of those kids that annoys other people in the theatre.

Sorry about that.

How do you handle noisy movie goers?

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