Missouri Theater Chain Cracks on Cell Phone Users
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis-based movie theater chain is cracking down on cell phones.
The Springfield News Leader reported that people watching movies at complexes owned by Wehrenberg Theatres soon could be kicked out without a refund if they're caught using their phones.
Patrons are getting warnings now, and the policy will be enforced starting in early September.
The theater chain operates in Missouri and three other states.
Marketing director Kelly Hoskins says cell phone use is a major gripe of theater-goers.
And it isn't just the noise of ringing phones and talking that bugs people. Hoskins says large cell phone screens can be distracting when lighted.
The policy is getting positive reviews. Hoskins says some moviegoers stood and clapped over the weekend when they saw an on-screen announcement about the policy.