Poll: Are you tired of people checking their phones every 5 seconds during a movie in a theater? Would you agree with a policy that would kick people out without a refund, for taking out their distracting lightshow of a phone?
If no, are you one of those people that take out their phones during the movie? What's the reason for your answer otherwise? If your answer is emergency, why not just stay at home or engage in another activity, that would allow you to leave at a moment's notice?
Rant: I am sick and tired having to be penalized for trying to go out and having a good time. No, I shouldn't be the one who stays at home, since I am part of the greater amount of people who can sit still during a movie.
Etiquette is about letting everyone else have a good time. Your selfish stubbornness to observe it, despite being plastered all over the movie screen before the movie even starts, makes you a scumbag.
Is that too harsh? No, I don't think so. You did not pay for the rest of the people attending the movie. You do not get to ignore everyone else, and do whatever distracting thing you want to do. I don't care if it's an emergency.
If you were waiting for an important call, put it on vibrate, without a strobing light show coming out of your camera's flashlight. Then you walk out of the movie theater, into the hallway, were you can take the call.
From what I've seen, not once has it been an actual emergency call. My guess is that people take texts and phone calls unnecessarily, just so that they can feel like they are important.
Guess what, everyone in that audience has people that text, call, or have posts directed to us from people we know. You know what the difference is? We are considerate enough not to take out our phones in the middle of a movie, since any other lightsource beyond the screen is distracting. We do not go into a panic, if we don't look at hour screens for more than 30 mins. Yes, the phone is shut off/silenced before the movie starts, and we can check it again after we leave the theater.
This scumbaggery has to stop. I wish they threw people out without a refund, who do not know how to act in public.
I think the biggest shame for the people today, is that the children in the audience had better ettiquette, than any adult in the theater I was in today.