I know we’ve discussed this before, but I’ve reached my limit. Went to the Arclight for an advance screening of The Last King of Scotland last night. The movie is really good, and Forest Whitaker should clear mantle space for the awards he’ll get for playing the Big Crocodile, but that’s beside the point.
The screening started 10-15 minutes late. Because each individual person had to be searched for cameraphones. Not only was somebody rooting through each persons bag, but everyone had to spend some quality one-on-one time with a security guard and a wand.
To go see a movie.
That opens on Wednesday.
Haven’t they taken things just a little too goddamn far?
Shame on you Arclight, AFI, and Fox Searchlight.
It’s been said many times before, but they don’t seem to get it, so I’ll repeat it in big capital letters:
DON’T MAKE YOUR CUSTOMERS FEEL LIKE CRIMINALS.
If you’re so worried about the security of your movies, then just keep them locked up in a vault and show them to nobody.
Has anybody filed a legal challenge on this? Do the theaters truly have the right to search their patrons?
And the wonder why they have trouble getting people to the theaters.
btw – we both got our cameraphones in anyway. I was tempted to take flash photos all throughout the Q&A, to see if they’d throw me out.