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27 December 2008 @ 11:49 am
"Man shot because family talked during movie" ha ...  

By Barbara Boyer 

A South Philadelphia man enraged because a father and son were talking during a Christmas showing of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took care of the situation when he pulled a .380-caliber gun and shot the father, police said. 
James Joseph Cialella Jr., 29, of the 1900 block of Hollywood Street is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons violations.

"It's truly frightening when you see something like this evolve into such violence," said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.

Police were called to the Riverview Theatre in the 1400 block of Columbus Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. where the gunshot victim, a Philadelphia man who was not identified, told police a man sitting near him told his family to be quiet and threw popcorn at his son.

After exchanging words, Vanore said Cialella allegedly got out of his seat to confront the family when the father got up to protect them. That's when the victim was shot once in the left arm, sending others in the theatre running to safety.

Cialella then sat down to watch the movie. Police arrived a short time later and arrested Cialella and confiscated his weapon, Vanore said.

Man that must either be a really good  movie or really bad, either way that guy was pissed enough to shoot someone, hehe.
Bet you that entire family will NEVER talk during a movie, ever again!
Lesson learned, hehe.
herzogravenherzograven on December 27th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
On a more serious note, in my opinion, even though that's a rather strong reaction to shoot someone, it really serves their asses right. Wish more people would get punished for talking at the movie theatre (not shot, but at least zapp their asses or something!). Like Shepperd Book said, "special level of hell" ... that should also include people who bring babies into movie theatres - you KNOW that meatbag's gonna cry at some point and ruin it for the entire audience. If you can't find a sitter, tough shit, stay at home, your decision to have a child, don't inflict that on others!
sarahtoalaskasarahtoalaska on December 28th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
well.... serves him right. While shooting the man might have been ... a little harsh... maybe less people will talk during movies.

Bears Tooth does not allow children in the theater after (I think) 9. I heartily agree with that. Believe it or not I have known children who CAN be quiet in a movie, but you know before hand if your kid is one of them. When I was little I had no problem being quiet... but I was an awesome kid. :D
Libras Art and Illustrationslibras_art on December 30th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
I think that the "no children after" some specific time is actually quite a good idea. It gives the parents who want to get out, but can't leave the kids at home, a chance to do something... but still allows for a time when people who don't want to deal with the children can have the theater to themselves. It's an idea I think more theaters should consider.

I was like you... I was raised at a very early age to respect that there were others around me. And I was usually too into the movie to say much anyway. lol.
sarahtoalaskasarahtoalaska on December 30th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
They usually play their R rated and what have you movies late. So it all works out.