Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post
In the last 4 weeks attending movies at the Ward Theater there was at least two instances where a Consolidated employee did a few announcements before the previews started. One of the annoucements was reminding people to silence their cell phones and refrain from texting while the movie is on.
Having an actual employee asking people to turn their phones off before the movie is a good idea and is more effective than those on-screen requests that nobody seems to care about. I saw one of the ushers making eye contact with people in the audience,..... and a couple of them then dug their phones out of the pocket to either turn it off or (what I would assume) in silent or vibrate mode.

Short of using a cellphone jammer, a live usher (or usherette) seems to be the next best solution to getting people to not use their phones in the middle of a movie.