Philippines seeks movie mobile ban

Moviegoers who talk on mobile phones while a film is playing face ejection from the cinema and fines of up to 3,000 pesos (2,200 baht) if a new bill is passed into law in the Philippines.

  • Published: 30/01/2013 at 11:29 AM
  • Newspaper section: news

Audiences attending events at cinemas, concert halls, auditoriums and other public performance spaces are required to turn phones, tablets, two-way radios and other electronic devices to off, vibrate or silent mode under Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s “Silent Mode Act”.

Offenders who "really have to take this call" would be ushered out of the venue by staff and fined 500 pesos (360 baht) for a first offence, 1,000 pesos (720 baht) for a second offence, and 3,000 pesos (2,200 baht)  for a third offense, according to GMA News.

Violators would not be entitled to a refunded ticket.

If the bill is passed into law then entertainment venues such as cinemas would be required to remind their audiences to turn off gadgets or put them on silent mode before every performance.

Members of the audience would be obliged to leave the theatre or move to an area where they cannot be heard if they decided to take a call during a performance.

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