I attended my first movie at a Regal Cinema theatre just a few weeks ago, when we made the trip to Niagara Falls, NY to see Borat on its opening weekend. I’m not sure if they’re all the same, but it was probably one of the nicest and most comfortable theatres I’ve ever been in. Well now it looks like the Regal moviegoing experience is about to get even more comfortable, as this American theatre chain has decided to start providing remote alert devices to its customers to help notify staff of any problems they may encounter during the movie.
The device will be about the size of a pager, and will have separate buttons to complain about audience disruptions, projector problems, temperature, and a fourth for any other issues (possibly for piracy). I guess only a select few people at each movie will be given access to these devices; in return for being a rat, you get a free bag of popcorn! Hey, sign me up. It sounds like a step in the right direction to me, I guess the only issue would be potential abuse of the system. If they can ensure that only trustworthy people are manning the devices, then it could definitely benefit everyone involved. Apparently they are testing this set up in 25 theatres right now, but hope to go nationwide soon. Seat kickers, your days are numbered.» Related Link: Engadget