London theater finds new way to quiet noisy viewers: Ninjas
Warning: If you’re planning on talking your way through Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 2: This Is Really It, stay away from Prince Charles Cinema in London. Slashfilm.com reports that the theater is employing a new strategy to deal with chatterboxes: Ninjas.
The volunteer ninjas are ordinary cinephiles who volunteer — in exchange for free movies — to guard the theater against wayward viewers.
SlashFilm.com talked to one moviegoer who was talking and felt the wrath on the ninjas. “I got a call from my friend just as the movie started and thought I could get away with taking it. The last thing I expected was two completely blacked-out people suddenly appearing by our seats and give me and my mates a warning to shut up.”
The idea came about when Gregor Lawson, co-founder of Morphsuits, a company that creates skintight bodysuits, got fed up with the constant chatter. “Fans were discussing being ninjas in their Morphsuits on our Facebook page… I thought I’d find a cinema and see if we could bring a light-hearted taskforce to the aid of movie fans,” Lawson told the site.
While it’s certainly amusing to think about – and anyone who has suffered through a baby crying or teens narrating knows something has got to change — this seems like a disaster waiting to happen: Can you imagine someone grabbing you during a horror movie? (Or ever, honestly, especially given recent events).
Right now, the Ninjas are just at this one theater in London, but they hope to expand, so you may be seeing them at the movies shortly. Watch out — and make sure your cell phone is turned off.