UK film industry: our cinemas patrolled by Silence of the Lambs nightvision LARPers

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I wonder what the UK’s stance on personal privacy hats is?


I really don’t see how this is “punishing the people who pay for movies”. It makes no difference to me if some staff member is wandering around looking for non-existent pirates.

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In this case, it’s really more punishing the people that work at the theatres (by giving them extra stupid jobs to do) than the moviegoers themselves. It’s not really much of a punishment for moviegoers to have bored teenagers checking them out with nightvision goggles during the movie. Well, I guess it is if you’re the kind of person who be made uncomfortable by such a thing. I personally would not give a flying fig. When I hear about theatres doing crazy things like confiscating phones before going into the theatre, that’s where I’d be asking for a refund.


“At the late niiiiight, double featuuurre, picture shoooww…”

(“Where’s the best place to f**k?”)

“…in the back roooow…”

(“F**k the back row!”)

“At the last niiiiight, double featuuurre, picture shooooww.”

No, seriously, I remember a couple actually f**ked in the back row at a Rocky Horror screening at the Ken Cinema in San Diego, circa 1992. Probably happened every other week, but the time I was there they actually stood up and took a bow.


Pffft! Who downloads cams ?! I require HD quality.


Could we troll them with an infrared strobe?


Strobing IR Throwies. Anything ferrous in the theater could host them, and you can’t see the light with a naked eye.

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There are also off-the-shelf tactical infrared markers. Essentially a 9V battery clip with an IR LED and sometimes a blinking circuit. Can be bought in some army/paintball shops. Embarrassingly easy to make, too.

Some vendors add the comical angle by claiming it is a restricted technology and refusing to sell overseas. Like if somebody would want to pay that markup.

With a laser diode and some rudimentary beam modulation it could be perhaps used as a “laser mine”, designed to trip a vehicle’s defense systems, making them think the target attracted a rangefinder or target designator attention, and keep the vehicle crew up on their toes.


I’m thinking about who’s going to pay for this, the studios? I don’t think so.


Then it’s somewhat self-defeating as the more expensive the tickets, the more likely people are to watch a pirated version instead. But I think we all realise this.


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