That is a lot cheaper than trying to make a video of the movie as you sit in the theater, according to Police Chief Joe Treviño.
A 19-year-old Beeville man learned that lesson the hard way Sunday night when he was arrested for using his cellular phone to record parts of the movie, “Here Comes the Boom” at the Rio 6 Theater.
Treviño said Patrolman Jared Moore was contacted by the dispatcher at 10:23 p.m. Sunday and told to report to the manager at the theater.
The manager said a patron had reported that someone was recording the movie and then escorted the officer into the theater. Moore also saw the man recording the movie with his phone.
Treviño said the movie-goer was charged with unlawful operation of a recording device, which is a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, the defendant could be fined $4,000 and sent to jail for a year.
When Jared asked the man to step into the theater lobby, the suspect explained that he was only recording the fight scenes.
Moore confiscated the man’s phone so it could be used as evidence.
The manager told Moore that there are notices outside the theater warning patrons that it is illegal to record the movies being shown.
Also, a legal notice is flashed onto the screen before each film warning patrons against recording any parts of the movie.
The chief said the case has been turned over to Detective Sgt. Matthew Miller for investigation. Also, the manager at the Rio 6 notified an investigator with the Motion Picture Association of America and was told that the investigator would contact Miller about the incident.
“This should serve as a warning to others who do this kind of thing that it is illegal,” Treviño said.
“It’s illegal, and it’s annoying to someone sitting near the person recording.”
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.