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Phila. man shot because family talked during movie

By Barbara Boyer

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20081226_Phila__man_shot_because_family_talked_during_movie.html

A South Philadelphia man enraged because a father and son were talking during a Christmas showing of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took care of the situation when he pulled a .380-caliber gun and shot the father, police said.

James Joseph Cialella Jr., 29, of the 1900 block of Hollywood Street is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons violations.

"It's truly frightening when you see something like this evolve into such violence," said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.

Police were called to the Riverview Theatre in the 1400 block of Columbus Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. where the gunshot victim, a Philadelphia man who was not identified, told police a man sitting near him told his family to be quiet and threw popcorn at his son.

After exchanging words, Vanore said Cialella allegedly got out of his seat to confront the family when the father got up to protect them. That's when the victim was shot once in the left arm, sending others in the theatre running to safety.

Cialella then sat down to watch the movie. Police arrived a short time later and arrested Cialella and confiscated his weapon, Vanore said.

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Maybe it's just me, but I've rarely had a problem with rude "co-watchers" in a theatre...although I'll never forget when my husband and I went to see Talladega Nights, the couple in front of us were doing things I'd always heard about happening in a theatre but had never thought people would actually do! :shock: We certainly got a show that night!

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Maybe it's just me, but I've rarely had a problem with rude "co-watchers" in a theatre...although I'll never forget when my husband and I went to see Talladega Nights, the couple in front of us were doing things I'd always heard about happening in a theatre but had never thought people would actually do! :shock: We certainly got a show that night!

You're the opposite of me...people almost always spoil my theater experience by being rude - and no one has ever "done it" in front of me in a movie theater.

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Too much popcorn and the 2 gallon soda get me pretty gassed up at the theater. I save up the blast for a quiet part in the movie. If its not that crowded and I'm not not sitting around a bunch of people the echo disguises where it is coming from.

So that was you that farted in the theater tonight.

Seriously though, we were watching the movie and some retarded punk ran in and sounded a fog horn or air horn, whatever they are called. It scared everyone to death. It would have been funny if it would not have broken my concentration on the movie.

:roll:

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I am almost afraid to ask what kind of show did you get to see; like something that should have been done at Motel 6?

Not quite...from what I could see there were some things going on underneath their coats on their laps...if it had been more, DH and I would've moved or said something to management. At least they were trying to be discreet.

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