Citation for NYS law banning cell phones in theatre

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  1. Joshualangman

    Joshualangman Active Member

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    Hi all,

    In 2003, New York State passed some kind of legal measure (law? ordnance? statute?) making it illegal to use a cell phone in a theatre, with a $50 fine.

    I have found plenty of news articles documenting this, but I have not been able to find an actual legal reference that I can cite. I'm looking for something like a statute number or ordnance number. Is anyone able to provide an authoritative citation for this?

    Thanks,

    Josh
     
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    sk8rsdad Well-Known Member Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    Wow, that was fast. Thank you, sk8rsdad.
     
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    if only there was a bounty-hunter approach to this ...
     
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    “I swear officer I was just checking my facebook.”
     
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    “No, really, I’m a professional, I’m covering the show for The Control Booth !”
     
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    Footer Senior Team Senior Team Premium Member

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    I bet none.... but I bet every usher has used it as a threat.
     
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    My then fiancé and I got whacked with a rolled up ballet program in 1985 for live whispering giddily too much behind a cranky patron. Oops!

    About 9 years back, when I was designing and installing commercial cell repeater systems in California, I was waiting with my son at a Supercuts haircut place and I noticed an old timer with an odd antenna-equipped home brew box in his jacket pocket. Being friendly, I introduced myself and asked what he had built. He explained he'd had it with having to listen to other people's cell yakking in restaurants and had bread boarded himself a (illegal but highly effective) cell jammer. No black government helicopters seemed to be circling overhead, either ... he may still be getting away with it.
     
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    Interestingly with all the legal mumbo jumbo in that document of what is included or excluded, it doesn't state that the venue can decide to exclude others, such as technicians, staff, or ushers. Not that they would need to use cell phones since they have clearcom, but in the off chance they did, you'd think that would have to be included in the statute to make it "legal".
     
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    TheaterEd Renaissance Man Fight Leukemia

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    I have debated putting h.s. techs with laser pointers on the catwalk to point out and shame offenders....
     
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    I have suggested arming followspot operators with SuperSoakers but merely suggesting they have them and that their aim is bad might be enough to get an audience to help police the problem.
     
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    Also interesting is that there's no provision for a venue to permit cell phone use, at least as I read it. I've been at conference sorts of events where audience participation via text messages was incorporated, and it appears a literal reading of the law would make that sort of thing illegal in New York City. Of course, it's a pretty safe assumption that they would not enforce the law against the venue and presenter/entertainer's wishes.
     
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