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Cinema ‘ninjas’ to Target Talkers, Mobile Users: Creepy Or Cool?

Posted on the 31 August 2012 by Periscope @periscopepost

No talking allowed - or the ninjas will get you. No talking allowed – or the ninjas will get you. Photo credit: Anthony Hunt

People who talk or answer their mobiles during films may be in for a nasty shock: One London theater has ninjas.

The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square now has a team of volunteer “ninjas”, clad in black, all-in-one Lycra suits, to creep up on badly behaved cinemagoers and give them a telling off for putting their feet up on the seats, or talking, or throwing popcorn. According to a press release from Morphsuits, the company providing the suits, these vigilantes are recruited from the cinema’s ranks of regular viewers and get to see the film for free in exchange for “guarding”.

Frightening, no? One cinemagoer, caught out for talking on his mobile, said, “It was actually pretty terrifying at first, but then I realised it was a bit of a laugh and a great way to make it clear what I was doing was having an impact on those around me. It certainly made me hang up and shut up for the rest of the film.”

Right. Here’s hoping others have a similar reaction – it might be difficult to punch someone whose wearing an all-in-one suit, but that won’t stop people from trying.

Chatty film-goers and ringing cellphones are annoying, especially after you’ve just spent a packet on tickets – but are black-suited ninjas really the answer? Or are they just weird? What do you think?

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