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Dubai teens campaign against films in cinemas

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Dubai teens campaign against films in cinemas

Group argues noise interferes with phone conversations and consumption of fast food

The noise from films is getting in the way of socialising, claim the teens

DUBAI: A group of local teenagers are spearheading a campaign to have films banned in UAE cinemas.

The teens, aged between 12 and 29, claim that the current practice of screening films in noisy, darkened rooms is severely hampering their evenings out.

“Me and my friends enjoy socialising at the cinema,” said group spokesman Solomon Jessop.

“But these films just get in the way. We buy our tickets like everyone else, load up on nachos, popcorn, hot dogs, sweetcorn, ice creams, assorted cheese dips and mega-sized diet colas.. and look forward to our night.”

But Jessop claimed that loudly sharing a joke, not to mention fielding endless mobile phone calls was being made all the more difficult when they had to “often endure loud films blaring in the background”.

Excessive crashing, shouting and gun-fire during a screening of Bruce Willis In A Vest 5 last week forced Jessop and several of his friends to leave in disgust.

The group are next hoping to highlight their plight by holding silent vigils during screenings at local cinemas throughout March and April.



  1. James

    April 5, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Brilliant! Just Brilliant!

  2. Gee

    April 5, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I think more people should be holding silent vigils in Arab cinemas!

  3. Gavin

    April 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Nicely done PAE!

  4. ebb

    April 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Sounds like my university!

  5. SJB

    April 8, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Wow this is pathetic if you want to eat and socialise then go out for dinner you absoloute retards!!

  6. Martin

    May 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Very excellent, keep it up, team.

  7. abudhabichris

    March 3, 2013 at 8:00 am

    “The teens, aged between 12 and 29…”

    That line alone is genius.

  8. JojotheClown

    March 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm


    And I can’t believe someone actually thought this was real.

  9. Jerri

    March 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Bruce Willis in A Vest 5? Epic!

  10. Kev

    March 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    ironically whoever thinks teens aged “12 and 29” – yo teens – Movie Theater is not a place for socializing – grow up kids – or stay at home!! – people go to theater to watch movies and actually we should put complaints for people like you who comes to theater to make calls!! its a shame, the person who put this article would be a teen!!

  11. sarahjane1912

    March 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Kev: Any smarter and we’d have to water you three times a week. 😀

    • Kev

      March 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Sorry people, meet Sarah; my grand daughter 😉 who goes to theatre for picnic!!

  12. Anonymous

    June 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    is it just me who thinks they sound like Divas ? A movies a movie , You’re supposed to be focusing on the movie , not your friends . The whole point of the cinema experience is to leave you feeling like you were part of the movie , If they don’t do that , they’re not doing their job right !

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