That's why I don't go to the cinema any more...
Most films seem to be out on DVD within 6-9 months of theatrical release, and usually for less than the price of two admission tickets to my local Vue in the Home counties.
I can eat what I want, without having to pay stupid prices for trash food
Drink what I want,
Pause the film (should I drink too much) and adjust the volume etc
not have to put up with Chavvy little shits talking, fighting, eating loudly, using mobile phones, throwing things etc,
Not have to risk getting searched like a terrorist because I might have a mobile on me,
I can watch it again without having to pay a further admission fees
I understand piracy is a problem, but videoing a film like this takes only one person in one showing at one multiplex. As a result they've decided that the best solution is to potentially inconvenience every punter at every showing of every multiplex. I wouldn't deliberately take my laptop and dSLR to a cinema, but I would my mobile. Then there are people who may go to the Cinema after work etc, and still have their laptop with them. I know I wouldn't trust my kit to Cinema staff and their small sign stating that "Equipment left is entirely at the owners risk [even if we have confiscated it]".
Perhaps they should be a bit smarter. How about scanning the auditorium twice during the showing with an IR camera in the ceiling looking for people with recording equipment. And anyway, using a laptop in a dark auditorium is going to stand out like a lighthouse?
Just my tuppence worth. I know the cinema is pretty popular for film buffs.