A British movie theater has hired a group of ninjas to keep patrons from texting, talking, or acting overly obnoxious, according to Dread Central. In an effort to control the amount of annoying behavior exhibited by a large number of moviegoers, enforcers dressed in black “zentai” suits patrol the theater, keeping a sharp eye out for those individuals who may ruin the experience for others. God bless them for their efforts.
Gregor Lawson, co-founder of Morphsuits, came up with the idea after becoming increasingly irritated with the antics taking place all around him at the local cineplex. In an effort to make going to the movies fun again, he put his plan into action. The best part: All of the ninjas are volunteers. In exchange for their bravery, the theater gives them free passes.
“I’m a big fan of going to the cinema, but there’s an unspoken code of conduct when you’re watching a movie that some people just don’t understand,” Lawson explained to Slash Film. “Then when some fans were discussing being ninjas in their Morphsuits on our Facebook page I had a eureka moment. I thought I’d find a cinema and see if we could bring a light hearted taskforce to the aid of movie fans.”
Abdul Stagg encountered the ninjas during a recent trip to the Prince Charles Cinema. “I normally hate noisy people in cinemas, but I got a call from my friend just as the movie started and thought I could get away with taking it,” he said. “The last thing I expected was two completely blacked-out people suddenly appearing by our seats and give me and my mates a warning to shut up. 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.”
The next time you decide to pick up the phone when everyone else is trying to watch Bruce Willis save the world, proceed with extreme caution. A volunteer ninja with a distaste for rude, inconsiderate movie-goers might be lurking over your shoulder.