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post #1 of 32 Old 12-27-2008, 08:34 AM - Thread Starter
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Moviegoer charged with shooting another

By Barbara Boyer
Inquirer Staff Writer


A South Philadelphia man enraged because a family was talking during a Christmas showing of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button decided to deal with the situation by shooting the father, police said.

James Joseph Cialella Jr., 29, of the 1900 block of South Hollywood Street, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons violations.

His alleged victim, whom police did not identify, was shot in the left arm. He was treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

"It's truly frightening when you see something like this evolve into such violence," said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore, "that something like this leads to a shooting in a movie theater."

Police were called to the United Artists Theatre Riverview Plaza in the 1400 block of Columbus Boulevard about 9:30 p.m., less than an hour into the filmed adaptation of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story that stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

As the story of a man's aging backward unfolded on the screen, drama among the spectators erupted when Cialella grew angry that a family sitting in front of him was talking too loudly, Vanore said.

Cialella told the family to be quiet and threw popcorn at a boy who had been talking to his father. The father, 31, exchanged words with Cialella, who got out of his seat and came around the aisle to confront the family, Vanore said.

The father stood, shielding his family, Vanore said. The argument turned physical. Cialella then pulled a black handgun and shot the father, sending others in the crowded theater running for safety, according to police.

Vanore said Cialella then returned to his seat and continued watching the movie.

The victim and witnesses were able to identify the gunman, who was confronted in the theater by police. Vanore said officers found a Kel-Tec .380-caliber handgun on Cialella, who was taken into custody and charged.

Contact staff writer Barbara Boyer at 215-854-2641 or [email protected].
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Everyone should be issued one upon entering the theater. That way you'll shut the hell up, sit in your seat and not annoy people around you! Start talking, and it could be your wife shooting your azz!!!

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Seems a bit of an overreaction, and I'm glad he's ok and they caught the guy.

That being said, maybe he and his family will shut the hell up next time though.
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Vanore said Cialella then returned to his seat and continued watching the movie.

Benjamin Button must be one heck of an engrossing movie.

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...Vanore said Cialella then returned to his seat and continued watching the movie...

Hilarious!

This is why I don't have a concealed weapons permit...yet.
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Benjamin Button must be one heck of an engrossing movie.

Yeah, gotta get out and see this...........um, on second thought...

"I knew you'd say that"...*BLAM!*
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vanore said cialella then returned to his seat and continued watching the movie.

lol... “The Curious Case of James Joseph Cialella Jr”
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I wonder if he used a silencer so he didn't disturb others...
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Wow, it's a good thing the guy's cell didn't ring. It would have been shoot to kill.
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"I said shut up, punk!!"

Are you sure the movie wasn't "Gran Torino"?
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Nah, in that one, Eastwood himself would be shooting into the audience.

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Everyone should be issued one upon entering the theater. That way you'll shut the hell up, sit in your seat and not annoy people around you! Start talking, and it could be your wife shooting your azz!!!

Word on the street has it the guy he shot puckered his mouth and that sent him over the top.
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They should post this story on theater screens before the movie starts. Might be more effective.
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I can't count how many times I've wanted to Cialella Jr. someone.

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Mr. Cialella is, without question, the AVS honorary MOST ADMIRED PERSON OF THE YEAR.
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mr. Cialella is, without question, the avs honorary most admired person of the year.:d

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LMAO
Caution THX the audience is talking…!

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Yeah I wonder how that gunshot would sounded in the Empire Leicester Square theater, in 6ch Dolby Stereo Digital?

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Yeah I wonder how that gunshot would sounded in the Empire Leicester Square theater, in 6ch Dolby Stereo Digital?

Hmm, now let me see what type of films had gunshot sound effects at the Empire in THX?

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 70mm Dolby (SS) SR
Cape Fear (1992) 35mm Dolby SR

Does futuristic phaser sound effects count?
Star Trek II (1982) 70mm Dolby A
Star Trek III (1984) 70mm Dolby A (SS)
Star Trek V (1989) 70mm Dolby (SS) SR
Star Trek IV (1991) 70mm Dolby (SS) SR

Transformers (2008) Dolby SR-D
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977-2008) Dolby cinema digital
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Those of us who know little jimmie were not that surprised. he's an iraq vet so anything goes.

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Somebody finally did what the rest of us are thinking.......


Shut the hell up before I blast ya!

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Those of us who know little jimmie were not that surprised. he's an iraq vet so anything goes.

Nice!
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This is very unfortunate....

HOWEVER,

I once threw the remainder of my large Sprite on the a guy behind me for being an obnoxious tard and talking through a movie (after I had gestured several times and asked him to please keep it down.) I have also thought of shooting people in theaters.... especially the mothers of crying babies who insist that their 3yr old is mature enough for R-Rated movies.

But now, I only go to the Theater on Sunday mornings between the hours of 11am and 2pm. It's an overall better experience and it's CHEAPER!
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I have also thought of shooting people in theaters.... especially the mothers of crying babies who insist that their 3yr old is mature enough for R-Rated movies.

Man, those New Yorkers are a tough crowd....
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