Talking During Film Sparks Fight at Bethesda Row Cinema

A man allegedly shoved another moviegoer following a verbal dispute, police said.

A man allegedly shoved another moviegoer during a film at the Bethesda Row Cinema Christmas Day, according to Montgomery County Police.

The fight erupted after two men got in a verbal dispute over talking during the movie, according to Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Officer Janelle Smith.

A 27-year-old man shoved the victim, a 31-year-old man, Smith said.

Police responded to the theater shortly before 11 p.m. Dec. 25 for the report of an assault, Smith said.

The man wasn’t arrested or formally charged, but a police report was written, Smith said.

The victim could decide to press assault charges against the suspect, Smith said. It wasn’t clear whether or not the man had been charged.

A movie theater representative had no comment on the incident and referred a call from Patch to a Landmark spokeswoman, who didn't immediately return a call for comment.

Arnie Kappeler December 31, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Jo shud lern inglush - and to keep to the topic, instead of posting political sentiments. Get an usher. Be a consumer. Purchase your tickets with a credit card. If they do not take care of the problem immediately, get a refund. If they refuse, dispute the charge on your credit card. You didn't get what you paid for.
Joe Galvagna January 01, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Ever heard of the first admenment Arnie that gives me the right to say what ever I want to say in this country.
Joe Galvagna January 01, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Hey Frank Martinsville never just a county that looks out for the working people not special interests and entitlements or illegals. I feel if you are not willing to work for it you do not deserve to have it. I willingly gave 32 years of my life in the service of this country and I object to people that have never done anything with there hands out lookng for free stuff. What have you done Frank? That's what I thought same as Arnie.
Moor January 02, 2013 at 01:58 AM
The NRA has just come out with a proposal - armed guards in every theatre. That old ensure no talking!
Mark January 03, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I have not run into this problem a lot in DC Theatres. I also do not overreact. Last time to the talkking got out of hand I asked the person politely could he keep it down. He gave me an odd look, but did not say anything for rest of show. If person was not right in front of me not sure how I would have handled it.


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