Police: Man Shot For Making Noise During Movie

A man enraged by a noisy family sitting near him in a movie theater on Christmas night shot the father of the family in the arm, police said.

James Joseph Cialella, 29, of Philadelphia, told the man's family to be quiet, then threw popcorn at the man's son, police said. The victim told police that Cialella was walking toward his family when he stood up and was shot.

Detectives called to the United Artists Riverview Stadium theater in South Philadelphia found Cialella carrying the weapon, a .380-caliber handgun, in his waistband, police said.

Cialella faces six charges that include attempted murder and aggravated assault. He remained in custody Saturday. Police said bail had been set, but they did not know the amount.

Lt. Frank Vanore called the incident "scary that it gets to that level of violence from being too noisy during a movie."

Vanore said the 31-year-old victim from suburban Yeadon was hospitalized in stable condition after the shooting. His name had not been released.

It was not immediately known whether Cialella had a lawyer. A woman who answered a call to Cialella's home number Saturday declined to comment.

A theater manager referred calls to Regal Entertainment Group spokesman Dick Westerling, who did not immediately return a phone message Saturday.

Police could not confirm what movie was playing in the theater, but The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that it was "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."


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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Dec 31, 2008 at 06:45 PM
    This may sound a little nuts, but maybe this guy snapped because he is tired of people having no respect for anyone or anything. If a family of 4 goes to the movies and has some popcorn and drinks, you aren't getting out of there for less than around 60 bucks in Philly. People have become increasingly rude in public over the years and everyone just seems to put up with it. Well, this guy decided enough was enough. Now we weren't there and shooting someone over it is over kill, (no pun intended) but people need to realize that just because we live in a free society, doesn't mean you can walk around and just do and say what ever you want and tough beans to the rest of us who may be aggravated, annoyed, insulted, or what ever else you want to call it. Everyone seems to have the 'it's all about me'attitude and some of the rest of us are over it. Am I advocating gun play for the movie theater? NO,But people should have a little more consideration for others. When the movie starts...Shut up!
  • by C on Dec 31, 2008 at 11:43 AM
    To Buzz : You said it. This is just more fodder for Sarah Brady and company. This bozo needs to be in prison. As for me, I gave up on the theaters years ago. They don't make people be quiet, and they don't make 'em turn off their !?#$ cell phones, either. So many people out there have absolutely NO consideration for others. Nowadays, I just wait for the DVD to come out...and don't have to spend $5.00 on a $1.50 piece of candy, either !
  • by Buzz Location: Middle IBX on Dec 29, 2008 at 05:20 PM
    This will just be more "ammo" for the gun haters. Put the irate dad away for a really long time
  • by J Location: Gville on Dec 29, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    Why were their kids in that movie anyway? I bet they will be quiet next time. Seriously though, thats crazy. I HATE for people to talk and crunch popcorn in a movie or even answer their phones, But I guess I never really thought to take a gun in there! ha ALPHA, I agree with you. I DO NOT EVER go to a movie opening day or wekk for that matter. The movie isnt going to change, so I can wait to see it! Funny comment.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 29, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    Oh I know this guy's pain. I NEVER go see a movie when it first comes out anymore because I have children now. But when I did, people were yelling "shut up..no you shut up" "come make me shut" throwing popcorn, soda running past our feet, the tall woman with the biggest weave or hat always sat in front of me. The person behind me was kicking my chair. I couldn't enjoy the movie...I too, have wanted to shoot some people, but you just don't do it. So now I watch a Internet site that shows every new movie that comes out the day it is release in the movie theater. The day the earth stood still is great, so is seven pounds.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Dec 28, 2008 at 07:09 AM
    I know it is mighty aggravating to be around a bunch of clowns that do not know how to act in public. But this guy Cialella should be sentenced to a long long stint at hard labor if he is found guilty. There is no excuse for recklessness such as this.
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