Moviegoer Shoots Man for Talking During Film

Moviegoer Shoots Man for Talking During Film


December 29, 2008

PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia man irked by a fellow movie patron's talking is facing charges of attempted murder after he allegedly shot the chatty moviegoer.

James Joseph Cialella Jr., 29, allegedly became irate with a man who was talking to his son during a Christmas night screening of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Cialella apparently told the man to be quiet, and then threw his popcorn at the man's son.

Cialella and the man exchanged some words and Cialella then got out of his seat, according to reports. The man, whose identity was not released, said he got up from his seat to protect his son, and Cialella then shot him in the arm with a .380-caliber gun.

Patrons ran from the movie theater, and Cialella reportedly went back to his seat and resumed watching the movie -- until police showed up to arrest him on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons violations.


Phila. man shot because family talked during movie

A South Philadelphia man enraged because a father and son were talking during a Christmas showing of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took care of the situation when he pulled a .380-caliber gun and shot the father, police said.

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

"It's truly frightening when you see something like this evolve into such violence," said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.

Police were called to the Riverview Theatre in the 1400 block of Columbus Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. where the gunshot victim, a Philadelphia man who was not identified, told police a man sitting near him told his family to be quiet and threw popcorn at his son.

After exchanging words, Vanore said Cialella allegedly got out of his seat to confront the family when the father got up to protect them. That's when the victim was shot once in the left arm, sending others in the theatre running to safety.

Cialella then sat down to watch the movie. Police arrived a short time later and arrested Cialella and confiscated his weapon, Vanore said.


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