Marcus Cinema Shusher: 'Everyone Expects Someone Else to Do It'

Mace DeVries says his anger got the best of him when he told a fellow moviegoer to turn off her "damn cell phone."

Everyone's been there. You go to the movies. You sit through a few previews and decide which movies you plan to see.

Then the movie starts and... a phone rings.

Crete resident Mace DeVries and his wife were at  on Saturday, April 28, to see The Raven when the voice of a 58-year-old Flossmoor woman talking on her phone interrupted the start of the show.

DeVries went up to the woman and said "Turn off your damn phone," which prompted the woman to notify police and tell officers she was scared. DeVries was not arrested nor issued any citations.

Since then, Patch readers have commented on the story, mostly showing support for DeVries and disagreeing with the woman's decision to get police involved.

Bill Leff of WGN Radio interviewed DeVries on his Friday morning show, supporting the 44-year-old martial arts instructor's decision to confront the woman.

DeVries stands by his decision, but regrets how he went about addressing the woman.

“In full retrospect, I absolutely should not have been as hostile about it as I was, but I was irritated and I let my anger get the best of me,” DeVries said.

DeVries' wife, Dawn, said she felt her husband did his best to keep the situation from escalating.

“Mace did offer to apologize, but she would have none of it," Dawn said. "He just wanted it to be over.”

DeVries said he has been known to ask other movie-goers to turn off cell phones at the movie theater, but this is the first time anyone has called in the police. He also said he believes it is OK for people to address issues themselves instead of relying on others.

“I think that’s one of the bigger problems is that everyone expects someone else to do it," DeVries said. "God forbid you have a direct interaction with somebody that is exhibiting behavior that is troublesome for you. It’s become something of a 'Mother, may I' society of having to get somebody else, a third party.”

Regardless, Devries said he probably would have been more civil if given a second chance, acknowledging his 6-foot, 200-pound build may have intimidated the woman.

As for The Raven, Dawn said it wasn't a very good movie. "I like John Cusack, but it could have been a lot better."  

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Fred May 09, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I think you should "Check for messages" or whatever you have to do before entering the theatre beause the movie screen says "Please turn off all cellphones" before the movie starts, so all cellphones should be off, and if they're off you can't "check for messages" and if it comes to the point of ushers checking theatres and issuing tickets, so be it! No excuses, no "Iwas just doing this", or "I was just doing that", your cellphone was on: TICKET! I don't care if your not using it, don't let them see it on or: TICKET! Simple as that. I bet you then people would know how to turn their cellphones off before entering the theatre. Adults are just like kids, they try to see how far they can go with something until there is a drastic consequence. No drastic consequence, no listening to rules. It's sad but that's how people are, they're hard-headed. Why can't people just obey the rules without trying to see how far they can go with it before they get in trouble. Someone has been in trouble for every rule ever made. You know why? Because people want to see how far they can go before they get "Punished" (Like they're a kid)!
NotBuyingIt May 09, 2012 at 02:33 AM
" I am all for minimizing distractions in the show, but this guy just needs to mind his business and tend to what he is doing... watching the show!! He is going to catch the wrong reaction from someone. This society is really changing and he needs to watch himself before acts of violence become involved." Nmbskll, It IS his business to tell people like you to turn your phone off. You are the reason this society is "changing" and it's not "changing" for the better. It's people like you that are making this society much less civil by disregarding the rules because you think you are more important than the rest of us and that if you somehow inconvenience us while you check your messages then that's just too bad for us. You want to minimize the distractions?? Why don't you just eliminate them by following the rules Nmbskll... Nmbskll, it also appears that you are threatening violence by telling him he needs to "watch himself"... Seriously Nmbskll, you should get a grip...
Dan May 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
You distracting him is his business. He paid for the privilege of watching the movie without interruption from you. Keep your phone off in in the theater. The theater asks you to turn it off, patrons ask you to turn it off, when are you going to get it? It is not your living room. Didn't your mother teach you any manners?
Dennis Wians May 10, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I'm with Mr. Lahey!!! How embarrassing would it be if they stopped the movie, turned the lights on, Came up to you and told you to get out, cause you broke the rules? Awesome idea!!! You'd be so embarrassed that you'd never go back again. And what if your friends or neighbors are somewhere in the theatre and then they see you get kicked out. Only gets better!!!
Debbi Hummel May 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I agree with Mr. Wians. We have become a coddled society. We need more people that will address good manners and let you know when your manners just don't meet societal rules.


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