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The Vue movie theater chain in the UK and the Cinema Exhibitors' Association trade group in that same territory have announced a ban of the use of Google Glass inside their establishments.

The announcement comes just a few days after Google announced that its Glass eyewear product would go on sale in the UK. Today, a spokesperson for the Vue company said that its patrons who wear the device will be asked to remove them "as soon as the lights dim" inside their theaters before a movie begins.

Phil Clapp, the chief executive of the Cinema Exhibitors' Association, indicated they will have an even harsher policy, stating, "Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not." A Google spokesperson has issued a response to this decision, stating:

We recommend any cinemas concerned about Glass to treat the device as they treat similar devices like mobile phones: simply ask wearers to turn it off before the film starts. Broadly speaking, we also think it's best to have direct and first-hand experience with Glass before creating policies around it. The fact that Glass is worn above the eyes and the screen lights up whenever it's activated makes it a fairly lousy device for recording things secretly.

What do you think of these UK movie theaters making an early move to ban Google Glass?

Source: Independent

There are 46 comments

kcerica says:

Why would anyone need to wear their google glasses in the movie theater anyways?

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hola91 says:

No but fact of the matter is that they do. Just like your are not supposed to use your phone in the theater but people have no problem doing that either. I love the loud talkers and the quiet points in movies. Lol

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TheDu9du says:

if your girl is making you watch a chick flick, you could be watching something else.

Trollolol says:

Glassholes do

hmmm says:

To make a statement. That's the only reason I could see anyone doing it. Just to draw attention to Glass. Ivy Ross, the leader of Glass, has even stated Glass isn't meant for all occasions. Some explorers think otherwise and it is really casting Glass in a negative light.

glazedfaith says:

Many people who spend $1500 on the tech also wear prescription lenses all the time. Somewhere along the way they learned that you can combine the two, and not have to carry two sets of frames, one of which makes you blind to the world. I don't have a real problem with this IFF they also ban all other electronic devices, including cell phones, from being present in the theater. Hell, run people through a full-body scanner TSA-style. I honestly don't mind the "rules" as long as they are applied indiscriminately.

gopher1369 says:

"I don't have a real problem with this IFF they also ban all other electronic devices, including cell phones, from being present in the theater."

They do.

glazedfaith says:

In the US, at least, every movie starts with something reminding you to turn off your cellphone so as not to disturb others, which pretty much means they know you have one on you. If the situation is different in the UK, please accept my apologies.

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TenshiNo says:

That's the real difference here, though: They ask you turn turn off your cell phone, but ban you from having Google Glass, even if they are prescription frames. I could totally understand requiring you to turn off Glass, but a ban entirely just seems like an ignorant knee-jerk reaction.

gopher1369 says:

To clarify, in the UK You're banned from wearing Glass (and for that matter using any electronic device). You aren't banned from having it in your pocket.

someguy01234 says:

In the piracy scene, they could use it to record films and upload them, but I don't think Google Glass video quality is going to be very good.

minnow4 says:

And the battery would also die before the movie was over...

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TenshiNo says:

Maximum recording time is about 45 minutes, and people have already found much better ways to record movies at the theater. Not to mention that it would be *very* apparent what you were doing in a dark theater.

Zig261 says:

They just started banning now? Man they're slow.
I expected the UK theaters and transportation laws to ban Glass immediately in reaction to the US bans months beforehand just in case Glass actually makes it to the UK next. At least we won't see anymore Glass users, that's the result we want anyway.
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ConTejas says:

Think you're going to be in for a big surprise Zig. Only way you won't be seeing Glass and similar wearables from many manufacturers in the future is if you're blind. I heard they're even working on ones that fit perfectly under a tinfoil hat.

fuzzylumpkin says:

As far as I know Vue (and all cinemas) have a sweeping ban on "recording devices" so glass was banned before it came out, or was even designed.

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ACADM says:

That is true but I've never been asked not to take my phone in nor have I seen them do it for any one else.

I also wish cinemas used some sort of jamming equipment during the actual film, it won't stop people looking at their phones but it will stop them phoning, messaging, FB etc.

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Dizfunctions says:

Not surprising. Unless you use them as actual glasses as well as a tech piece, I see no reason for someone to be wearing Google Glass in a movie theater.

Now to ban people from taking phone calls or texting during the movie as well...

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mwara244 says:

Some people are parents and have sitters looking after their children, those are the only people I'd think should have their phones on, on vibrate in case of an emergency. Texting doesn't really bother me as long as phones are on silent mode. It would take half of the entire theater with their phones on to really ruin it.

Why people are freaking out about Glass is beyond me when it is actually easier to video record or picture people with a normal phone and people aren't freaking out about that on a daily basis.

TenshiNo says:

It doesn't bother me unless they're one of those people who doesn't know that their screen has a brightness setting other than "max".

gopher1369 says:

"Now to ban people from taking phone calls or texting during the movie as well..."

That's always been banned.

y2whisper says:

That's a fair reason for the ban. Not much use for having them on in there unless they were prescription lenses, but people shouldn't be replacing the normal glasses with Google Glass, it should be in addition to it.

It's all about piracy.

ab304945 says:

True, but who wants to watch a recording of a movie

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thatguy97 says:

It'd be better to torrent them

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flychinook says:

Where do you think the torrents for movies that are still in theaters come from?

thatguy97 says:

Lol ppl wait until they come out on DVD then put them online
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TenshiNo says:

You can find "cams" online where people have recorded the movies while they're still playing in the theater. The dirty secret, though, is that many of those are actually recorded by the guy running the projector, not patrons in the theater.

Sometimes, you'll also get the "dailies" which are the daily rough cuts of the movie while it's still in post-production, but those usually have missing scenes/special effects.

Nonymous666 says:

Who'd want to watch a pirated movie filmed with a 360p camera? And it's not like the movie would be even filling up the whole frame, so the resolution would even be less than that.

benhaube says:

I'm no fan of glass but I think these new policies are stupid. I see Google's point about treating it like any other electronic device with a camera attached. People see new technology and attach a stigma to it and assume it is only used for bad things. How about they see what people use it for before they create policies around it.
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mwara244 says:


I don't remember all the hub-bub about this with cameras in cell phones, back in the early 2000's, granted they were pixilated to almost beyond recognition.

But the same thing is happening with drone users as well, a 16-17 year old kid was beaten up and almost arrested for flying his drone on a public beach by some nutty woman. If the kid hadn't used his camera phone to record it, the police were going to believe this woman's lies about what he was doing. The kid took a vicious beating from the upset woman and chose not to fight back either. All of his recordings were the only evidence he had to defend himself and prove he did nothing wrong.

TenshiNo says:


People keep freaking out over the "privacy" debate, and it's all a big myth. Someone made a comment to me about how "we started losing our privacy online a few years ago" and I had to enlighten him that he's *never* had privacy online. Not any more so than he does now anyway. Your ISP logs everything you do (because they're required to by law) and every server your request touches on its way around the net knows you IP (because it has to) and you will *never* know how much of that they're logging.

And this idea that you have some kind of privacy in public is even more ridiculous. At least I can understand people not understanding how the "internet" works, but privacy while you're in the park or a bar? Really? Where'd people get that cockamamie idea?

rgao007 says:

Same here man. First of all, no one's gonna want to watch a shaky recording from a Google Glass. Secondly, they may as well ban smartphones too, since they are capable of taking better video.

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TenshiNo says:

And have much better odds of being actually capable of recording the whole movie.

fuzzylumpkin says:

To be fair, the cinemas ARE treating glass the same way they treat any other electronic device with a camera attached by prohibiting it's use.

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TenshiNo says:

There's a difference, though, between "prohibiting use" and "prohibiting possession". What they are talking about here is the later. Prohibiting the use of Glass in a movie theater makes perfect sense, but outright banning them when you *know* that there are going to be people getting these things built into their prescription lenses seems like a bit of an over-reaction.

Robb Nunya says:

If I were going to record a film, I'd get one of the cheaper 8mp camera glasses (They start at about $40 US) before getting Google Glass. They're much less obtrusive. Not that a head mounted filming of a movie would be the way I'd go... too much shake.

Morten Lund says:

Yes a glass movie from my head would be quite shaky right now but that because I'm shaking my head at your comment.. Do you have problems with much shaking of your vision?? The is a reason why our vision sensors (eyes) are placed on a highly stabilized rig (neck)..

TenshiNo says:

To be fair, your eyes can move independently of your head, which provides a level of optical image stabilization. Your brain also helps to smooth out that image a bit. The same way that, if you hold a pencil loosely and wave it in front of your face really fast, it looks like it bends.

Small involuntary muscle tremors can be caused by any number of things, including muscle fatigue, lack of sleep, too much caffeine, etc.

David Horgan says:

Funny stuff! Because you could do the same "stuff" with a regular cell phone. I just don't get the hate for Google Glass. Jealousy maybe.

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pkcable says:

They are banning them because it's probably going to be annoying as hell when people's Glass start lighting up all the time as the movie is playing.  I really don't think it has as much to do with covert recording as it does with the annoyance to other guests, BUT it does protect the copyright also by preventing the recording and picture taking.

darren rees says:

Not news. All recording equipment is banned in UK cinemas. As previous posters have mentioned

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tdizzel says:

Did they also ban the Galaxy Gear?

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jd914 says:

So the two people in the UK who own Google Glass are banned from wearing them in theaters? OK!

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