A 16-year-old boy was arrested early Wednesday in a theater showing “Spider-Man 2” after a projectionist using night vision goggles saw him using a camcorder to make an illegal copy of the superhero sequel.
The teen could be charged under a law that went into effect Jan. 1 and makes taking a recording device into a movie theater a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is expected to review the case and determine whether to charge the teen, who was released into his parents’ custody, said Sgt. Mel Amoroso, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Dept.
The projectionist at the Pacific Winnetka theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Chatsworth spotted the teen using a camcorder a few minutes into the start of the film. He and two other individuals with him were escorted out of the theater by security and turned over to the police.
The Motion Picture Assn. of America hailed the arrest and credited its recent initiative to offer cash rewards of up to $500 to theater employees who turn in moviegoers attempting to make illicit film copies.