Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The cameras, which cost £30,000 each, have been installed at several Odeon cinemas across the country, allowing the audience in each screen to be monitored by staff in the foyer.
They have been installed at nine cinemas in major cities, including Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London, and the company plans to install them in all newly built cinemas.
Human rights groups and cinema-goers have expressed their concerns at the introduction of cameras to yet another area of life, with some declaring them an invasion into the audience’s privacy.
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Liberty, the civil liberties campaign group, has called for Odeon to make every audience member aware that they are being filmed.
Liberty’s Policy Officer, Gareth Crossman said: “Film-goers should be informed of the presence of the cameras so that they can go elsewhere if they are unhappy with being filmed themselves.”
James Dolan, 26, from Birmingham, who described himself as a regular cinema-goer, said: “I go to the cinema to watch other people be filmed, not to be filmed myself.
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 12:46 pm