Becoming irate after discovering the screening of “The Avengers” which he was attending was closed captioned, a local man argued with management before pulling a fire alarm at Regal Cinemas in Abingdon Monday night.
David Walters, 34, is charged with causing a false fire alarm, a misdemeanor, in connection with the incident, which occurred at approximately 6:45 p.m. Monday evening.
According to a release from the state fire marshal’s office, Walters became disruptive and argued with the theater’s manager when he realized the showing of “The Avengers” he was attending was closed captioned. Walters refused a refund or future tickets, and returned to the theater.
When the movie ended, fire officials said Walters became belligerent and again argued with theater management. He eventually pulled a lobby fire alarm and left the premises, but was later identified and charged.
In an e-mail accompanying the release, Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire said pulling the fire alarm caused all movies to temporarily shut down, and activated emergency lighting. Theater patrons were not evacuated, but were informed of the situation, with several receiving refunds.
Alkire said the charge against Walters carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines.