NY bans cell phones at public performances

No more cell phones ringing at the movies. No more dudes holding up their phones so friends can hear a concert. And no more rude interruptions for Broadway theatergoers.

Overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto, the New York City Council voted 38-5 on Wednesday to ban the use of cell phones at public performances.

Talking on a cell phone, dialing, listening or even having one ring during a performance will constitute a violation punishable by a $50 fine.