Movie Theater Catches Piracy Attempt

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - His nickname is the pirate slayer.

But for Christopher Payne, an employee of Marquee Cinemas in Beckley, the nickname has nothing to do with one-eyed, peg-legged treasure hunters.

The 16-year-old interrupted an alleged attempt to pirate the movie "Pride" in May.

Payne said he recognized the alleged offender because of an incident at the theater just three days earlier. In the earlier incident, the man had been looking for what he said was a lost wallet under the same seats that theater employees later found a camera tripod under.

When the man came back to the theater, Payne kept an eye on him and says he eventually caught him filming. State Police are investigating.

For his effort, Payne received a 500-dollar reward from the Motion Picture Association and the National Association of Theatre Owners.

Bill Favorite is general manager of the theater. He says he believes this is the first time an employee has stopped a piracy attempt Marquee Cinemas.

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