Theater Etiquette Conundrum: Are Photos OK?

To gain a little clarity on some of the biggest live entertainment etiquette questions and concerns, Goldstar surveyed more than 1,000 members as well as theater experts. We’ll share the insights from this survey in a series of posts (see previous posts herehere and here).

Today’s conundrum: Is it OK to take photos or videos during a show?
Most responders agree that it’s never OK to snap a photo during a live show, but there are a few who think it’s cool — if you can be sneaky about it.

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While using your phone to snap photos or video can be distracting for fellow audience members, Associated Press reporters Jennifer Peltz and Mark Kennedy also found it can be tough for actors: 
“The second that a light pops on in the audience, it’s impossible to not say, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m in a theater, and someone is out there not paying attention to my best efforts to tell a story,'” said [Will] Swenson, who recalls grabbing a video-shooting patron’s phone during Hair.

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