A report from the BBC explains how pirated a movie in the theater.
“Typically, the people who try to record films from cinema screens work in teams”, says Phil Clapp, chief executive of the Cinema Distributors Association.”They’ll choose a mid-afternoon performance as soon as possible after the film’s released. Three or four of them will turn up. Two will sit at either end of a row, essentially blocking other people from coming down the aisle.
“They’ll clamp the camera to a seat or use a tripod obscured by a coat. They’ll often use microphones, placing them three of them four seats either side to get a stereo effect.”