WILLOUGHBY, Ohio -- Just because 'The Avengers' was filmed in Cleveland, doesn't mean Clevelanders can film the movie.
Willoughby police arrested Johnathan Pazicni, 35, on a charge of motion picture piracy after they say he tried to film ‘The Avengers’ on his cell phone at the Regal Cinemas on Euclid Avenue.
"We received a call over at Regal Cinemas. The mangers there had observed a man videotaping in the new movie 'The Avengers,'" Willoughby Police Det. Jim Schultz said.
Police said it happened Friday afternoon, opening day of the blockbuster film.
They said a theater manager saw Pazicni with a smartphone resting on his thigh, and a light coming from it as the movie was showing.
Police said they found evidence on his phone.
"They found six previews and then ten minutes of the beginning of ‘The Avengers’ movie," Schultz said.
According to the police report, the suspect told people he was just trying out his new smartphone.
Police didn't buy it, and he ended up with a different kind of movie ticket.
"It's a first degree misdemeanor, which is up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail," Schultz said.