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During the scene at the Charlie Chaplin show in Joker, right before the scene in the toilets, Mr. Wayne is collected by a man holding a flashlight.

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Why is this? Why is he being summoned for what appears to be his own toilet break? And why does the man have a flashlight?

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In a high end movie theatre, orchestra, opera, music, or concert hall, the ushers and security carry small flashlights. It is customary for the ushers to escort a patron to and from their seats if they have to enter or exit the darkened performance hall during the show. Although, the lights on stage or on the screen are significant. The aisles and stairs (normally concrete or carpeted concrete) are very dark. They are normally in the shadow of the seats. And, cellphone usage is usually prohibited.

I worked in venues like these through high school and university. You kept alert for patrons trying to make their way through the dark. You remained ready at the moment so that you could prevent an accident which could, at best, interrupt the performance for other patrons, and at worst, cause an injury. Not only was this a hazard for the patrons, it was a hazard for the venue which could be held liable for injuries.

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I think you misunderstood this scene:

  • Mr. Wayne is not collected or summoned by this man. Mr. Wayne stands up on his own for a toilet break, then this man (a body guard perhaps) shows a torch so that Mr Wayne can see better while on his way to a bathroom.
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  • Why would you want or need a torch for that? Is that normal?
    – J. Mini
    Oct 21 '20 at 22:54
  • a theater is normally dark, no? When a person arrives late or leave early in a cinema, they would turn on their smartphone's torch.
    – Yu Zhang
    Oct 21 '20 at 22:56
  • The place is obviously well lit. You can even see two lights in the question's screenshot.
    – J. Mini
    Oct 21 '20 at 22:57
  • they are in a movie, a well-lit theater is expected. Otherwise, how do we as audience see? Besides, the corridor between Wayne's chamber and a toilet can be dark.
    – Yu Zhang
    Oct 21 '20 at 22:59
  • In a high end movie theatre, orchestra, opera, music, or concert hall, the ushers and security carry small flashlights. It is customary for the ushers to escort a patron to and from their seats if they have to enter or exit the darkened performance hall during the show. Although, the lights on stage or on the screen are significant. The stairs (normally concrete or carpeted concrete) are very dark. They are normally in the shadow of the seats. And, cellphone usage is usually prohibited. I worked in venues like these through high school and university.
    – Dean F.
    Oct 21 '20 at 23:43

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