THE WRATH OF MOVIEGOER BRINGS ARREST IN HIALEAH
Miami Herald, The (FL) - June 5, 1982
Author: LOURDES BREZO Herald Staff Writer
A fantasy trip into the future turned into a quick trip to jail for one Hialeah man at a trouble-ridden opening of the movie Star Trek -- The Wrath of Kahn.
Michael Chiochetti, 50, of 1364 W. 62nd St., was one of the 400 to 500 persons attending the 10 p.m. showing of Star Trek at the Apollo Theatre, 4054 W. 12th Ave. in Hialeah.
He was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and resisting arrest with violence, Hialeah police said.
About 30 minutes into the movie, viewers complained that the sound was inadequate, police said. About half of the patrons began demanding refund of their $4 admission, Sgt. Joseph Elizardi said.
"The management made an announcement that there was no cash to refund," Elizardi said, "because the day’s receipts had been taken to the bank.
The people were offered passes for the future."
"If I would have had the money here I would have given them refunds," theater manager Jorge Lemes said.
Lemes estimated the crowd asking for refunds at 40 to 50 persons. Sgt. Elizardi estimated 150.
The sergeant called it a potentially dangerous situation, "because of a handful of people."
"They started verbally abusing a police officer," Elizardi said. "Then he
Chiochetti took a swing at a police officer." Chiochetti missed, the sergeant said.
"He tried to take another swing when he was arrested," Elizardi said.