Liability can be an interesting thing. When you don't do anything unusual, you don't take any extra responsibility.
Let's say you're a theater manager that isn't blocking cell phone signals deliberately (like now, presumably) ... then somebody has an emergency. Their companion runs out to the lobby, but one of the high school kids is on break, and the other one is getting stuff from the supply closet. The companion runs up and down the halls for a couple of minutes, and finally finds someone. However, that person doesn't have a key to the office where the phone is, so that takes a radio call to the on-duty manager. Finally, after several minutes, help is summoned.
So far, this is bad luck, but not negligence. You never made any promises about how fast they can contact emergency services.
Now, let's suppose that you set up a cell phone blocker. Essentially, you are now saying that you MUST go through the staff to call 911 - you have no other options. You have now made an implicit promise.
With this change, the chain of events described above is a disaster ... the lawsuits would come fast and furious, and be very difficult to defend.