Would You Go to a Movie Theater That Allows Texting?
How about one that features public executions in the lobby?
Desperate to attract young moviegoers, several theater chains have been toying with idea of having certain theaters or certain showings of films in which patrons would be allowed to text during the film. As someone who much prefers going to a movie theater over staying home and watching DVDs, Blu-rays, or online movie sites, I just have one thing to say about that plan: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! No matter what you want to call it, short of having a running conversation at full volume, texting is one of the most distracting practices possible in a movie theater. I don’t care if someone’s phone is eight rows in front of me and all the way to the side, when you see a light emanating from a small screen, it’s just about impossible to keep your eyes from going there. And how on earth can someone who is constantly looking down at their phone possibly be concentrating on the film in any meaningful way? I’d like to find a single director, actor, or anyone involved in the film industry who supports this asinine plan by some theater owners.
Yesterday, Anne Thompson of IndieWire reported on a recent panel she moderated at CinemaCon in Las Vegas with Sony vice-chairman Jeff Blake, Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles, IMAX president Greg Foster, and Alama Drafthouse chief Tim League. It’s an interesting read—the panel made a bunch of pronouncements such as how 3D is here to stay (boo!), how alternative digital programming can be used to fill the mid-week hole in theaters (yay!), how demand for IMAX is growing by leaps and bounds (love the technology, not crazy about watching full-length feature films in that format), and how 35mm projection will soon be a thing of the past (sob!). Then the fireworks began. Regal's Amy Miles said that in order to court that desired young demographic, the chain was seriously considering offering people the option of texting in certain theaters. Panelists (and the twittersphere) went nuts. “Over my dead body will I be introducing texting into movie theaters,” sneered Tim League of Alamo Drafthouse. “That’s a scourge of our industry. It’s our job to understand that this is a sacred place!” I couldn’t agree more, and I applauded Alama Drafthouse’s decision to kick texting moviegoers who refuse to stop out of their theaters.
People who think they NEED to text during a film are not only rude, they’re clearly addicts. If chains start allowing texting, why stop there? How about taping crack pipes under each seat or installing slot machines at the end of every aisle?
What do you think, folks? Is there ANYONE out there who is actually excited at the prospect of a theater that allows texting? After the break, check out Alamo Drafthouse’s brilliant PSA that incorporates an actual voicemail the company received from a disgruntled patron who wanted to text during the show. (Warning: the video includes very salty language.)
Heck no. I am old before my time...I admit that. BUt I love movies, and don't pay my $14.00 to listen to your conversations, hear you rummage through a plastic bag or to have your cell phone screen in my face. I tend to be one of the few in NYC who will actually open my mouth and say something...but then they say that I am the only one with a problem since I am the only one saying something.
Please, for all that is good and holy...PLEASE open your mouths when you see this. If EVERYONE who is annoyed by it says something, they will stop!
What's the point of going to a movie if you are too preoccupied to watch it !!!!! Texting, paging, and talking on cell phones belong outside the theater. These gadgets all come with a catchy little item that "silences" them. USE IT
And no I would not go to a theater that allowed it. I have reported people for this type infraction. It is so annoying. Lucky for us, Warren Theater has a "no tolerance" policy and will ask those people to leave.
if you cant stay away from texting for 2 hrs, dont go to the movies.
I would not go to a theater that allowed texting during a movie. It is bad enough we have to listen to people talking, belching, and eating popcorn like pigs. You add another distraction and you will lose more patrons than you gain.
The light emitted from a cell phone is distracting to fellow movie goers.
No way would I go to a theater that allows texting, and most people I know wouldn't go either.
I had the joy of dealing with a person doing this very thing one night, and when I asked that person to put the phone away, I got called a bitch for my request.
If you can't put your phone away long enough to watch a movie, then don't go to the movie!
I see, on average, 1 movie in a local theatre a week, with my GF. At $10 a ticket plus refreshments, the theatre gets about $150 a month out of me, that equals about $1800. a year, average.
If my theatre were to allow texting during movies, they can count on that money going elsewhere. I have enough of an in home theatre to be very happy watching movies at home. (which I do anyway)
Just say NO to texting in theatres !!!
No way would I ever go to a theatre that allowed texting. It's ridiculous we are even considering it. Here's a thought to the theatre CEO's... perhaps lowering the cost of admission would bring more of the younger demographic you are so desperately searching for. Most teenagers I know only go to movies their parents give them money for or what their measly part time after school job can pay for. And shelling out $14.00 per ticket is a little steep even for people with full time jobs.
Texting during a movie is so rude and inconsiderate to the other people in the theatre, that clearly the people texting aren't wanting to watch the movie anyway and should be kicked out. Texting during a movie is like yelling in a library.. you just don't do it.