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A Movie Theatre Is No Place For Texting!!

The Kidd here...

Do those in charge of making and distributing and exhibiting motion pictures no longer want me to go to the movies any longer? It sure seems like it, or at least that looks to be the direction they're moving in after reports came out of CinemaCon yesterday that a debate was raised over the possibility of allowing texting to take place inside of movie theatres in the future without repercussion. Now my first reaction to this whole discussion has always been "I thought people go to the movies to actually watch the movie, not take phone calls, tweet, check emails or hop on their Facebook," but apparently there are some who think that perspective is bullshit and are looking to drive me away for the self-important and discourteous who might then replace my dollars at the box office by tenfold or some other ridiculous multiple. 

During a panel about industry issues, it was brought up on more than one occasion that perhaps allowing texting is the way to go to combat the slouching attendance. Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Jeff Blake whined that 20 years ago, "kids would come every week." Yeah, I know... I was one of those kids. I was also one of those teenagers, one of those young adults, one of those 20-somethings who loved going to the movies so much, who found it to be such a magical experience, who had it has their vice that I would usually go to the movies every weekend, to see whatever was playing. I've seen plenty of good, plenty of bad and plenty of in-between, but, as far as the studios and the theatres are concerned, I was frequenting their business period. Therefore, I think I'm qualified to say as a regular patron that they've lost their fuckin' minds in thinking that allowing texts is going to help regain the audiences they've been losing with regularity. Prior to cell phones, the biggest issue you had to concern yourself with at the movies was some loud mouth incapable of shutting the fuck up for a couple of hours, but usually a few well-places Shhh's from various members of the audience would take care of that. If needed, a visit to the lobby to get a manager or usher would then resolve such an issue. However, now with everyone having so much access to the outside world in the palm of their hands, the deterioration of common courtesy has accelerated over the past couple of years. Come to think of it, I wouldn't care if you felt the need to send a text during the couple of hours you're supposed to be escaping from your normal and mundane life if you could do so without your Smartphone lighting up the whole damn theatre brighter than the movie itself. But you can't. No matter how much you try to reduce the shine on your luminous phone, there is no way for you to do it without distracting those around you. And that's where those putting texting on the table just dont seem to get it. The movie is supposed to be the distraction, not the movie-goers. 

Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles mused “I’m concerned that the movie-going experience isn’t just for baby boomers.” She also speculated “if we had a movie that appealed to a younger demographic, we could test some of these concepts," confessing that 21 JUMP STREET was talked about by those at Regal for relaxed cell phone standards. "You’re trying to figure out if there’s something you can offer in the theater that I would not find appealing but my 18-year-old son might," she added. Well, Amy, let me offer up a counter to your argument. I'm concerned that the movie-going experience isn't just for assholes. I'm becoming more and more concerned that the movie-going experience isn't just for those who only care about themselves with no regard for anyone else's right to enjoy their experience as well. I'm also a little bit concerned that my age demographic is now going to dictate what I can and can't see, because God forbid my old ass wants to see something like 21 JUMP STREET or something else marketed to the youngsters... I won't be able to unless I want to deal with all the obstacles that'll come with it. 

However, leave it to Greg Foster from IMAX to be the icing on the cake. His 17-year-old son always has his phone on him... I guess that makes him special from the rest of the population that also does, but Foster's theory on the matter is this: "We want them to pay $12 to $14 to come into an auditorium and watch a movie. But they’ve become accustomed to controlling their own existence.” He also believes they may “feel a little handcuffed" by not being able to use their phones during a movie. Good!! They're supposed to feel handcuffed. It's a rule that's been established for the greater good for the greatest number of people... not just for your kid. I guess people might feel a little handcuffed by their ability to just walk into a bank and take whatever money they want, too, regardless of whether or not it belongs to them, but guess what? That's the rule, unless you want to take the chance of winding up in handcuffs. Maybe it's my abundance of common sense, but I'm not seeing why anyone would want to cater to this particular crowd, when the majority of people who do follow the rules on not using your cell phone during a movie also have $12 to $14 they're willing to pay for a few hours of entertainment. 

I asked my friend just the other day about the use of cell phones in a movie, and he guesstimated that during a film, on average, there's probably 20-30 instances of people taking out their phone. Now, with a sold-out house of about 400, that's a fraction of the overall population watching a movie. Therefore, why would those who exhibit that type of behavior be the clientele you're looking to build on? 

Tim League, the cinematic hero of the Alam Drafthouse, spoke up against these texting ideas, and sadly seemed to be in the minority. Yeah, his chain is smaller than those of Regal or AMC, so clearly what does he know? He only operates the chain that everyone who actually enjoys movies wishes their chain could be like. “Over my dead body will I introduce texting into the movie theater. I love the idea of playing around with a new concept. But that is the scourge of our industry," he explained. "It’s our job to understand that this is a sacred space and we have to teach manners.” Do we honestly live in the Magnited States of America? How could this be the only dissenting opinion?

I'm lucky enough that I don't have to pay to see movies. As a member of the press, I'm shown the films by the studios for review. However, in the off chance that I've missed something or could not attend something that was set-up, it's gone for me and not coming back. I won't make the time or the effort to make up for my loss, because it isn't worth the aggravation. The last few times I either had to get up to search for a theatre manager who's impossible to find to hopefully take care of the problem for me, at which point I've already missed a nice chunk of the flick, or loudly bellow "Turn your phone off!!" with the goal that my public embarassment might be enough to inform such party that they're being incredibly rude. But why would I pay for an experience I know will be less than ideal? And there's your problem, movie industry. You continue to look for ways to gain from the less than ideal rather than improving with the mindsight of being ideal once again. Did you ever stop and think that maybe the reason people aren't coming to the movies on a weekly basis anymore (besides the economy) is you? The ticket prices, the underlit screens, the concession prices, your lack of desire to deal with talkers or texters... these are the reasons people don't want to come back. Would you want to go back to a restaurant where you had a terrible experience? Of course not, and the same holds for the movies. Oh, sure, you might make an exception for something you really want to see, but there's a reason your attendance is down. People don't want to come back repeatedly to endure the headache. Fix those issues, and maybe you'll be onto something. Otherwise, don't come bitching to me in the future when the movie-going experience is in peril, because the only customers you're attracting are those who aren't even there to watch the movie. That's no type of business model that can possibly sustain itself. Eventually, they'll learn they can not pay attention to the movie and do other things with their time without having to pay admission. You need those who are paying because of the service you're offering to stick around. 

I believe John McClane summed this up best - "if you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem. Quit being a part of the fucking problem and put the other guy back on!" Tim League, you were saying...


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • April 26, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    They only care about who will come no matter what

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The youth market. Hence why we're getting 48fps movies that "allegedly" look like an episode of Benson, but hey we'll get used to it because the kids think it looks like their X-Box games!

  • April 26, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Death Row for those assholes.

    by RobinP

    'nuff said.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Cell phone jamming

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    If you're watching a movie, you shouldn't be on call.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Well said sir

    by alan_poon

    I've often wanted to shout across the cinema "SHUT THE FUCK UP" but then I'd be part of the problem too.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Good for our People

    by Tony LaMarr

    Slaughter the Future

  • April 26, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Seriously -- movie theaters should jam cell signals

    by Le Vicious Fishus

  • April 26, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    fucking A

    by skoolbus

    It happened last week at Cabin In The Woods. Some lady was gabbing away behind me. I was too pissed off to enjoy the rest of the fucking movie.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Oh and I should say too

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The old boomer farts who feel entitled to do whataver they want and helped destroy the world economy but retired to huge pensions before everything went to hell.

  • Now they have Double Dream Hands. As if people who stupidly text during movies (ie teens) don't know who Martin Scorsese is.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Guys with cell phones

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Seriously man, what would Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Steve Mcqueen, Sam Peckinpah, and Paul Lynde think of these tools?

  • April 26, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I see..

    by RobinP

    that theater chains have no respect for those of us who want to see a movie uninterrupted by these morons - even though it's actually cheaper to buy the damn movie, own it forever and watch it at home in surroundings WE control. This is like suddenly excusing smoking in restaurants.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    You tell 'im STEVE-DAVE!

    by Jaster Mareel

    Yes, FUCK CELL PHONES IN THEATERS! If there was a way to use some sort of dampening array in theaters so that all cell phones stop working while the film is on, I'd be all for it. How many fights have erupted in theaters over this and the theater owners wanna side with the cock-suckers that instigated them? It's like they're trying to come up with a way to drive people away from theaters FASTER!

  • April 26, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I'm not shocked it's Regal

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Let's just say, they are my last option around here. I think I'd rather wait for something to come out on Laserdisc than go to one of their theaters.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Honestly, this is a sure sign of the Apocalypse.

    by Mitch

    It's bad enough that I no longer see movies on opening night (with the exception of possibly The Avengers) because our local theater is full of wannabe thug idiots who talk and do God knows what on their cell phones, but now they actually want to ENCOURAGE this kind of behavior is insulting.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    I'd rather just watch movies at home

    by Michael Foulke

    To me, I don't even see the appeal of theaters at this point. I have a giant tv at home, surround sound, comfortable seating and most of all, peace and quiet at home. I could spend $28 on two seats, $10 for a soda and popcorn and have to deal with a bunch of dicks in a theater... or I could just watch it at home for a fraction of the cost and actually enjoy the experience. For this reason, I haven't seen a film in the theater since The Dark Knight and I'm not planning on going back anytime soon. They've lost my business forever because of excusing behavior like this.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Theater chains have no respect at all

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Dimly lit, out of focus, scratches on screens, busted sound systems, but hey, you get to pay a bunch of money to watch 10 minutes of behind the scenes propoganda for bad tv shows, 10 minutes of bad military recruitment propaganda, and then trailers that you don't want to see (even though every one on the internet says you're going to see the trailers you actually want to see in front of this film).

  • April 26, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by Valenni

    Yeah it's shite. If they are going to do this, why not have the movie showing on two screens. One for the cunts, and the other for fine people like myself. :-)

  • April 26, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    As a teenager with a cellphone...

    by Byron

    Not being able to use a phone while in a theater has absolutely no impact on my desire to go see films. It seems to me that this is just one of these cases of theater executives having little to no idea about their audiences. I'll give an example. i go to university in a small city in Canada. There are two theaters in this city, one located across the city near the suburbs and another near the university and downtown area where most of the students are. Those in charge of the city downtown have decided that moving nearer to the suburbs, and beside their competition, is the best case of action. Its a stupid idea on all fronts and yet they want to because ticket sales are faltering. All these measures seem to be throwing gas on the flames instead of water, I applaud the theater execs for realizing that something is wrong, they just happen to be grabbing the wrong buckets.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by Shaun1138

    So says me.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Ok heres the deal


    I love going to the movies, and i turn my phone off, i don't use it for texting, calling or ANYTHING during a movie, BUT! as long as the phone is on silent and its just texting, who gives a flying rats ass?

  • April 26, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Phone use in theaters

    by bill

    I'm honestly most bothered by the near-blinding light off of the newest smartphones than anything. I still try to give folks a break for a few moments of phone use, but when I saw Warhorse in December, there was a Tool 2 rows up who spent 10 minutes on the phone. I tried to get his attention 2 or 3 times quietly (to avoid annoying other patrons), and finally called up quite loudly to turn off the phone. He turned, yelled "Mind your own business", and proceeded to stand up in an aggressive manner. I proceeded to stand my 6'5" bulk up and told him to take it outside, and was joined by several other folks yelling at him in agreement with me. He left and didn't return. However, my enjoyment was tempered by my raised blood pressure.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I feel handcuffed if I'm not allowed to take my crank out

    by daggor

    and spank it to the previews.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Hey Jeff Blake how about a real way to combat the slouching attendance

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Get good talented directors, writers, actors involved in good projects.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Sit in back row if you want to text.

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

    I masturbate in the back row of the theater all the time and I was only busted once. Surely one could get away with texting as long as you only have the back of heads in front of you.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Build smart phone tech into popcorn buckets

    by Samuel Fulmer

    That way the 20 dollar bucket of small popcorn can now cost 420 dollars.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Just texting

    by daggor

    Unless you can turn the illumination on your screen to 0%, keep your phone in your pocket. There are people behind you that can see it, and it is distracting.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    @ leviciousfishus

    by angry kitty

    That is a great idea. Just have it block/jam signals in the theater. People can text away till their thumbs fall off in the lobby. They should also invent something that prevents texting while driving. Some kind of electro shock from touching the phone if their in the driver seat and the car is running. Hands free devices would be ok. But none of those morons checking Facebook or texting on the freeway.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Their= they're

    by angry kitty

  • April 26, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    The Entitlement Generation

    by Angry Mike

  • April 26, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Let them know!

    by Dan

    Barrage twitter feeds - @amc and @regalmovies - point out your thoughts on this! #nomovietexting otherwise how will they know? By reading this???

  • April 26, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Can an Alamo Drafthouse open here in Panama?

    by quicksilver80

    Pretty please?

  • April 26, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    We should not be encouraging...

    by Jon Forbing

    this bizarre, inattentive, as they say above "controlling their own existence" desire that we have allowed young people to develop. You can say they're "in-control" or whatever, but in real life it works out to "selfish". I made the horrifying realization the other day that, due to the internet being popularized in my late childhood/early teens, my generation is the first one to be lazier, stupider, more selfish, and less relevant that ANY generation before them. And every one after us is going to get worse unless we do something about it.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    Bingo. Or see the show on a Monday morning,....

  • April 26, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    That's impressive, mfoulke

    by Mugato5150

    When you watch porn, do you cum when the guy fixes the cable?

  • April 26, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    And if they keep texting...

    by quicksilver80

    I'll fart a lot then! I mean, it's a physiological need that supersedes theirs, right?

  • April 26, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by JBouganim1

    i have A.D.D. during a movie theater experience and once I see a light turn on a phone from a far, I cant focus on the movie anymore. And its usually the person who is dead center, first row, so it lights up everything

  • April 26, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Don't Get Me Started On This....

    by Steve

    I was raised on the back row of a movie Dad was City Manager of two glorious downtown theaters in the golden 60's. Hell I didn't even realize you had to PAY to get in the theaters until I was 12 or so. The showmanship of projecting a good show...the joy of experiencing a film the way it was meant to be seen..with an eager respectful audience, watching 3 stooges shorts and Warners Cartoons before the feature...NO DAMN TV commercials for 30 minutes on the big screen...those days are long gone I'm afraid. Its enough I have to suffer the loss of that wonderful time, then I have to pay $12 to $14 to try and see a film illuminated by some assholes cell phone for 2 hours. Thats why I don't go any more than I do. It will be a chore to try and see "Avengers" in a couple of weeks...<sigh> I so envy you guys with an Alamo Drafthouse around.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    They're not in control of anything

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Oh...everything I decided to watch was recommended to me by Netflix or my facebook buddies. Too bad I don't have a thought of my own, oh well time to text about how bored I am so I can bore other people with my boredom.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    As offensive as someone sparking up a cigarette....

    by RocketFuckingMan

    in a restaurant whilst you're eating. I will never set foot in a cinema again.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Jammers might be expensive

    by Mugato5150

    just build theaters inside big Farraday cages. One time expense. Of course, the first time someone is choking to death on his double cheese chili nachos and can't get hold of 911 it's lawsuit time.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Catering to a minority...

    by Racer Z

    AGAIN! Typical. I'm so sick of these self-entitled twats expecting everything to be handed to them without any consideration or respect of those around them. If they have the right to text or talk during the movie I paid to watch, then I should have equal right to smash that F#&!ING smart phone over their skull!

  • April 26, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Let 'em try it out!

    by cuntface

    Let 'em try it out! The more time the fuckers are texting - the less they'll want to eat. And we all know the theatres really make their money on the food anyways. The experiment is doomed - as are the theatres.

  • Movie houses are no longer special. We're all herded into a big box and forced to endure the same bad behavior as aboard a bus, in a subway, or aboard an airplane. The only difference between AMC, Regal, Cineplex (do they still exist?), etc., is the location of the theater. If they all adopt this "free-for-all" mentality, it will certainly drive away a large part of their audience that wants to treat watching a movie as an experience, not like watching the boob tube on the couch. I see this as similar to restaurants that put TV's up in the rafters. As if it's not enough to be entertained by the food and a good conversation, I now have to compete with the WWE, baseball, or ads for Cialis for my fellow diners' attention. I choose not to go to those restaurants and I will also choose not to go to theaters anymore if they open up to texting. Right now, what's to distinguish most movie houses from one another? Imo, theaters like the Alamo (and other high-end venues) can strongly benefit by offering a premium experience where no-texting and other rules are enforced. I truly believe that while the main complexes will continue to see their revenues slide as the difference between watching at home and at the theater is eroded, premium experiences will enjoy a massive boom because people WANT that movie experience and are willing to pay for it. Hollywood might dismiss anyone over 40, but I tell you with certainty that we have one HELL of a lot more money than the under-20 crowd and we're more than willing to spend extra to get the experience we want. Don't despair, Kidd. This will take time to work itself out, but I have a feeling the Alamo chain is simply at the edge of a wave of premium theatrical experiences that will boom while the rest of the industry goes bust.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    kids like drugs right

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I guess Regal will just let them light, snort, shoot up, but they'll still card anyone who looks a day under 40 when they're going to see an R rated film.

  • ...and then publicly flogged.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Masterbation in theatres is fine with me

    by cookylamoo

    As long as you don't use my hand.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    And sad to say, girls are the worst.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • April 26, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    So allowing texting will increase ticket sales???

    by Tom Fremgen

    Do they have their heads up their @$$ or something? Would allowing people to text while they drive increase the number of the drives on the road??? You want to increase tickets sales- lower the cost! Every time my wife and I go, we are always amazed at the price 25-30 bucks for two tickets. Seriously, movies cost too much to make- over a few million for one actor is ridiculous. Lower the cost of making the movie, and stop screwing the theater owners their cut which will allow them to lower the cost of the ticket and the cost of the food. But I know movie studio's would rather watch their Grandma's get gangbanged before they allow that to happen.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    and where does it end?

    by JBouganim1

    lets say you do basically allow everyone to use their phones, what if 5 years from now the ipad is the official new phone, then you got everyone whipping out their ipads, and then it goes on from there.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by deelzbub

    If you are seen distracting others with your smart-phone, an usher with a slingshot will disable it for you.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Sorry, guys, cell phone jamming is illegall

    by AlienFanatic

    Even hospitals aren't permitted to use them. You guys will have to come up with another solution. The Alamo has the right approach. Use ushers and let patrons report bad behavior and then show the jerks the door. After enough people are ejected, the problem goes away.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    God, "illegal". Stupid stuttering fingers...

    by AlienFanatic

  • April 26, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    CEO Amy Miles

    by NightArrows

    GO FUCK YOURSELF, you stupid, dimwitted bitch. How about musing on this: I come over to your house, and anytime you try and speak, I let off an airhorn. I like airhorns, you like your home. There, something we both like offered up on the table. And to anyone else reading or listening who thinks allowing texting or phone use during a movie is a good way to bring in the "youth"...Die In A Fire. Seriously. There is a time and a place for everything. I don't give a flying fuck what today's youth are accustomed to. The theatre is a place to sit in the dark and watch a movie. It's NOT a place to text your fuckface friends about what film you're watching, or how big the bong hit was you took in shop class. I'm fucking tired of the squeaky, dumb-cunt wheels getting the grease in our society. STAY THE FUCK HOME if you have an incessant need to use your phone all the time. Or don't. Come to the theatre and text by all means. If the usher doesn't remove you at my request, I'll beat the living shit out of you and shove your fucking phone up your fucking ass and get APPLAUSE by every right thinking individual in that mother fucking theatre. Everyone needs to email that twat Amy Miles, that dullard Greg Foster and whoever else opened their dumb fuck mouth at the gathering of the fellowship of the stupid and shed some light on the situation. Tim League, you sir are my hero.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    This makes total sense

    by FastEddie8139

    What 16 year old isn't dying to fork over $15 to a movie theater so they can sit in an uncomfortable chair and do something they could be doing at home on the couch for free? Absolutely this will increase attendance. Bravo, movie studios.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Lots of internet tough guys in this thread

    by Mugato5150

    I have a boner.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Jeff Blake look in the mirror

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Greenlighting shit like Men in Black 3 is what's killing attendance, not people staying away because they want to text during the film (which the rejects who would do this, do it anyway and the gutless theaters don't throw them out!!).

  • April 26, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Racists and bigots trying to keep me from texting man!

    by DoctorWho?

  • April 26, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by Koji_Kabuto

  • April 26, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Columbine killed attendance

    by Samuel Fulmer

    No really, that's when theater actually started carding kids and not allowing them to see R rated films. This leads to more kids downloading films illegally, and then when Hollywood decided to do PG-13 horror and action shitfests the kids stay away because only losers and children watch PG-13 films.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Lost Cause

    by MartinX

    This is why I don't go to the cinema at all any more. I haven't had a good experience in years where I could just watch the frickin movie without someone texting or talking or whatever. It's basically money down the toilet.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I am the Lorax and I speak for the audience

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    I offer a compromise. You can text during commercials, during previews, if you so choose. But we all paid to see a movie. I did not spend over $10 to text. I can do that anytime because I have rejected this instant gratification culture and chosen public transit where I can text to my heart's content.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Texting shouldn't be encouraged

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    and while we're at it can we get the black folks to stop talking back to the screen? Why do they do that?

  • April 26, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Texting at 48 frames per second

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Brought to you by Peter Jackson.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Also, this argument is just an excuse

    by AlienFanatic

    I really think the executives are employing poor analysis to the issue. Did they survey hundreds if not thousands of people that stopped going to movies to see if anti-texting rules were keeping them away, or was this just something they pulled out of their asses after talking to their own kids? There have got to be a number of reasons that people aren't going to the theater, and I bet that no-texting rules aren't near the top. I can guess a few that might just beat out "no-texting": 1. Bad movies. 2. High ticket prices. 3. High concession prices. 4. Rather watch films at home. 6. Accessibility (Parking, nearness, etc.) 7. Fragmentation due to competing media (games, internet, etc.) Hollywood needs to find ways to make it EASIER to go to movies and they need to make it an experience again. I remember the excitement of a movie night. How cool it was when the curtains parted (they don't even DO that anymore!) and the film began. When it wasn't 20 minutes worth of ads before the movie started. (That alone makes it feel more like I'm watching TV than a movie.) Hollywood needs to realize that they need to sell the experience again.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Well said, Kidd...

    by Lucky13

    This story is insanity. It's exactly the reason why I rarely go to the theater anymore. Texters, talkers, coughers, sneezers, jimmy-legs shaking the entire row of seats, etc... There's no fucking point to going to a theater anymore. The whole experience sucks. Ever since, say, Scream.... or maybe the birth of DVD (or both), audiences are more cynical and uninterested.... I haven't experienced the so-called "group experience" theaters provide for a LOOONG time. I was born in '80, so I missed/barely remember the end of the golden era of that experience. A friend that's a few years older then me remembers audiences standing up and cheering, giving hi-fives, at Rocky IV... meanwhile, I'm just happy if nobody is annoying near me (which is basically never). I can barely imagine an actual (positive) group-experience with the fucktards that populate the average showing now.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    No, just someone who isn't afraid to confront someone over their being a stupid motherfucker in public. Enjoy your boner!

  • April 26, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Theater owners need Drafthouse model

    by Chris L. Harris

    Obviously, theater owners still don't seem to have a clue about what to do w/ textures other than placate to them instead of the people that are there for the product they exhibit. They need to follow the business model of Alamo Drafthouse: Turn your damn hone off or we will throw you out, no refunds! God, I wish we had a Drafthouse in Raleigh, NC where i live.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    This is why drive-ins are the way to go.

    by Mitch

    You can do whatever the fuck you want in your car without bothering anyone else.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Go to the First show on a weekend.

    by Ghostshrimp

    That's what my partner and I decided to do quite a few years ago. First showing on a weekend (even better on a Sunday) cheaper prices, eat breakfast before so no theater food crap = win win. Even large films on opening weekend (i.e. the last Harry Potter) had only 35-40% capacity, mostly adults as most kids I am sure were still in bed at 10am on a weekend. But even with all that I have a 65in HDTV at home and unless it's a big summer film I just wait 3 months till Blu and avoid all that crap anyway. In a couple years some studio is going to tempt fate and release a big title day and date on blu and the theatre and when that happens I'm out.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    I'm Jewish and we do it too. Haven't figured it out yet.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Thank The Gods For Arclight Cinemas...

    by THX1968

    ... where I will never have to worry about this bullshit. Fuckin' corporate theatre goons. Movie theatres aren't teenybopper's living rooms. These fuckin' snot nosed punks have absolutely nothing of any worth to say anyway! They're more interested in video games anyway.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    The problem is most people have got a decent big screen at home now.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Why would you go to the cinema? The only time I go is if there's a movie coming out that I just can't wait to see, otherwise fuck it.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    As a movie employee

    by boardbrtn

    I've kicked people out for being disruptive in a theater. Texting, chatting, "checking the time" are all perfectly fine reasons for me to remove them. I've gotten plenty of back-talk, but people really seem to appreciate it when it happens. The problem is I'm not capable of being in the auditorium the entire time, and the company isn't willing to pay someone to do it either. If you find someone doing this, report them to management. Other wise it's incredibly difficult for us to tell if someone is texting.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I'd be willing to pay extra

    by rakesh patel

    to go to a show where no phone texting or obnoxious behaviour was allowed. with a bouncer available to eject any unruly fuckers. This morning i watched the avengers, behind me were some special needs folks with carers, they kept on repeating every fucking bit of dialogue. Its the stuff of nightmares right? i just bit the bullet and moved. But really you wanna go to a movie where there's screaming and shouting and talking? go to the mother and baby showing. the only valid reason you should have a phone on is if your wife is pregnant and could give birth any minute. And to be honest, that's not an valid reason because in that scenario you should be at fucking home! I prefer watching at home, i dont have to deal with assholes. There are however some movies you have to watch on the big screen, like the avengers. In those cases, i dont want to deal with assholes. cinema chains, get someone to deal with the assholes, so i can get on with watching the movie.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Seriously? I wondered if maybe moviegoing was more of a communal experience to some ethnicities. Not just communal in the sense of going to the movie together but communal in these sense of feeling some ownership over the narrative and feeling some sense of interactivity. Maybe it's because white folks are lame and just like to sit quietly. I dunno... Sometimes it's goddamn annoying though.

  • I know of no youngster who thinks, "I'm not going to see that because I'd have to turn off my cell phone while watching it." It is beyond ridiculous to assume that creating lax cell phone rules will lure youngsters back in. I am 28 and when I was a teen I did literally go to the movies every single week, sometimes more. There are a few reasons why I no longer do that: 1) Movie quality is too inconsistent; meanwhile prices have steadily risen. 2) Too many movies for idiots (I like superhero movies, but do we need another one each month?). Where are the epic must see films from veteran auteurs? 3) This is probably most important: too much excellent entertainment FOR FREE at home on a widescreen TV while sitting on the couch smoking a fatty drinking a beer eating a sandwich without any annoying assholes talking or texting through the experience 4) Television and movies have almost switched in their propensity to show top notch, intelligent dramatic fair. HBOs series like GoT or Luck, just to name two very recent examples, are way more rewarding in virtually every aspect than a two hour film. Again, this is basically free (over the net) or at least quite inexpensive. People are going to flock to where the good drama is. If all the theaters offer are animated animal movies, soulless rom coms, or neanderthal superhero films, then they will receive their just desert. 5) A lot of it comes down to the economics of self entertainment. A lot of teens are looking to be pleasantly distracted. If you have On Demand or Netflix, you can watch movies all day for free! You can spend 50 bucks on a video game and have 100 hours of entertainment: that's 2 bucks an hour for a reliably fun experience that the user controls, versus 14 bucks an hour for a potentially shitty movie in a theater where you are physically and socially uncomfortable the whole time. Many people only flock to a film when they sense that it is a "next step", a la Avatar, and thus merits a bit of a premium in price and sacrifice. Prometheus for example will be a gigantic success, because it is the only kind of film that movies still have a lock on: the ridiculously expensive, top notch directed, holy shit of a spectacle type experience. But as digital effects become cheaper and easier to produce, Hollywood will lose its monopoly on this type of film as well. Teens used to be willing to flock to theaters because it was a glittering lure that provided cheap entertainment better than anything that could be procured at home or through the net. That is no longer the case, and likely the movie model will die out over the next few decades to be replaced by a more TV and internet dominated model. Frankly, I don't see this as such a bad thing if it means we get more intelligent well produced cinematic fair through our televisions and internet. Film is experiencing a time of cultural decadence in which the major players think that the lessons of the past will guide them safely into a changing world. But entertainment is changing to radically for that to be true. Without a cultural renaissance in film, it will continue to die a slow death. The greatest apex of entertainment/drama was reached in London in the late 1500s under Shakespeare. This guy just wrote down some words. Their import has been equal to the Bible. There is not a culture on this earth that it has not moved into confidently and taken root. Drama has not improved greatly since that time. In terms of the range of expression and the abilities of language, drama has actually become far worse than in Shakespeare's day. If an art cannot seize the minds of its patrons through INTELLIGENCE, not through gimmicks, then it deserves none of our attention. We live in an innovation economy: get to work Hollywood, you useless, lazy, cliche loving, pollster believing, market testing, hack driven culture of greedy leches absent a fingertip's worth of creative insight into what creates timeless drama. Thankfully HBO and AMC somewhat have their shit together, so there is something to uphold a modicum of respectability while Hollywood digs itself a slow ditch.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Uh, screw cell phones everywhere all the time.

    by ballyhoo

    I really hate them. It's not just theaters where there is a problem.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    This rude behavior...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ....has been going on for years, but it has gotten worse to the point that if we want to go see a movie that we know will pull a lot of teens (Avengers, for example) we make sure to go during a matinee when there are less of the little entitled fucks to be obnoxious....

  • April 26, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    I've done that before, and this is exactly what happens... Manager/usher walks in and approaches the offending party, telling them not to do it or they'll be asked to leave. The party then complies with their request, until the manager/usher leaves, at which point, the phone comes right back out. How many times do I then need to get up and down disrupting my movie in order to deal with this? Oh, maybe I'll get free passes from the theatre to come back another time, at which point it's all just going to happen again as part of a vicious cycle of douchebaggery on display.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    On a side note, 3 titted hooker now confirmed for Total Recall.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Ha ha sold!

  • April 26, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    As a question

    by Johnboy40

    Over here in the UK, about the only noise that's acceptable during a show is laughing at the funny bits. I always get the impression that in the US, it seems acceptable for the audience to be whooping and hollering through the show. So, I do find myself wondering, if that is the case, why texting would be such an issue over there. For me, I follow Kermode and Mayo's code of conduct: No Eating... ...of anything harder than a soft roll with no filling. No one wants to hear you crunch, chew or masticate in any way. Nachos cause special offence and are of the devil. No Slurping... ...of drinks. You've already drunk a 5 litre flagon of pop, you really don't need the melting ice too. You are not six years old. No Rustling... ...of super high density, rustle-o-matic, extra rustle bags. No foraging of any kind, if you're going to need it during the film, get it out before hand. No Irresponsible Parenting' Your five-year-old does not want to come to see the latest 12A certificate: you are using the cinema as a babysitter. Your child's moaning, whinging and crying is your fault and a profound annoyance to everyone else. Your interrupted sleep caused by your child's nightmares is also your fault and serves you right. No Hobbies This includes knitting, drug dealing, model aeroplane assembly, fighting, having sex and updating Facebook. No Talking You’re in a cinema – you have come here to watch, not to discuss. Or ‘engage’, or ‘participate’, or ‘explain’ or whatever. More importantly, no-one in the cinema has paid £8.50 to hear your director’s commentary on the movie. Just sit down and shut up. No Mobile Phone Usage At all. Not even on ‘flight mode’. This isn’t an aeroplane, it’s a cinema. Even if you’re not yapping, you’re still creating light pollution. Put your thumbs away. NB: includes BlackBerries, PalmPilots, iPads – whatever. No Kicking of Seats The area of floor directly in front of your seat is yours, and is there to put your legs in. The back of the seat in front of you belongs to someone else; do not touch, interfere with, or otherwise invade their space with your feet, knees, or other bodily appendages. No Arriving Late Like Woody Allen in Annie Hall, you’re supposed to watch movies from the very beginning to the very end. If you turn up late, tough: go see something else – The Sorrow and the Pity, perhaps. No Shoe Removal You are not in your own front room. Nor are you in Japan (unless you are, in which case, carry on). A cinema is a public space: keep your bodily odours to yourself.

  • I'll stay in my home theater thank you very much. I've pretty much given up on society in general...

  • April 26, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Well said Billy

    by Sean McPhee

    The declining attendance to the theaters can be attributed to 2 main reasons: 1. The lack of quality movies that have come out over the last few years. Thank you "Jack and Jill"!!! 2. The economy sucks!!! The ever increasing prices of tickets alone prevent me from going to the movies as much as I would like, unless it is to the discount theater. In fact, just last week, my kids and I did a movie marathon at the discount theater here in Round Rock. 3 movies back to back to back. 2 kids and I, popcorn, drink, and 3 movies all for less than $26. Beat that!!!!

  • ...I've never been shy about telling people to zip it in theater. Come close to fisticuffs a couple times, but the mob / supporting sentiment has favored my side of the argument. Interestinger still, I was in an audience that shooed a woman and her -4 y/o out of a screening of 'Bad Santa' at the Roxy (Philadelphia) when it came out; apparently the poor sprog's hapless mama actually thought it was a holiday movie for the kiddies - after 45 (or so) minutes of the kid loudly asking questions, Mom finally twigged that maybe a guy dressed like St. Nick saying stuff like 'You ain't gonna shit right for a week' was inappropriate for the Pre-K crowd...Aye caramba

  • April 26, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Thank God for Tim League and the ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE

    by Two

    Pay MORE for a movie *without* texting?? How about charging them more for every text they dare to send? How about the option to punch them in the face every time they light it up with their stupid little phone? I had someone ejected behind me at the ALAMO last week for incessant out-loud commentary during the film. I got to enjoy 99% of the film thanks to the prompt ejection of that douchebag. Thank you, Drafthouse. I was honestly almost DONE with watching movies in theaters, based on talking and on texting -- ready to resolve myself to the 65" flat-screen and just wait for the blu-ray -- when I moved back to Austin Texas and had my faith in the movie theater experience RESTORED. Thank you, Tim. And thank you for speaking out. I can't believe you were alone on that one. Hopefully you'll continue to make big bucks at the ever-expanding Drafthouse while the other theaters around the country scratch their heads and go out of business... REMEMBER THE ALAMO.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Here here

    by Papa Lazaru

    I couldn’t agree more . Over the last few years I’ve actively avoided going to the cinema on weekends to dodge the inevitable crowds . In fact I even try to avoid going any time after 8pm on a weekday too in case that particular showing is busy . My friends call me a grumpy a bastard . Which unfortunately is getting more true as the years go by but I just cant take these selfish phone using , text sending fuckers any longer . What really gets me though is that these people think that by putting their phone on silent are a doing ME a favour . They are completely oblivious to the fact that the light of a mobile phone so incredibly distracting that’s its ruining other peoples enjoyment. In fact maybe they do know they are ruining peoples nights but they don’t give a shit either way. Besides all that , what is so god damn important in these peoples lives that they cant unplug for two hours. The self centred apathetic way people conduct themselves in general leaves me confounded . I just don’t understand the mindset of somebody who pays good money to see a film and then proceeds to either yap , text ,google or face book their evening away and piss there money down the drain . I had an argument with a friends girlfriend once after a group of us took a trip to the flicks . She took her phone out a couple of times during the film for gods know what ( I know she isn’t a doctor on call waiting for a liver to arrive on a plane from Singapore , so it couldn’t have been that important ) anyway I didn’t say anything at the time but afterwards in the car going home I mentioned it . I explained to her that by here taking her phone out every now and again she was causing a distraction to others , myself included . “ I only took it out for a few seconds at a time “ she argued . The problem was I explained that for every 5 or 6 seconds she took the phone out not only was I was distracted for those few seconds but I was annoyed for another 5 or 6 minutes afterwards , which in turn was taking my focus away from the experience . Not only that but the more she did it . The more I was distracted by the apprehensiveness of when she was going to produce the phone again in order to ruin my experience over more . The whole film for me was spent either distracted , pissed off or anxious about when I’d see the glow again . Her answer to this . “ You’re just a grumpy bastard” . The rest of my friends agreed . God , I need new friends .

  • April 26, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by TheBringerOfRain

    I am with you. My brother and I always talk about how much we would love a chain like that here in Raleigh. Hell, anywhere in the Triangle. I have already started trying to calm myself down for what I am sure will be a less than positive experience should I try to see The Avengers in the theatre with a bunch of shit heads playing with their phones.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I've never noticed a problem with texting.

    by heylookoverthere

    I guess cause I'm looking at the screen? I once had to get the theater manager because a guy was whacking off (it was Alice in Wonderland, if you're wondering) but never cause someone was texting. It doesn't make noise, does it? I guess the light from the screens could get annoying if a lot of people were doing it.

  • The event films suck for the most part, the indy scene is mostly dead, and the good directors that are still out there put out way too few films.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    I just had a vision of the future.

    by Mitch

    I tell some obnoxious teen to put away his phone in a movie theater. He ignores me. I reiterate and he still ignores me. I tap him on the shoulder and he turns around and shoots me at point blank range fatally wounding me. At his trial, he claims I "bullied" him and because bullies can't be tolerated in this day and age, he gets off with no jail time while my wife and kid starve.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Would you like gravy with that?

    by Costellopalooza

    Probably not going to get a lot of people agreeing with me here, but as a long time devotee to the industry I've found myself generally less inclined to visit the cinema over the last several years. This could be my age (early 30's) but amongst all of the issues mentioned above I also take exception to folk eating in the cinema. Now this probably isn't a popular opinion but hear me out. A number of years ago me and a friend went to see AVP2 (I know..), the cinema was pretty much empty apart from a couple in the very front row, and two teenage lads who had sat several seats along from me and my mate. The kid nearest me was about 19, and was carrying a fair few pounds as well as a huge bucket of popcorn. He merrily munched away during the trailers, and was generally unoffensive. For a while... An unusual smell wafted over in my direction. The kid had opened a heatproof bag and was taking out portions of steaming hot roast chicken, laying them on the paper on the seat alongside him. He merrily munched away, and I could feel the bile rising.. After the chicken was devoured (around the time when the facehugger gets the guy and his bairn in the woods) he returned to the sack of popcorn. Another strange smell followed not long after, I turned to investigate. A hot meat pie! Like a fully roasted, steaming hot, meat and gravy pie! He merrily munched away.. By this point I was just appalled. I glared at him intently, actually turning slightly in my seat to show him the disgust on my face. He took the hint a bit I guess, because his munching seemed a little less merry. He finished his pie. Around the time the old guys in the sewers get nailed by the Pred-Alien queen bee thing I heard a rustling. A four deck of sandwiches, wrapped in tinfoil! For you in the US a fourdeck is basically four slices of bread - two sandwiches! By this point I was more interested in showing him the fury of my face than watching Michelle Dessler save her bairn. He merrily munched away.. If you've read this far then thank you, I will hurry along for you. Next was a bag of boiled sweets, and after them, just in time for the crappy ending he waddles out of the auditorium and returns with a full tub of ice cream. By the end of it all he was wheezing, I was livid, the cinema stank, and the film sucked. After that experience, and to this day, I have maintained that there is no place for food in a cinema. Popcorn rattles, drinks gurgle, nachos and hotdogs fucking stink, and don't get me started on the four fat girls who brought a pizza hut EACH to the cinema (Freddy remake - another bum choice). I still go sometimes if I am really keen (Cabin was last, a good 1.5weeks after release), and I'll brave the big ones; Prometheus, TDKR etc, but to hell with the cinema I say. If it's not radge teenagers texting and chatting it's rank teenage girls destroying all tension by nervously talking before any scary part of a film and then shrieking and giggling whenever a violin cuts. If it's neither or both of them then it's lip smacking, popcorn rustling mouth breathers who were never taught the importance of manners. I would pay a significantly high price for my ticket - say £25 if it was IMAX3D if the following was guartanteed: No food at all. Have a fucking sandwich before you go out. Nobody under 25. Sorry kids but you can go to the normal showing and please feel free to go fuck yourself on the way. Phones off. Not muted, not tucked away, not vibrating, fucking off. No adverts/commercials. Trailers yes, The new VW, fuck off. Two ushers in every auditorium. So simple I can't even incorporate the word fuck into the sentence. Sorry to ramble on guys, but I really, really love films/movies, just like all of you they are a huge part of my life. But going to the cinema sniffs cock these days and it seems to be getting worse.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    We've had that happen, and I refuse to lose the fight. We head back out, speak to the manager and tell them exactly how much we spend at their theatre every week, in both tickets and concessions, and that we can easily spend it at another chain. Take your rain-check and find a better time to come. Don't let these dumb mother fuckers win. I've also escalated it up the corporate chain with politely worded emails letting them know the situation. I don't expect anything to be done, just that I'm letting them know where my dollars will be spent if their theatre spirals down into a land where the stupid rule. We've had entire row's ejected (during Return of the King). Dumb fucking teenagers texting, swapping seats, talking on their cellphones. Someone behind them grabbed one by the scruff and was about to beat the shit out of him as we returned with security and a manager. All 14 got tossed. As they were being escorted out, EVERYONE in the theatre clapped, to which one dumb cunt being led out replied "Why are they all clapping?". Darwin has no doubt awarded her... Embarrassing the shit out of teenagers usually works too, unless they are in a large group. Either you have a bigger group and they back down, or you simply get them tossed or leave.


  • Wait, thats whats happening? ok then...

  • April 26, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I don't fucking bother going to the movie theater anymore

    by Ricardo

    I've been to a movie theater 3 times of the past 2 and a half years, and I despised all of these experiences. This generation is too focused in feeding their ego with network gadgets, wanting attention and fame from an invisible, utopic mass on the internet - and they don't fucking bother anymore with "movie magic", "plot" or a good movie experience. They are noisy, distracting, have no respect with the people in the audience and are prone to litter the fucking place. Plus, on Hollywood's side, major movies are mostly crap, and you can watch so much good stuff on netflix stream anyway - so, I am DONE with movie theaters. I am DONE. I'm PROBABLY going to see The Dark Knight Rises on it's 2nd week, and that's it.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Fuck Regal

    by Rick Webb

    That is all.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    There was this snotty hipster two rows in front of me

    by ObiBen

    ...playing fucking baby game apps on his fucking iBabyPhone during *Munich*...Made me want to throw my left shoe at the back of his head.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    This is why I don't go to movies anymore.

    by Chief Joseph

    I could go on forever about my horrible theater experience in recent years, like the woman that brought her screaming infant to the R-Rated, subtitled Pan's Labyrinth. But by texters are probably the #1 offender. It's guaranteed to happen several times per movie. It's gotten so bad that I just don't go anymore and am content to wait for the Blu-ray.

  • So there is some good news out there!

  • April 26, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    The only way this would be acceptable...

    by Mono

    is if it was texting in the back row only. Want to text? All right. The back row in the theater is reserved for you. You're behind people, rather than in front of them, so the glow from your screens won't bug people. Got there too late, and the back row is is already full of the twelve year old girls whose bratty moron behavior matches yours? Then fuck you. You don't get to text.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    To be 100% honest

    by mr.underwater

    As long as there's no accompanying sounds, theater texting has never bugged me.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Burbank AMC 6

    by drewlicious

    Anyone in Los Angeles County ever been to this one. What's interesting about this place is that cell phone signals don't seem to penetrate the structure. I'm assuming because its beneath a couple of other business in the building and is practically underground. I wish more theaters were like this. Unfortunately the place is woefully understaffed every now and again something goes wrong with projectors. The last time I was there the house lights turned on in the beginning of the movie. When I went to go get an employee I noticed some kid walking away from the box with all the light switches? Why would you have something like that unlocked and out in the open for anyone to screw with?

  • April 26, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I guess the thing is like some have stated

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The drop off for some movies now after the first couple of weeks is so huge, you could probably go to a film by it's third week and practically be the only one in there. Of course it only takes one idiot to walk in, but I guess playing the percentages game, you'd have a better chance of avoiding the texting morons.

  • A few years ago, when my dad was on a prolonged life-or-death stay in the hospital, I would go to a movie and when my phone rang (vibrated), even though I knew it might be family calling to tell me something might have happened with dad... I would GET UP, I would LEAVE THE ROOM and scurry to the area back the side-hallway behind the seats so that I wouldn't be disrupting anyone. If I can be courteous enough to pull that off with a dying family member, why can't the average douche sign out for 120 freaking minutes from their self-important social life???

  • April 26, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    If someone's making noise I say slap that shit out of their hands

    by alienindisguise

    or jump all over their shit regardless. Alamo Drafthouse rules need to be mandatory in all theaters. It's arrogant fucks who have turned real movies fans away from the theaters. I say we take our theaters back.

  • My god even a 15 year old can have taste. They're not coming because the movies are mostly FUCKING horrible!

  • April 26, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Everyone needs to write the CEOs of these theater chains...

    by Corterville

    Everyone needs to write the CEOs of these theater chains and tell them that we, the movie adoring folks that shell out hundreds to thousands of dollars a year to see films because we love the experience, will not tolerate this.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by MrLongbaugh

    I feel the same way.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by Papa Lazaru

    If your local cinema has satudium style seating , as in the seat in front of you is lower then yours and so on. A little cell phone light in your periphery can cause serious distraction . Distraction and blind ( impotent ) fury

  • April 26, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    yotzvonfrelnik-I would GET UP, I would LEAVE THE ROOM

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Meanwhile you got have the majoritiy of people that don't do the sensible thing you did. They just sit there and play Angry Birds while ignoring the movie that they paid money to see.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by MrLongbaugh

    I would drive down ffrom the Triad to support a Draft House. I actually know quite a few who would do it.

  • April 26, 2012, 3 p.m. CST


    by craptacular

    I got kicked in the chair for about 20 minutes of whatever movie I went to see most recently... I turned around twice, the second time I realized it was a grown 50something mother doing it, and not some young child. Between the nervous twitch kickers, the chatterbox ADD children who can't shut the fuck up for two fucking seconds, and the Morgan Freeman narrator sitting behind me in EVERY movie, I should be allowed to punch somebody in the face when they piss me off. Yeah the movie theaters need more texting, maybe while they're at it, they can start bringing dvd players so their retarded children can watch cartoons in the theater, like they were in the fucking car. Fuck society, I hope you all die, unless you aren't annoying, then you're ok.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Somewhat related, yesterday on Charlie Rose

    by mr.underwater

    BOTH the google guy and the twitter guy got cell phone calls while they were in the middle of the interview That's just fucking rude.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I say if they do this, movie fans should respond...

    by Andrew Coleman

    By publicly claiming to give loads of shit to people who do this. America has already lost a lot of class. Young people have no respect at all for anyone. At the movies I don't take shit... People talking I do things in three phases... 1. I glare at them. If that doesn't work... 2. The "Shh" approach. If that doesn't work... 3. I get verbal. I have no shame. This year alone I have asked people "could you please stop using your cell phone? It's distracting." People usually stop. One ass hole didn't and I escalated things: "Please shut your fucking phone off!" I got some applause. And the young guy freaked out and didn't look at it again. I'm sorry but I love the theater experience. But for me I try and go on week days and go really early or really late to avoid crowds. People are just fucking ass holes and if we just let them be ass holes we're all fucked. Stand up to these shit heads!

  • April 26, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by MrLongbaugh

    That is because they aren't the type of person you are. That is a compliment.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Mind Boggling That This is Even Debated...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...hello? Earth to dumbshits? You go to the movies to WATCH a movie. At a movie a few months ago, I told a kid (by "kid" I mean someone well over 21) in front of me that if he kept texting and flashing that stupid phone light of his I'd grab his phone and throw it down the aisle. So what's he do? MOVES. I'm not gonna go on some kind of "grandpa's on a rant!" thing, but my generation grew up without cell phones - and, somehow, managed to survive and continue to propagate the race. "Control their existence?" "Feel a little handcuffed?!" Are you kidding me? You want to control your existence? Go vote for chrissakes! THIS is the type of shit that'll drive everyone over 30 out of the movies for good. If some dumbshit's gonna text and annoy everyone around him/her - people who've dropped $14 to ESCAPE that bullshit for a few hours - well, on-demand and Blu Ray viewing's really gonna explode.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    People stood up and hi-fived during Rocky IV? Really?

    by crazybubba

    It was good but not that good. I would understand if that happened during the first 3 Rocky's with the inspirational music and everything but IV?

  • April 26, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I find this works

    by strummer67

    I lean in my seat towards them and fart. I tell them my bowels' right to comfort is as important as their inflated sense of self. That's why my premovie meal always consists of a White Castle.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    They high fived because of the robot!!!

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I recall people dying of shame in the aisles after sitting through Batman and Robin.

  • Create well-advertised screenings specifically for those who want to text during the movie. Call it "Showing for Selfish Self-Absorbed Shits" or something like that.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by strummer67

    It costs my wife (who also loves movies and the theatergoing experience) a lot to go now as we have to factor in the cost of a babysitter. I have an iPhone too but my manners and common sense didn't fall out of my ass when I got it.

  • Ya see.... no. I find myself avoiding movies more and more these days because the money vs. product ratio is a chunk slide of fetid shit in the wrong direction, but I sure as hell will not have my basic 2D ticket price jacked up just to have my peripheral vision lit up like fucking Hiroshima because the rabid piranha sperm that chewed through mommy's contraceptive sponge just absolutely has to feel like he or she is at home or ALL LIFE WILL LOSE IT'S MEANING!<P> Lost revenue? A fair number of the cow eyed, slack jawed and acne ridden reasons to legalize abortion up until the age of 18, whom that traumatic head injury brain trust are hoping to lure into theaters with this asshattery, likely have a freshly baked torrent of the latest cinematic equivalent of the high school horse burger the chains are slinging anyway. If this goes through, so will I. The others seem to either be part of the madly giggling and individually challenged lemming hang out conga line, or the movie is part of the toll to be able to ride on down chlamydia way. <P> They want to allow texting? I want bring my stun gun and/or cattle prod. You know, in case Ronnie McRoidrage really thinks my asking him to put away his personal soul sucking intellectual phantom zone window is grounds to beat his chest and growl at me like the simpering zombie chimp he is.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Is attendance really that far down?

    by Mugato5150

    Movies keep breaking records. Is it really that bad or is it just studios whining like bitches like usual?

  • April 26, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    @read&shutup: Bravo sir!

    by obijuanmartinez

    I rarely venture out to the theaters - In Philly, the Interactive Cinema Experience is mostly a fact of life at this point (save at the Ritz, which is the artsy-fartsy chain in town). If you have a limited tolerance for Muppets and their cell phones, down-the-aisle convos, and yelling stuff at the screen, steer clear. Much as I love the theater experience, and would love to see 3D whiz-bangs, etc., my aggro can't take what going to the movies has become...

  • April 26, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Texting vs Babies

    by Greg

    Only thing worse to me then a person texting or answering their phone, is the couple who thinks a movie theater is a babysitting service. Babies should not be allowed in a theater after a certain time!!!!! I have 2 young kids and I would have never brought them to a movie that wasn't either early or animated.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by Samuel Fulmer

    I haven't laughed that hard in a while!

  • April 26, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I might get some disagreements on this

    by kK stoned

    Generally, as a rule of thumb, I think cell phones should be turned off and put away during a movie. The bright screens are simply too distracting and, above all, fuckin' annoying. However, I do think about what if, say, you get a call or a text from a relative or something saying they just got in an accident and need help, or are stranded somewhere, etc. Was it worth it to have your phone off to enjoy a movie? Most of the time that probably wouldn't occur, but it is something that could happen.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Had a free pass to the Rainbow Market Square in Toronto

    by jim

    Before the movie started (Cabin in the Woods) I pulled out my phone to turn it off. "No Service". It's an older theatre so I doubt they have any jamming tech. The theatre is like you stepped back 20 years. Remember going to multiplexes in the late 80s, early 90s? That's what these theaters are like. Getting "no service" made me think "maybe I really did go back in time and that's why my phone no longer works". More likely it's because the theatre is so far underground.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by Johnboy40

    That is a high quality rant

  • April 26, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I text in theatres. Fuck you.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    However, I don't always do it, and if I'm on call, or I know I'm expecting a message I need to see, then I make sure I sit in the absolute rear of the theater. This is particularly effective in stadium theaters where if you are all the way in the back, it doesn't become an issue. So I say sure, give it a try. Designate cell phone use for the last two rows of any theater, on either side. You will only find a small handful of people who will text during any one showing of a film, and more importantly, you do open up revenue streams by making everyone feel welcome, so long as you do it right. None of you in here have spoken to this issue from the perspective of maintaining a business. You have to be innovative and still maintain the experience of going to the movies, which is entirely possible. If it were left up to many of you, there would be only one type of film made, and only 3 or 4 directors would be able to make any films. It's THIS sort of small thinking that will end up killing the exhibition business, not the other way around.

  • (Of course, if the guy's got his phone lit up..... hmmmmm.....)

  • April 26, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by Chris Crocker

    Hey I've got an idea, why don't we just turn the fucking lights on too. You sad pathetic fucks who can't pull yourself away from a cell phone for two hours are the new dregs of our rapidly socially retarding society. By being so "connected" you become completely disconnected from shit that really matters... like people. "Oh but I'm 'connected' to my friends. They're people, right?" No, what you're connected to is a bullshit avatar meant to represent the fake version of themselves they present to other posers in online communities. Its a sad state of affairs when people actually start talking how they text. If I had a nickel for how many assfucks I heard say shit like "OMG" "LOL" "LMFAO" "FTW" "EPIC" "Is it in your Likes?" etc. et fucking cetra, I'd take all those nickels, melt them down into bullets, and sharp shoot every fucking one of your mother fucking cell phones. There used to be a saying on sites like this "You never leave your parents basement." Well, you mother fuckers never look up anymore. Every five seconds those moronic heads of your's drop to check their cell phone. Mid conversation, mid sex, mid driving, mid talking on the phone, mid fucking everything. If this doesn't stop, if we don't have a year long earth wide black out real soon, we're all going to be talking in nothing but abbreviations (via the web), not actually verbally communicating with anyone, and worst of all; only experiencing things from a repost of a retweet from an original repost of a retweet from a tweet from someone who actually took his head out of his phone and did something... unfortunately it will be something pointless like taking a picture of their food, letting everyone know they just checked into starbucks, or installed a new app. This constant web connected projection of the mundane in our lives needs to stop. Fuck you cell phone. Fuck you internet. And fuck you right up your stupid ass Mark Zuckerburg.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    That's the story I've heard 20 times, crazybubba ---

    by Lucky13

    And the mediocrity of the movie was actually the point. He also had a similar story about Friday the 13th part 7... which is even a stronger example of the point. Back then, people WANTED TO ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE. It wasn't this Scream-influenced cynical bullshit where every dimwitted 18 yr old is a film critic. It used to be FUN to go to the theater. Almost like a sporting event... you want to home team (the movie) to win.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Im bringing a cell phone Jammer

    by Phategod2

    Easy way to solve the issue myself.

  • That's the next step. Theaters allowing people to use iPads and phones to watch some other movie instead of the movie they paid to see. Eventually theaters will stop showing films altogether and just be a place with free wi-fi were people will gather to watcher whatever they have streaming on their phones.

  • eh, that's so '90s.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Amen, downbylawfilm... A-fuckin'-men

    by Lucky13

  • April 26, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by Johnboy40

    Would you do it during a play?

  • noisily scarfing down a full blown meal, slurping their soda, wiping them themselves with hankies, with an usher waiting on them bringing them more junk to eat, yet that's what a certain brand of fanboys believe is their personal ideal movie experience. But who's to say what constitutes distracting behavior in a theater? It's all subjective anyway, and all a matter of what you're able to tune out.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Some aren't texting. They're filming.

    by Bob

    Last time I was at the cinema, some joker 5 rows ahead had his phone out, had the camera running, holding it steady. No one said anything to him, and I wasn't going to miss any of the movie I paid to see to report him. Phones shoot 720p and 1080p like nothing now. The bootleggers are winning. Suck it Regal and Co.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Irony, Irony...Presented by downbylawfilm

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    You bitch about the internet culture...while using...the internet.

  • On the iphone you easliy have the ability to dim your light on your phone. That way it's not bright or obvious you're on it. I never understood the venom that came from someone texting. I totally understand and agree with the hatred towards talking on your phone during a movie. I will never condone that. But I honestly could care less about the texting I mean seriously I don't understand how someone texting if the phone is silent and the light dim, is that terrible. I'm sorry the sky isn't falling for me on this one. Calm down.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    a personal cell jammer is your friend

    by j2talk

    kills the signal in a50-100ft diameter , its really a lovely thing....seriously if you can't put the goddamn cellphone down for an hour and half to 2hrs there is something wrong with you....99.9% of the cellphone conversations that i have been forced to to bear witness to have been pretty damn pointless...

  • April 26, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST


    by TheNotoriousDRB

    Would I? If by using the exact same precepts I laid out (Corners of the furthest 2 rows?) Sure. Same difference, really. Two things to take into consideration: 1) I spoke towards having the opportunity/availability which isn't always a guarantee that it would be used. 2) Younger generations aren't going to plays.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Make the theater a bubble...

    by Josh other words, jam the signal of cell phones inside an auditorium. I work at a high school on Long Island that jams cell phone signals, making it near impossible to text people during the work day inside the classrooms. The whole concept of texting during a movie is insulting to every single person in the theater and if I ever saw a friend of mine do it, I'd mad as all hell. Like The Kidd said...don't like the rules? Don't go. Instead of teaching youth etiquette we are no caving into their demands...our society is in more trouble than I previously suspected.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    creamcheesealchemist, I take it you're an AMC goer?

    by TheMachinist

  • April 26, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    thenotoriousdrb -- That thought crossed my mind

    by Lucky13

    But there's a difference between posting on the internet to kill time, and never taking your face out of a fucking phone, no matter what activity you're involved in. Post on the internet to kill boredom between actual activities == fairly normal. Post on twitter/facebook/whatever WHILE you're doing an actual activity, or taking time out from said activity to post because you just can't stay the fuck away from your gadget for 5 mins == fucking stupid.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    People who carry personal jammers are criminals.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    Literally. Because you never know who is in the theater at a given time, and you cannot always be sure how the signal jam is carried. If anything you do with your jammer interferes with say, a doctor on call or the signal of a public safety official, you are more of an obstacle than a texter is a distraction. Get over it.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    There was a mobile phone jammer on Quint's

    by hallmitchell

    Xmas wish list a few years ago. They should be handed out for free.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    by Johnboy40

    fair enough. I don't agree with you, but at least you are being consistent about it

  • April 26, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    In Australia we pay $23.50 US

    by hallmitchell

    For a 3D movie and they wonder how to boost attendances!

  • April 26, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by TheMachinist

    I'd like for you to notice that all of those theaters mentioned, save for the Drafthouse, are incredibly large chains. They aren't the only option, and by no means are the best one. I say we go on a strike, start up other theaters with Alamo's no-texting rule tying us all together. Eventually, we get big enough to put those fuckers out of business. WHO'S WITH ME?!(Note:This is just the revolutionary in me speaking.)

  • April 26, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by ShadowVoyd

    In theory, I love your idea. I'd be totally OK with a "designated" cell area. In practice, what you'll likely have are entitled droves of the thigh crust that would not die choosing to sit where they want, with the best vantage view possible, who will then continue to selfishly backlight the smashed, convex, wet and dripping boot print shaped Gallagher watermelon of a head I'd be imagining in place of their own in all that swell distraction.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by Chris Crocker

    douchebag, I'm talking about the overuse of this bullshit. but hey, you pointed out some irony! now go kill yourself.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I go to movies at the first showings in the morning

    by animas

    its all old people. the only noises are coughing.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    ^They aren't the only ones!!!!!!^

    by Nick

  • April 26, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by richievanderlow

    Kids want to always be plugged in these days, but this is not the cause for attendance decline. Perhaps kids are apathetic to the theatre experience, but allowing texting isnt going to change a thing.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    No movies, equals NO REVIEWS. So, EVERYONE, KEEP TEXTING

    by Nick

  • April 26, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Downbylawfilm, be better than a stereotype.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    I called you on your shit. Take the shame, and go about your day. Go kill myself? Really? Someone forgot their Ritalin today.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    They've become accostumed to controlling their own existence?

    by Blue_Demon

    BULLSHIT! They've become accustomed to giving in to their stupid whims. They aren't controlling a fucking thing. They've become accustomed to letting daddy pay for everything and doing what they want when they want it. I remember years ago, my brother and I went to see Platoon (yeah, we're old) in the theater. Some college punk kept whispering to his girlfriend throughout the movie. No amount of =sshhh= would shut him up. My brother waited until he started up again and then he stood up - all six feet two inches of him - and yelled, "WOULD YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP, PLEASE?!" Fratboy never said a thing after that. I've been lucky, I've turned around and quietly asked people to shut up and they have. But I do prefer seeing movies at home on my big screen...only a few blockbusters get my ass in the theater nowadays...and they may lose me if idiots allow texting.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    on jammers get over it thenotoriousdrb

    by j2talk

    when did cellphones become a "right"? and what happened to ,my "right" to privacy and a little peace and quiet??? the answer is really simple a theater posts a sign in the window stating no cell service on the premisses- remember when we had dead zones?people survived ! Can't live without your phone?stay home,got something more important to do? do it! got someone you'd rather talk to? go visit them!

  • April 26, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Paging William Castle...

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    You know, I would argue that for some films, you EMBRACE this smartphone technology, such as audience voting for the ending of a particular film. (We all know that it doesn't take much to shoot multiple, or alternate endings or scenes). Make it a "Choose your own Adventure" for the internet age. Not EVERY film has to be this way, but since we know the tech is prevailing, why not use it as a catalyst to change the experience as we know it? Also, different showings can be more cell-phone friendly, this way if people know that the rules are relaxed or tightened, you can CHOOSE which screening to go to. I'm sure none of that ever occurred to some of you people, since you are clearly only interested in your own point of views. Adaptability and innovation are the keys to success in any business.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I think everytime someone needs to go potty

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The film should be stopped, much like you can at home when you've gotta go.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST's not just about you.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    There is an answer for everyone. Jammers aren't one of them. With all these multiplexes having multiple screenings of a film, you can schedule screenings that cater to specific audiences, much like smoking and non smoking sections. It can be done.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    If that let texting and phone use in theaters fly...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Then make it legal to beat the living shit out of people in movie theaters who text. Now sure gangs might go to the movies for legal brawls... But I'm willing to deal with that if I can beat some dip shit who has to Tweet: "OMG Avengers is so sweet! Hulk just smashed!"... Watch the movie ass hole or die! I'm only half joking. Seriously though avoid the weekends if possible. The first showings of the day in some places are real cheap and usually empty. It's amazing. Or 10pm showings on week days are usually solid too.

  • Will there be a section of these rows for people who will need to discuss with their friends the text they just got, or what their response should be? Right now it is frowned upon or even against the rules to text in theaters. There are people like you who may do it considerately while attempting to limit its effect on those around you. However, you are most likely in the minority. What happens when it become acceptable to text? You think it will make the overall experience better for all involved? You know the saying, give people an inch, they take a mile.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    thenotoriousdrb, shame?

    by Chris Crocker

    First, reread the definition of irony, and my post (just like I'm sure you read your own over and over after hitting send) then don't get back to me. Second, if you equate being called on irony to feeling any sense of shame you are a more nitpicky insecure fuck than I thought. And yes, kill yourself, twice.

  • I love it. Let's do that. Revenue goes up thanks to undiscriminating youth paying premium for what amounts to an 80's PC era game with better-than-Xbox graphics and they can all digitally masturbate with 4G speed fury the fuck away from me. Win/win.

  • sorry but people lived just fine without cellphones....bring on the EMP.... would love to see people freaking out when/if if cellphone go down for a day or so...

  • April 26, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by Dan

    AMC were pretty quick to get back to my cajoling social media posts that they have no such intentions... Regal haven't said a thing...

  • April 26, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Mr. Payback??????

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • April 26, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I honestly don't give a shit if people text during a movie

    by StarWarsRedux

    Seriously. Are we so anal retentive about our viewing experiences that we're hypersensitive to people texting? I've never been distracted by somebody sending a text while they watch a movie, even when they sit in my row at the theater, or even when sitting right next to me. As long as they're quiet about it, the small amount of shine from the screen isn't going to distract or detract from my experience watching what's on the screen. If a damn cell phone can distract you from what's on the screen, you're not paying enough real attention. <p> <p>What does annoy me, though, is when people laugh obnoxiously or clap during a movie-- all by themselves. It's one thing if there's a groundswell of people getting into it and cheering, whatnot. It's another thing when you're some strained fanatic trying to force a moment that nobody else in the audience gets. <p> <p>Case in point, when I went to see "Cabin in the Woods". Next to me, a couple of occasionally giggling, texting college girls. Behind me, the biggest middle-aged Whedon fanboy in creation. I wasn't bothered by the girls tittering or twittering every now and then. I WAS bothered by the clown behind me yukking it up and clapping every time something mildly interesting happened on screen. Please, keep that shit to yourself. Or, if you really can't contain yourself-- text about it, and leave me out of it.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    by Adam Richardson

    Get on it people! Hit the numbers to the customer service lines of the various chains, we can stop this.  I just gave my local Regal, then their corporate, an earful. Felt good,son. I used to be a THX Tap, and I take any distraction from a film seriously. Besides, I don't want lights flashed in my eyes while I am focused on a flick.  All these idiots are doing is making sure I save my moneattire them and take ALL MY BUSINESS ELSWHERE in order to make sure I can pay attention to the flick. Douchebags. Let me sit in one one of their corporate presentations with my cell out and I bet they bitch... Regal Cust Service 1-877-TELLREGAL AMC Entertainment Inc. P.O. Box 725489 Atlanta, GA 31139-9923

  • Theaters will institute "Text-Friendly" screenings of movies (much like "Movies for Mommies", but for texters instead of moms with babies). All other showings will be "No Texting Allowed" screenings. These NTA showings will cater to a more discerning crowd willing to pay more not to have people texting in the theater. The theater charges $16 for this privilege. Basically making you pay more for the service you should already be getting. They only get away with this if texting is seen as somewhat acceptable in some fashion or another during movies. Hence the need to first bring in the "Text-Friendly" screenings.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    This shouldn't even be considered.

    by Andrew

    Who knows what it will open the door for next? I think studios need to make better films, and then people will come. Or they could try lowering ticket prices, and so forth. There are so many other reasons people don't want to go to the theaters any more.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    The only way to stop people from texting in a movie theater...

    by ufoclub1977

    is to dump your drink on them and ruin their cell phone. If it pisses you off, go ahead... violence... anarchy... vigilante... revolution! The policies will then have to change and be enforced to ensure (insurance) no violence or harm comes to patrons. But you must be willing to sacrifice and suffer a broken nose or black eye. Get all old west. I'm joking!

  • Thats the singularly most stupid fucking thing i've ever heard in my entire fucking life. Who the fuck put these drooling mongs in charge of movies and movie production. I've only got to look at the main studio output each year to conclude that these people are mentally deficient, but their now making an open offer to random vermin to actively try and spoil my movie experience (admittedly which is predominantly crushing disappointment recently). Maybe thats the ploy, they know, deep down how bad some of the crap is they trowl out, so trying to chat up some underage gash on Facebook or following some pointless, bobblehead celeb on Twatter, whilst frantically ransacking your dignity is exactly what they want you doing, so it takes the sting out of how much you feel like an utter cunt for shelling out £10 of you fucking hard earned on the next Pirates movie.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    No it isn't for "watching movies"

    by jbs9200

    I thought people go to the movies to actually watch the movie, not take phone calls, tweet, check emails or hop on their Facebook,

  • April 26, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Kidd, if your writting = Free Movies

    by Nick

  • April 26, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    MINE should equal a free fucking Porsche

    by Nick

  • April 26, 2012, 4 p.m. CST


    by Chris Crocker

    and what kind of sad fuck goes to a movie so he/she can vote on the ending? isn't the point not to know how it's all going to turn out (however predictable)? thenotorious has the same problem corporate shill studio heads do, make something that appeals to everyone, address every problem, take any juice the artist has and water it down to the masses until its a frankenstein of what was originally intended. did you ever hear of anything called tradition? its not always terrible to hold onto the past. plus any attempt to justify texting, or find alternative solutions, and present it to this choir is an exercise in futility.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    And soon, there'll be an app for this too.

    by ShadowVoyd

    And believe me, if they can develop an app that appropriately dims ALL cell manufacturer models along the same lines as an iPhone screen (at bare minimum), I might not want to punch Foster and Miles' hell spawn in the taint quite so vehemently.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Hell yeah, Kidd! Testify.

    by PotSmokinAlien

    This was really satisfying to read. I am a choir that likes being preached to sometimes.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by Brian Tepper

    I don't know if any other folks out there have had the experience of going to the movies in Indonesia or other Asian countries (Singapore, Japan excluded from this). Texting is permitted and even telephonic conversations are tolerated. It's a miserable experience! Now, I've spoken with several managers in these theatres. The audible cel. conversations aren't supposed to be allowed. But what happens is that the "texters" sometimes feel the need to converse in a more audible manner. What bullshit! The flickering of lights from cel. phones screens is a terrible distraction. The cinema is NOT a physical chat room! It is a hall of entertainment and for some like me, the cinema is a place of meditation as well.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Theater owners can kiss my ass

    by Scarecrow237

    Dim, out of focus projectors, wrinkled projection screens, sticky floors, smelly theaters with most of the seats broken, walls so thin I can hear dialog from movie showing next door, air conditioning turned so cold I need a jacket in the summer and it is so noisy that when it kicks in I miss part of the film. Rude employees that take my bag and search my pockets to make sure I'm not "smuggling" food in from outside (God forbid I forget to leave my packet of gum in the car, lest I get kicked out after buying my ticket.) If I sit for any length of time before the show starts, I'm stuck watching an endless loop of badly made commercials for companies I'd never, ever wish to patron in the first place. And the prices! $12 per person for a matinee showing for any film, $16 at all other times, double that if it is in 3D, and no option given to see the latest 3D blockbuster in 2D even though I have only one working eye and 3D doesn't work for me. $5 worth of popcorn buys a small french fry packet of popcorn, about 12 kernels at most. It is another $2 for butter flavor topping, which will probably give me cancer, but tastes so good. The candy for sale is left over from the Reagan administration and tastes like it was excavated from that Presidents colon. And the rest of the audience will not shut up, guys constantly telling the characters on screen what to do, as if they can hear, girls gossiping about how many of the actors they'd have sex with if they could, husbands asking their wives what is happening in the movie so far, and wives telling their husbands to shut up and watch to find out. Teens ignoring the movie and talking or texting on cell phones throughout, but having the audacity to threaten and menace any other audience member or staff that tells them to stop.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    roger o. thornhill

    by heylookoverthere

    If you don't mind my asking, what Long Island school jams cell phone signals? I thought that was illegal.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    genuinefelixleiter, good example of where this leads

    by jim

    Allowing texting, even to a segregated section of the theater, opens the door for more and more disrupting behavior becoming the norm and even become acceptable.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    People can text all they want during movies.....

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ....just understand I have the right to urinate on you for doing so.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    big jim

    by Chris Crocker

    you hit it on the head earlier. create the storm, offer the umbrellas for 5 times what they normally cost.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I text... don't care if it bothers people.

    by Nick

  • April 26, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    I watched a fist-fight break out during Iron Man.

    by 3774

    We were on a double date. Further down to the left of us and forward one row, an old man abruptly stood up, turned around, leaned forward, and began yelling at a handful of people right behind him. It was something to the effect of, *Shut the hell up, kids should be seen and not heard, if you want to talk, then leave the theater, otherwise shut up and sit quietly!* It wasn't a bunch of teenagers doing the talking. It seemed to be a couple of very young kids with their father. And the father lit up at the threatening, aggressive, loud response the old man gave. After the old guy turned back around and sat down, inevitable words were exchanged, but we couldn't make them out. Then the old man turned his head around and either said something to the father (or even possibly spit at him), and then turned back to the screen. The father jumped out of his seat and wrapped his arms around the old man's neck from behind, and started dragging him backward over the seat. People started shouting, and someone yelled repeatedly for the ushers (because skinny little indifferent, underpaid teenagers are what you want in a situation like that). The old man broke free, turned around with his drink in his hand and slung it at the father, and managed to catch the father's toddler right in the face with it, who started wailing. At that point, macho monkey-posturing and profanity-laden challenges went back and forth, and the crowd turned on both of them, shouting for them to just stop, and either sit down and shut up or just leave. The old man left, the ushers ran into the theatre and chased him back out the other side, and then the father and his kids left. I completely missed about 5 minutes of the movie. Oh, and to the talkbacker who said girls are the worst - you need to check the weather forecast for a possible chance of Go Fuck Yourself. I've had dozens of bad eperiences in the theatre . And 99% of them were obnoxious teenage boys, or bro-tard 20-something man-childs.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Trumbull is right...

    by TheGreatPumpkin

    By and large people are getting the idea that one screen is as good as another, and movies that are released to VOD same day as the cinemas only help reinforce that idea. BluRay releases, currently the best the industry has to offer, are sold with digital copies, so while you could be watching a movie with lossless audio, what do you care when you can be watching it on-the-go from your iPad through cheap earbuds? The thing to get people back to the cinema, is to create a cinema that provides an experience you cannot get anywhere else. IMAX could have done that, and does to some extent, but they're hurting their brand with Lie-MAX. Trumbull's idea of re-engineering the screen, as discussed in Harry's interview, is a great idea. Anyone who has been to a Cinerama (like we have in Seattle) knows how engaging and immersive the experience can be just because of the screen. Been to a real IMAX theater? Thoroughly engaging. People will pay more for the experience, and the ones that don't can sit on their couch texting their friends from home. Also, I seriously doubt the Drafthouse is sitting around thinking about how to get more butts in seats, and they have a very famous no-texting-speaking-or-doing-anything-but-watching-the-movie-or-we'll-take-your-ass-out policy. Someone at Regal and AMC should be paying attention.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Sounds like these theater executives are raising rude little assholes

    by Chuck_Cobra

    That is all.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Fuck you then

    by Chuck_Cobra

  • April 26, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Worst jackass I ever encountered at the movies

    by jim

    Buddy was a good 4 or 5 rows behind me in a packed house so he didn't care about my dirty looks as he was getting them from everyone. Here's his side of the conversation as he answers his phone. "......" represent the other side which I couldn't hear but got a good idea of what was being said. Hello?..... Hey, what's up? ..... Watching a movie..... New James Bond..... Yeah, right now..... No, it's ok, what's up?..... Don't worry, it's almost over, what's up?..... Maybe 10, 15 minutes, whatever,..... No, really, it's not a problem, what's up?.... Fine, I'll call you after.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    sick of it all...


    I get a knot in my stomach every time I go to the movies. It's not if, but when. I threw ice at somebody during Cabin in the Woods. I plan on bringing a slingshot and a bag of m&ms to the next movie. fucks. entitled fucking assholes. I pay close to 10 bucks to see a movie, not to have some bright ass screen fucking with me out of the corner of my eye.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Craptacular thanks for your last comment

    by angry kitty

    Fuck society, I hope you all die, unless you aren't annoying, then you're ok.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    The level desperation behind this idea makes you fucking eyes water.

    by Keith Maniac

    If you insist on dying on us Hollywood (and recent output seems to indicate that) do it with some fucking dignity.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by thound3

    I agree there should be a designated area for texters during a movie<p> Its called your own F'in house on your own F'in couch in front of your own F'in TV<p> Its people like you with absolutely no discernible social skills, that selfishly ruin the movie going experience for others.<p>

  • April 26, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Prefectly said, Mr. The Kid.

    by chewyou812

    I will not give business to theatres who allow texting or encourage it.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    If they're in control of their lives then WHY CAN'T THEY STOP

    by Larry Sellers

    Yes, it's distracting for me. It dampens my experience and it's really obnoxious. But I think it's way more important for these stupid fuckers to exercise some goddamn self-control over their own attention span so that they don't have to pop a Ritalin every fucking morning. I hate being lumped in with this shit generation.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Now posts are cutoff even if you don't use quotes? WTF

    by angry kitty

    oh well that line made me laugh. Thanks craptacular.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    People wonder why I download...

    by Mikey Wood

    I never go to opening weekends anymore. MAYBE if I can get into an early morning show on a Sunday or something but NEVER at night and NEVER on opening night. I'd rather download it and go to the theatre after the hype has died down. Yeah, it's piracy. YEAH, you risk getting poor quality or, worse, viruses (which has never happened to me knock on wood) but going to the theatre isn't FUN anymore. It isn't a good time out. It's annoying. It's ridiculously expensive. At times it can be INFURIATING. I think the future lies in direct broadcast, man. Send first-run movies directly to people's homes. I want to watch my big, loud, explosive-y noise-fests in peace.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    thenotoriousdrb - much like smoking and non smoking sections.

    by ObiBen

    So basically in half the rooms movies will play while not a twit watches, 'cos they're too busy posing and posting on their yuppy iBabyRattles. Do yourself a favor and save yourself 14$: just go sit in the parking with your twatty friends and start a wi-fi session of iJerk...

  • April 26, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Man, I must be lucky

    by Dranem

    I have a few theaters I frequent here in Denver (mostly Harkins for their great CineCapri Screen) and even with opening night crowds I've never had problems with people talking on their phones or being jackasses. They maybe texting, but I've never noticed. I wonder if certain types of theaters draw this behavoir more than others? I know I stay away from the Pavillions downtown. That theater is flooded with teenagers and borderline homeless people most of the time that are just there to keep warm or cool depending on the season.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Smash there fookin face in, easy!


    Or wee in there ear!

  • There's a surprise. Do you also look up spoilers for the movie you are at so you can shout them out right before they happen?

  • April 26, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    LOL - cool story

  • ... I don't always agree with ya, Billy the Kidd, but the only thing you're missing in your "rant" is that it's a far larger problem than just inside movie theaters. Keep on enablin', America!

  • April 26, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Jamming would only solve the conversation problem

    by Snookeroo

    but not the cell-phone light problem.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Pink apocalypse

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Yeah sorry about the girls comment. Didnt mean to offend or troll, just speaking from MY personal experiences.

  • Both of them?

  • Honestly, how difficult of a concept is that? First of all, I've never seen an occasion where the "no texting" rule is even enforced. People go along their merry way, and know full well they can text through the whole movie if they so please, and nobody is going to say or do squat 99% of the time- so it has NO bearing on their decision to attend a showing. None. What HAS killed the profits movies and theater chains see is incredibly obvious. Nobody wants to pay $13 to see a movie, $7 for a soda, another $7 for a popcorn- $27 per person, easily $70-$100+ if you take your family, to see a movie that, given Hollywood's track record in the last 10 years, is more than likely to leave them disappointed. On top of that, in the last 10 years we have had the availability of bootlegs increase exponentially - it is now quite easy to find a movie that came out a day or two ago and watch a fair quality bootleg of the thing in the comfort of your home - for free. Most American households also have massive TV sets, compared to what they were in the 90's. So you have a unique phenomenon - people simply aren't going anymore, sales are rock bottom, execs are panicking and grasping at franchises that enjoy a successful name recognition in a desperate bid to reclaim some lost dollars on the backs of the greats that came before them - QUE THE ATTACK OF THE ENDLESS REMAKES. Yes. THAT is why we are seeing this endless stream of remakes, reboots, and ripoffs - not a lack of originality - there are plenty of stories yet to be told - but rather, a fear of financial backlash if they dare try something new. And so the cycle continues, until the day comes when there are re-boots being made of reboots, the whole industry crumbles, and some brilliant mind realizes what we all already have: if you want butts in the seats...make good movies, and stop trying to charge people half a mortgage worth to do something a simple as watching a movie with a popcorn and soda in hand. Maybe if studios focused their finances and efforts on a few really GOOD movies, ORIGINAL concepts, per year, rather than bombarding us with a deluge of steaming turds in hopes of suckering enough of us in to make some bank...MAYBE they could dial down the absurd ticket and refreshment prices and more people would go to see the damned things. Somehow, they had the right idea in the 60's, 70's, even the 80's. But since then...a whole new brand of stupidity and greed has permeated the industry, and I fear this ugly bitch wont learn its lesson until the industry has destroyed itself...which, by the way, it is in the process of doing. WELL SAID, KIDD. I personally don't really care if someone texts once in a while, so long as they keep their fucking mouths shut during the movie and keep their phone on vibrate. However, half-assed postulating isn't the way to bring more dollars into the theater - it's a good way to repell a lot of people who might otherwise go and actually make your sales suffer more. And while I dont mind an odd text or two next to me, inviting people to fuck with their phone doesn't sound too appealing, either.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Let's not teach our kids manners, that would be too hard.

    by Chuck_Cobra

  • April 26, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    without repercussion

    by severianx1

    I'm afraid they're making a mistaken assumption if they think there's going to be no repercussion. If I'm sitting in a theatre trying to enjoy a movie, and some asshole with a cell phone is impeding my enjoyment of that movie, you can be damn sure there is going to be plenty of repercussion, and it ain't gonna be pretty. And I've got a hunch I'm not the only one with that attitude.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Boot to the head...

    by Ninja Nerd

    I have a zero tolerance policy for distracting shit at the movies. Took a group of 9 family members to LOTR:FOTR and a family of 4 behind felt the need to narrate and comment on every single scene. After Shhh! and glaring failed, I told the Dad to shut this crew up or I would kick his ass into the lobby, out into the parking lot whereupon I MIGHT call an ambulance. They shut up, but the wife tried to get hubby to voice his opinion after the movie in the lobby. Terrible decision on his part. Most of the time, my size and demeanor suffice but I've gone for a manager many times. I also ask...and typically get...either a refund or a pass for a future movie since I had to miss part of the show I paid for due to their inability to manage their theatre. Yes...I'm an asshole. An old, large, ex-military, retired martial artist asshole who really doesn't give a shit if Johnny or Betty can't refrain from texting for 90-100 minutes.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Pay 8-14 dollars to watch a movie...

    by micbenxyy

    But you spend it looking at your cell/smart phone, communicating with the outside world. That just indicates that you are a retard.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Makeup or breakup

    by galactic raider

    I used to go to the drive-in to make out with the girl I was with. Now there are no more drive-ins.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    That is complete wank. The Kidd is on the money.

    by jellypop

    Kidd has summed it all up perfectly. Why the hell should I have to forgo my enjoyment and allow someone to dictate my film going experience for me because they can't keep their grubby little hands away from their imaginary social lives for 5 minutes? They'd only be texting mates to say that they're watching an freakin' film anyway.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The difference between boys and girls...

    by 3774

    Typically girls should be easy, because you tell some gaggle-headed teens to be quiet, and they will. But the guys, run the risk of something like 'shut up bitch', or if a guy tells them to be quite, they threaten with a fight or something stupid and passive aggressive (throwing candy, etc.) My boyfriend and I are sick of it. It's like a giant cage for of animals. No, not even that. I have a house full of birds, cats, and a dog. And they act quiet and civilized, even with each other. Egon said it best. Humanity is too sick to survive. Friday night opening at any Regal Cinema is proof.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    @angry mike: The Entitlement Generation!

    by TheRaidKickedYourAss

    If it hasn't been coined yet then perhaps it will be now: Generation E. Gen-E. I can't stand entitlement, but I want to know how this happened. How can we change the next generation and stop Gen-E from existing? How can we bitch slap the entitlement from Gen-E? How many bitch slaps and ludovico treatments does it take to get to the center of a Gen-E's self-centered, self-absorbed self? One? Two? .........Two Hundred and Fifty? The World May Never Know! Seriously, are we in for the long haul here? Will they ever learn?

  • April 26, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    The Movie theaters are idiots...


    If they think allowing people to text would bring in MORE people. A significant reason for why people don't go to movies is because they HATE the increased distractions. Lack of texting is not why people aren't showing up.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    If movie theaters want to bring business back, follow the Arclight model

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Fuck the kids. My mid-30s disposable income having ass loved going to the Arclight when I lived in LA. It's like what I imagine going to the movies in the 50's must have been like. Fresh popcorn. Ushers. Assigned seats. THAT is what movie theaters need to be more like. Mother fuck texting!

  • April 26, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I'll continue instituting my 2-Strike policy

    by topaz4206

    1) ask you nicely to stop it, 2) throw your fucking cell phone across the movie theater

  • Seriously. <p> I don't normally advocate violence, but at times, its the only thing that these slopeheaded socially inept twats understand<p>

  • Now they need to alter the way we watch movies so that they can start the wheels turning and make a profit. Like maybe: "We've chosen a moment in this movie in which you can win a $100 if you text closest to it. Get texting, kids!"

  • April 26, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by thound3

  • April 26, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Hmmm I'm the opposite...

    by Kill List Hammertime

    I'm a builder, 6 ft with tattoos everywhere, so I'm more inclined to tell the guys to shut the fuck up than appearing like a dick scaring girls. And the guys do shut the fuck up, generally. But I see your point. At least we can agree their ALL fucking annoying.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Billy, WHO can we tweet-bomb about this bullshit?

    by D.Vader

    If those at Regal and IMAX get harassed enough over this by people who care, then maybe they'll change their mind. So I ask, who do we have to harass over this? THIS AGGRESSION WILL NOT STAND, man.

  • Yeah that's the thing with us guys. Ya never know when we'll instantly take shit to next level and turn an argument into a knife or gun fight. It depends on the situation, even if we're in the wrong - if we're told we're in the wrong in a way that's disrespectful or embarrassing - it's an ego thing where we have to throw fists or escalate. Oh is my texting disturbing you? GO FUCK YOUR MOTHER! And so we're off to round 1...........

  • easy. multiplexes have so many screens anyways. fuck em!

  • April 26, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    If I see a movie, my phone goes on silent or off...

    by ChickenStu

    ...simple. It's a shame that other neanderthals who frequent cinemas don't have the same idea. All I can remember about seeing "Hellboy" was some stupid little cunt actually ANSWERING HER FUCKING PHONE DURING THE MOVIE. I would've loved to have poured my drink over her head. I wish I did that now... dammit.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    True story from last summer:

    by SifoDyasJr

    I've already seen this one.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by SifoDyasJr

    is wrong with talkback posting?

  • April 26, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Maybe if WE all start being obnoxious to teens in the theater...

    by D.Vader

    Yelling over their heads, talking About them And what they wear in earshot, throwing candy at them... They'll start feeling less and less inclined to go out to the movies. And then we take it back. You hear me? WE TAKE IT BACK!

  • Translation: they've become accustomed to everything being all about them. They have no consideration for others and take it personally when rules of common decency and courtesy conflict with their whims and desires, no matter how fleeting, fickle, or insignificant those "needs" may be. They must be allowed to do whatever they want, whenever, and wherever, regardless of the needs or desires of anyone else. If we don't cater to them we might lose this, apparently, oh so important demographic. Don't worry if it's a bit of a minority now - we aim to change that by creating a niche (one that next to no one actually wanted) and turning it into the majority of movie goers.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Iv'e always wanted to ask...

    by ZodNotGod

    WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU HERE IF YOU CAN'T PUT YOUR FUCKING PHONE DOWN FOR 4 MINUTES? Seriously, are people so ADD retards that they can't concentrate on one task? While there at it, allow smoking, groping and blowjobs in the theater too....

  • April 26, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    This is WAR, ladies and gentlemen, WAR!

    by D.Vader

    I won't sit idly by as my favorite pastime gets taken away from me and handed over to the uncouth, ignorant, selfish mob by those "in charge". There's a line in the sand. This far, no further. NO PEACE.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    i go to the movies weekly... friday early matinees

    by antonphd

    sometimes it sucks to see a crowd pleaser movie with a small audience, i don't have to worry about the assholes i was contemplating watching Avengers with a later show crowd, but this article reminded me why i shouldn't although... i may go to the midnight show. usually there are assholes, but there are also enough people who are excited to see the movie and don't want assholes to ruin it, so, any asshole gets piled on pretty quick

  • April 26, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Make every theater a Faraday cage

    by Darth Macchio an alternative... I still think we need a universal "5 minute ass kicking" rule. Here's the idea - something that is clearly rude and plainly inconsiderate, but not illegal, falls into the domain of the '5 minute ass kicking' rule. It basically goes like this: if you are doing something that you do not need to do in any demonstrable way, and that thing you are doing is causing duress for more than one other person, then you are now prone to the lovely "5 minute ass kicking" rule. For 5 minutes, the people you needlessly and adversely affected get to kick your ass for 5 minutes. Not a beat down but actually foot to ass kicking. Nothing involving a hospital or criminal charges - no accidental falls banging a head on a curb and dying. No blood and no bone breaking. And no fighting back - you wanna be an asshole to total strangers on purpose? the price is 5 minutes of being kicked in the ass by those same don't realize talking on a phone or otherwise texting in a theater is a blatant asshole disruptive thing to do? the price is 5 minutes of foot to ass kicking (ignorance of discourtesy is NO excuse).

  • April 26, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Right on Kidd.

    by Ian

    In high school there was at least one reason a week to head to the closest movie theater to see a release. Now I can't be bothered. The talking in theaters has increased, and the cellphone use is off the charts. Will I see Avengers in the theater? Will I see Batman? Prometheus? Yes. Of course I will. I'm a hopeless geek. Will I see anything else? No. I don't care about ticket prices as long as the product delivers, I enjoy the 3D gimmick for what it is and I'll happily shell out insane prices for concessions as I know it funds the theaters. I will not however have my experience ruined by those that feel the world revolves around them. The equivalent is going to an expensive restaurant and having a patron sat next to you spit in your food, and having the waiter shrug it off. This is why people don't come to your theaters anymore, this is why people pirate movies. You've given them no choice. Once they've seen your awful excuse for a movie, of course they're not going to buy it on DVD or Blu-Ray. They got to see what garbage it was free on an advance DVD rip from the comfort of their own home. P.S. I love reading the posts supporting Kidd's article. It's nice to know that I'm not alone on this.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Who's with me???

    by D.Vader

    Tweet-bomb the motherfuckers. Burn them to the GROUND.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    mr. moe

    by ZodNotGod

    GOOD! Tell them to fuck off and die, they are worthless if they can't put their fucking phones away for two hours. Idiots.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    What do these assholes do when they go to work?

    by ZodNotGod

    I'd get fired, rightly so, if I constantly texted...but also too, who are they constantly texting? WHy aren't they with said person and hanging out, watching a movie perhaps, instead of watching some meaningless fucking words on a screen.... cunts.

  • Those fuckwits who can't watch a fucking film without fucking stuffin their fat fucking pusses with buckets of this and troughs of that. The russling of fucking sweetie bags the crunchin and rooting around popcorn. Those cunts need fucking shot. Greedy self centred fuckwits. Also these cinemas wonder why families etc don't come. We are £10($15) for a fucking ticket the grazers pay fucking £7($10) for their popcorn. Take a family of four to the pictures and it's £50-£70($75-100). Who the fuck can afford to spend that week after week. It's unjustifyable. That's why kids are not coming to pictures. They's rather meet theirates watch a dvd and get pissed on bacardi breezers and cider.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    A kindred spirit.

    by shutupfanboy

    Thank God, you posted this. I feel the exact same way about this shit. I have had a number of terrible experiences at theaters. If they want to get people into theaters lower the prices and hire some people to smack these little bastards around.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    What... but... I... um... what?...

    by bcom77

    I can not understand why people would go to a movie theatre other than to watch a movie. Luckily, here in New Zealand, when people do go to the movies it is because they really want to watch the movie. Sure, you see the flash of mobile screens during the pre movie ads and trailers but once the movie starts it's dark and quiet (well, at Hoyts 8 Riccarton anyways). I lived in London for 2 years and there wasn't a single movie I went to where there wasn't either A) Someone constantly texting B) Someone taking/making phone calls or C) 2 people having a full blown conversation, at full volume, throughout the duration of the entire move. I just couldn't get it. If you want to chat go to a coffee house or bar, why pay to sit in a movie theatre and talk about how "such and such is such a bitch" while annoying everyone around you? The only conclusion I could come up with is that these kinds of people are genuinly, truely dumb. Really, really, through and through pathetically retarded morons who don't have a single ounce of common sense or thought for anything. Seriously, if theatre chain execs allow texting then it's just them giving up. They obviously don't care about movies or the genuine movie going public. They are just as retarded and moronic as the texters/callers/talkers themselves.

  • You disgust me sirs and madams, pigs and dogs. You've turned your back on us, the film lovers and cinema-goers who have filled your coffers over the years. You've betrayed us.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    You mean to tell me that you get to live in a beautiful country like New Zealand AND people are respectful at theaters? No fair.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    What is so damn imporant that needs you to constantly text?

    by ZodNotGod

    Are u having text sex with someone and on the verge of cumming? a turd and die.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    If this is the route they are going to take...

    by ZodNotGod

    I will increase my bootlegging downloading and watching and laugh at their demise for doing such a stupid move. I'd be in fights all the time with morons doing this shit. I hate watching movies with "normal" people anyway since they are ignorant fuckholes.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Sick of this shit! People are assholes!

    by Zardoz

    I went to "Cabin in the Woods" on opening day and it was a fucking nightmare! (Not the movie, which was awesome, but the shitheads in the audience) Fuckers would not stop texting during the movie. (Also, a lot of them were black, so of course they had to yell back at the movie, but that's another topic for another day!) I've nearly gotten into fights for politely asking people to put away their phones during a movie. I live in SF and the average cost of a ticket is $11. IMAX will set you back as much as $19. Why are these assholes wasting their money and mine by texting during the movie? It's asinine! I can't wait for the Alamo Drafthouse to build their theater here in SF. I will give them all of my movie money!

  • April 26, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

  • Just fine!

  • April 26, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    One of you fine people need to show some initiative

    by proevad

    and kill the next person you see doing this. I'll pay for your defense.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    I'd do it myself

    by proevad

    but teenage girls scare me.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    Remove "Tweet" from your message and I'll jump on board :)

  • April 26, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I'm with borisdoris on grazers.

    by Kill List Hammertime


  • April 26, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    alienfanatic - bingo

    by ZodNotGod

    These people are so damn dumb... Lower prices on everything. It costs a family of 3 $50 to see a movie...unacceptable. I remember, not long ago it was $12.00. Yet I can buy the movie on blu-ray between $15-20, keep it forever and eat food from own kitchen, take a shit break and not miss a frame of the flick.... Set some rules: you make noise you get the fuck out. NO children allowed to movies after 8pm. JAM those cell phones... GET RID OF THE COMMERCIALS! Make movies an event...thanks to the internet and everything else, movies have been marginalized and cheapened.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    I've been escorted out of a theater with pepper spray and tazers aimed at me for threatening to slap the shit out of a group of people that talked through one and a half hours of movie...that count?

  • April 26, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Well put, Billy.

    by wrongThinker

    Don't come bitching to me in the future when the movie-going experience is in peril, because the only customers you're attracting are those who aren't even there to watch the movie.

  • Being a dick is perfectly ok so long as you give us your money. and we are so scared you might not give us your money, we will allow you to continue being a dick. Seriously, i work at wal-mart, we aren't even allowed to throw people out anymore for treating the store like a fucking playground. so long as you aren't actually taking, or breaking, anything you can be as dickish as you want. and if you bitch and moan you can get anything you want.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Fixing those larger problems costs money.

    by rbatty024

    If you want a projectionist who can properly light a film and a staff who quickly and efficiently take care of problems like texting, then you need to pay a little extra for decent employees. The problem is, these people don't want to pay the extra money that these problems will cause. But doing nothing, as in this case, is free. From their end, they probably think, why actively fix the movie going experience when we can just decide it's not our problem anymore. Also, these people are assholes.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by Rick Webb

    You're not that important.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Sitting behind a dude once and he was watching porn on his phone...

    by ZodNotGod

    Ick...really? Can't wait till he got home I guess.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Completely agree.

    by Cadillac Jones

    I had some fuckstick not only have his phone RING during "The Dark Knight" but the fucking woodchuck ANSWERED it! "What? I'm watching Batman. What are you doin'?" he asked uncle-dad. I kicked the seat so fucking hard saying "Seriously?!" He turned around with his greasy baseball cap saying "I guess I better go." I don't give a shit anymore and am sick of the douchebaggery that abounds.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Oh and Jammers don't solve the texting problem...

    by Cadillac Jones buddy has one and we tried it. The dumb bitch kept her phone open for 40 mins trying to figure out why she couldn't call.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    The studios did this themselves

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    I know you can't put the genie back in bottle, but as much as love my collection, DVD's were the studios first big mistake. The studios have devalued their product so much by reducing it to a tiny disc, or just bits and bytes, that people no longer have respect for it, even to point of justifying outright theft through torrenting. I dont recall anyone bitching and moaning because they had shell out their allowance money to go see Empire Strikes Back again. And now a lot of you are bitching and moaning because Netflix wants $20 a month to give you the world on disc or streamed right to you! We are just as greedy as the studios. You want people back in theatres? How about a minimum 1 year release window before any release to home video, VOD, whatever, and some serious jamming tech in the theatres to prevent camming. No more screener copies or workprints either. As for texting in the theatre, I'm all for jamming. Fuck your "emergency", don't even think about opening your phone until you get outside the theatre, then deal with your personal problems that 400 other people who paid to see a movie don't give shit about, no matter serious it may be to YOU.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Saturday and Sunday mornings are the best time to go...

    by ZodNotGod

    Catch the noon show or 1pm. Fuck the concession, you deserve to get gouged eating that shit...take your own snacks; twizzlers. As stated the trouble makers are either hungover or still in bed at that time. No old people, no dumb parents with whiny brats.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    There ARE personal phone jammers out there. Illegal but...

    by tangcameo

    Saw something on a US channel (michigan I think) about a local guy people started spotting on the bus with a walkie talkie with 3 attenae on it. And every time he brought it out, everyone's phones jammed on the bus. TV News crew caught him and reminded him it was illegal. Maybe go to the theatre with one of those in your pocket. Now if I could just find a remote control that lowered the volume at the theatre to somewhere below earbleeding fucking deafening!

  • April 26, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Long live HOME cinema....

    by DC Films

    I've grown up loving the cinema and THAT's the reason i won't go to the cinema anymore.<p><p> The behaviour permitted in cinema's, mainly phone use, has KILLED CINEMA for me. <p><p>I refuse to let any more movies be ruined by greedy cinema's refusing to turn away/chuck out these scum because they want there money. <p><p> Instead i've invested in Home Cinema (projector etc) and i recommend it - i watch HD, surround sound, 3D sometimes, and not one damned mobile phone interferes with my enjoyment. It's cheaper than you think to get the kit and my room room isn't that big, but it's soooo much better than arguing with scumbags and greedy, pencil pushing cinema managers. It's sad but, CINEMA IS DEAD

  • April 26, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    @ notoriousdrb

    by Phategod2

    Doctors existed before cell phones or beepers, and I'm sure there are contingencies for professionals of any sort who can not be reached for 2+ hours. The point of the matter is your phone should either be off, or you should not be in setting that calls for complete silence with no distractions from the crowd. Would you say the same thing during a live play? Hell all movie theaters should come equipped with Jammers and a notice to let you know its on.

  • A lot of people won't admit that, but it's true. I can hardly go anywhere now without seeing many people with their eyes almost always focused downward towards their cell phone screen, thumbs typing away. It's really a sick addiction, and I'll never get it. I'm all for the ability to communicate. That's what cell phones were for, the ability to communicate while mobile and without having to find a pay phone somewhere. But now it's just gone way too far. With smart phones and their thousands of associated apps, you can do everything on the phone now, and many people's lives are revolving around it. The addiction is so bad that they can't even put away the phone for TWO hours to watch a movie. Well, I say TO HELL with the theaters if they start letting patrons get away with it. I personally will not allow someone to distract me and ruin my time and waste my money that I paid for the ticket. I WILL say something to them until they either leave or put that damn phone away.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Cell phone jammers: I bought one!

    by Zardoz

    I used it a few times and it really isn't an effective deterrent because people still have to open their phone and keep checking that they don't have a signal. It works wonders for cell phone calls, though: no more ringing or talking for sure! But I stopped using it for safety concerns: what if something happened to me: heart attack, brain aneurysm, etc., and I'm unconscious while the device is still on? Then no one can make a cell call because of the jammer! So, I don't even use it anymore.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by Professor_Bedlam

    Good I hate the bastards that text and chair kick and talk during the movie! I wish I could punch the MotherF#ckers out when they disrupt everyone!!!!

  • April 26, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    CINEMA is Dead... Long live HOME CINEMA...

    by DC Films

    Pencil pushing, greedy cinema owning shitheads killed it, dead.... But thanks to them i've discovered Home Cinema and after 40 years of loving going to the movies i now love watching them at home on my cheap, but fantastic HD 3D projector (and no phone texting assholes to ruin it :)

  • Families have their kids safely away from the theater. Bro-tards and sorori-sluts are sleeping off hangovers. Church attendance sweeps up most of the mouth-breathers. And discounted times on top of it all. It's a barren, peaceful desert, populated by only a handful of people like yourself. Give it a try if you haven't. You'll thank me.

  • There are... what... about 200 plus posts in this talkbalk? Almost all overwhelmingly negative and vehemently opposed to this measure? At an average of $10 a ticket, if all these people arrived at a theater on a given night and were greeted with news that texting was now prohibited in a theater, that's a hypothetical two grand lost, which may only be fraction of the total lost when taking into account the remaining potential revenue lost in the span of a single business day. <P> And while there may be more of "them" than "us", I can't imagine this working as a long term viable solution. Once you hand the asylum over to the inmates, I can't imagine it'll be too long before they can't stand the sight of their own drooling, AMOLED enthralled ilk. <P> It's that or we're looking at a world where Kevin James will become the most beloved screen celebrity of the next generation and Taco Bell really will be the last restaurant standing after the Franchise Wars.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by Sandy

    I'll second, third, fourth and every one beyond that particular sentiment. I already don't go to the movies much now, not because of the inability to use my phone (I don't have one) or some other nonsense no one should be doing in a theater to begin with, but rather for each and every reason you mentioned. Prices are too high whether it's tickets or concessions. And I don't want to hear some baloney or whatever excuses someone might make for those prices. They are B*LLSH*T. The concession food such as popcorn simply isn't worth the $5 or $6 I'm shelling out. $6 for .25 cents worth of stale air popped popcorn is not my idea of a good time. But we have more inconsiderate morons to thank for that too. For those people, let me say this... I F*CKING know that buttered OIL POPPED popcorn with EXTRA butter isn't exactly healthy for me....I'm not an idiot. However, dumbasses, I also do NOT eat it ALL the F'ing time. It's a treat, just like the movie theater experience. Thank God some theater here in town comprehends that oil popped is better and the tickets are cheaper there, too (they also have first run movies...). Now, back to the issue at hand, I also believe the overall experience at Rave where they claim to have this great sound system, etc. is definitely NOT worth the blasted $10 to $12 I'm forking out for the experience. I get a better one here at home and no annoying a$$holes playing with their phones either....(oh, yeah...and OIL POPPED POPCORN to boot). Whoever sets the sound there in Rave theaters is a moron. The treble is up so high it literally hurts my ears and the bass sounds horrible with only the absolute lowest frequencies being heard (explosions MIGHT rumble your seat, but not likely). And I hate, hate, HATE when some inconsiderate turd sits somewhere near with their phone looking like a mini spotlight or some doofus couple with their NEWBORN who cries throughout the first 45 minutes before they finally realize that it was a bad idea to go with the child in the first place (what clued you in? Better yet, why didn't it BEFORE you arrived?). I feel for the kid...he/she has to grow up with that irresponsibility as an example. And so, anyone out there responsible for these idiotic suggestions of catering to the inconsiderate lowest form of the movie going crowd, I hope you're paying attention to the talkback here...WE DON'T WANT THESE PR1CKS BOTHERING US AND OUR EXPERIENCE. Cater to them and you can kiss most of our a$$es goodbye.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    Could not agree more sir.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    This society would be better off if Snake set of an EMP gadget

    by ZodNotGod

    forcing us all to do a redo....We are so stupid today.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'm 40 y/o, I'm so glad I'm not a kid damn expensive.

    by ZodNotGod

    everything I loved doing as kid has either been ruined or is now too expensive.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by 3774

    It's miss, but thank you. My boyfriend and I wonder why more people don't catch on to that time slot. It's movie-watching paradise compared to any other time of the week.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    I'm 35 and back in school...

    by Cadillac Jones's like high school all over again! People my age are fucking addicted! It's fucking incredible how they even have to be reminded by the teacher to keep them off / away during class. I have a flip-phone, Virgin mobile pre-paid thinger and it can't do shit and God bless it! I think I've used it 5 times total, mostly for my folks who are in their 60's and travel a lot and need to get a hold of me for straight-up emergencies. Otherwise I wouldn't even want the fucking thing. I survived 20 years without one, I'll survive another.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    Terribly sorry!

  • April 26, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Nothing for me to say, you guys said it all.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Fuck texting in a theater.

  • A big budget blockbuster (Avengers) will cost you the same to see as the latest Adam Sandler crapfest. To me, that's a bigger problem and one oddly one you see only at movie theaters. If I go to a restaurant, a sirloin steak costs more than a grilled cheese sandwich. A Lamborgini costs more than a Yugo. An up and coming indie band costs less to see than Bruce Springsteen. This is an area that theater owners should address. But, I agree that cell phoners and texters are assholes.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    As geeks, I know it hurts to even say such a thing, but....

    by Terrence

    We have too much technology.

  • April 26, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Google HUD glasses. Text your brains out. Problem solved.

    by UltraTron

  • April 26, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    Good idea, the only problem is, how many of the fuckfaces that text now, knowing that it full well bothers everyone else is going to bother with such a feature?

  • April 26, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    the upside i can see to all this is...

    by clockworksrevenge

    If the young generation continues with this douchebaggery then maybe we can get a real life BR law passed and have these cunts taken somewhere they can kill each other off...... Been watching Battle Royale lately....

  • April 26, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Right that's it we're just gonna have to kill em.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Full on annoying fuck genocide. Nuke them from orbit, its the only way to be sure.

  • April 26, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    No respect

    by DrGogol

    If you can't pray to my God in the proper fashion, get the fuck out of my church.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Fuck all of you. Texting SHOULD be allowed.

    by schreck

    When I was younger we didn't have cell phones and going to the movies was hell. You had to just sit there and watch some crap wondering the whole time if somebody needed to get a hold of you. It was impossible to survive without texting back then. Most people, myself included, DIED because we were cut off from everyone else for 2 whole hours. If I'd had the tech back then I would still be alive today. Sadly, having been deprived of my God-given right to text at others expense I'm now just a corpse in the ground. Think about that before you try to take away the freedom denied us to live in those days!

  • April 26, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    With texting there's always the ringtone and the idiot laughing

    by tangcameo

    I go to the library to write. There's always a moron there who hasn't figured the concept of 'vibrate mode' and always another who has but bursts out laughing after each text he gets. I learned long ago to bring my mp3 player with the earplug earbuds. I watch the newbies come in, trying to study for university, only to suffer through idiots like I used to.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by schreck

    ...I think they should turn down the sound and picture in movies. The last time I went to a theatre the fucking movie kept interrupting my tweets.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Goddam right it'd be fun. I'm thinking Passion of the Christ fun.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • April 26, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Texting like crazy, crazy bitch!!!!

    by KARL

    Just saw Cabin in the woods, great film by the way, so the girl next to me is texting on her phone, really pissing me off, so around two thirds into the film I turned mine on, angled the screen in her directions, big screen and bright as fuck, and kept turning the screen on and off, pissed that girl right off, do unto others as they do unto you!!!!!!

  • April 26, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    All the texters I've noticed were female.

    by Chief Joseph

    Why do they do it? Probably because they don't want to be there. The first texter that I can recall was some middle-aged schlub's much younger mail order bride. She clearly didn't want to be with this guy at this movie. She probably had to do a lot of things she didn't really want to do with this guy. Guys probably text during chick flicks.

  • Just like cellphones have "airplane" mode. One easily selectable mode that does the rest. A vibrate all with discrete, LCD-style LED. The only way to make it better is to sneak a command that locks talk function out entirely when in that mode (because, you know, the little ones forget so quickly that this is a no no).

  • April 26, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Haven't watched a film in the evening for years

    by weati

    The vast number of retarded cunts that go see movies in the evening made me give up on evening shows. The first matinee on Saturdays is usually only people who are serious about watching the movie. The theaters I go to all have no cell phone policies also.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    I've been wired since 1984-85...and I must say...

    by conspiracy

    Technology has destroyed basic civility and reasonable discourse. Even my Generation, X; are nothing but selfish, entitled, boorish and uncultured...incapable of considering others, the big picture, and on the whole ignorant and debased. Worse..they have raised children with the same traits, but taken to the next level. It is like they have blinders on...the glow of their phones illuminating their blank faces as they ignore reality in favor of the constant inane chatter of friends, family and people they'll never meet...treating anyone who interrupts this dream like existence as though you had walked into their personal space and kicked them in their cunt. I doubt they have jobs, or are able to converse with real people...can you imagine having one of these people as your employee? Runner up for most irritating Theater goer.....the prick/Prickette who brings the fruit of their majestic loins to the theater...and doesn't leave when the inevitable wailing starts.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    This is why cinema will slowly, but surely, die

    by performingmonkey

    It was bad enough 10 years ago. Kids now can't concentrate on a movie for 2 hours cause they're so used to their fix of doing 100 other things on their phones during that time. It's a FACT that we're heading toward the Axiom from Wall-E, only ten times worse. Theater-going cinema now has a limited life. Eventually it just won't be a viable option for anyone.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    You lost me with "I don't have to pay to see movies"

    by JackSlater4

    Your opinion no longer counts

  • April 26, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    they'll allow this but i get booted for sneaking in my own candy and soda

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • April 26, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    I don't mind if people text, as long as they are sitting behind me

    by JackSlater4

  • April 26, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    if people are allowed phone use am i allowed to tell them to shut up?

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • April 26, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    I second the kids complaint. I've got three little ones at home all under 8, and they tell adults to shut up during movies...let me tell you being told to mind your manners when in public by a 3 year old is often embarrassing enough to shut them up for the rest of the film. All three of them know that if they talk, they're out the door with no warning other than the one given in the lobby before entering the movie (unless they need the bathroom of course). It's difficult to explain to them though why all the other kids aren't being taken out of the theater for goofing around, they're too young to really get that people are pretty damn they always end up getting a treat for being good after the show.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Damn stadium seating is a blessing and a curse

    by Terrence

    When I first tried it out back in like 1999, I loved it, being able to sit up in the back row was the best seat in the house. Nowadays you see EVERY FUCKING PHONE SCREEN.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    It annoys me

    by Bloo

    When I go to the movies and before the movie starts one of my friends whips out her Iphone, logs onto facebook and "checks in" who cares that she is at the Showplex Theater in Hays seeing The Hunger Games with Bloo, bob, and George. When I'm at home I don't care that she is seeing The Hunger Games at the Showplex Cinema in Hays with Susan, Bill, and George. It doesn't take away from my experience of watching a movie (like recently happened to me during John Carter's last run), I just find it annoying that we have to let everyone know where we are at. Same with going out to eat, I don't care if you're eating at The Sizzler or at Craft Steak with Tom Colicho himself serving you, I don't need to know that moment what you are doing. It comes down to a lack of respect thing. When I saw John Carter (10pm Friday showing, the night Hunger Games opened, I picked it assuming I'd see it in relative peace and quiet with fans) about 10 teenagers who couldn't get into Hunger Games came stomping into the relatively small theater they were showing it in (maybe a 50 seater in this multiplex). They were loud, annoying, shit heads who kept changing seats, running in and out, texting, etc. I could have gotten up and complained (which is what was suggested after the movie when I did complain) but I would have lost 10 to 15 minutes to find an employee, get back to my seat, etc. I did get a free pass out of it, but it still took away from a movie I enjoyed and would have liked more if it been seen under ideal circumstances. Weather these people are perforing live for us (ala live theater) or on screen, we should respect the craft that went into making movies. From the lowly PA to the writer, director and actors, a lot of people worked hard to craft this for our enjoyment, texting, talking, being an ass, disrespects those people and their work. That's why you shouldn't text during a movie. The problem is we've made the theaters too much like our homes and our homes too much like our theaters and people forget there is a difference between the two

  • April 26, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Yes, thank you, Kidd!

    by successor

    You're absolutely right. No cell phones in the damn theater. Two idiots damned near ruined my experience watching Lock-out. The glaring light from their cell phones kept getting into my eyes, distracting me from the screen. And this was at an afternoon screening. Not that the film was Shakespeare, but I still have a right as a paying moviegoer to enjoy a film without distraction. The only reason I didn't say something was because I didn't want to start a fight and ruin it for myself and everyone else. And with people today, they might have a knife or a gun and be crazy. Who knows? The worst part is that it's not just young people (20's and under) using cell phones now. Old people whip them out too. I had a sixty-something year old guy at Tree of Life take out his cell phone and start talking near the beginning of the movie. Thankfully he left the theater, but still. Jesus, shut the fucking phones off. If you can't shut up and stare at a movie screen for two hours, then don't go. Period. Sometimes I wish I could take the phones out of the user's hands and jam it down their throat until they choke on it. Respect other people's right to watch a movie in peace. Don't be an asshole and ruin it for everybody else. Is that so hard? I guess in this day and age it is.

  • and distract them for 2 hours

  • April 26, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The only time someone should have their phone on next to me in the cinema...

    by Kill List Hammertime if their about to show me a picture of Kat Dennings and Christina Hendricks rubbing their sweaty tits together while French kissing, with Kate Beckinsale masturbating furiously in the background. Hey it's just gone half twelve over here, so it's Fudgepack Friday time.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I stopped going to theaters 10 years ago.

    by MisterManReturns

    The comment by the IMAX guy makes me violent. His child feels "handcuffed" because he's being forced to be courteous? Dear God. No wonder kids are turning into assholes. I was in a bar last week, and every table was filled with texting jerks. Yeah, I go out to a bar, to TEXT??? I was an Austin store today, and half the people were screeching into their cell phones. Why the fuck do they bother to leave the house? They were mostly women in their 30s to be honest, not kids (who were in school). The stupid behavior has reached all levels. I was in the grocery store last week, and stood in line for 10 minutes, listening to some asshole carry on a personal conversation. I finally turned around, as I often do, and asked them, "You know that I can hear you, right?"

  • Pulled the ticket stub basket out and laid it out on the floor and was trying to match stubs to give everyone their money back. Total nervous breakdown like they used to have em. Before all the prescription shit.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    I use to think filthy smokers were worse....

    by ZodNotGod

    At least the smokers have to go outside and eat their poison.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    if they try this, it could well backfire on them

    by Rupee88

    You know it would probably get some media attention and the anti-texting crowd would boycott the theater chains that tried it. But the kids really are just about the only ones who go to the movies these days and they will do whatever get their asses in seats.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I worked at a newspaper office

    by Bloo

    This was in 2007, I worked the front desk at a newspaper office, answering phones, greeting people at the door, selling classifieds and subscriptions. It got so bad with people coming in and talking on their phones while trying to fill out a classified for he weekend garage sale, that we put up a sign "We will not provide you with service while you are talking on your phone. We will wait until your other business is finished to help you." It worked so well when I moved into the hotel industry I did a similar thing. I told the front desk staff, if someone comes in and tries to check in while on their phone, don't talk to them, just wait quietly until they are done. If they try to check in just pioletly say "It looks like you have more important business, we can wait" it worked like a charml

  • April 26, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    5 SIMPLE ways to get people back into theatres...

    by xoandre

    1. Make GOOD movies. Make them so freaking good that no one in their right mind will protest ten Best Picture nominees. Make them so good that people will be begging the academy to expand the nominees to 15 or even 20 films. 2. If you cannot make good movies, don't bother making them. 3. Vet your scripts with the writers who have proven they know how to tell good stories. Find yourself an ace storyteller and pay him/her/them well. Do not scoff at the ones who can turn a line written by George Lucas today (i.e. crap that would make even your grandma hurl) into a line written by Jonathan Nolan tomorrow (Amazing dialogue and narration that will make you lose your mind and rethink the universe). 4. Dig into the countless BILLIONS of fantastic novels in the world written by amazing talents - such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Anee McCaffrey, Roger Zelazny, Stephen Baxter, etc. - and RESPECT the writing and the story and the arc of the novel(s). Do justice by bringing in the top 10 fans of the novel in question (if the author himself/herself is unavailable) and have them give feedback on changes and modifications to the story. 5. Keep the teens and kids and adults out of the theatre if they are going to turn on their blinding white screens and use them while the rest of us are attempting to follow the action on the big screen. No matter how good or bad a film is, in that dark room even a tiny red light on someone's wheelchair is blindingly bright (for those with wheelchairs - please cover that light or LCD screen when the film starts). If you think allowing texting and web-browsing in theatres will drive the kids into your cinemas, try imagining the collapse of your entire industry when those of us who LOVE and RESPECT the theatres and wonder of the big silver screen decide it is no longer worth spending the money to be distracted from the film by countless bright lights shining in our eyes.... BONUS: Drop prices on your concessions and those of us who wear heavy coats in the heat of summertime will no longer bother sneaking in our own food and drinks. $7.50 for 50 cents worth of soda is insane!

  • April 26, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Why does this have to be either/or?

    by Jbud

    Say they experiment with it and they really can draw more patrons by letting them do whatever the hell they want in the auditorium. Fine. We have multiplexes. Just show the same movie on two screens, and set & enforce rules that one of them is No Cell Phones etc. Voila, the theater makes the money to hopefully stay in business, and still keeps that more respectful screen going for those of us who want it. Then later if they decide they can make even more money by getting rid of the screen with the good rules, well, then we have to avoid them altogether and hopefully find more Alamo Drafthouses.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Cell phones aren't the problem... it's the idiots that use them....

    by gringostar

  • No rules, no decorum, freaks, half-wits and Obama supporters drooling on their seats smearing shit in their hair.... texting like fiends. Joy!

  • April 26, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    I want to see Avengers, Prometheus and Dark Knight...

    by ZodNotGod

    but I fear I will be in jail for assault.... :)

  • April 26, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    I'm with you on the eating thing. I remember, spring, 2000, me and the ex go to see X-Men. Behind me sits a jolly fatty with a sack of candy. The cellophane bag must have been designed to ensure the most noise possible when rummaging for sweet niblets. The WHOLE movie this goes on. Ruined the experience. I've heard that food heightens the movie experience. Maybe. For you, not for those around you listening to your crunching, belching, rustling, etc. Just go an hour or two without eating and if you can't be respectful of others.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by paul burnett

  • April 26, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    What if a relative is in an accident?

    by JediWuddayaknow

    They'll still be fucking dead when you get out and at least you'll have gotten to enjoy a movie before finding out they died! Worth it! You take the risk that you'll find out about something after-the-fact when you go to anything that will last a set amount of time. You simple-minded, self absorbed pricks who think texting in a theater is fine are assholes. If you're on call, don't go to a fucking movie. If you're so fucking important that you can't be out of touch from the outside world for 2 hours, then please, stay the fuck home until your schedule clears up like a fucking ADULT, you useless pieces of shit!

  • April 26, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    It's also just the simple talking, sans cells, that enrages.

    by MisterManReturns

    As I've said, I no longer go (maybe once every two years), and I am flabbergasted by the extended interpersonal conversation during the film. Usually kids. The past two years, while visiting family during the holidays, I attended a Christmas Day service at church. I could not believe that MANY kids talked through the entire thing, and nobody shut them up. Parents just sat there, letting these assholes ruin the service. Unbelievable. More than once, when I was a kid, our preacher stopped his sermon if a kid started talking. He just stood there, and waited for the kid to get a clue, and shut up. Then he'd say, "May I continue now, or would you like to talk?" Awesome.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by JediWuddayaknow

    I work at a car dealership in the ghetto, selling parts. I get people coming up on their phones all the time. I make sure they see me notice them, then walk away. When they say something I just tell them I'll talk to them when they're done with their phone call.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    by JediWuddayaknow

    It should be legal to pour your soda all over those pricks and ruin their fucking phones. There's a theater in Woodridge, Illinois called Hollywood Blvd. that used to be fucking amazing. You could go there and actually enjoy a movie without all that bullshit. But then, the lowest common denominator found out they served beer and food and flocked to it, ruining it. Now, you have to rush into the theater and pray you can get a seat toward the front that won't require you to crane your neck. And, it's totally racist, but every time a minority sits near me, I get a sinking feeling, and every time, that feeling is spot on.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    5 SIMPLE ways to drive people away from theatres...

    by xoandre

    1. Make BAD movies. Sure, that film only cost a million to make and raked in a coll twenty million. Dropping the ball on story and actors who can actually emote and become the characters is a good way to ruin your film. Sure you raked in some money, and plan to rape the ending of the first one to make three or five more just like it... IF IT SUCKS, NO ONE will buy it! 2. Cater only to kids. Make childish, stupid films that may make money from all the cash parents spend to watch their children run up and down the aisles, totally ignoring the film itself. Keep making the same movie, but change the color/animal species/location of the characters and story. This will really drive people away. Parents have been getting wise to your methods and are coming in fewer and fewer numbers. 3. Ignore the writing and story arc. Just slap some scenes together, haphazardly slice and dice the script, then do the same in the editing room. Make your movie a whopping 48 minutes long. Tack on some extended credits at the end and call it an even hour long movie. Sure, nobody will notice that your film is shorter than most episodes of television shows. Who cares about the mythology of the universe in which this film and these characters live? Just slap some cardboard cutouts in front of the kids and wait for the cash to come raining in. Then wonder why On-Demand rentals and home video sales suck.... 4. Remake movies everyone alive today has already seen another remake of. It's easy - just change a scene in the script, alter the dialogue to modern-day lingo, throw in a few modern cultural references, and an all-new set of actors who have yet to hit puberty. Remake classic mega-blockbusters, and make sure your budget is less than the standard budget for a Syfy channel crapfest film. 5. Allow and invite people into your theatres with their cell phones. Encourage them to text, chat, talk, and surf the web while your movie plays distractingly in the background. Then wonder why your ticket sales are plummeting. BONUS: Keep or raise your concession prices. The rich people who can afford to pay more for soda and popcorn than it costs them to fill up the 40-gallon gas tank on their hummer - those are the people you want to sell this junk to. Those losers who cannot afford to spend a week's salary for a tiny snack do not need to come to your theatre.

  • ;)

  • April 26, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    I fourth an Alamo Drafthouse in Raleigh.

    by adeceasedfan

    What's up NC neighbors!

  • April 26, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    get over yourself

    by VaderSabre

    if you're too important to not have access to your phone for 120 minutes, then just wait for a dvd. You aren't in there to be immersed in any narrative if you need to worry about your life outside the theater.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    notorius asshole

    by VaderSabre

    that was specifically meant for you...cunt.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    I don't mind texting, but...

    by Robert

    I don't mind someone texting, unless they're sitting next to me. What I DO might is the damn cell phone light popping up and distracting me from the movie. The light goes on, the light goes off, the light stays on for a long time, then off, on, off, on... drives up up the fucking wall.

  • Yay! That doesn't really make me feel better but I thought it would.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Penny pinching movie chains are clueless

    by thelordofhell

    I can't believe their answer to declining attendance is to turn off the audience that is showing up there in the first place.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    It's not just the use of cell phones, it's the way they're used

    by Blackbyrd

    This shit truly bugs me. Now, sure, I've been guilty of checking my messages in a theater once or twice, but that's if and only if I'm sure that I'm holding my phone down out of the line-of-sight of other patrons. How is it that I can check my phone down in my lap, yet the moron two rows in front of me has to hold it up directly at eye-level a foot out in front of his face? That being said, I try my damnedest not to whip it out- unless I've gotten dragged into another damned Twilight movie by the wife- because I know, if I can't use my cell, that inconveniences only me. If I pull it out and wave it around like I've just pulled Excalibur from the fucking stone, that inconveniences everyone around me.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I can count the movies I've seen in a theater...

    by rainingbells

    ...Over the last 20 years on both hands with fingers left over: Fast Five. Star Trek. Transformers. Meet the Robinsons. Sin City. Blade II. Eyes Wide Shut. The Crow. Too many crying babies, too many cell phones, too many kids talking at a volume as if they were walking through the mall. No one remembers theater etiquette. Not to mention, that it shouldn't cost a family of four $60 to see a movie and eat a snack. Why spend that when I can wait a few extra months, BUY the movie for $15, watch it with the family whenever we want on the big screen TV without phones or peripheral conversation, drink soda, eat dinner, have popcorn, and pause it so nothing is missed by anyone when someone has to take a piss? And the theater chairs are just damned uncomfortable.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    wow....american movie going sounds like hell

    by Bouncy X

    anytime you see these sorta stories and read comments, i've noticed most people are from america. its a little crazy to believe its really that bad. not that i dont believe it but i guess i just can't fathom it. i'm in canada, i dont know if thats why but i can probably count on one hand how often i've experienced disruptions at the movies. ironically the cellphone thing is a recent example i experienced with Cabin in the Woods last weekend, but the teen girl quickly stopped after she was told. but yeah, i always have good experiences, people are quiet, there's no phone issues....those eating aren't heard....i just can't imagine having to deal with all of that stuff regularly. i can understand those who barely go to the movies anymore or just stopped. i'm a very new cellphone user myself, got my first ever just before new year's. i got an iphone so you know there's a lot to do with it other than talking and texting. and i admit i've gotten a little obsessed about it all but i would never use it during a movie. i always set it to vibe and if it goes off...i just let it go and check after the movie. but yeah their theory that this would bring in more people makes zero sense. since kids using their phones already IS a problem, obviously they are still coming and it wouldnt change anything. it would just make them worse because if anyone complained they be all like "i'm allowed now...fuck off" or something clever children say now.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by IamTheSisko

    This doesn't even need to be policy now. It happens all the time, and no one does anything about it because no one who works at the theater actually gives a crap. I made a video about this FIVE years ago, and it has ONLY gotten worse. Here's the vid for those interested:

  • April 26, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    The ice rattling and drinking straw squeaking is worse

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    than cell-phone light.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Members only cinema with a strict screening process. If only.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • April 26, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Well said!

    by MrGonev5

    I agree with everything in this article!

  • April 26, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I think it's great!

    by art123guy

    Now I can pitch my idea about pissing in the isles. I hate having to get up to go to the bathroom and miss the movie. But seriously folks, this is why I like to go during the week at matinees. Very few people are there and it's cheaper too.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST

    bouncy x

    by Ian

    I'm in Canada and have found theaters abysmal. I assume you're not in Southern Ontario. The only positive movie experience I've had was seeing Captain America and that was in Delaware.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    It's not always the kids

    by san

    Went to John Carter, and a grown man couldn't keep his phone in his pants. Unfortunately for me, he was seated directly in front of me. First his phone rings ... my blood pressure rises. Thankfully, he kept the conversation short but then here comes the texts. After the third one, I started kicking the back of his seat every time he lifted his phone to blind me with the light so that he could get off that very important text. After about the third kick, he turned around to give me a dirty look for being so inconsiderate. I said, "Please stop texting." My brother sitting next to me tells me to shut up. WTF? This asshole can go fuck himself--both of them. I'm not shutting up. So texting asshole gets up and leaves ... apparently to take care of his oh-so-important-text-message business--big bruiser of a guy. When he returns to his seat, he says to me, "Don't start with me." FUCK YOU! Instead, I said, "Keep your phone in your pocket." He never took it out again during the rest of the movie. Didn't matter though ... the confrontation and blood pressure RUINED the movie experience! I haven't been back to the theater since. Not sure if I will return. Not worth the hassle and stress/anxiety KNOWING that I'll have to deal with some asshole. I wish Alamo Drafthouse would come to Vegas!

  • April 26, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Damn you lack of edit button.

    by Ian

    The only positive movie experience I've had RECENTLY was seeing Captain America and that was in Delaware.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    @theeternalhipster re: "loud black people" & Non-USA comments

    by xoandre

    It is not race, nor is it skin-color. What causes people to be loud and talkative and ignorant of respect for the right of others to enjoy their entertainment in peace - is their culture and family upbringing. I know many people of all variety of ethnicities who are disrespectful and loud. I have been forced to endure working with people who are always happy, "the world is wonderful, nothing can ever be bad, let's all fall on our knees and pray" and they just make me sick. Some people are raised in homes and lifestyles and cultures and religions where rejoicing in your own pleasure is a vocal and god-like requirement. Certainly, I have encountered people who are talkative and wild and annoying. Depending on how annoying they are, i usually very calmly ask them to please keep it down and enjoy the show. If they are rude and insistent at making disruptive comments and noises, I then raise my voice and tell them to "SHUT THE HELL UP AND WATCH THE F*KING MOVIE or GET THE F*K out!" **ahem** So, it is up to you in this "free" society to take matter into your own hands and ask nicely, then if that does not work, be as rude as they are. Let them know how much they need to shut up and take part in the silent admiration of cinematic art - or get out and leave those of us who came here to enjoy our entertainment alone. ---------------- ALSO - for those readers NOT in the USA, it is not common for people to talk, shout, whoop, or holler at the screen, unless it is a comedy that is amazingly funny and at minimum a re-release or later in the film's theatrical release schedule. For some reason, I have encountered people who APPLAUD at the credits. I have no idea why they do this, as no one but them will hear the applause. No one involved in the making of said film is there to receive the applause. No one who works in the theatre really cares if you liked it so much you chose to applaud it. They just want you to get up, get out, and get out of their way so they can sweep up your rubbish you've left behind (you lazy pigs) and let in the next herd of money bags to soak in the lights and noises from their camera and sound system.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    As some one who works at a theater...

    by The Dum Guy

    That prides itself on customer service, I know for a fact that other theaters won't do a damn thing if you complain. But, some do, so go to those that care (I work at an independent chain). As an aside, I have nightmares of beating the living hell out people during screenings (since I work at theater, I might get fired, hence the "fear" aspect).


  • April 26, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I'm getting one of these...

    by Horned One

  • April 26, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST

    maybe there wouldn

    by jonah


  • April 26, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Self-importance and the decline in theater attendance

    by danielhubby

    Theater attendance is declining in large part due to self-important idiots who make the theater experience unbearable for the rest of the paying audience. Fools on their phones, updating their Facebook accounts, tweeting, texting, talking aloud to the screen or to their friends, bringing babies to late-night R-rated films, making themselves overly comfortable at the obvious detriment of those around them... There is something about seeing a film on the big screen in a darkened theater and surrounded by a crowd of strangers undergoing the same communal experience. However, much of that has been lost by people who couldn't care less about others around them. There is an overwhelming lack of self-awareness and empathy that allows people to behave in whatever manner they wish with absolutely no regard for others. Pandering to these buffoons by allowing them to text is both idiotic and fruitless. There are already very few instances when this arrogant behavior is addressed. How often do we actually see these people spoken to and/or asked to put away their devices? Theaters are far too understaffed (by underpaid employees who frequently overlook things to avoid conflict) to be effective in making this go away. Telling people that it is okay will only more widely spread the selfish idiocy of the audience. And why bend to the whims of this cross-section of the audience who clearly does not want to be in the theater in the first place?! If some jerk wants to carry on his game of Words With Friends through a screening of Cabin in the Woods, then he honestly has not interest in being there. Why validate him? Make the experience what it should be by refusing to cater to the least common denominator. Maybe when people feel that they can sit in a theater and not see little lit screens throughout the audience and not hear fools carrying on lengthy phone conversations and not have to deal with some idiot who puts his boots up into the view of the people in the row behind him and not have to hear some jerk talking at full volume to the friend next to him ...maybe then, when the experience is what is should be, then more people will return to the theater for what might then be the cost of admission. If they don't want to see the movie enough to actually watch the movie, then let them go somewhere else to do something else.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Arclight is proof

    by sean

    I agree wholly with The Kid. The only thing I would add is this proof: I used to work at Arclight Hollywood. They do not tolerate any of this. They have ushers that will boot someone our for texting or talking. They pride themselves on exceeding THX standards. They don't have commercials. A price for an infant is the same as an adult ticket. Sure tickets are a few bucks more, but people are willing to pay it to get away from the AMC experience. Arclight has been thriving. They have opened three or four more in the past few years, because what is driving other ttheatres' attendance into the ground is that they don't cater to the movie lover, they cater to the movie texter.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Regal CEO Amy Miles...

    by maxjohnson1971

    Is my cousin. I'm going to go see her in a couple weeks. I'll talk to her and get her mind right.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Audience rights when it comes to cellphones...

    by ennio

    I firmly believe in all honesty, that once the movie starts rolling, if anyone is seen in the theater taking out their cellphones to text or use the phone, another audience member has every right to grab that phone and THROW IT as hard as they can to the front of the theater. Seriously, we need deterrents.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Of course, getting a blowjob at the back is fine.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    You don't fuck with tradition. Aah memories...

  • But for someone with an elderly father who could pass away at anytime, I'm not missing his last moments on Earth in a movie theatre when one of my brothers can contact me and let me know if there's a problem. Being in a movie theatre is a 2 and a half or 3 hour propostition, now with all the commercials and previews. Who gives a shit if someone is texting. It doesn't bother me if someone next to me is texting, just as long as they aren't talking...

  • April 26, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by JediWuddayaknow

    That guy who got stabbed? Yeah, a shame he didn't die. Species would have gotten stronger.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    @coughlins laws

    by JediWuddayaknow

    If that's a concern, stay the fuck out of the theater. It would appear a shit load of people give a shit if someone is texting. It's fucking bright light in a darkened room.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Emergency texting...

    by danielhubby

    No offense to those with extreme circumstances (dying relatives, sick children ...I've been in both of those situations where you need to take some down-time and where it is okay to get out but not to be completely unreachable), but, I think that this is an entirely different scenario. Most of the issues people are raising are clearly not emergency situations. Posting on Facebook or checking the status of a game on your phone is not the same. However, when I've been in a theater with the understanding that I might receive an emergency call or text, my phone is in my pocket on vibrate. If it goes off, I discreetly check it in my lap. If it is not important, I ignore it and put the phone away without responding. If it's important, I get up and walk out of the theater to address it. Because, if one of my kids is ill and needs my attention, then my priorities shift to them and not to the movie. If the situation is important and you know that there is a lot riding on it, then it should motivate you to remove yourself from the theater anyway. Finish the call or the text in the lobby and then, if appropriate, return to the theater. Again, while, in many cases, we can never truly determine the nature of the texting, I think it would be foolish to assume that anything greater than a nominal amount of this behavior comes from legitimate situations. And, if there is a legit concern, then go out into the hallway to give it the full attention that it deserves.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    i'm in eastern i guess the south is bad no matter the country. :P but a reason i rarely encounter this stuff may be the timing. i tend to see movies at least a week after they've opened if not later and always go to the first afternoon showing on weekends, tends to be sundays most of the time as well. i imagine if i went opening night or least friday/saturday evening, i might encounter this stuff more. either way, i do feel for those of you who deal with this. because as rarely as i deal with it, it IS quite annoying and frustrating so i can only imagine.

  • April 26, 2012, 9 p.m. CST


    by Chad quickly going out of style. I was teaching a high school class about 10 years ago, and a student in the class explained how every time she goes to the theater, dozens of people around her tell her to SHUT UP. Instead of considering that maybe she's talking too much in an inappropriate place, she instead told them, "YOU shut up! I paid just like everyone else!" That's the mentality out there now, but having snowballed over 10 years. Many people think if they paid to watch a movie, they can do whatever they want--talk on cell phones, text, surf the web, play bongos. Whatever. It's only fair, right, as everyone paid the same amount to do get into the theater to do whatever they want, right? Ugh. What's next? Dogs and cats living together? Or going to movies and texting each other?

  • April 26, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    As a high school teacher...

    by chiwrtr72

    I am not at all surprised by the position of these theater chains and Greg Foster's comments specifically. Parents would rather cave to their teen's demands rather deal with them. This guy runs a theater chain but doesn't want to teach his son about manners?!?

  • April 26, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by bodian26

    The guy who got stabbed was not the one with the cell phone. He was telling a girl to turn off hers, when her boyfriend and a friend attacked him for "not minding his business."

  • April 26, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    No Compromise

    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    I wasn't looking to hit a nerve with all of you when I wrote this, but clearly I did. This is a widespread problem with everyone going to the movies, and we need to speak up if we want there to be any chances to the theatres' policies. We shouldn't have to fear going to a midnight show or a weekend show. We shouldn't be relegated to going to matinees or showtimes during the middle of the week or several weeks into a film's run. By doing so, the terrorists win. We should be able to enjoy a film at any time we damn well please without having to worry that our experience is going to be ruined. I was almost on-board with people's suggestions of giving them their own text-friendly screens or allowing them a few rows in the back of the theatre... until I realized that there was no reason for us to compromise. Why should we have to give these people shit when they've done nothing but aggravate, irritate and annoy over the years with their complete disregard of the rules in place? It's simple. Don't talk or text. The fact that they've chosen to do so anyway should not be rewarded.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    But how do you feel about...

    by bodian26

    when you get to the theater early to claim your seat and then those who show up late ask you to scoot down so they can sit together? Ugh!

  • April 26, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Get to the back of the theater!

    by Zardoz

    LOL! Like it's a civil rights issue, or something. Actually, IT IS! Only problem for me is that I like the back of the theater! I am often at the very last row of the theater and you can see everyone from up there, unfortunately. But even someone using their cell right next to me is annoying. For me, there is a zero-tolerance policy on this issue. I say give them their own theater to ruin the movie with, as they please!

  • .. shays so special about sitting in a big smelly room with a bunch of assholes watching a movie badly-projected onto an oversized bedsheet? Things change.

  • However, the rest of what you said about texting is absolute and utter bullshit. If there's a crisis happening with back and forth conversation, guess what? The movie isn't the priority. Kindly get up, exit the auditorium and continue the downward spiral of your life in the hallway. It's a private tragedy. Keep it that way. <P> If you haven't gotten up to go tend to the problem, it's not a problem and the damn phone needs to go away. Taking that one emergency text and then tending to it is one thing. An entire back and forth is entirely another and has no business happening in a movie theater.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Enjoy the show! Alamo!

    by Zardoz

  • April 26, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    I hate to say it...

    by bodian26

    but to the majority of people out in the world, movies are not that important. They'll take a text or call because it's just a movie. They don't care about you. They only care about themselves. How many of you have taken one of your favorite movies over to a friend's house for a group to watch, only for some to get up and walk around, talk in the kitchen, ask annoying questions? If people are like that in their home, then they'll be like that in public. I remember when I saw "Cape Fear" in 1991, there were two ladies sitting next to me trying to figure out where Jessica Lange could have bought the living room furniture. Cellphones may be a relatively new problem, but rude people are rude whenever they can. Rules in theaters won't help. After all, there are laws about murder and we know how often those are broken. The best way to vote is financially.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    This texting problem is overblown.

    by Brian Hopper

    I go to a lot of movies, and in general (at least in my experience in theaters around L.A.) I feel like moviegoers are pretty conscientious about letting others enjoy the movie. Look, if some kid sits in the corner of the theater and discreetly texts a few times, BFD. Or if someone whispers to his date about something, so what? These minor offenses are entirely different than people actually talking on their phones or texting for two hours throughout an entire movie, which is just plain rude. But I believe this alleged problem is being blown way out of proportion. So much so that I've seen the opposite problem a few times now: texting nazis. These are they types who run up to the popcorn stand and complain every time someone checks his smartphone. I've been with my brother twice at the Landmark Westside Pavilion and had an old-timer report him for 'texting.' In both instances, my brother checked his phone when a text came in... and the movie hadn't even started (not even the trailers had started). This fascist made the biggest f'in scene you can possibly imagine over... nothing. Just ridiculous. Look, I view moviegoing as kind of a religious experience, but a good movie is usually so engrossing that there's no way a texting kid can distract from it.

  • Seriously. "Less than ideal" what an entitled prick you sound like! Aren't there people texting sometimes in the movies you get to see for free too? Why show up anyway since it's "Less than idea" Don't call yourself part of the people that pay to see movies because you have admitted here you don't. I also no longer trust your opinion on movies anymore, because not paying for any movies ever distorts your opinion. You become less harsh on the bad movies, that's for sure. When they're costing you both time and money, most people have a much bigger bone to pick.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who...

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Wants the exhibition industry to crumble? I loathe those fucks. Dirty ass auditorioums, bed bugs in the seats. Over priced food, which I obviously skip. Fuckwad employees. Shit presentation. I want them them to go under so bad so we can start over.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Shut your traps and stop kicking the seats! We're trying

    by Brian Hopper

    to watch the movie. And if I have to tell you again, we're gonna take it outside and I'm gonna show you what it's like! Do you understand me? Now shut your mouths or I'll shut 'em for ya... and if you think I'm kidding, just try me. Try me! Because I would LOVE IT!

  • I think the last movie I went to opening night was The Dark Knight, and everybody and their brother didn't have an iPhone or Droid yet. Texting on smaller phones didn't bother me. I guess if I saw an army of asshole kids posting to Facebook on their iPhones in the middle of the movie, I'd be pissed. I'm just comparing it to the couple times I've had to text or watching other people text, it's never really bothered me. I just don't understand why you'd spend that money if you want to spend all your time on the phone. That being said, I really don't see the absolutism of people demanding no texting. Most of the movie theatres I've been around now have stadium seating and you almost have to go out of your way to pay attention to what the assholes around you are doing. This is just something that doesn't rank on my list of things I can't stand about movies. In fact, I'll make a list of things I don't like about movies: 1. People talking 2. The 20 minutes of commercials and/or previews. Just be honest about the start time, please... 3. The charging of $10 for popcorn 4. People arriving REALLY late 5. People arriving REALLY late and expecting to sit next to each other 6. People who laugh too loud or hoot and holler 7. Probably 3 more things I can't think of right now 10. Texting...

  • April 26, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    These people need to be yelled at, eventually they'll get the hint.


    If you see some cunt pull out his phone, scream at him. Do your part.

  • I know, it makes me sound crazy, but I'm not the "Get off my lawn!!!" guy. But seriously, don't bring your kids to see a drama or comedy for adults. Pretty please?

  • April 26, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    You should keep articles like this coming. Maybe if we make enough noise someone will hear it.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    No phones in theaters!

    by Larry Yaeger

    100% with you. They encourage phone use in movie theaters and I'm done with movie theaters, period. If you can find an old short subject called "Matinee Killer", I'm pretty sure, watch and enjoy. A noisy audience gets its bloody come uppence.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    m6y--George, is that you?

    by art123guy

  • The problem with some stadium seating arrangements is that the person seated to the left or right in front of you is pretty much at the perfect angle to give you a face full of screen unless they're hugging that beast tight to their bodies. iPhones, droids; those screens are both big and bright. It's a blessing that the iPhone has some semblance of appreciable dimming capability. <P> Once, maybe twice in the span of two, two and half hours I can reasonably ignore. My girlfriend is particularly annoyed by that, and I can literally feel the atmosphere change as her annoyance level rises (which then contributes a hell of a lot to my level of tolerance). There's a difference between checking a text on the down low and being done with it and having an entire chat session. That's rude, distracting and utterly uncalled for, particularly when the screen may as well be a flashlight going off at intervals. When the damn thing is passed between two people who are running their own commentary on the text session, it's borderline unconscionable. <P> Until they develop a discreet LCD style LED "movie" setting as standard for smartphones, this inane idea of allowing theater texting shouldn't even be tossed around as a bad joke, let alone given any kind of serious consideration

  • If they can't put that shit away now, it'll be way harder when they physically can't do it.

  • Death might be a bit too much. See? I'm not unreasonable.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Also, I tipe anglish gud, no?

    by ShadowVoyd

  • April 26, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    Sad but true my friend.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I own a cell phone, and I BARELY use the fucking thing

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Probably because I have no friends or wife/girlfriend to keep in contact with, but I pay $15 a month to keep it going, and I honestly don't know why. I've never texted ONCE since I've owned it, and rarely use it to make calls. I mainly keep it just on the EXTREME off chance I'll be stuck somehere and need to call someone to give me a ride. Oh, and play Pac-Man and Tetris when I'm bored. I'll freely admit I often play games on my phone (with the SOUND OFF, and down near my lap so as not to distract anyone behind me) during the commercials and shit before a movie, but once the lights go down and the trailers start up, I close the phone and stick it in my pants/jacket pocket and WATCH THE MOVIE. Since I work at a supermarket, a lot of my co-workers are teenagers/early 20-somethings, and it's eerie just how much they futz around with their phones, despite a strict no-cell phone on the front end policy. I mean, they ring in some woman's groceries with one hand and text madly away under the counter with the other. I keep my phone in my jacket pocket in the break fact, I almost NEVER take my phone anywhere. You know how *I* kill time while waiting for a train/bus/movie to start? I bring a fucking BOOK. And not a actual BOOK printed on PAPER.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    OK....I just got back from a long walk...

    by MisterManReturns

    While passing down a QUIET residential street, I crossed paths with this monster woman practically SCREAMING into her phone, but having an inane conversation. I managed to say "Good God, lady," which she apparently managed to hear over her squawking. It's everywhere, people. Assholes have taken over. Who the fuck can be that oblivious? FORTY YEARS ago, my parents taught me to know better. "Take it outside." "Nobody wants to hear your business." Yadda, yadda. And I HATE watching bastards talk on their cell phones when checking out at a store. I APPLAUD businesses with the signs mentioned above...... OF COURSE, the film industry started it all...I remember film scouts 20 years ago, when I had to endure jackass producers blabbering into their cell phones, endlessly...

  • April 26, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    The day they allow cell phone use and texting...

    by PorkChopXpress the day I stop going to movie theaters, period. I am sick to death of today's theater audiences, as it is - treating the theater as if it's their living room. The solution to the attendance problem is not to make the theater-going experience WORSE... This just shows you how ass-backwards and moronic these people really are, that they think the key to getting people back in theaters is to make the experience suck more.

  • Cinema as an art form is really in the shitter now precisely because of its obsessive catering to younger-skewing patrons. Now the chains think driving out the remaining grownups who want to pay attention is somehow a good business plan? Anything that isn't a sure-fire-must-see blockbuster is going to die a quick death in this future theatrical environment as many (I'd wager most) tech-savvy kids will only pay to see the "biggest and best" and torrent the rest for FREE. The high-risk blockbuster model of production and distribution will only get bigger and riskier under these conditions. Small to medium range movies will watch their distribution avenues close off. Summer season will bloat ever-larger until its front and back boundaries overlap and there is no longer any such thing as a "summer movie": just giant terrible blockbusters all year round. And when that's all the product there is on screen, even the ADD afflicted brats who can't keep their noses out of Facebook and twitter, will stop paying for that experience more frequently than they are now And many more of these cinematic behemoths will go to their deaths in the tarpits of adolescent indifference. And the studios are going to get pulled down with them. I'm pretty sure of that. You could even say I'm hopeful.

  • No, you don't. By that rationale, if I buy a soda at a restaurant I have a right to piss all over someone else's food because I paid for the drink. People shouldn't be using cell phones at movies. Period. I don't care what the situation is. I don't care if an arsonist is burning your house down while terrorists are machine gunning your family. If you can't keep your cell phone off for two hours, then don't go. I truly hope that someday places like the Alamo Drafthouse rise up and take over the rest of these theater chains. Everybody who loves movies will be better off for it.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Texting in theatres - Shove the phone up your ass

    by Rufus

    My policy with texting during a movie is that if I see someone texting, their phone should be swiftly placed inside their anus.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Why do theatres allow babies in?


    There is no good reason why babies should be allowed in a theater. Anyone under 2 years old can't sit through a movie or even understand it. They ALWAYS cry. ALWAYS!! And I yell at the babies to shut the fuck up every time.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Theatre vs Theater

    by xoandre

    The Oxford English dictionary states: theatre noun 1. a building in which plays and other dramatic performances are given. 2. the writing and production of plays. 3. a play or other activity considered in terms of its dramatic quality. 4. (also lecture theatre) a room for lectures with seats in tiers. 5. Brit. an operating theatre. 6. the area in which something happens: a theatre of war. 7. before another noun (of weapons) intermediate between tactical and strategic. and The difference between theater and theatre is primarily one of spelling semantics. Speakers of British English are taught to use “theatre,” while speakers of American English usually use “theater.” The “-re” and “-er” difference is common to many other words in British and American English, like sabre/saber, center/centre, and so forth. Like many words which are spelled differently in British and American English, theater and theatre are sometimes used interchangeably, especially in America; the spelling “theatre” is more common in the American Northeast. In some groups in the theatrical community in the US, people differentiate between live performances at a theatre and films displayed in a movie theater. Others choose to use “theatre” to refer to the performing art, while a building is a “theater.” These distinctions are not made by all writers, however, and there is no consistent rule for such usage. Usually people pick one spelling and stick with it. Thusly, if I choose to utilize the spelling TheatRE, that is my writing preference. Get over your limited vocabulary and open your mind to the rest of the world, which includes countries besides the USA, the only country on Earth where people spell it as TheatER.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    I haven't been to a movie theater in years...

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    I had written in another thread how I got into a physical altercation during a screening of Watchmen and ended up fighting 2 douchebags and being detained by Police because I busted one of them up while the other ran away. I wasn't arrested since people in the theater said I was defending myself (which I was) and the douchebags didn't want to press charges, but I haven't gone back to an actual theater since then. I'm fortunate that I'm a WGA dues paying member so I get screeners and catch up on most movies that way. The only theaters I've gone to are Guild screenings. I got to see Hugo w/Scorcese present doing a Q&A after this year. That said, I grew up being the guy who saw all the new movies every opening weekend. I lived in movie theaters. The fact that I don't want to go back has left a hole in my heart. I'm not surprised execs think permitting the behavior that does not belong in a theater will save their business. They're morons. I hope they let this happen because this will blow the entire thing up and allow people like Tim League to own the moviegoing experience in this country. I imagine going to a theater is like what Billy witnessed in Gremlins when the Gremlins packed the theater. People are animals now. They have no respect for themselves, let alone fellow man. I know that's not the majority, but it's getting closer to it every day. Let Rome burn. Let the goons text. Soon they'll be shitting and pissing on the floor. The movie theater is not an enjoyable place any longer and that's not because of the things you can't do in there, it's because of the things people do regardless of the rules.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Americans like to believe, falsely, that they are living in a free "democracy"


    The majority will rule and the majority hate fucktards texting on their fucktard phones during the movie. Especially the new ones with gigantinormous screens. I mean, cmon, get real. It would never fly. Such a serious miscalculation by the theater chains could spark the next civil war.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Get a baby-sitter, idiots.

    by MisterManReturns

    What happened to baby-sitters? Why are there babies EVERYWHERE. I will move, in a restaurant, if somebody plops a baby carrier on the table. It MUST violate health standards. My parents didn't take us out till we were about four. Also, I never screamed or yelled, as a kid. It wasn't allowed. My parents didn't hit me - they just made it clear, that the behavior wasn't acceptable. Yes, you can train a child, without harm. But, when you're dealing with a generation of "time outs" and the "family bed", WTF can you expect? And, if I see one more young parent "jogging" with their INFANT in a flimsy carrier, IN THE STREET. alongside heavy traffic, I will go postal.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Anything that lights up should not be allowed in a movie theater!

    by pr0g2west

    You fucking assholes who text during the distract everybody sitting behind you. The theater is dark, and lights on your phones ruin the whole experience. I remember one lady who checked her phone every 5 god damned minutes throughout the whole movie. I literally wanted her to die. I hope she gets killed in an electrical accident, freakishly and horribly. I hope she texts at a gas station and the static from the phone creates a spark when she touches the handle and the whole place explodes. I don't acually wish that, but thats how I feel in the theater when I see texting. Seriously, fuck you people.

  • suffering because I am. I'm one of those people who thinks that no cell phone rules at restaurants are BULLSHIT. Why? Well, because unless you're one of those idiots who think they have to YELL into a modern phone to be heard on the other end, there is NO DIFFERENCE between me talking to the person across from me and the person on the other end of the phone. The only REAL difference is that there are people out there that simply do not WANT YOU TO make calls while you're at dinner. They are ASSHOLES. It IS schadenfreude. Period. You don't like people who are loud on the phone, then make it a rule that you cannot be loud on the phone. But otherwise, you're just FULL OF SHIT. The only thing bothering you is that the person is on the phone at dinner. And as long as they are not actually disturbing you with a ringtone or yelling into the phone, they are NOT disturbing you. It's the same as you complaining that the person at the next table is drinking with a straw instead of straight from the glass. It does not have ANY EFFECT on you. So shut up. HOWEVER.... BIG HOWEVER.... Texting in a movie is NOT the same kind of thing. It is LIGHT POLLUTION and in many cases, NOISIER than it needs to be. It is DISRUPTIVE and has NO PLACE in a movie theater. Frankly, I don't give a shit if you pay attention or not. I don't have the energy to give a shit about that. I'm sure some of you do, but it's a huge waste of energy and time to give a shit about what others get from entertainment if they are not willing to even be PRESENT. That's not the point of all this. It has nothing to do with it. Texting in a movie is DISRUPTIVE and distracting. It must NOT be ALLOWED. Ungh. This is why I am STILL resistant to the idea of having a phone on me 24/7. It is a tether to work that wasn't there a few years ago. (that yes, they DO take advantage of, however they cannot punish you for refusing to carry one at all times) It is a tether to the obsessives and possessives in our lives. It is a tether to minutiae. It is a tether to repetitive compulsion. In the end, it is a tether to a shit life. You may not realize it yet, but it's true even for YOU. Don't ask me if I care though. I stopped caring a while back. Why? Because it was DEPRESSING the SHIT out of me. I use the Internet a LOT. I use e-mail, and even chat a lot. But I never let it take over such a huge part of my daily life. Not on the level that people with iPhones and Android phones do. Not all of you, I know. Many of you. Perhaps even most. It's just generally true. It's a generalization for a reason. Because it is GENERALLY true. If you don't know that doesn't mean you, the exception, then maybe you're worse than not being the exception. end of.

  • nope it's gotta be the fact that you're asking people to be polite. Brilliant!

  • April 27, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Same thing with airplanes and

    by gotilk

    restaurants. There's NO reason beyond schadenfreude to not allow it at dinner or on a plane. If those things were going to take a plane down, they would have. Multiple times. Over and over and over. If I'm not talking any louder on the phone than I am with my friend sitting across from me, the only thing disturbed is your desire to exercise authority in some tiny, impotent manner. Just like turning your engine off at gas pumps. Are you fucking kidding me? You START your car next to the same pumps, with others pumping gas just as close to your car. You pull IN to a pump next to people pumping gas. With a running engine. IF... IF a running engine could ignite a gas line at a pump, or fumes as some claim ignorantly, they would do it CONSTANTLY or AT LEAST once in a while. AT LEAST. It's the same pumps, the same engines, the same distances, the same ignitions. It is NOT for safety. Have I explained yet how they fuck you at the drive through? And with cell phones? lol The reason why I am pointing this out here is that I don't want to be lumped in with these assholes. ASSHOLES. The no cell phone, no texting in a movie rule IS A GOOD RULE with a GOOD REASON for being one. That is all.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    pr0g2west has it right.

    by gotilk

    The ONLY thing that should be allowed in a theater that lights up is.... wait for it... Your HEARTLIGHT. Besides, it says right in the song *WHEREVER YOU GO*. Not here and there, not just in private. *WHEREVER YOU GO* PERIOD. fuckers.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    So I have to wait until August to see Avengers in Japan...

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    But at least I never have to put with any of this shit. Hell, Japanese people don't even laugh in the cinema. At a comedy.

  • I make a call in defiance. In a normal voice. And I have NEVER been kicked out for doing it. Or even told not to. Or reminded of the rule. AND I ALWAYS make sure my phone is on vibrate when I enter a restaurant, waiting room, etc. BUT in the theater? I leave it IN THE CAR just in case I forget to turn it off. It's a good thing to do. If you're worried that someone will steal your phone from your car? You need a cheaper phone. Stop living in fear, pussy. But I WILL NOT turn off my Heartlight. Sorry.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Sorry, but I love movies and I need my phone...

    by crimsoncinder

    It's just not something I can go without when I leave my children so I can enjoy a movie. Its an unfortunate crux. And for those of you who say well you can keep it off for 2 fuckin hours, well, sorry I cant, but its on vibrate because I understand that when you spend nearly 20 bucks for 1 imax 3d ticket, you don't want to be distracted. Unfortunatly we are such a knee jerk society and have too many morons that I would understand if cell jammers became a reality. That would just lead me to not hit the theatre.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST


    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    You are right at the root of the problem. All I heard from you in that first sentence is "I... I... I..." Well, guess what...? None of that is OUR problem. If you can't go to a movie because you can't leave your kids, then maybe you shouldn't go. Why should the collective we have to suffer through your potential cell phone use, because of your personal situation? Sounds like a YP, not an MP... but instead you are turning it into something that may affect all of our enjoyment of a movie, just so you can have some. This is the self-important, self-centered mindset that makes us all rage against your lack of courtesy for everyone else... and that comes from someone who has kids. If it's that important they be able to reach me for 2 hours, I'm going to be somewhere they can reach me... that some place is NOT inside a movie theatre.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST

    @crimsoncinder @billythekidd

    by adeceasedfan

    I agree Billy, if you can't leave the house for two hours without a phone call maybe you shouldn't leave. That being said as a father of two I understand the need to keep my phone on vibrate, but wouldn't dare whip it out in the theater. If you feel the need to check it, get up and go out in the hall.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    mobile phones are shite, utter shite, top to bottom egregious shite.

    by Keith Maniac

    A fucking con that everyone has lapped up like cheap liqour off a whores tits. Conceded certain professions they are a benefit, all the other old chestnuts, "i'm a woman and i drive alone at night" reasonable enough. I cant walk down the street without having to dodge fucking phone Zombies, shuffling along, head down, reading some pile of shite some other ambling prick has texted them and dont cry for me Argentina if i get in their fucking way, soon as your feet come into their view you get glared at like you ran over their dog and backed up and got out and buttfucked it to death in front of their children into the bargain. Overhearing conversations that make fucking bus time schedules essential reading, the fucking irony being whatever quiet spot you pick out to eat your lunch etc, some fuck wad has beaten you to it, BECAUSE its the only quiet spot left to talk bollocks, because the rest are taken up with gibbering, babbling twats fucking up the atmos. Is there one person out of the millions who ever thought , do i really need this thing ? how often does it get legitimate use ? tied to this contract, endlessly forking out so i can be involved in one long , pointless fucking conversation. Where the fuck in modern life are you ever that far from a normal phone anyway. Who are these people who's lives are an ongoing tragedy of disasters that they have to communicate with other people every one minute and fifteen seconds. Pre-packaged confidence tricks, marketed to blockheads who consistently fall for the "dont leave me behind" sales pitch, beeping, farting non items that hoover the money out of your pocket and insert fuck knows what into your brain. Never had one and as long as i've got a hole in my arse, never fucking will, a friend bought (who's a inexplicable hold out like me) , know why he bought it, because it sounded like R2 D2 when it rings, he doesnt even know where it is now. Fuck, its true what they say, writing it down gets it off yer chest, if i had a mobile i could have just rung someone.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    The special hell.

    by Playkins

    For people who talk during the theatre, throw gum on sidewalk and take advantage of young girls. And text during movies.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:03 a.m. CST

    crimsoncinder: Jackass.

    by Playkins

    Fuck you. YOU are the problem, asshole.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    I would go to the cinema more if they had security guards

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    in each screening, (ok maybe they could be called civility guards or something), to look out for and deal with people talking or using their phones or other antisocial behaviour.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST


    by KiwiMetal

    with the industry rightly bitching about Piracy, jam every fucking electronic device in the theatre (except the projector of course). There's their reason to ban phones and 'other' things. Also great big warning notice saying you will be kicked out - no exception. This should also apply to dumb bitches who bring their fucking 9 month old tit sucking megaphone noise maker to a theatre as well.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Sorry CrimsonCinder

    by D.Vader

    But I think those that want to enjoy a movie free from cell-phone distractions from others far outnumbers people like you. If cell jammers mean you won't go to the movies anymore, than the theater is better for it.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Kill them

    by CuervoJones

  • April 27, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST

    A twenty-something's take...

    by Finn

    I don't think checking your phone for a text once or twice in a movie is a sin, especially when it's some shitty Hollywood flick. Make better movies that dissuade me from taking my eye off the screen and we won't have any problems. Do I have full on conversations? No, but if someone important texts me I take notice and definitely send a "In a movie, txt you later" response. This is generational, and while I think it's crazy to see some on Facebook while in a movie I also realize it's also their own device and they can do whatever they want with it. Eventually, it'll probably be commonly accepted even. But really, no one's phone has ever been bright enough to be that distracting. 3d glasses help as they partition your viewing angle. So does stadium seating.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Daaaaamn TheKidd just SPANKED CrimsonCinder! Lol

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Hey Crimson, it's people like you who are ruining movies ya selfish turd.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Here's a question for those who clap during movies...

    by nomihs

    Now, I'm 100% in the camp of those AGAINST cell phone use in theaters while a movie is playing. It's a distraction. A huge distraction that I quell if it becomes too much, with a word or two if they're close to me. But, I've never been to a viewing of any movie where the patrons clap and cheer for the film they're watching. I live in a smallish area of the midwest, so maybe we don't get too crazy over here, but I'm the kind of guy who gets irritated when my wife, or anyone near me, starts to talk or ask questions during a movie. I don't care if it's in a theater or on our living room couch. It distracts me. Now, I hear tales of applause during a movie, and I cringe because I'm 99% sure that would drive me insane. All I want to do is watch the movie in peace. Or am I just too uptight?

  • April 27, 2012, 4 a.m. CST

    @crimsoncinder I back you on this as long...

    by Finn're discreet and don't text like a mad man. Dim the screen, turn off the sound, and really no one really should have a problem or a say.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:07 a.m. CST

    American movie theatres sound like a nightmare..

    by KiwiMetal

    You need to get your asses down to New Zealand where seats are beautiful, and people are generally respectful. Those that aren't generally get the WHOLE crowd threatening them with death. Some of the big chains offer exclusive seating areas, here you have a big reclining chair complete with foot support. Plus you can order a meal and beer/wine to take in with you. Oh, and unlimited soda & popcorn while you wait to be seated. And this is in a normal theatre, you just pay a bit more and are in an exclusive area at the back. Here, it's almost a throwback to a luxurious setting or the 30's. In fact some theatres enhance this experience. and seats from another chain ... Sounds like you guys should look to the past and not the future.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST


    by billyhitchcock1

    The reason attendance is down is BECAUSE of people talking and texting during movies!!! Teenagers will always go to the movies because they have fuck all else to do and they are the ones that don't give a shit if they are spoiling the movie for someone else. I have never heard of anything so ludicrous in my entire life. I would rather wait for the blu these days than mix with the sorts of cunts that populate the multiplex these days. This sort of idea is catering to the minority and excluding the majority. Insanity! If the studios/cinema chains agree to this they deserve everything they get. Wankers.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    and so say all of us

    by kenneth campbell

    How hard is it to sit for a couple of hours in a dark room and get absorbed into a film without talking, texting, checking the internet, eating or touching each other? Just sit down shut the fuck up and watch the movie

  • April 27, 2012, 4:58 a.m. CST

    People are SLAVES to their phones.

    by Chief Joseph

    I've got a friend that works in sales. He's worked for Circuit City, Best Buy, and TiVo. I'll be hanging out with him on what is supposed to be his day off and he'll get 5-10 calls from his work and he HAS to take them. This way the employers have you literally working 24/7. He recently accepted another sales job and after accepting they told him he MUST sign up for Facebook and friend them. He refused and now they don't want him anymore. I only had a cell once because the GF demanded I get one. After that relationship busted up, I canceled the phone service.

  • April 27, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    I'm in a movie right now and some


    douchebag is texting right in front of me! I kid ;) here in Aus those mothers with babies sessions are called Mums n Bubs sessions. I'm totally onboard with the special screenings for people who wanna do this shit, and I recommend the name Douchebags 'N Douchehags session.

  • April 27, 2012, 5:11 a.m. CST

    geez, no edit function but the over-pedantic spell-check


    tells me 'douchebag' needs to be 'douche-bag'. My apologies spellcheck. Shit. Spell-check.

  • April 27, 2012, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Phones are killing cinema, not piracy...

    by marineboy

    I really think there should be some kind of phone amnesty - yes, it's getting THAT bad.

  • April 27, 2012, 5:25 a.m. CST

    @Billythekidd (please read)

    by Joe

    I agree with you Billy, Now granted i've not experienced anything to the degree you've experienced. Perhaps because i'm in Chicago? Now granted I will 'occassionally' see a 'texter' and once in awhile a person taking a phone call. Sadly i've noticed it happening more often lately. Luckily I have neices and nephews that I will take to the movies and i always tell them to keep quiet when the movie starts and not to speak up or use their 'inside voice' if they have to go to the bathroom. It's sad to think that someone NEEDS to text. i just shut my phone off and turn it on when i'm done. I love the movies and I truly hope that the theater companies don't allow texting. I remember my grandparents telling me that the movies back in their time was an event, so you dressed up and really enjoyed yourselves. Now it's been degraded to noisy unsupervised brats AND adults who kick your chair, have loud-ass conversations about shit you don't care about, and of course those damn cell phones that just annoy the shit out of people. Anyway, thanks for posting this, if you ever have something like a petition i'd surely sign it. or at least start some Chicago-movement with the help of Capone. -Rex

  • April 27, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Plenty of adults are just as bad as the kids...

    by BangoSkank

    ...60year old woman with a blu-tooth ear piece that was illuminating a blue glare behind her. What does an ear-bud need to be lit up for in the first place? Two early 40-something friends that neither my wife or I will ever go to another movie with. Their kids --knowing their parents are seeing a movie-- call or text half a dozen times, and trust, there were no emergencies involved. Good people, but completely oblivious. A Dad in front of me googling Avengers characters during the movie on what appeared to be an 8 inch smart phone screen, to show them to his son. And on and on and on and on. I go to the first showing on a Sunday, mid-day during the week if I can, or not at all.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Never knew it was THIS bad...

    by TheMachinist

    And it needs to fucking stop.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    The plan is simple... We kill the texters.

    by TheMachinist

  • April 27, 2012, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Holy shit, I thought Finngodo was being sarcastic.

    by steve

    How depressing, he was being serious. Hey Finngodo, as a nearly-40 something, i'd step on your neck if you started texting next to me. The movie's not good enough to keep your interest? WEll fuck off out of the cinema then. And take your gay-assed fucking phone with you. Grow a pair.

  • It's the only way to be guaranteed a good cinema experience because you have 100% commitment to the movie. Next week, Avengers with a full house of nerds. Wont be a cell in sight.

  • Yup, he really wrote that.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Just take your phones... and shove them up your arse!!!

    by Mark Jones

  • April 27, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    huntermurals, that sounds fucking amazing.

    by TheMachinist

    How did he get a reservation for the Avengers?

  • April 27, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Kidd, you hit a nerve here...

    by ckone

    I am in complete agreement, there should be no compromises! Going to the movies costs so fucking much these days that I only go to films I REAAALY want to see, MAYBE. Otherwise I wait for Blu-ray and enjoy at home. All the assholes who can't click the silent button on their phone and stuff it in their pockets for a movie shouldn't be there. And I cannot stand it when assholes bring their kids/babies into movies they shouldn't be in. I've had assholes bring their baby into Drag me to Hell, and insidious!! Are you TRYING to create a serial killer?? Stay the fuck home or go when you get someone to watch the kid. ASSHOLES. And as far as attendance goes, bring the price back down to REASONABLE and maybe I might think about going more frequently. It's a movie not a ticket to Disney Land. Charge a little less for popcorn and a soda and you would double your money from the people who would line up in droves for the CONVENIENCE of not stuffing shit in their bags to avoid your over priced shit.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Also people are self absorbed and don't have any regard for others...

    by gringostar

    I went to Cabin in the woods and some husband and wife brought their infant and 4 year old?!? The baby cried about 10 minutes in so she walked up and down the aisle with the crying infant which made it even worse, while this was going on the 4 year old ran around screaming and the dad sat there like a lump of shit. Eventually I left the theater and found an usher at the front of the theater complex and complained. He asked me what I thought he should do about it - I almost punched him in the face. By this time the woman had the good sense to take the baby into the foyer, and I told him "what you need to do is remove this family from the fucking theater". She complained that she couldn't find a sitter - I told her I didn't give a shit. She collected her brood and useless husband and they left. At the conclusion of the movie I found the general manager of the theater later, told him his staff was complete shit. He gave me 2 free tickets and apologized, but that doesn't make up for the fact I missed 25 minutes of a movie that I won't go back and see in the theater - ruined the experience for me. People have no respect in theaters these days; unless you have the good fortune of having an Alamo theater in your community then the movie theater experience generally leaves you wanting. True story.

  • April 27, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Lambcamera, my comic book guy is just that awesome

    by steve

    Keith's Comics in Dallas. He does it for all the big nerd movies. This year he's doing Avengers, Prometheus, Dark Knight Rises, Hobbit and a bunch of other stuff in between. He basically hires out the entire screening at Studio Movie Grille and he sells out every one. He gives away cool shit at the start in raffles, we're talking signed artwork, expensive statues type of stuff and usually takes time to show some rare nerdy stuff about the movie we're about to watch (the Star Trek movie he showed video of Shatner rapping, crazy fun shit like that). And he gets all the latest nerdy trailers and shows them for us so we don't have to endure the latest crap that's out there). Like I said, the cinema experience is alive and well, you just have to work a little harder to find it. Nothing cooler than watching a movie like Avengers in a room full of hundreds of super-attentive fanboys lemme tell ya. And they let you drink beer there too. BOOM!

  • Because that shit drives me crazy. Crunchcrunch CRUNCH rustle rustle (swallow) CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH rustle rustle (swallow)

  • April 27, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Tell em off!

    by Dazzler69

    I always tell people with cell phones texting to stop.

  • April 27, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    The only time I've had my phone on in the cinema is:

    by theyreflockingthisway

    when I was waiting for a call back after a job interview so I put my phone on vibrate. The phone did go off in the cinema but I simply got up, walked to the lobby and answered the call. As far as anyone was concerned, I was just nipping to the john. There is no excuse to take your phone out in the cinema. If you have a sick relative and need to take a call you should probably sort out your priorities - if you're in need of a bit of escapism yet need to be reached, at the very least keep it to silent and go into the lobby. Another situation where you can't answer your phone is when you're driving. Not only is it illegal to do so, but there are many places that don't even have a phone signal. I've driven through the country many times where I've had no phone signal for hours - sure people have text me in that time but it's just tough. Sometimes people are actually unreachable. Besides I'm not bloody Superman or something - if there's an emergency people are better off calling an ambulance / police / fire than me. Unless the message is "quick, the world is going to blow up in less than five minutes, get out and breath the air one last time" I can't see what could possibly be so important.

  • April 27, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST

    What the fuck do these people pay for?

    by Lobanhaki2

    Movie tickets are colossally fucking expensive nowadays, an any idiot who would allow themselves to be distracted by a text is not only wasting other people's money by being a distraction, they're wasting their own, and that doesn't make any fucking sense. You are paying in order to have the privilege of attending a movie. If the movie bores you, if it doesn't interest you, well then, might you be responsible for that? I mean, how man of the people who justify this behavior on the fact the movie bores them actually go to any great length to find movies that will really entertain them? How many of those who really complain about what loud, dumb movies they make nowadays ever make the choice to go and watch that mid-budget intelligent thriller or low budget independent? I pay to watch a movie. If I don't want to watch a movie, if I want to sit around and text, I go sit somewhere and do that, rather than waste money on a movie I'm not really going to watch. You feel it necessary to text? Go get a meal with your friends. Nobody will bother you at McDonalds, or the local bar, over your texting.

  • April 27, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    by speed

    During the start of the big battle scene in the first Narnia, a 16yr old girl decide to call her friend and tell her what she was up to. I told her to stop. She ignored me and told her friend that somebody is asking her to stop but screw him. She kept talking so I threw my drink at her and smacked her right in the back of the face. Ice going all over her. She turned around trying to find out who it was. She pretty much guessed right and threw it back. Freakish catch by me plucked it out of the air to the cheers of the people behind me. And everybody around me started yelling at her to leave. She did. Score one for our team!

  • April 27, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Get used to it, texting will always happen in public...

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    I hate it as much as anyone but it's here to stay ... for example a lady (in her 60s) who I actually moved over for started texting during 'The Lucky One' ... after the third text I turned to her and said "Really? C'mon lady." and she just ignored me. It's best to accept it, expect it and let it go. Otherwise your sure to have your movie ruined because the theater isn't going to do anything and if you confront these pricks they ignore you which just gets you mad. I can't very well beat up an old lady or a kid. I rarely go at peak times or the first week anymore (forget opening night, I stopped trying that years ago)

  • April 27, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Oh and I was at 'The Lucky One' because my wife demanded

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    to see a chick flick because she always goes to see what I want (scifi/horror/comedies with titties) ... oh, and I see that I did the "your instead of you're thing" in my last post - I hate myself!

  • April 27, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Uhhh, Finngodo...

    by D.Vader

    Cell phone screens *are* bright enough to be distracting in a dark theater. Especially when it's right in front of you.

  • I will text continuosly during The Avengers movie, and no one has the right to stop me! You cannot stop me! Seriously, you cannot physically stop me from texting! I mean it! You really can't! It's like a super-power!

  • ...all of you that bitch and moan about NEEDING to be in touch with your bratty Kids, your job, your spouse, your sexting friend you just made who lives in Tokyo...none of that ability existed for the VAST majority in 1992 and the fucking world didn't end....and it fucking won't now. Just turn off the leash for two hours...2 god damned hours where you are not available WILL NOT KILL YOU, nor anyone else; fact you may learn you like it.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:18 a.m. CST

    havent been in 10 years

    by JAMF

    the first time i see a film it's a cam, ts or screener. never seen a 3d film. i don't think i'm missing out.

  • forever... this texting stuff is just another iteration of it. When I was a kid my best friend was a talker and loudmouth in movie theaters. We saw a ton of movies together and I had to shush him all the time because he just had no respect for others in the audience. I remember seeing CE3K with him and an usher asked him to leave. My point? This isn't a generational shift. It's just impoliteness by another means.

  • because some black cunt won't shut the fuck up throughout the movie because she be texting her frindz and running in and out of the movie to get her girlz that be in the next theater ruining that experience for other people. I sit in the middle front and find it tough to speak up against these people because > I don't want to cause more of a disturbance > I don't want to be thinking about how I just confronted someone for the rest of the movie, thus not be able to focus on the movie or anything else for at least the next day > I don't want to deal with the aftermath of killing or hurting someone or someone killing or hurting me > Since I sit in the front, the douche I just told off will now be behind me with all the power to mess with me And again for all of these points, it becomes pretty much worse of a situation and my concentration will never again be on the movie itself as it will be impossible to get lost in it. Now, I ask you and beg of you, to the viewers sitting in the back behind these annoying fuckfaces, please tell them to shut the fuck up, because since you are behind them, you have all the power. I seriously fantasize everytime about having a gun and shooting them with it whenever someone consistently disturbs the movie experience.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Cant wait!!

    by rebelpigs

    I cant wait until I can stream a movie on release at home, so I don't have to be concerned about ignorant, selfish moronic, fuckers who have no social skills. I now go to the cinema only 3-4 times a year to see the bigger releases, and every time there is some git there who screws the experience up for me and countless others, without fail. If they really want to get people to go to the Cinema again, enforce some rules. My mum was a cinema usherette in the old days, they would stay in the auditorium all the way through and eject anyone who misbehaved. Cinema's are too cheap now to employ enough people to do this and society has degraded so much that people are scared to confront anyone who behaves like this, AND they know it. So nothing gets done and things get worse. the owners are only concerned about how much money the can milk out of us. If anyone behaved like this in a Theatre, I'm sure they'd do something, why should Cinema be different? So Fuck cinema, just let me stream the movie at home on my 50" 3D set and I'll be happy.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Just like planes have air marshalls...

    by Miss Red

    Time for the theatres to embrace the concept of movie marshalls. Retirees that sit in the back of the theatre and eject kids the minute they see the phone light go on. That would be worth the extra 50 cents a ticket it would cost.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Cabin In The Woods going straight to dvd in Aus


    wow. just fucking wow. so hey, don't worry anyone, you won't have to worry about douchebags or cellphones when you see CitW in Australia! what dumb pieces of shit. What fucking..WHAT?

  • April 27, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I have come close several times...

    by Jaster Mareel

    To grabbing the phone out of their hands and chucking it.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Theyreflockingthisway. Awesome name. Funny shit.

    by Aaron

  • April 27, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    another thing...

    by Chad

    ...I haven't seen mentioned here is that at the moment, it is made clear that texting is not acceptable (they often have the rules in the previews). Some people here seem to think it's not big deal if a few people text during the film. But those few people texting are IN SPITE of the rules. If you get rid of the rules, expect to see the number of people around you texting quadruple instantly, and then slowly increase over time. Along with this OTHER behaviors (even if they are still banned) will ride the coat tails of all those texters. We're talking about lifting the ban on texting during the movie. The fact that NOW, when the ban is in place, the annoyance in any particular screening can be from nonexistent to extremely distracting is beside the point entirely. If you LIFT the ban, the behavior will increase significantly from where it is now. And going to a movie will just be a group of people sitting in a room texting, talking on cell phones, checking facebook, etc, while a movie plays in the background. Exactly as it is at home with the tv on in the background.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    You do NOT need cell-phone jammers...

    by Darth Macchio

    Seriously. A Faraday cage is exactly what it sounds like - a tightly spaced metal cage that prevents all inbound/outbound EM transmissions. This is why your cell phones don't typically work in elevators or multi-storied bridges.. It's also a device that can protect electronic equipment from EM pulses (as in what you'd get from a nuclear explosion). However, someone mentioned that the jammer idea doesn't work anyway cause then these discourteous assholes just sit there for 2 hours trying to figure out why there phones won't work. To bad stupidity isn't painful. But, if you put signs up saying all electronic signals are blocked and anyone with their cell phones active or on will be asked to leave the theater with no refunds, you might stem a little of this bullshit. Theaters owners are debased idiots if this is what the majority are thinking. They will destroy what's left of the cinema for the purist and only the unwashed and uncontrollable masses will taint their premises with their self-absorbed existence. What they should do is identify what makes the movie theater *better* than watching a movie at home. Most of us here have hi-def, blu-ray, big flatscreens with great a/v setup, etc, etc...but none of us have projectors pushing the image onto huge screens like in a theater, we also don't have the same audio setup. A multi-millionaire may have those things but most of us don't and thus the theater is the best way to have such a great and involving movie viewing experience. Until, that is, selfish assholes show up in the equation and fuck it up for everybody. And their answer? Cater to these selfish assholes? Brilliant. Genius. Better save some money you genius theater owners - hiring full time security guards to prevent/control the fighting and vandalism and anarchy that will eventually come from keeping a room full of these narcissistic assholes together for more than 30 minutes is bound to get expensive.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    No, I won't simply "ignore it". You know why? Because it's that laissez-faire attitude with regards to raising children and stupid mother fuckers that has created a society of twats. Socially inept retards who are only aware of themselves. Fuck them, and fuck the attitude that it's "only texting". Letting that go leads us down a rabbit hole of ignorance. If it's only a movie to YOU, that's fine, but for many it's something we truly love, and that means the entire experience. And regarding "balls", I've said plenty to many during films where they were either texting, talking, or in the case of two Asians, one TRANSLATING the fucking movie to the other. As conspiracy CORRECTLY pointed out, we'd survived for decades without these devices. Hell, I work in advertising both in TV and the Web side of things and I just got my first cell phone only 3 years ago. Turn them the FUCK OFF for 2 hours (and don't give me that bullshit that was spouted way up about getting business done when you can. Fuck you. You're not a doctor. I know CEOs who work 18 hours a day, and yet, when they go to the movies their phones go off. Why? Because they are smart enough to have priorities, social smarts, and not be slaves to the bullshit these days.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Streaming or watching DVDs? Poor alternative.

    by theyreflockingthisway

    I could do all that now easily - hook my PC up to a large TV, download The Avengers and watch it at home tonight. I could, but I'm not going to - instead I'm going out for a meal first, then the cinema and then probably a drink after it to chat about the film or whatever else. It's just a damn good night out and something I enjoy doing at least once a month. Having someone ruining that with their phone, talking loudly or putting their feet up on the head rest next to me (oh god, that happens just as much!) and yes, I have words with them. I'm not going to move and you can't assume everyone on here would just put up with it. The worst thing about all this is that youth has also been labelled as one big ignorant group. Not by the article writer, who was spot on, but by other talkbackers and the cinema bosses. There's a larger percentage of younger cinema goers who get just as annoyed by texting and phones being on in the cinema as those of you in your 40s. Nobody likes someone else distracting them when they're watching a movie regardless of age. It's an ignorant few - and they can be found in all age groups. We just can't let them win.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Someone smart will step up.

    by Ian

    The Alamo is already doing it, and I'm sure some enterprising person that wants the majority's business will figure out a way to solve the problem eventually. When that day comes I'll be happy to shell out cash for a theater experience free of halfwits.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Which is worst, Some douchbag texting via smartphone, or..

    by Stalkeye

    ...some loud obnoxious fuckers who kept talking and heckling throughout the Movie? me and my Friends would have enjoyed Captain America more had it not been for those fucking dweebs two rows above us. And as P'od as we were, there's no fucking way we are going to get arrested for beating the shit out of those punks for making noise in the thereater. Only if it was allowed within the Court of Law, of course.

  • April 27, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    Hear hear

    by jackofhearts29

    Good to see that the VAST majority of people agree with the common sense notion that texting is a privilege that should be stopped during a movie due to mere fucking COURTESY. Courtesy.. I know it's an old-fashioned, old school notion. And I'm not only blaming the preteens/teens. I've seen this atrocious behavior coming from dumb ass adults just as often. (I don't really frequent movies catering to younger crowds anyway, or when I do, i try to hit a time when the punks aren't there... but there's no stopping the ignorant adults who have the exact SAME attitude of entitlement.) For fuck's sake, turn the goddamn things off for 100 minutes! Oh, and fuck these so-called "executives" and marketing fucks up the arse sideways with a giant rubber dildo with bright red straps. Preferably an illuminated, vibrating one.

  • April 27, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    What the fuck is wrong with you people???

    by Brandon Gable

    Cell jammers? Seriously? Texting friendly screens? Really? Look, like Tim League said the problem isn't technology, it's MANNERS. Cell phones and smart phones are not only here, they're not going anywhere and they're only going to get more sophisticated and worse. UNLESS manners are taught and enforced in theaters. Throwing more tech at the problem (i.e. cell jammers) isn't going to encourage anyone to go to the theater because the VAST majority of theatergoers are tethered to their cell phones and wouldn't go somewhere they couldn't be reached. Yes, it's a commentary on our society as a whole. No, it isn't changing anytime soon. If you want attendance to rise, the answer ISN'T to fuck with people's technology. It's to teach them the appropriate usage of said tech. If you have a phone, put it on vibrate. If you need to use it in ANY way, take it in the hallway. You're the only one who needs to be affected by your cell addiction in a theater, not the other paying customers who couldn't care less about Little Johnny's tee ball game that you couldn't wait 30 minutes to find out about. Like crimson-asshat above, I also have a daughter and if something were to happen to her, I'd love to know. But I'm not pulling my phone out in a dark theater to check. If someone needs to get a hold of me bad enough to send me several messages or call me, I'll get my ass up and go check it in the hall. But if a theater kills my cell signal they'll lose a courteous customer for life. And texting friendly screens?? If exhibitors want to show movies to nobody, get that ball rolling. Those screens would have an audience on opening weekend, granted. You know who those people would be? Douchebags there for the social experience and don't really care about the film (I get the appeal of putting them all in one place so this is a potential positive) and PIRATES. Oh yeah, that's something nobody seems to want to discuss. With the improvements in tech, allowing usage of smartphones in theaters is a fucking gilded invitation for these little dipshits to PIRATE YOUR MOVIES. What manager would be able to say anything to a theater full of 400 morons with their fucking phones out at once if one of them is filming the screen??? The answer is blessedly simple. No phone usage inside the theater. Zero tolerance policies. Managers willing to execute said policies. Educated and thoughtful patrons. I said the answer was simple, not likely...

  • April 27, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    The frowning upon texting is not why seats aren't being filled in the theaters

    by spartacus_lives

    It's the ticket price. I wonder if anybody at this "industry conference" dared to suggest that. Ticket prices have increased by almost 300% in the last 15 years.

  • April 27, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Matinee ticket price in 1997: $3.25. Matinee ticket price in 2012: Over $9

    by spartacus_lives

    If the studios are whining about it being harder to fill the theaters, maybe they should look at what they're charging.

  • April 27, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Ian

    You're's mostly adults that offend, and much less the teenagers. Teenagers tend to shut up when asked in my experience.

  • April 27, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Ian

    What they're charging and what they're PAYING. How much does it cost to make the latest Adam Sandler crapfest? There's no reason that a production needs all of the extravagant expenses that many have. Will Smith's aircraft carrier of a trailer in MIB III comes to mind. The studios are catering to the assholes on BOTH sides. So called A-list actors that demand insanity to put out a shitty movie, and the talkers and texters.

  • Charge less.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by spartacus_lives

    The annoying commercials before the trailers are one of the few revenue streams for the theater chain. I dislike them as much as the next guy, but between the popcorn, reese's pieces, and the commercials there isn't much profitability for your local cinema. Wait! There's also the arcade!

  • April 27, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    roger o. thornhill, RE: your school that jams cellphones.

    by heylookoverthere

    I looked into it, and it is definitely illegal. (at least if they're actively jamming them, if the building or parts of the building happen to function as a Faraday cage then that's another story.) Some congressmen are currently trying to change the law so it's legal to jam cell phones in prisons. Right now it's not legal anywhere, schools included. Either your full of shit (no offense but it is always a possibility) or your school is violating the law and could be fined up to $11,000

  • April 27, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Someone asked me how my confrontation got physical...

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    ...I was in an opening weekend screening of Watchmen and I sat in the middle of the theater, stadium seating, on the aisle. Two douchebags behind me were playing songs out loud on their phone and laughing when people shushed them. They'd stop and then 2 seconds later do it again. I turned around very nicely and said, "Hey guys, could you please be quiet?" They immediately mimicked me and what I said right back to my face but I turned around and then they were quiet for about a minute. Then they started talking about how the movie was boring and wasn't as good as The Dark Knight. People shushed them. They got quiet for a minute and then started talking again. I turned around and told them, "shut the fuck up or get out". People clapped and cheered. When I turned around back in my seat, one of them sucker punched me in the back of my head. I jumped up and started toward them and they both started screaming they were going to kill me or kick my ass. I grabbed the one nearest me and punched him repeatedly and bloodied his face. I dropped him to the ground (I was holding him while punching him) and went to grab the other one and he jumped over the row, landed on people and ran out of the theater. The other one tried to get up and I held him down and security came running into the theater to sort this all out. They took me into the manager's office and then Police came and told me if the kid presses charges, they're going to have to arrest me and that I shouldn't have beat the one kid up. They were both minors 16-17. The Cop sitting with me saw how upset I was and said, that the George Costanza yelling at thugs to shut up in the movies doesn't work and said that's why he doesn't go to the movies anymore because he'd flip like I did. Thankfully, people came out of the theater and told the Police I was hit in the back of my head and was defending myself. Also, the douchebags were terrified of their parents finding out what had happened and just wanted to go. The manager of the theater gave me 2 free tickets which I still have not used. I figured after that, it was time for me to stop going to the movies. When I told my wife what had happened she got angry at me because they could have had a weapon or something and she was right. You just don't know who these douchebags are in the theater and sometimes telling them to shut their mouths just invites them to want to take it to the next level. I think they thought 2 on 1 they'd kick my ass, but I box recreationally. I still have scars on my knuckles from punching the kid in the mouth and scraping my knuckles up on his teeth. Like I said, I work in the business and am a member of the Writers Guild. I was a chubby geeky kid who escaped to the movies. The fact that as an adult I can't go any longer pains me, but I don't want to go back and feel my blood pressure rise when someone is texting or their ring tones go off or worse they talk and try to fuck with me. What the theater execs don't realize is condoning this behavior will create more lawsuits and lose more business. It just will. I'm a fairly normal dude who loves his wife, his dogs, his movies. Never did I think I'd be fist fighting in a theater. If it can happen with me, it'll happen with a lot more people and some moron is going to have a gun or a knife. They need to protect the experience, not degrade it.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Movies look and sound better in my home theater

    by Jaster Mareel

    They just do. They're sharper and more detailed. I have a 58" 1080p Samsung plasma 3DTV so it's not massive, but I sit like 5' in front of it so it's pretty involving. I also have a 7.1 lossless audio system with tower speakers. I have an excellent Panasonic 3D Blu-ray player (along with a PS3) so the whole chain is pretty damn good. I know most people just hook up a cheapo BD player and use the TV speakers, but I've invested a significant amount to make sure I'm getting the highest quality I can possibly afford. And it fucking buries anything at the cinema. IMAX and Ultrascreen got me beat on scale, but my 3D looks a hell of a lot better. I will often go to a 3D film and think the 3D was pretty weak, but once I get the 3DBD, it fucking blows me away. The ONLY reason I see films in theaters at all anymore is because I simply cannot wait another couple of months for the Blu-ray. This summer that means Spider-Man, TDKR, Prometheus and Avengers, and that's it.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    melanie_griffiths_sour_patch , Great story and way to stand up!

    by Stalkeye

    However, your Wife was right. You never know what those fuckers could be carrying.(Especially nowadays.) That's why I'm hesistant to get into a scrap over shit like this B/C of consenquences/ramifications:either you end up in a holding Cell, or..some punk might get the drop on you and end your life via edge of a sharp Knife. well nowadays, certain douchebags are quick to pull out a piece and call it a day.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Its easy to say that Billy

    by crimsoncinder

    I'm not self centered. I;m giving the flip of the coin. This is kinda like a demo vs repub thing, no one can see the other side. What I'm getting at is, I need the phone for those instances, no exceptions and I will go see a movie irregardless when I can. Its the morons that pull the thing out and dont leave the theatre that piss me off as well. Why ban the tech when its the retard holding it causing the problem? It must be nice Kid to do that, but Its just me man and my two kids, no one else. I deserve a break,,, oh I I I. Yes self centered me.

  • Quote: "The ONLY reason I see films in theaters at all anymore is because I simply cannot wait another couple of months for the Blu-ray. This summer that means Spider-Man, TDKR, Prometheus and Avengers, and that's it. " Same here!!

  • April 27, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    If I get a phone call..

    by crimsoncinder

    I go out of the theatre. I don't whip it out.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Texting replaces talkers.

    by crimsoncinder

    " back in my day we didnt have phones and our movies were on reel to reel" But the fat ass in front of you was talking up a storm.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Fuck you fuck this twat that twat you.

    by crimsoncinder

    The generation in this forum is whats wrong with everything. This texting, light in the face from the cell, calls in the theatre, none of that is really the issue. its the fucking morons that embody the foul mouthed germs in this site that is the problem. You did hit the issue on the head Kid, It really is a self centered thing,,but Take yourself and everyone here and toss yourselves in my boat cause you're all I I I.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    And like Brody Fucktard above..

    by crimsoncinder

    I take the fucking thing out of the theatre.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Brody has a good point though.

    by crimsoncinder

    Movie ushers need spines.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    melanie_griffiths, holy shit dude!

    by Jaster Mareel

    I mean, I understand where you're coming from, I think we all do, but in the end you were a grown-assed man beating up a kid. You and I both know that's fucked up. I quite possibly would have done the same thing....and that's scary. I think your story is a great cautionary tale for how things can quickly get out of hand.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    One last thing.

    by crimsoncinder

    It's amazing how vile everyone can get when they are anonymous. I bet 80% of you trolls wouldn't post if your real name was posted after your comments. Half wits. -John Donham

  • April 27, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Playkins: Past your bed time.

    by crimsoncinder

  • April 27, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by Brandon Gable

    You failed to mention in your original post that you take it outside. It read more like you felt you had the right to take use your phone during the movie because you have kids. I'm glad that's not the case and you take it outside if you need to use it, so I take back the asshat comment.

  • April 27, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Things are getting out of control ...

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    criminal charges filed ... a 19-year-old moviegoer was being loud when someone told him to shush. When the 'shusher' and his girlfriend walked past the offending teen to leave the theater, he was hit and suffered a broken nose, eye socket and jaw.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    My Heartlight?

    by gotilk

    Still shining. But my cell phone is OFF. IN MY CAR. :) I'll be back with more cinema horror stories later. I have many.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST


    by Ian

    If you take your conversation outside and are respectful as you say, no one could give a flying fuck about you, your kids or your cell phone. I feel for your situation, I really do as I've got three kids, but I've never used them as an excuse for being a shitty person that could care less about anyone else. Best of luck to them in the future.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    ...and by "them"

    by Ian

    I mean those that do that sort of thing

  • April 27, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Sorry for the insult Brody.

    by crimsoncinder

    I re-read my entry and see that I failed to mention that so my bad on a poorly written post. My argument is basically I can't afford to have a cell jammer placed when I see a movie. My phone is on vibrate and I head to the lobby. I don't condone anyone checking any phone in the theatre. As a father with no backup, I need a break and movies are that break. I simply need a phone at all times because of that. Yes I do hire a sitter and don't leave them locked in the closet.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by Brandon Gable

    It's all good, I've got thick skin. And I couldn't agree with you more, I'm a single dad and the movies are my escape, too. If cell jammers end up in theaters, I'll never go back to them, end of story. I need to know if anything happens to my kid when I don't have her and that includes while I'm in a theater. But being parents is no excuse for us to be douchebags and use our phones while the movie is playing, so props for being responsible.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Single father? Props bro!

    by Jaster Mareel

    I have an amazing 21 month old little boy who is the center of my world. He lives with his mother about an hour away. I see him 4 days a week, but it would be hard taking care of him all by myself. You've absolutely got my respect man, and based on your situation I recind my suggestion of a cell phone blocker at theaters.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    My apologies to you, sir. I was commenting on the premise that you felt the need to have a phone within the theatre, and that you used it as such in those types of situations. If you leave your phone on vibrate in your pocket and then exit the theatre to check on whatever communication you may have coming in, preventing any distraction to the other movie-goers, I have absolutely NO problem with that whatsoever. You are making sure you can still be reached in case of an emergency, while also being courteous to those around you. How could I possibly complain about that? That's what you're supposed to do. My issues are with the people who feel it is okay to take care of those texts, phone calls, emails inside the theatre walls while the movie is playing.

  • Face it, people, it's never going to get better. All you can do is frequent high-end theaters, like Alamo or Arclight, where the class of people in the audience, and their motivations for being there, are more aligned with your own. But even those environments aren't ideal. There will always be the occasional asshole, and the reality is that you have to establish a threshold for how much of their inconsiderate behavior you can tolerate before you confront them, whether verbally or physically. I'm the movie guy in my group of friends. They come to me for recommendations, and rely on me to get the good seats for the midnight shows, etc. But there are rules. Some of them used to silence their phones, but then take it out to check the time. I told them kindly but firmly that they only get one of those, and that people who want to go to the theater with me have to turn it off, not just silence it. If you can't go 2 hours without your phone, you have a problem. If you can't separate yourself from the outside world for 2 hours because of various obligations, then you should not be at the movies. And if you disagree with those 2 points, then why are you even visiting this website? Be thankful that someone like Tim League was even in the room with the Regal and IMAX people. I haven't been to a Regal theater in years, because they are shit holes. And while IMAX is the best way to see a movie, they have tarnished their brand by installing LIEMAX auditoriums everywhere. Then look at Alamo Drafthouse. They are still the small fish in the room, but they are climbing, while the other two are falling, and there's good reason for that. The strict policies against disruptions, the quality programming, the enriched experience, the expansion to new locations in different states, and even a burgeoning distribution arm. They are the future, because they have credibility. Hopefully, that future does not necessitate cell phone jammers, but if that's what it takes, then so be it.

  • People, there is no other way. Some people need to be put in their place or put down. Who agrees??

  • Im betting you sneak a peak at who is calling, and light spills up and irritates someone. But that's right, you don't give a fuck. Asshole.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Of course..let's just ask people not to be dicks

    by Darth Macchio

    That will work. It always has in the past! Please - ask people to not do it? Seriously? Post signs that say "Please turn off your cell phones"? Make it a zero-tolerance policy? Well that's just myopic pie in the sky thinking. Haven't theaters been doing this since cell phones existed? Isn't it obvious that simply asking people to stop or escorting them out of the theater does exactly dick to prevent it in the first place? Pardon the flippancy but these people do not need to be asked to be courteous, they need to be smacked in the mouth and shown, physically if not logically, that the rest of us are not figments of their imagination or bit players in the movie of their lives going on in their heads. Old or young - being a jackass is being a jackass. If you don't know you're being a jackass by texting in a theater, you are a HUGE jackass. If you have kids or someone sick at home and you simply must have your cell phone on your and not blocked - no worries, I'm sure there are ways to set it to vibrate and then you can leave the theater to actually use the phone...that's wonderful and very sweet of you. Too bad everybody isn't you and all that. But to let you have your phone knowing you'd be the nice and considerate guy, we have to let all the assholes and careless fuckwits have their phones and thus their ensuing asshole party at everybody else's expense. Nice guy cell-phone users and all. This isn't a plane or a city bus - it's a movie in a theater and it's 100% optional in your lives. If you have to have your cell phone and need to be able to text at any given time, stay home and rent movies and text to your heart's content.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Incidently my local cinema had some great ushers a few years ago

    by theyreflockingthisway

    Mostly made up of a group of arrogant lads, but that seems to work well when they're on the side of the customers. They used to go in as a group and seemed to take the piss out of the offenders - and they never argued back. I guess they must have moved on to other things now, though, as their replacements seem to be some nervous and scrawny kids who won't even approach anyone if they can hear them.

  • Which is why the exhibition industry is quickly dying.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Must have been a Theater in Brooklyn, NY or Philly:)

    by plisskenman

  • April 27, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Quick one.... (as if I'm even capable of such things) lol

    by gotilk

    I used to go see movies in a huge mall in southern California. At this particular theater, they had a GREAT theater manager. (I assume that's who he was) He would come out before the movie, only on Friday and Saturday nights, when the douchebag effect is usually in full force. He was hilarious. He would come out, get in front of the audience with the lights turned all the way up and tell a few jokes. Then he would ask that everyone *get it out of their system* by telling them to scream as loud as they could *I HATE CELL PHONES!!!*. Then he would introduce the two biggest employees he had there as his *bouncers*. He said that a little reaction to a movie is natural, but if people use lazer pointers, ringtones or otherwise harassed other theatergoers, they would quickly be thrown out by *Bubba1 and Bubba2*. He got a few more laughs, everyone felt relaxed, and he would dim the lights and start the trailers. Then, sure enough, a few people it seems EVERY screening would get booted out to applause. But I thought that was a great way to get people relaxed, make the rules clear, and put people at ease. More managers should care that much, even though they are NOT paid enough to. This guy obviously loved movies and his job. There are enough young, dumb people in every weekend audience that actually do NOT pay attention to what's on screen, sometimes even DURING the film. He made the rules CLEAR and insisted on being paid attention to. On some level, it worked. I genuinely think there are still, in every screening on the weekends, some young people who do NOT know the basic rules of etiquette at the movies. What he did was eliminate their ability to say they *didn't know*. Perfect. In the end, I simply HAD to stop going on the weekends. Sunday afternoons became a better time for me, especially for movie dates. Basically , on the weekend, if you take a date these days (especially if she's particularly attractive... for some reason) there will be several guys in the audience that WILL force you to either get in a confrontation or pussy out. I don't do jail. So my choice is almost always obvious. I bet if they spent a solid, concentrated 10 weekends dealing with JUST those people, taking their picture, and banning them, the ENTIRE moviegoing audience would slowly start coming back to the movies, gradually within a year or so. Regionally. They should do an experiment. Hire some real security guys in one theater, bring them in on weekends and have them do NOTHING but boot these people out, take their names and pictures (in lieu of arrest or calling the cops) and banning them for good. Then check the attendance numbers a year later. Check the numbers against the previous summer. And these people who say it's about race are full of shit. I've seen JUST as many white, gang-member wannabees doing this crap. AND teenage GIRLS. It's not just a dude thing. Girls will be JUST as nasty and confrontational. Girls will more often than not also be the ones who confront the loud, annoying people, then turn to their boyfriends to be the enforcers. Can I just ask all you ladies out there one favor? Yeah. Thanks. Next time you put me in a situation where I have to defend you? Clear it with me real quick first. Sometimes, I'm just not in the mood and I'd rather enjoy the movie WITH the asshole behind us that won't stop asking his buddy LOUDLY to repeat everything that just happened on screen. Because I would say 75% of the time, it does NOT end there and they keep doing whatever it was they were doing. Forcing you to give up or escalate. Another problem is that SO many young people think they are the most HILARIOUS person in the room. Maybe their buddies have told them they're funny and the truth is they're being laughed AT rather than WITH and their friends have just never clued them in on this fact. These people will blurt out the most IDIOTIC shit. There was a guy at an Inception screening that thought it would be hilarious to blurt out DERP!!! really loudly during key dramatic moments. I think perhaps he didn't understand the film and was lashing out at it, assuming that if he said essentially *this is dumb* loudly enough, enough times, others would just assume... well.... this movie MUST be dumb and he'd be off the hook during the conversation on the way back to the SUV. ???!!! And to the girls who go out on dates with guys that do things like throw popcorn at people, kick the backs of their seats and make rude comments, or won't shut up. Or make phone calls.Or play ringtones over and over. Or use a lazer pointer at the screen? Without telling him to stop? You are CUNTS. Every time you laugh at this guy instead of tell him you're going to leave unless he stops, you're the problem. Probably even more than he is. Because once he knows that you've giggled at what he's doing, or even just NOT reacted negatively, he's ENCOURAGED. He's in show-off mode at that point. You are the catalyst. Unless you're afraid of being BEATEN once he gets you out to the car or back home ( not shocking, really, just sad ), you have a responsibility as a human being to do something to make it stop. But you're probably attracted to these alpha-male wannabees. And I say wannabees because there's a specific reason why these guys only pull this shit in dark movie theaters. It's because they know YOU have paid good money (probably for 2) to be there and you're more likely NOT to react to them negatively and will let things slide that they would NOT let slide anywhere else. Think about it. When was the last time you saw someone , say, in line at a grocery store, tossing M&Ms at the guy in front of him in line? Never? Know why? Because that guy would probably cut loose on the guy throwing them. Because when he's done, chances are his groceries are undisturbed and he can continue on with his day without losing anything. You will also NEVER see a guy alone in the cinema doing that shit. Why? Because he needs someone to impress , or embarrass. You may have seen some guy alone do it. But that would be the exception. The RULE is that they need a personal audience consisting of people they know. They also know that you're in a dark place, and they are aware that you fear things like weapons. Because you really can't see very well in there. If someone pulled a gun or a knife, it would be harder to see. You might not notice it until it's too late. It all adds up to them knowing ALL the reasons why you most likely will not react to them in an extreme manner. Most likely, the only thing you'll do is tell them to stop and then they can just refuse or continue. Then they get a free ego/superiority boost without all of the usual risks related to it. In other words, in reality they're kinda just your garden variety pussy. That's all for now. Keep your (C)Heartlights on and your phones off.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I agree people just need to carry jammers

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • April 27, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Let's get physical! Physical!

    by Zardoz

    Yeah, you have to be careful about who you tell to shut up in the theater these days. I've nearly gotten into fights several times over the years. Someone was shot and killed outside the Metreon theater a few years ago. It wasn't movie related, but it tells you that people are going to see the movies strapped! I want to see the movie in peace, not die over it, or anything!

  • April 27, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    @darth macchio

    by Brandon Gable

    I understand where you're coming from and I agree that just telling people not to do it doesn't work. There's got to be enforcement. If a theater was more like a nightclub and had bouncers, dickweed texters would know they were risking being roughed up and tossed out for breaking out their phone. Unfortunately, we don't live in a society that employs those tactics. We live in a soft, touchy-feely place where everybody does what they want and don't care if they get any on you. If managers had balls and tossed offenders out, enforcing their own policies strictly and evenly, it wouldn't take long for this problem to be minimized. It'll never go away entirely but it can be reduced. And no, I don't believe banning cell phones will ever be an option. A theater that does that risks alienating a significant portion of their customer base and how is that supposed to increase attendance? Nobody wants to leave their $500-700 iPhone in the car when they go to the movies. If everybody was required to do that, how many cars would get broken into in the parking lot at every showing? How many times would you go back to the movies if your car got broken into and your phone was stolen, causing you hundreds of dollars of additional expenses? And how exactly would theaters enforce that no cell phones policy? The same way they enforce the no texting policy now? Metal detectors at the door? Full body scans? Yeah, they'd become just as popular as the would that work out for their attendance problem? Not to mention the inevitable complaints and lawsuits for civil rights violations and the additional expense for training and equipment. Theaters pay their employees barely above minimum wage as it is...that's more myopic pie in the sky thinking than expecting them to enforce existing policies... Just to be clear, HAVING your cell phone in a theater and USING your cell phone in a theater are two distinctly different things.

  • Very well said, and sadly true.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by Brandon Gable

    Yeah, the exhibition industry isn't dying because of pricing concerns or lagging attendance. It's because the people who DO attend the films feel the need to go outside during the film. It's so simple, why hasn't anybody seen that before??? WTF is wrong with people leaving the auditorium during a film? Not everybody is a single, non-child-having, non-cell-having, unimportant nobody with an iron bladder. That's the only kind of person I can think of who would never have an excuse to leave an auditorium... Seriously, if an door opening disrupts your moviegoing experience that much, perhaps you're the one who should consider whether you belong there, not the people who are being courteous in going about their business.

  • When I see films, I leave my phone on vibrate in case whoever's watching my little boy while I'm at the theater needs to reach me. Apart from that - and I've never needed it yet - I and my wife have zero tolerance for our own use, and I have zero tolerance for others' use, which is almost always very obviously recreational. VERY obviously. So carry on, champions of civil, pure moviegoing experiences. Count me in your number.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Dissenting opinion... (kind of)

    by Arguendo

    I dislike texting in the theater, but this whole "us vs. them" mentality is a bit oversimplistic and it much of the counter-arguments towards texting in theaters seems to just be the opposite side of the same coin. There's a critique about the "I... I... I... " mentality of texters, but most of what I read on this board is "I hate when people text." "People texting ruin *my* movie going experience." "This is not the movie going experience that *I* want to have." Then there are arguments that they shouldn't dictate your movie going experience, but that we are completely in the right to dictate their movie going experience. Claiming that the opposition group is in the minority is also an old 'us vs. them' tactic that falls apart in further consideration. Sure, there are a lot of people who text in movies these days, who may be assholes. But there may be a lot of people who would like to text in movies, but refrain from doing so -- reducing their enjoyment of their movie-going experience -- simply to cater to your whims. How many people text in movies today is not a good proxy for how many people would like to text in movies (or how many people would go to movies if they could text). The crux of this issue isn't so much that "they" are assholes and "we" are right. It gets down to a basic principle of differences in what we would like the movie going experience to be. Judging their preferences as being inferior (rather than different) to ours is somewhat an asshole move. The problem with movies is that it is at a crossroads of being art and entertainment. The symphony and theater crowds have similar issues, although the organization as a whole tends to align towards the "art" side of things, making them lean towards the artistic experience. This is not to say that the opera hasn't experimented (and continues to experiment) with subtitling their productions (to varied uproar by opera-goers) in order to entice greater audiences. The movie industry is even more problematic, because I would argue that the industry overall prefers to view itself as a money-making endeavor. In which case, our form of "movie-watching" experience is subsumed under what might be viewed as the more popular one. Dissent within the industry (e.g., w/Alamo) is simply a dissent in their perspectives on what businesses each are running -- but I see no reason why different theaters shouldn't apply different policies if they are serving different niches of the market. In fact, as it stands, we have no idea how many (potential) movie-going patrons would like to text. It would, actually, be an interesting experiment if one of the larger theater chains did allow texting while the other did not -- then we could see what the economics would show about the audience preferences. Again, if we prefer to see movies as art, this is probably a distasteful prospect -- but this is at least one social issue in which I don't feel that my personal opinion should be forced onto others. And I know that regardless of what happens, there is probably a sufficiently large population of movie-goers who prefer a no-cell phone rule that some theaters will enforce that policy, so I'll still have a venue to go to.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    So much strawman logic being spewed by so many of you..

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    1) Cellphones aren't going anywhere. Live with that precept. 2) If I use my cellphone to check a text or email that comes in, and I do it discreetly, from the back of the theater, what business is it of yours what the hell I do? 3) There will always be rude people. Whether they are kicking the seat, talking to their neighbor or actually answering the phone. 4) As long as you pay ushers minimum wages, you will get minimum service. No one wants to get the shit kicked out of them for $7 an hour. You wouldn't, so why the hell do you think some 16 year old kid would? 5) Cellphone jammers are not the answer. Why? THEY INTERFERE WITH PACEMAKERS. So, because you want to keep people from using their phones, you are completely willing to kill someone? Who's the selfish prick now? 6) Fact is, if you find yourself distracted by a 4x5 inch screen while sitting in a darkened room where the MAIN light source is a 20 foot or more screen with 5.1 digital THX certified surround sound then you have attention deficit issues anyway, and maybe it's you, Mountain Dew soaked, frustration filled viewer who may be the problem. It doesn't have to be a zero sum proposition. It just doesn't. If you disagree, buy your own chain of theatres. Enforce your rules, or stay home and only go to a movie when League allows it.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    wrath of fett

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    I totally know it was wrong. It's why I don't go back. I didn't know they were minors. They were big guys and looked like adults in the dark. It's killing me that this summer we're getting The Avengers, a Ridley directed Alien film and the end of the Dark Knight. My wife told me I should go see them on Monday/Tuesday morning after the opening weekend in a matinee. Maybe. Some of the guys here in the forums told me about theaters in Brooklyn where they police the theater to keep things under control so I might try one of those. We're getting an Alamo in NYC soon so that should help things too. I'll definitely give that a try. I've been to theaters through Writers Guild screenings, but most of those are only during award season. People are generally good in those screenings. That being said, I advise you guys to not take it up with the patrons who are unruly. Go tell the manager/usher and go back to your seat. You're sitting in the dark with people you don't know and you have no idea if they might snap like the kids who attacked me did. Yeah, I beat the shit out of one of them, but I also could've gone to jail. My wife & I own our home, have nice things, a decent amount in savings and that piece of shit could've sued me for it all if he wasn't afraid of his parents yelling at him for starting a fight in the theater. I think the same fear of me suing his parents is what led him to not press charges and just want to go home and get out of there. I just can't believe it's come to that. I used to go into a movie theater on Saturday morning as a kid and stay there until I had to be home for dinner and no one would bother me. As for watching movies at home, that's where it's at. Last night I watched the Directors Cut of Alien on Cinemax (I think) and had the 7.1 kicking/the house shaking and it was pretty amazing watching it on my 55'' Plasma.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Well said arguendo

    by heylookoverthere

    A lot of you are getting really riled up ("lets kill them/piss on them/beat them up/buy illegal cell phone jamming equipment") over something that's a fairly minor annoyance. Many of you also make it seem like it's already a widespread problem, so then the "no texting" rules aren't working anyway.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by Brandon Gable

    Interesting point, but your argument falls apart for one simple reason: Texting in a theater produces a quantifiable negative effect to the entire theater experience. Movie theaters are designed so that the image on the screen should be the only light source in the entire room, aside from recessed and subtle lighting effects for safety. Adding any number of additional bright light sources throughout the auditorium significantly decreases the quality of the experience because it detracts from the image on the screen. Watch Harry's Ain't it Cool episode 4 for further discussion with Douglas Trumbull about how the screen image is already too dim as it is. Then add multiple additional lighting distractions to that and the image on the screen would be come nigh unwatchable. It would only be a matter of time before theaters that allowed texting would receive enough complaints about their presentation that they'd be forced to eliminate those bright light sources and eliminate texting. And, to reiterate a point from my previous thread, what's to stop "texters" from activating a camera app on their iPhone and becoming "pirates" with very little the theater could do about it? One more reason to keep people from using their phones in theaters...

  • April 27, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Holy shit! They really do have portable cell phone blockers!

    by Jaster Mareel

    You can put that shit in your pocket and block every cell phone in the fucking room! Google that shit, it's pretty awesome!

  • April 27, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Bottom line...

    by Ian

    In a website full of movie "lovers", we can't agree that fucking with someone's experience is unacceptable. I get the point that other people are making regarding their right to use their phones, but I wonder if they make the same arguments in hospitals ? No of course not, peoples lives are at stake and that's serious. The other people in the theater aren't important and don't require any thought. So what if they are a parent and this is their first time out of the house in months? It doesn't matter to them. So, use your phones, talk throw shit at each other, misuse logical fallacies and other such bullshit. Logical folks: give up and buy the Blu Ray and a better home theater system. Sad fact is, they have the right to be fuckholes in a public place, and that right protects us all too. Buy the Blu Ray and wait for a theater chain to come along that doesn't put up with it.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Strawman Brody

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    See, what you're trying to do here is to take an argument and rebut using the most extreme set of possibilities. Thus, a strawman argument. The reality is that in most places, at the MOST you will have a couple of people texting here and there. Rarely it is ever at the same time. Prove me wrong using concrete examples. OK, fine, you can't. If texting areas were allowed, it certainly wouldn't be without guidelines. Most/ALL phones can be dimmed to the point where the ambient light does not supersede the light coming from the screen, no matter how poorly lit it is. Personally, I would like to see you record a film from an iPhone. Do you realize how much space on a phone that takes? How much battery life that sucks up? Be smart, Brody. Pirates are bringing in HD cams with large enough memory cards, because lets face it, those cams are as small if not smaller than smartphones. Also, something is not quantifiable unless you can produce a realistic metric to quantify against. Everything you said has been supposition.

  • The cheese popcorn gave me instant ass mud while watching GODZILLA 1985. And yes, my family were the only ones in the theater, but I digress. That is all.

  • I don't see why this is so hard for some folks. There are analogous examples all over our widely accepted cultural expectations. You want to see a movie in the theater? Go to the theater, sit in a seat quietly, and see a movie. You want to talk or text on a cell phone while watching a movie? Go do it at home. This reminds me a little of the debate over smoking. One is not a victim because one can't smoke absolutely everywhere that one wants. You have the right to do it, and society has the right to tell you that it's not acceptable to do it in some places.

  • Selfish people, the lot of em.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    So, kk stoned, by your rationale...

    by jpowell180

    ...Everyone in the thater should be at the ready to answer any damn call that comes in? Can you imagine how much worse the theater experience would be if every damn person were answering every damn call? All those idiots with ringtones would have them blaring left and right, up and down! I guess, then, that someone who didn't bother taking their cellphone with them would be considered an asshole for not doing so, as they would be incommunicado in case of an emergency. I honestly doubt that being out of touch for 2 hours will ever kill or hurt anyone - after all, a decade or two ago, it was normal to be out of touch for many hours at a time!

  • April 27, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Any praticular model of Jammer recommended?

    by Chief Joseph

    I see there's one that's disguised as a cigarette case. Neat!

  • April 27, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST


    by Brandon Gable

    I was refuting the argument that a lot more people would text during a theater if they were allowed to do so. First of all, if you're truly ignorant enough to believe that only one of two text messages will come into an auditorium filled with 400 moviegoers over the course of a 2 hour film, we're done here. You're right that in current reality, phones are only used a few times during an average movie. But in the reality of a theater where it was acceptable to not only read messages but reply to them, they would be in constant use around the theater. Not all at once to be sure, but enough to distract from the image on the screen. And I'm not going to argue whether I was making a "supposition" regarding my quantifiable metric. It would only take a theater full of texters and a light meter to provide that metric and prove my point. And no, I don't have access to any studies of that sort, but I guarantee exhibitors would test any new rules before rolling them out across their theater chains so studies of that sort would exist before they took effect. That's the only supposition I'm making... As for dimming screens on phones, who is going to enforce that? That same minimum wage making employees you railed against in your previous post who won't enforce no talking/texting policies as they currently exist? Are they supposed to check phone settings for everybody who walks through the theater door or just go by the honor system? Yeah, that'll fly...

  • April 27, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    slippery slope

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    All of you guys who talk about patrons being so kind to dim the brightness settings on their phones or go to vibrate are the real fools. Yes, you know how to do it. Yes, you might care enough to do it. But the people who abuse privileges and cause the most problems can give a fuck. They all want you to hear their snazzy incoming text ringtone as loud as possible and then turn to their brain dead friend and scream above the movie what was just texted to them. People playing with their phones during movies is the slippery slope of no return. Tim League must be sitting there grinning realizing with the right investors, he's going to save the movie theater experience and become a billionaire if phones are encouraged by certain theater chains.

  • WELL, it's the same crowd that frequent Movie Theaters...have no manners and need to STFU or be escorted out the of theater by Police or security. No mercy. I just like many others here want to see The Avengers in peace. and not have a cell phone light or people yapping away during the movie. I DO encourage the cell phone blockers.

  • That's why, as Kidd said, there can be NO COMPROMISE.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    @notoriousdrb - One more thing

    by Brandon Gable

    About piracy... I know how they do it now. I also know that cell batteries don't last the length of a film. But really, pirates have to hide their equipment now. If they were allowed to have it out in the open, don't you think they'd figure out a way to have, I don't know, more than one phone? Multiple batteries? Portable rechargers or external battery packs? I'd bet they'd be quite willing to take the easy way out and take a few minutes on the back end editing multiple files rather than having to smuggle their equipment in like they do now. But hey, I could be way off...

  • April 27, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Arguendo, you're trying to be fair, but you're being soft

    by Starkiller1

    Sure, there are a lot of people who text in movies these days, who may be assholes. But there may be a lot of people who would like to text in movies, but refrain from doing so -- reducing their enjoyment of their movie-going experience -- simply to cater to your whims. How many people text in movies today is not a good proxy for how many people would like to text in movies (or how many people would go to movies if they could text).

  • April 27, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Don't cut these people a break, they have a false sense of entitlement

    by Starkiller1

  • Movies look great on my Mac screen!

  • April 27, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Careful with those cell phone jamers folks...

    by Darth Macchio

    They can screw indeed with pacemakers and the FCC can also fine you for their unauthorized use if you should get caught.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Cell phones on planes

    by FluffyUnbound

    Gotta disagree with the whole "It's no worse than me talking to my friend next to me" line of argument. For the simple reason that nobody actually talks to their friend next to them. Every plane I've been on for the last twenty years has been damn near silent. The only time there's any noise is when there are small children on the plane. That's why every other traveler out there groans when they see small kids getting on a plane. That scene in FIGHT CLUB where the guys talk on the plane? Never happens. Nobody makes friends with the stranger next to them on the plane. Nobody. Liz Lemon does not talk to Oprah on the plane, either. So letting people use cell phones on planes won't exchange one noise source for another. It will introduce loud phone conversations into an environment which is otherwise virtually silent. The airlines should be allowed to make whatever cell phone use rules they want, but don't try to tell me that people using cell phones on planes won't be fucking hugely annoying, because it will be. It will make every person on the plane a potential crying baby. Want to text on the plane? Awesome! Want to send email, browse the internet, chat? Fantastic, I hope they let you do that shit soon. Want to talk? Fuck you, you'll be annoying.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Only Losers Text Message in Theatres

    by blueant

  • April 27, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    About going in and out of the auditorium...

    by FluffyUnbound

    If you're at a hockey game, fuck you, wait for a whistle to get up and go into the aisle. If you're at a play, fuck you, wait for the end of the Act. But since movies no longer have intermissions, if you gotta get up, you gotta get up. No place that sells soda and has restrooms has any grounds for complaining if people pee. When you're at an event where there are breaks in the action specifically designed to give you a chance to get up, it's rude to get up randomly without waiting for one of those breaks. But if you're at an event where such breaks have been eliminated or not supplied, when you gotta go you gotta go.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Your insistence to text in a movie has no validity...

    by Darth Macchio

    Sorry but unless you're a movie critic, you simply have no mandated need to see movies in the theater. It's optional. And there is no argument to be made against that simple fact. If you have kids and can't get or afford a sitter - sorry, but you're just being a selfish person if you bring your toddler to a 3 hour movie (happened when I saw one of the LotR flicks). If you cannot not use your phone for a couple hours in a row for any reason (valid or not), then you have to bear the consequences of that fact on your own, not subject strangers to a diluted entertainment experience because you simply have to be able to use your phone (presuming, of course, you don't keep the phone on vibrate and don't leave the theater if you get a message/call). Just like if I have a nasty cough, I'd be a selfish person if I made a theater full of people have to try and hear the dialogue through my coughing fits. Some things are not optional and some things are. I'm not aware of much in the form of entertainment that is mandatory. True, for many if not most of us, it is "mandatory" that we see the Avengers, Prometheus, etc, etc but that's just fun semantics. Almost anything else outside of the realm of entertainment is debatable when it comes to discourteous disturbances (planes, restaurants, etc) but not a movie theater and certainly not where live performers are involved.

  • April 27, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    @crimsoncinder Good to know you don't whip it out in the theater.

    by adeceasedfan

    Thanks for the amendment. Single Dads unite!

  • I have a 47" Toshiba and a Sony Blu-Ray player, but am looking forward to upgrading to a 70" screen. Once I get that baby, I'll likely never set foot in a theater again. Unless Mr. Trumbull's 3D Showscan format is playing. As an older film fan I don't have to see a movie on opening weekend. I can wait 2-3 months and buy any movie on Blu-Ray to watch at home for less than the price of seeing a movie in a theater with my wife or daughter. Or rent it at a fraction of that price.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Amen, brother!

    by Kremzeek

    This is precisely why I quit going to the movies altogether. I've been to a theatre 3 times in the last 4 years - and none of the experiences were hassle free. It's really sad because I used to be someone who went to the movies all the time! I loved it! I was always one of those people going to midnight premieres and the like. No more. This "age of entitlement" with no regard for anyone else has finally made me say "fuck that". You summed the whole issue up when you said, "the only customers you're attracting are those who aren't even there to watch the movie". Exactly! What the hell kind of logic is it to cater to customers... who aren't even there for the reason you're wanting them to be - WATCH a movie?! Really good read. I agree with you 100%, Kidd.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    The Mythical Movie-Going Experience

    by Arguendo

    I thought I'd provide an alternate commentary on this topic as well, which is the "mythical" movie-going experience that so many seem to prescribe to. In broad sweeps (and I know this is a generality), this movie going experience seems to involve's a dark theater, a brilliant, large, bright screen and pure silence except for the brilliant acoustics from the sound system. Somehow, mysteriously, we are always sitting in the middle (and by ourselves). While this Mythical Movie-Going Experience is certainly a beauty, it is not the only movie-going experience and, indeed, not the only reason to go to movies What's strange is that the MMGE seems to be characterized by being alone, while going to a movie has -- generally for me -- been a social endeavor. And I'm not talking "Paris-opera-where-the-show-is-the-lobby" but actually going to see a movie with people. For example, in general, I'm not a big fan of slapstick/screwball comedies. If I'm at home, watching the TV by myself, they bore me to tears. But I remember once going to the theater with one of my friends, and during the preview of Jackass the movie, most of the theater burst out laughing... and I did too. For me, comedies can be more funny (even non-screwball ones) when there's an audience laughing with you then when you're by yourself. I went to see Cabin in the Woods last week without a party of about 10, and, again, much of the appeal of going to see a horror (esque) movie in a theater, isn't the great big screen or the acoustics, but the feeling of the audience -- those one or two people who do shout out a bit during a scare and some sense of communal watching. Of course, there's also the anti-thesis of the MMGE. MST3K certainly makes the movies that they watch a lot more entertaining. How about Rocky Horror, which seems to be a cultural treasure to many film buffs. The experience of watching Rocky Horror is defined by the audience interaction -- all those things that we hate (talking in movies, throwing things at the screen) from the MMGE. ------------------------------------------- The point, referring to my earlier one, is that the movie-going experience is different by all, and not everyone wants the MMGE. In fact, it's not even typed by person by also by movie. That is, I like the MMGE for certain movies (e.g., LoTR) but not others (e.g., Rat Race). What we need to accept is that, people have different preferences for how they like to watch a movie. Yes, having a cell phone open may "degrade" the picture quality, but picture quality isn't the complete package of how we experience a movie and it's not the only reason why people go to see a movie in a theater. As stated previously, I do (most of the time) enjoy the MMGE and I dislike cell phones in the theater. However, those preferences don't give me the right to judge other people's preferences as inferior. More importantly, those preferences also don't give me the right to judge other people as inferior. We need to tone down the vitriol.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    It's not hard to attain a decent movie going experience


    First of all you have to accept that you cannot see the movie on the opening weekend. It's unnecessary. Go during the week! The second week of release on a Thursday is good. Also. Go to one of those new XD theaters that are fucking enormous and have lots of space so you can avoid some annoying fucker chomping on popcorn and breathing down your neck behind you. But don't buy tickets for that show, they cost a few dollars extra. Buy tickets to a different movie. There, that was easy, stop complaining.

  • April 27, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    On parenting and movies.

    by gotilk

    I appreciate that this fellow does the right thing, and puts it on vibrate. Then walks out to return the call. But I have to ask. How on EARTH do you manage to keep a job? Answer. I'm not buying that you can't be out of phone range for 2 hours in *case of emergency*. First of all, there's NOTHING you can do in the case of a real emergency. ANYTHING that would happen would benefit not ONE BIT from you being available for those 2 hours. Real emergency? You'd find out at the most, mathematically speaking, maybe one hour or less after whatever it is that happened. And you would immediately come to wherever it is your kid is now that he's being treated. If it's a real emergency and your babysitter calls you first, bad move right there. 911 first, then you. Get a better babysitter. One that you can trust to do the right thing first. What about when the kid goes to school and you're at work?? Does your boss let you keep your cell phone on vibrate? What if we didn't HAVE cell phones? There was a time not long ago, and we still had great parents. If you were at a movie, taking a much needed break, you'd get home and find out that something happened, then head to the hospital, or comfort your kid's *owwie*. I guess the real point is, you can be the world's best parent and be unavailable for 2.5 hours. I would even say that parents who do so are left better parents the next day, or the next week , for having done so. I remember those feelings. As a new parent, I remember NOT being able to relax in a place like a movie theater. Not knowing EXACTLY what my kid was doing, at ALL times, drove me nuts. But that stage MUST be got through if you're going to survive parenting. You HAVE TO take real time for yourself, not tethered to anything or anyone. Or else it's not really a break at all. And you HAVE TO get over it. If you don't, your kid and your marriage (if you have one) will suffer. FACT. It is unnatural to be that obsessive. And after a couple of years, if you don't get past that stage, you're in trouble. It WILL rub off on the kid. Great parents get rest. So-so parents never do and then blame exhaustion from being the world's best parent for their bad parenting. Phht. Just stop it. Stop. I'm not saying this guy is a bad parent. Every new parent goes through that stage. But I AM saying he WILL be a bad parent on some level if he doesn't learn to take a real break from it. A real break is a period of time when you can stop being obsessive, and not be tethered. It's also good for the child when you take a break, not just because you'll be rested and refreshed, but because the child will learn to feel safe when you're not there. Because you cannot be there for the kid 24/7. It's not possible or even healthy. You also MUST remember that the chances of something bad happening during that 2 or 3 hours, is next to impossible. Something bad is MUCH more likely to happen while you're at work, or he or she is at school/day care, or when the kid is with grandparents. And by the way, my privilege of being a parent was ripped from me. I spent years having those same feelings. Like at any moment something bad was going to happen to my child and I wasn't there with him. I spent almost an entire YEAR crying myself to sleep. HEARTbreaking. Frustrating. You're a lucky, lucky man to be allowed to be a parent to your child. You think 2 hours feels like abandonment? Try a month. Try your ex wife moving away so that you cannot afford to visit. Try biting your tongue for 5 years while your ex is unreasonable, cruel, mean, unfair, manipulative. Just so you can have what little she's allowed you to have. Or being threatened that if you fight for him, she'll use your past against you so that you'll have even LESS time with your kid. And the only reason I didn't spend every penny I had on lawyers was that in spite of all of these truths.... she's a damned good mother. The best. She's like a different human being with him. So in that sense, my son and I are both blessed. I think you'll both be fine for 2 hours. Or maybe even try something else..... Try turning your phone completely off, and after about an hour , walking out of the theater and calling to check up on your kid. Then turn it back off, enjoy the rest of the film, and when you come out, DURING the credits.... call again before you head home. Don't be so inflexible. That stuff rubs off on others.... maybe even the kid. Sorry if I seem like an asshole about this, but you really need to lighten up a bit. You simply cannot be there 24/7, and if you could it would be TOO much. All my best. I'm sure you're a great dad if you care that much.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Yes, that's right. No, he really said it. Yeah.

    by gotilk

    This guy, fluffyunbound on AICN actually tried to convince people that NO-ONE EVER talks to the person next to them on an airplane. Nope. Never. Yeah, I know. But it's okay.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST


    by Brandon Gable

    First of all, I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Good parents should never have their children ripped away from them. There have been a couple of us single dads who have chimed in on this subject, and since you didn't mention which one you were addressing, I'll give my perspective on your talkback. To answer your question about the job, yes, I do have a job where I can keep my phone on vibrate throughout the day. I am reachable 24/7/365 by whoever may be keeping my child when I don't have her. School, ex-wife, babysitter, grandparents, it doesn't matter. Of course if anything catastrophic happens they will call 911 first. Their second call will be to me and I will drop whatever I'm doing and go to wherever I'm needed as soon as it's prudent. And of course I wouldn't drop whatever I'm doing and drive to her school at 100 MPH if she fell down on the playground and skinned her knee. That doesn't mean I wouldn't want to know about it as soon as I could. If I got that call while I was at the movies, I would take the call in the hallway and say thank you for letting me know, then return and finish the film. I'm a grown up and I can prioritize reasonably well... That said, if she was hit by a car and her mom tried to call and tell me but I was in the theater and my phone was jammed, I'd be more than a little bent out of shape. Like it or not, we cannot go back to a time before cell phones. Yes, parenting was different back then. No, we don't need to be on call for every little bump on the noggin. But to ignore technology in some kind of anachronistic gesture to throwback parenting would be ridiculous and irresponsible. Let me also say that I'm not obsessive. I don't hover over my child and I'm not constantly checking up on her. I know she's in good hands, which is why I even go to the theater. The vast majority of the time my phone never rings and I receive no messages about my daughter. The reason I keep it on vibrate and out of sight but still on is for that one time where I'm needed. I don't bother anybody with my phone but I prefer to have it available just in case. I don't think that's unreasonable but apparently some people do...

  • April 27, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    An Easy solution

    by Bloo

    Maybe it comes from me living in a small town (but one with still an almost 200 seat/screen theater) and living with the reality of an older theater that doesn't get a cell signal, but here's a solution I found that works great. Tell your employees/babysitter/nurse (or whoever is watching your sick relative) what theater you are going to be at and what movie you are planning on seeing. Be a friend and provide the phone number even write down what you are wearing so that said person doesn't have to remember. Then tell the theater "hey my employee/babysitter/etc may call with an emergency. If they do I plan on sitting [name the general area you are planning on sitting at i.e. Center Center,Front left, whatever], if they call please come get me" then enjoy the show. 99% of the time no one will call you. Babysitters are less likely to call you for stupid shit if they have to go through a third person, same with an employee, etc. And most theater's are willing to understand and get you if someone calls. That's how my folks did it, that's how I did it, that's how you can do it

  • April 27, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    As a patron I should be able to...

    by Adrian Fernandez

    pull out a corkscrew and pull out a text-messaging moran's brain stem who has the audacity to do that while a movie is playing.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Just lower the damn popcorn prices, OK?

    by Triple_J_72

    Or at least give us fresh hot dogs

  • April 27, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    A Campaign

    by Party_Animal_IV

    We should all carry flashlights into the theater. When questioned by theater staff, just say we won't use them unless somebody lights up an annoying phone. If somebody whips out a smartphone, simply shine the flashlight on them. After a few weeks of this campaign, everybody will get the message. I was pissed off last couple times at the theater when bright cellphones were used. Nothing takes you out of the movie faster than bright lights.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST


    by adeceasedfan

    Damn dude. My heart goes out to anyone who's child (life) is ripped from them. My nightmare lasted several months before I could make any headway and it was the longest heartbreaking time in my life. It took two years and thousands of dollars which I didn't and still don't have to get things to a place that I was comfortable with. I had to lawyer up because just being the dad is an uphill battle and without help I would've lost it all. Mothers can be the most wonderful people on earth, but also the most selfish and cruel beings imaginable. Everyone's situation is different and I seriously wish you the best. Back to the phone thing. I carry 2 phones (1work/ 1 personal) with me always, but not because of my kids. Though it does help in situations like the mom forgetting it was early release day and left my son waiting for someone to pick him up. Same thing happened when he was sick and she couldn't be reached. I envision her ankles around her slutty ears (what else) but bottomline I was there to answer that call. There isn't much helicoptering going on around here, but it doesn't hurt to be connected either. I've gotta post in these talkbacks somehow. ;)

  • April 27, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Another Article about Rude Movie Goers

    by Ringwearer9

    Aintitcool has been posting these regularly as long as I an remember. And it always results in this hatefest by film geeks agains their fellow humans. I would rather sit with any texter, talker, or crying baby than most of you, because, by the sound of it, you are a bunch of attention deficit disorered, violent psychopaths, who care about movies more than your fellow man Articles like this are hit fodder, to draw anyone who has had one incident, ever, of being irritate while at the movies. And guess what, 90% or higher of those movies were not worth giving all of your attention to. If they had been, 1. You would have been so involve with the movie that you wouldn't have noticed what was going on around you, and 2. The people around you would have been so involve they wouldn't have talked or texted. Badassdigest ran a similar article a few weeks ago, a blatant attempt to stoke the rage of screaming film geeks, who should stay home with their perfect home cinemas so they won't have to deal with the general public they so despise, meanwhile, it's their home cinemas that are killing the movies and causing them to try to do anything to make movie-going more people friendly, such as tolerating texting. It's the problem you created, assholes! I've been reading talkbacks about how much fat film nerds hate young chatty girls at the movies as long as this site has been in existence. Guess what, I think young chatty girls are cute, even if it prevents me from fully appreciating every fucking second of the latest dumbass superhero movie. I'm fucking sick of articles like this. People are more important than movies. Fuck anyone who thinks otherwise.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Oh, and baddassdigest's article was an ad for ITSELF

    by Ringwearer9

    Because they have a strict no-texting policy. And they charge an arm and a leg for their showings. This article on aintitcool is a copycat of their article a month ago. Nice going, aintitcool. Hit pander like a prostitute.

  • My niece is one of those people. She absolutely refuses to turn her phone off in the cinema. REFUSES. So I tend to now say no when she and my sister invite me to go to see a movie. I think her generation, people now in the 15 to 25 year old range, really are suffering from some kind of new level of ADD. I've seen some of them literally PANIC and CRY when they think they have misplaced their mobile phones. I've seen them get angry when told they have to turn off their phones. I heard one even tell someone to *fuck off* in a restaurant when they told him he'd have to turn off his phone. Now, I've already stated that I think no cell phone in an eating establishment rules are absolute BULLSHIT rules that can and should be replaced with *NO LOUD talking* rules instead. because we already know that's the REAL problem. But to tell someone to FUCK OFF when they ask nicely? Nah, that's just obsessive and rude. Even though I think the rule is stupid (and it's not an opinion... it's a fact in this case), when someone asks me nicely, I consider it and reply in the same tone. The tone this guy used was all about PANIC that he'd be unavailable during dinner. I KNOW that's what the anger was about. That and a sense that he was entitled. I have sat next to people watching TV and noticed their eyes drifting around the room during KEY, DRAMATIC moments in a story. I have seen students in class looking at screens during entire lectures. (some are taking notes, many are on Farmville) I have seen my niece come over with her mom and spend the ENTIRE TIME either looking at her phone, taking pictures with it, or trying to show people things on her phone in an almost maniacal, frantic state.... CONTINUOUSLY. I'm finding it harder and harder to witness it without pointing out that it's FUCKING BIZARRE!! I don't see either of them as much as I used to, and I understand trying to catch up. I miss them too. But it gets downright strange after an hour of it. *Look at this... check this out.... no you didn't see it. No look again. Hahahahaha! Look... and this one... OH this one is the best. No this one's better. Look at this. Did you see that thing I sent you? You did? (then she actually shows it to me again)* Then I say something like... *Yeah, you e-mailed that to me, it was hilarious. No, I saw it already. NO! I SAW IT ALREADY!* Then her feelings are hurt, but she's not acting hurt, she's pissed. Then someone will try to tell her something, and she'll brush it off and and interrupt in order to try to show that person something unrelated on her phone. RIGHT after doing all that other stuff. And she's not the only person I've seen do this. My nephew does it only to a slightly lesser extent. There are people here saying it's *generational*. Bullshit. In a sense, yes. On some level, coincidentally, maybe. But primarily? NO way. I have seen women in their 30s doing this stuff. Men in their 40s. Less so, in my experience, amongst men in their late 20s, early 30s. Why? Not really sure. They tend to seem annoyed by it all if they participate. Yet they still participate. Social networks, constant texting, etc etc. Some younger people like to think that the way THEY use social networks and mobile *smart phones* is in some way magically different and in some way *more special* than the way the rest of us use them. Poppycock. I think this generation we're talking about, people in the 15 to 25 year old range (pretty wide range to be considered a single generation, I know) are living *in the cloud*. No, I don't mean a network cloud. I mean a kind of cultural, social haze. They constantly get social references WAY off, terribly wrong. They lump all kinds of things into comfortable packages like *emo*, or *hipster*. I mean, I know what a hippie is. And they call ALL kinds of people hippies. Everything from the homeless to metalheads. They have a hard time correctly categorizing pretty much everything, all while praising those who are *unique* or consider themselves individuals. And at the same time almost NEVER daring to color outside the lines in ANY area of their lives. A lot of them blindly praise the 80s. As if it were some kind of high cultural water mark. They tend to worship vapid, un-challenging music and TV. They love reality TV. If they have to pay too close attention, they call it *stupid*. Even their reality TV programs ASSUME they were barely paying attention to what they were watching in the last segment. It is the NORM to play back some of the previous segment aired before the commercial break when the show comes back FROM break. Some shows even play back clips from the entire episode when they return from a break. They constantly complain about being *bored*. Even when they are occupied with an activity. They use words like *random* in completely inappropriate ways. Do a search on YouTube, for the heck of it, for the terms *random* and *bored*. Then check to see if there is ANYTHING approaching randomness in the *random* results. And then check to see if they have ANY good excuse for being *bored* in the *bored* results. Chances are, you will get a lot of really, really annoying videos. But almost none of them will be random, and very few will feature people with any excuse for being bored. Many of them cannot shut up. The semi-famous quote... *Being bored is no excuse to post 1000 pictures of yourself to MySpace (sometimes Facebook)*.. is a perfect example of someone saying they're bored when in fact they are ANYTHING BUT bored. They are simply crying for attention, not bored. But there's a truly famous quote (which I cannot seem to locate at the moment) that suggests, correctly, that most people who are constantly bored are not bored at all. Actually, they're borING people. You might assume this means I hate people between the ages of 15 and 25. You'd be wrong. A ton of them are tremendously intelligent. There are HUGE numbers of young Atheists, even if many of them have not even figured out why as of yet. Many of them are annoyingly talented and I'm deeply jealous of how easy some things are for them. Things that take TREMENDOUS effort for me to achieve, or attempt to achieve. I admit that openly. But I'm concerned for these people. I think they face a future that is in need of people who can concentrate and solve the big problems. I feel bad for them because they cannot truly enjoy the tremendous films and TV shows out there right now. The good stuff. Why? Because they simply will not pay attention long enough to truly appreciate them. I worry that they have a distorted view of human interaction through exposure (bombardment?) to daytime talk shows and *reality* TV. I worry that while they are cynical on many levels, they trust (and distrust) the wrong people because they cannot be bothered to pay close enough attention to figure out the differences. I recall a kid I met years ago that I gave a ride to. A friend of my niece's. He was dressed and wore makeup that appeared to be a tribute to Marilyn Manson. And he was a HUGE fan of Manson. Yet, someone on the radio in the car mentioned Rush Limbaugh. He told me he listened to Rush every morning with his dad and he was a huge fan. He was what I can only describe as a *surface* person. He didn't realize that Rush wouldn't give him the time of day, and would probably consider him a *little fag*. And if he met Manson and mentioned his love of Limbaugh, Manson probably would have laughed him out of the room. He was a fan of his enemy and didn't even know it. He used the *N* word at least 3 times while in my car. I was so happy to get him out of my car and dreaded running into him in town from that day forward. It seems his generation is lost. Lost in a cloud of disinformation, misinformation and generally steeped in a culture that is more shallow and empty than any I can recall. Hell, even the 50s had its own idealism. You may not agree with some of the blind patriotism and hidden hatreds, abuse behind closed doors, etc. But it did have its ducks in a row. They knew what they were and they could back it up. These kids... they are just..... lost. For now. I have hope for them. In the meantime, be sure to remind them to turn off their phones anyway. We're not letting this one slide. Suckle your SmartPhone nipples elsewhere. NOT in the church of cinema. Not now, now ever. I don't care how they change the rules. I'm going to complain about them anyway. Until it's a rule again.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    I think it's over already, so who gives a shit?

    by CherryValance

    Last year was a truly shitty year for movies. Clearly they have no desire to put out a quality product anyway. And the last time I went to the theater I had probably one of the worst experiences of my moviegoing life. I had to watch TITANIC in 3D with the lights on for half of it and the manager kept trying to convince me that it was supposed to look like that. In the middle the lights magically went off to the proper level. When I got home and filled out the goddman AMC form the manager over him, who wasn't even there also emailed me trying to convince me of the same shit. HE WASN'T EVEN THERE. I've been going to that theater for my whole life and suddenly I don't know what the fucking lights are supposed to look like. I could have read a book in there. For a 3D movie. I was so pissed. If they want to relinquish theaters to fucking Gen Y and their fucking texting fixation, leave it to the little shits. I don't even give a fuck anymore.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Sorry for what you went through too. Sounds pretty crappy. At least now my son and I are close again. I have hundreds and hundreds of texts saved to and from him on my phone. We talk. We keep in close contact and interaction with the ex has smoothed out a LOT. I tend to do my best to keep out of her way, but she's been really, really good to me lately. So I can't complain now. I have my first smart-phone like device on the way in the mail right now. A current generation iPod Touch. Basically an iPhone without the phone part. Retina display, all that. I'm both looking forward to it and dreading it a little. Basically the only reason I went with Apple is because my son is an iPhone kid. He's been using Windows computers since he was about 3, but I think he was introduced to Apple products a couple of years ago and he's really into it now. He's a great kid. Even does his own dubstep-like music. I don't want to say too much, for obvious reasons, but he's *this* close to being an Olympian. very cool. I'm so proud of him.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Wow, this really struck a nerve for a LOT of people.

    by gotilk

    And rightly so. This kind of pandering to rude, shitty, entitled people needs to STOP. And the line must be drawn HERE!! This far, NO FARTHER! And WE will make them pay for what they've done!! THERE....ARE....FOUR ....LIGHTS!!!!

  • April 27, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST


    by Bloo

    a few weeks ago I was in a production of The Odd Couple (playing Oscar but beside the point). It's the second time I've done that show since 1999. Back then, I think I was the only person with a cell phone (as I spent a lot of time on the road traveling between classes, work and show location). And then I had the common sense to turn my phone off before rehearsals and turn it on when down. Now everyone in the cast had phones and I not only caught my fellow cast members texting and checking baseball and basketball scores during reherals, but the director as well. This lady (who I mentioned above irritates me when she checks in on facebook when she goes to the movies) literally lost it the other night when we went to see The Hunger Games because she left her phone at home. We had to go back to her house so she could get it. She's my age (35) but dates a guy 12 years younger and acts very much that age at times. She is totally addicted to her phone and admits it. It's crazy. I could forgot and lose my phone for days and not notice or care, but she can't go 2 1/2 hours without her damn iphone. When her boyfriend broke his cellphone, instead of buying a cheap phone to replace the one he had, she upgraded to the latest iphone (despite having just upgraded to the iphone less then a year ago) and gave him the iphone. It's insane. It's a perfect example of people who are addicted to tech. I like my tech, when I'm at home watching TV I'm usually on my computer. I take my ipad with me when I travel and work but I it also serves as my ipod and I use it for work. But I can live without my tech, especially for two hours to see a damn movie.

  • April 27, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    I hear you, bloo.

    by gotilk

    I'm constantly amazed at how seriously addicted these full grown human being are to their portable technology. I remember thinking at first how much better this would be for people and their health (mental and physical) to simply get OUT more and not be so attached to a computer screen. But it's WORSE, not better. So yes, I think it is sometimes an age thing, but not always. It's just as bad with a lot of 30 to 40 year-olds. Or worse. I can absolutely be without my phone, and often leave it at home on purpose. I do not typically get on a computer when I watch TV (unless the TV show is ON the computer), but I will sometimes doodle with photoshop, or with pen and paper, while I watch TV. Especially if it's something like an interview show or a narrated documentary. When I write I tend to prefer a distraction-free environment, even going so far as to use software that fills my screen with white... and text only. ( I LOVE Scrivener and cannot wait to use the app to write down ideas or dialogue when I'm out) I think I will go over the edge here and say that if there's ANYTHING in people's lives that they cannot put aside for 2 hours (even kids, in trusted hands), they have a serious problem. That, to me, indicates a condition. In need of treatment and help.

  • April 27, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Your seriously need to look up ADD. You're WAY off. The ADD people are the ones texting during a film. This isn't a hate fest aimed at our *fellow human beings*. This is OUTRAGE aimed directly at the people who have absolutely NO consideration for the people around them and obviously think that the whole universe revolves around them. They may even be convinced on some level that they are the only REAL thing in the world. You've got it ALL wrong, buddy.. But you probably already know that, and you're just waiting for me under this bridge here.

  • April 27, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST

    brody bruce

    by gotilk

    You know, it probably isn't all that unreasonable and we're all just a little worked up over all of this. But something is still nagging at me and telling me that nothing in the world, even the most precious people in our lives, need a direct line to us 24/7, 365. I just cannot live like that. I was parented by someone who needed to know where I was every minute of every day. What I was doing, who I was with... everything. So maybe my perspective is warped by that. The way I look at it, it's not really a break if someone can get in touch for those 2 or 3 hours. 23.9/7, 365 on average... maybe. I guess we just disagree. Thanks for the reply.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    I'm the same way with writing gotlick

    by Bloo

    When I write, I have to have no distractions, either a library (since I live in a small one bedroom apartment at the moment) or outside on my patio. I'm a strict adherent to Stephen King's rule when it comes to writing re: no distractions. I just don't understand why people need to be so tethered to their mobile devices that they live and breath by them. I'm going back to college at the moment and it amazes me how many kids I see, a group of 5 or 6, sitting at a table together and yet not engaging with each other, instead all of them are on their phones or whatnot texting other people or each other. Is Scrivner any good? I'm primarily a playwright and live and breath by Celtx, for short stories, etc, I usually just use a plain word doc program. But I hear a lot of great things about Scrivner.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Aguendo, I have given your argument some thought.

    by ShadowVoyd

    And with all due respect, outside of the your wildly over blown strawman argument imposed over what people have been actually saying in this thread (as no one here actually wants to banish their fellow movie goer to the cornfields and make every movie and exclusive, private viewing that caters to their every whim), your argument stinks of an insipid support and embrasure of infantile levels of impulse control, idiot molly coddling, intellectual indolence, digital zombie decadence and mediocrity. <P> You're not even proposing a compromise so much as diametric opposite, where instead of your theoretical mythical movie-going experience coming to pass, everyone essentially gets to drag every useless bit of trivial minutia from their daily lives in as self absorbed and conceited a way as technology to date allows them into what is a rather specific , focused and enclosed environment; individuals getting to immerse themselves in a film on not based on not just what they see not just delivered special effects and lighting, but through dialogue, music, the framing of a scene and the writing that went into creating it (particularly if, by the grace of whatever creativity is left in Hollywood, there is actual appreciable and intelligent writing present). <P> If a person isn't enjoying the movie, they've the option to leave the theater and ask for their money back rather than sit through the entire film texting to alleviate their dissatisfaction to the detriment of others who feel differently. Honestly, a little bit of initiative to see if a movie is worth ones time isn't too much to ask with the entire goddamn internet at one's fingertips at virtually every other point in time that isn't in the theater. Ultimately, you pay your money and you take your chances, but with the movie, not with other moviegoers' time and and money and their investment in the film. The argument works both ways. Now that's not to say that many films these days are of the quality that can deliver that level of immersion, but what you suggest doesn't contribute a single thing to the overall experience one way or the other outside of a fleeting relief for one particular subjective perspective at the expense of myriad others. Until the process of one using a cell phone in the theater is set up as a widely available option by every manufacturer to the point where it no longer presents any more visual a distraction from what's happening on screen than moviegoer shifting position in a seat or taking a drink of their soda, it has no place at the movie outside of rare, exceptional and urgent circumstances.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    arguendo ...

    by gotilk

    First off, great post. I, for one, do NOT want what you describe. At ALL. I want the audience to be loud if it makes sense that they should be. I want them to have reactions. I like a little chaos. But a LOT of the people who show up at movies now seem to have NO interest in seeing the film at all. They're there to harass people, impress their friends, make a scene, or otherwise ruin the experience for everyone but themselves. Seriously. There are actually people who now show up to the cinema JUST to wreak havoc. There's absolutely no denying it. They do it by taking and making phone calls, using ringtones at their loudest settings, texting, playing video games, talking loudly about something other than the film, shining lazer pointers at the screen, and yes even recording portions of the movie on their phones. At opening night of There Will Be Blood, during the long opening with no dialogue, a group of people directly behind us decided that since there was no talking in the movie, that was their cue to talk about some relationship problem one of their friends was having. They piped down eventually, but it was BEYOND distracting. And I am convinced they did it to see if anyone around them would tell them to shut up. One of them was laughing about it all during the conversation knowingly. I don't even know how to describe it, but it was a *knowing laugh*. Like..... *I can't believe no-one has told us to shut up yet!!*. We're not being *picky* or unreasonable. We're not asking for a lot, really. It's just like.... if you've come up with a new rap and you want your friends to *check it, yo*, couldn't it wait until AFTER we figure out who Keyser Soze is? Couldn't you *lay down some serious language* in the lobby afterward? Dead serious. His friend even beat-boxed. Which would have been cool. In the lobby. AFTER it turned out that Bruce Willis was dead the whole time. I'm telling you people, 10 weeks, Serious security. Photographs. Lifetime BANNING of the people you catch. Do that for 10 weeks and I bet you the problem would be almost completely eliminated in that town/region. Concentrate on Friday and Saturday nights, big premiere weekends, in the summer. After that, after that probably relatively small number of constant troublemakers were dealt with, it wouldn't even be a problem worth complaining about anymore. It's a small group of BIG troublemakers. Not the good kind. The annoying kind. And by the way, Rocky Horror and MST3K are NOT the antithesis of the MMGE (great term by the way). They are a part OF the MMGE. *I* think the antithesis of the MMGE ( a term I am now using forever) is the average Southern California Friday night at the movies. I think you need to give us a little more credit than that. We know the difference. We know when our requests or demands are too much. This desire to have people turn off their mobile phones and tablets for about 2 hours in a movie theater is NOT an extreme or unreasonable request, no matter how hard people try to convince you otherwise. It's just not unreasonable. Period. But I also think that some of us simply are, at certain moments, rightly superior human beings than some others are. I don't attach a permanence to it though. I don't find them to be inferior people for all time. Just when they are. I think of this argument as a cop-out. It reminds me of people who react to being told they've done a terrible thing by going all *full martyr* and saying something like... *Well, I must just be a terrible person.* Umm, no. But you were terrible a few minutes ago. Could we get back on subject? ROFL!! Some people think they're so slick when they pull that crap. And it works on some people. Makes them feel like shit for calling the person out for what they did. But isn't that the great thing about being human? You can make a mistake and MAGICALLY never make that same mistake again. You can CHOOSE to never take your phone into a theater again. Then you won't be inferior next time. lol Such a great conversation, isn't it?

  • April 28, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I'm exactly the same way. (and a huge fan of King's *On Writing*) I am SO looking forward to being back into an apartment ALONE for a while. I would love nothing more right now than to have a nice, tiny studio apartment.... with no loud neighbors and a small, quiet balcony. *sigh* Scrivener is amazing. Do a search on YouTube for it. There are some great demos/tutorials that go into some detail about the features. I'm not even close to understanding everything it does, but what I do understand about it has really helped me to build the universe of my various intertwined novels. Especially when it comes to timelines, continuity, history, family trees, research organization and pretty much anything else related to the work that isn't the writing itself. That would be the only thing negative about it. I sometimes spend WAY too much time building my universes and not enough time just doing what needs to be done.... writing. Once you do get to the pure writing part, it is a nice environment to write in. And you can customize the colors of the background and the text. Even use an image. When I was writing a section of my novel that took place in the late 80s, I changed the background to black and the text to bright green. Reminded me of my first computer. It does have templates included for writing plays, radio plays, etc.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Thanks, harry_cox .

    by gotilk

    Appreciate it. I love it when I get a chance to rant about something I care about.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST


    by Bloo

    Scriner sounds amazing I may have to lok into once an app is released LOL(Windows computer Apple tablet) I like the sound of helping you with an organized universe. I write a lot of slice of life stuff all set in a little Kansas town (think Garrison Keillor) and it surprises me how hard it is to keep an organized train of events sometimes LOL

  • April 28, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Phones are the No 1 reason I don't go to theaters

    by Antz

    I actively seek out sessions when I know kids will be in school, or late night weekday sessions when crowds will be minimal. Any theater in my area that advertised cell phone blocking technology in their theater would have my regular patronage.

  • I love you. In purely platonic man way or course, for introducing me to Scrivener. Like bloo, I've primarily made use of Celtx, and like you, I have the universe building bug. This just made things A LOT more interesting......

  • April 28, 2012, 1:45 a.m. CST

    That's why I don't go to the movies any more.

    by Michael Morning

    I'm done with movie theaters. There is ALWAYS someone talking, talking on their phone, texting, some teenager kicking the back of my seat, and to pour a little more salt on that wound, a baby crying in an R-rated movie. Just the kind of experience I want to spend $14/ticket to see (and 3D is just a gimmick). Sorry, no way.</p> <p> With the price gouging that went on at their last big price increase, I said enough was enough. I've got two big screens, two Blu Ray players, FIOS cable and DVR's on both TV's, plus Netflix and Vudu through the Blu Rays, FIOS on demand, etc....what the hell do I need a movie theater for???</p> <p> My wife and I used to see 20-30 movies in a summer. Now...0. I'll wait the 3 months to see AVENGERS and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and PROMETHEUS. Those bastards are no longer getting my money.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Never realized how lucky I am.

    by ParagonComplex

    I've never had this problem in a movie. For whatever reason the people I watch movies with behave. The only talking I've had during a movie is the stereotypical but entertaining black ladies talking to a scary movie: "UhUH, don't do it, bitch! Bitch you better RUN!" Stuff like that. Alllow texting during a movie? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Just give in to the assholy. If I ever did encounter something like this I would probably be the first to tell people to shut the fuck up then dare them to say something back. I guess it's a good thing I don't run into nimrods.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Never realized how lucky I am.

    by ParagonComplex

    I've never had this problem in a movie. For whatever reason the people I watch movies with behave. The only talking I've had during a movie is the stereotypical but entertaining black ladies talking to a scary movie: "UhUH, don't do it, bitch! Bitch you better RUN!" Stuff like that. Alllow texting during a movie? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Just give in to the assholy. If I ever did encounter something like this I would probably be the first to tell people to shut the fuck up then dare them to say something back. I guess it's a good thing I don't run into nimrods.

  • April 28, 2012, 4:47 a.m. CST

    There's different levels here...

    by Lacobus

    Obviously taking a call or talking is out of the question but answering a text is fine imo. I've become accustomed to being able to be reached at any time and I don't see the problem in answering a quick text. You've lumped calls and texts in the same bracket and their not, because you can't help hearing someone chatter away but you can help looking at my phone by just ignoring it. Above The Kidd suggests that one posters issues of having kids or whatnot is not everybody else's problem, well by the same token my 20 seconds of surreptitiously checking a text is your problem, not mine. I'm not forcing you to look at my phone just relax and concentrate on the film because it's hardly a massive issue.

  • April 28, 2012, 5:31 a.m. CST

    I thought they are spying on phone cameras?

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • April 28, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST


    by Lacobus

    Well, if you're waving it around sure, but I keep it as low as possible and by my side I don't see how it could annoy anyone. Also the issue is more I paid for my ticket I think I have the right to look at my phone for 30 seconds. What about people going the toilet, they 'bring you out of the film' don't they? BAN ALL TOILET VISITS. The whole issue is statistics. In a packed movie theatre, some people will need the toilet, some people will get a message, it can't be helped.

  • First film in many years that interests me enough to go to the cinema to watch it, but I won't be risking proximity to people with double digit IQs to do so.

  • April 28, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    "Bastards aren't getting MY money" Clearly, you don't love movies.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    The worst predilection of the film geek is the inability to grasp the concept that the film industry is a BUSINESS. Movies aren't made to cater to your whims, nor are theaters designed to solely serve as a geek sanctum santorum, either. Filmgoing has NEVER been a perfect experience. Teenagers have existed far longer than films have, and they'll be around far longer as well. When people who claim to love films say "I'll wait until X is available on Netflix or BluRay." You're doing more damage to the industry than some kid texting is doing to your experience, and frankly, it's just a different type of selfishness. With the cost of filmmaking being what it is, coupled with the desired profit margins needed to stay in business, you potentially hurt the films and genres you love by staying out of the theaters during the initial run. That shows the same level of entitlement that you claim people who want to occasionally check their phone have. Sit in your darkened home theaters all you want (and I HIGHLY doubt that you don't do things such as answer the phone or use your laptops while watching a movie at home), but soon, you will have less and less new material to consume because studios will be less likely to greenlight that high-concept flick that may not make a bunch of cash but cater to a specific audience because that audience just couldn't be fucked to deal with texting here and there. On the road of life, a wise person spends more time looking out of the windshield than the rear-view mirror. The theater experience has NEVER been perfect, but that is also part of its charm. The collective people experience, and all the good and bad that comes along with it.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    What. A. Load. Of. Horseshit.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Bottom line is this, thenotoriousdrb.

    by DocPazuzu

    If you sit and text in a darkened theater or make phone calls, you're a selfish cunt. You can bleat about how it's all about business all you want, but it's still utterly beside the point of this discussion. When you're not using straw man arguments to back up your untenable position, you're using some sort of relativistic bullshit to justify the declining quality of the moviegoing experience.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    ' ' Guess what, I think young chatty girls are cute ' '

    by DocPazuzu

    Sorry, ringwearer9, that's STILL not going to you laid. If they had read your Peter Jackson rants the way we have they would have despised you as much as the rest of us do.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by Rick Webb

    I agree with you about the entire experience; going to the cinema is an entirely different animal than watching a film at home. However, the consumer is paying for just that: the entire experience. If someone is not content with that product, they should not buy it. If my local tavern begins to attract a more obnoxious crowd (that is not to say that I may not be as equally obnoxious), it is my duty as a consumer to stop going if that does not meet my criteria. It is the suppliers of goods who need to cater to those on the demanding side, not the other way around. It is in no way selfish for me to want a more comfortable time watching a movie, especially if I'm spending my money. And if I have to wait to watch a movie instead of seeing it opening day then that is my choice: a choice made because of inconsiderate people who feel the need to raise themselves above the needs (or wants) of others. Of course, I answer my phone when I'm watching movies; I also smoke cigarettes, drink beer, eat eggs, and scratch my balls, but that is when I'm in MY house. A cinema is a public place, and it is a matter of courtesy to not do (most of) these things. If you absolutely have to check your phone, do it outside. If you're checking your phone every five minutes, you don't belong in a theater. We, as a collective, did not pay for that.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    It's not just teenagers

    by dukeroberts

    The other night I went to see the Fathom presentation of Casablanca at one of our local theaters. About halfway through, some middle-aged asshole lights up his iPhone and starts typing away on it. I could almost see what he was typing because the letters were so damn big and the phone was held up so high. He was just three rows in front of us. The girl I went with, who cannot be separated from her phone, mentioned how much of an asshole the guy was for getting on it during the movie. She at least turns her phone off and leaves it alone during the movie. As if this wasn't bad enough, he then held up the phone and showed something on the phone to the person he was sitting with. This was during fucking Casablanca! You don't do that during Casablanca! Thankfully, after about a minute he turned it off and there were no further instances, but that shit needs to continue to be discouraged and banned. And fuck Regal. I hate their theaters anyway.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    We're living in an age of dying art.......

    by david starling

    .......Because no-one wants to experience the damned art, as it is there and then!! A couple of years ago, I went with my wife to see her favourite band, HIM, in Boscombe (near Bournemouth). It had been a good ten years since I had been to a gig/concert (however you want to call them), and my, how much had changed!! No-one wanted to enjoy the music, and to see the band anymore. Everyone was content with video recording it on their cameras/phones!! The whole thing seemed kind of ruined really, everyone so contented to record the event, that they missed-out on the whole event really. Which is where my side of the argument comes in about mobile phones during movies: You pay to see the movie, and yet when you're in there, you cannot be bothered to sit and watch what you've paid for, you have to reach and play with your phone. We're not even talking 3 hour+ epics here. And what is worse, the interruptions ruin other people's enjoyment of said movie. My view: people who choose to use their mobile phone during a movie should be removed from that performance. If they're on-call from a workplace or expecting an important call, they shouldn't have been in the cinema in the first place.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Who gives a flying fuck in a rolling donut?

    by BurnHollywood

    Better the texters than the jabbermouth pimplebrains and their miserable pals wrinkling food bags noisily in the sacred dark. Seriously, get over yourselves.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Why is this an either-or situation for you? Bag-wrinklers can suck it, just like you texters.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    One interrupts the movie, the other is something you have to work at being upset about. I'm not a purist, who cares.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    It may not bother you to have some twit sit next to you or in front of you, typing away at an annoyingly bright little screen, but that either makes you extraordinarily able to concentrate on the film (not to mention in a very small minority or moviegoers), a liar or someone who is a texter himself. It wouldn't annoy you if some douchebag sitting next to you would flick a small flashlight on and off in the dark? GTFO

  • This generally works for me. Oh yes, and I did type 'theatre'. This is because I am English and can spell.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Gotilk @ 10:34:45

    by BiggusDickus

    Great post. Tell it like it is, fella!

  • April 28, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    You are exactly the type of person that continues perpetuating this as a widespread problem. You paid for your ticket, so you think you have the right to check your phone? Well, I paid for my ticket, too, and I think I have the right to have an uninterrupted movie free from distraction. I think I have the right to live in a society where rules are followed, like "Don't talk or text during a movie" rather than one where people like you think they are above such. How dare something courteous like that apply to you? I'm not trying to look at your phone, but the light coming from a source that's NOT the movie isn't helping. Keep it away, or leave the theatre... but then again, how could we possibly ask you to get up and inconvenience yourself when just inconveniencing everyone else is much easier?

  • I have. People cheered when Hart Bochner bought it in "Die Hard". Another time, the audience was really into the hockey game in "Mystery, Alaska" and reacted as they would at an actual game (in a good way, no one was doing the wave or being profane). It made the movie all the more entertaining.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    You sick? Stay the fuck home you selfish bastard!!!!!!

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • There are guidelines in place right now that say "no texting" yet people still defy them. The same people who will defy the rules regarding new texting rules (only in designated areas, no talking or calls, must be on vibrate, or whatever they might be). However, by making it somewhat acceptable, it makes it more acceptable to text in non-designated areas. If theaters are unwilling to enforce the rules now, I don't see them being any more willing to enforce the compromised rules. And by making texting acceptable it allows for text-related annoyances (sharing a text with friends, discussing a response, making a quick call to close out an obviously longer conversation, etc) to become acceptable. What if theaters decided to bring back smoking sections? They could separate one group from another, and it would be more tolerable to the non-smokers than a full-on lifting of the ban (smokers can sit wherever they want). However, most non-smokers would agree that a full-on ban is preferable to a compromise. Yes it's a health issue and not simply an annoyance. But, who knows? Maybe 100 years from now society will wonder how we, in the year 2012, were so ignorant of the long-term damage caused by cell phones, especially the effects of several dozen being used in concentrated areas, like in movie theaters. And not just to the user but those around them (otherwise known as "second-hand cell"). I have to think theaters will drop the Designated Text Section the first time a patron sues claiming his civil rights were violated when he was told he had to sit in the segregated section in the back. However, having made texting a part of the movie-going experience, they'll just open it up to the entire theater. It may not bother you now; let's see how you feel 10, 15 years from now when everyone is doing it throughout the feature. Texting is a gateway distraction. Allow that and you open the door for making everything else the rule not the exception.

  • April 28, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Cel Jammer prices have come way down in the last 4 years...

    by Flyswatta

    Out of curiosity, and annoyance at cel phone abusers, I looked into these things a while back. Couple of problems using them though.... They are illegal in most cases (as far as I can tell), and people tend to get really ticked if they know you have one. Heck, I just brought it up in conversation once, and the girl I was talking to nearly had a meltdown.

  • Perhaps they are finding they give out a lot of free passes to people complaining about texters. And it's costing them big bucks. Maybe they figure if they legitimize texting they no longer have to placate those annoyed by it with passes. Allow texting and it'd be like someone complaining about being disturbed by those who leave to go to the can. It's unfortunate it bothered you but it is within the limits of acceptable behaviour (so no free passes for you!).

  • April 28, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Zero tolerance

    by rebelpigs

    fuck it, went to see Avengers today and the two late teen guys behind were evidently gonna chat & text through the whole movie. I Stood up, turned around to them and said, 'excuse me but would you please mind shutting the fuck up, I'm sure you and you're boyfriend will have plenty of time to chat about the movie in bed when you get home, but for now though other people wanna see it, thank you'. Not a peep after this. I've no idea if they were gay, I myself am and have noticed over the years that comments of this type tend to stop people in their tracks, It did today!

  • April 28, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I'm convined a jammer is the way to go.

    by Chief Joseph

    This talkback convinced me. I'd thought that maybe the movie texters didn't know any better, but the entitled responses from texters here have proved otherwise. Yes, the texters know they're bothering you and they don't care. They "paid their admission, so fuck off." Well then, I paid my admission too, so I guess it's my right to fuck with your cell signal. Same retarded logic.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Anyone who advocates using jammers has no problem with committing murder.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    Jammers interfere with pacemakers. That could lead to a fatality. This is one of the many reasons in which those devices are illegal. Are you going to say now that people with faulty hearts should just stay home?

  • April 28, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST

    A simplistic but reasonable fix for theatres.

    by sundancekeed

    Look, if theatre owners REALLY want people back in their establishments, several things ought to do it. 1.Lower ticket prices. It's not that radical an idea. But once word got around that you could actually buy a movie ticket (not matinee) for ten bucks OR LESS and a matinee ticket for five bucks or less, word would get around. Quick. And don't tell me that they can't afford to do it. Yes, they can. 2.This is a big one. Lower concession prices by 1/2 to 2/3. This is my particular pet peeve. To pay 10 dollars for a bucket of popcorn that costs 10 cents??? Concession prices have over a thousand percent markup. Where in hell else would you pay a thousand percent markup? You'd walk out of the dealership laughing if someone tried to sell you a car for that kind of markup. But for some reason, we've hypnotized ourselves into thinking it's okay to bend over and take it for popcorn and a Coke? Why??? Theatre chains make out like bandits off of concessions. It's thievery plain and simple and the public goes along with it. If the public stopped it and simply refused to buy the crap, the prices WOULD come down. Econ 101. And as regards the topic--- 3.Hall monitor the joint. Have an usher or a management person sit in the damned movie for each show. Someone starts texting? One warning. Next time, they're out the door. No refund. Cell phone use? Same. And the same with excessive talking or any other rude, distracting behavior. One warning and then, see ya! We're not talking violation of civil liberties here, either. They'll throw your ass out of a public library if your phone even rings, much less if you start talking on it. Why can't theatres adopt the same standards of courtesy for their 99 percent of paying customers who come there to WATCH A MOVIE, not play Angry Birds or chat up their girlfriend, babysitter, etc. Put the phone on vibrate and if you get a call, walk out to the lobby if it's important. If it's not that big a deal, just leave it alone and call them in 90 minutes. Common sense. Common courtesy. And after about a month and word gets around, I guarantee you that any money that the theatre lost from the changes would be more than made up for by the increased number of people coming to the movies! Because if people could actually afford to see a movie more than once every three months they would. And they'd also come if they knew that they weren't going to have to deal with obnoxious teenagers, texting and cell phone chatting morons and just general bad behavior. Going to the movies used to be something I'd do often because there's simply nothing like sitting in the dark and watching a film on a big screen. Now, I seldom go and I've gone to the expense of creating a home theatre because I'm tired of dealing with rude pricks who think because they bought a ticket they're entitled to show their ass in whatever way they see fit. But I'd love to go back to the movies. And when the movies decide they want me back bad enough to make the necessary changes, then they'll see me more often. I dare a theatre chain to try it. They'd be the number one moneymaking chain in the country inside of a year.

  • Fuck anyone who tries to text during a movie, you selfish piece of shit pricks who should be round up and killed in concentration camps. Fuck you.

  • Fuck you if you disagree.

  • April 29, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST

    TL;DR - But has anyone pointed out -

    by Joe Dissolvo

    but since when does The Movie Industry = the theatres that show the films? Im pretty sure its two completely different things that dont have shit to do with one another. Its like this - not hold X brand shoes accountable for shitty service at a shoe store. To me it just doesnt make sense what he's saying. So I should write angry letters to Fox or Universal because people are talking or texting in theatres showing their films?

  • April 29, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    No, most of us are saying that selfish, self-entitled pricks who don't care if they bother other people with a light-and-sound show should stay home. If not, they deserve to be frogmarched right out the door. Do not pass go, do not collect your ticket money -- Adios, fuckface. Your attempt to make this into a battle between freedom-loving texters and potential murderers is sad, feeble and completely ineffectual. You need to try harder if you want to anyone to think you have a case, chief.

  • April 29, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    I respect you Rebelpig

    by david starling

    Years ago, I was in a performance of Moulin Rouge (an afternoon performance on a Saturday), and in a crowded cinema there was someone a couple of rows back, who received 3 calls, from the same person it seemed (well, it sounded like it!!), and they were content to answer the phone each time. The phone rang for the fourth time, and before the person could answer it, I stood up, and spoke loudly, and I quote "are you really that stupid to pay for a movie which you don't want to watch?" I sat to a round of applause (the person had pissed everyone else off around as well), and didn't hear another peep.

  • April 29, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I hope I sit next to one of you in a theater.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    So when I text, I can shine a light before I punch you in the fucking face. And don't think I won't if challenged, because chances are, you're nowhere near as fucked up and ready to die as I am. (See? I can be as extreme as you.)

  • April 29, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    I knew it. For all your cod philosophical posturing you were nothing but a simple theater-texting asshole all along. Who knows, maybe we will meet at the movies one day.

  • April 29, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Maybe no-one should go to the cinema anymore, at all.

    by david starling

    Lets face-it, the stakes have been upped so bloody much that by going in the theatre we're going to murder someone, or die ourselves - sorry, I'm just taking back what I've rad so far on this talkback!! And all because some of us want to go to the theatre, or whatever you want to call it, to enjoy a movie. And in this day and age, we cannot arrange our busy social schedules, so that we can see said movie uninterrupted, without having to consult our mobile phone. Oh no, its too much trouble to either leave the damned phone alone - or to not go at that time, because something else in our lives is taking precedence. Makes me laugh really.

  • Who takes a meat thermometer to the movies? I mean, other than a disruptive dude and his girlfriend in the off-chance they need to stab someone. I guess it's better they'd stopped off at the kitchen store before the show instead of the chainsaw store.

  • as others have mentioned above, it would probably just make things worse. I have no faith that the worst offenders wouldn't simply give up and watch the movie. Instead they would be constantly checking their phones, holding them up and waving them around trying to get a signal, asking friends "do you have service?", changing seats again and again and getting increasingly frustrated and voicing that frustration louder and louder. Now that you've proved you can be as extreme as some, can you also show that you can discuss this issue. Do you really believe that text-friendly sections will make the problem better? I brought up smoking sections earlier because, as we have seen, half measures don't work. How well do you think theaters will enforce the "text only in the texting sections" rule when they seem unwilling now to enforce the "no texting ever" rule. You can segregate texters to the back but it will most likely lead to a full lifting of the texting ban eventually, allowing texting anywhere in the theater. Why? Because once you open the door to making it somewhat acceptable it is only a matter of time before it becomes fully acceptable anywhere in the auditorium. That's progress: Either all or nothing. Also, if you make texting acceptable, does that not also make text-related conversations more acceptable? A quick glance at your phone, and maybe even a short reply, is one thing; a text that prompts 15 minutes of conversation and back and forth texts between a group of patrons and their outside friends, that's what I fear becoming the norm. As I said above, it may not bother you now, and you may even appreciate being able to get away with it. However, if theaters do allow texting, even in segregated sections, let's see how you feel 10 or 15 years from now when everyone is doing it throughout the feature.

  • April 29, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    What happens with an argument like yours is somewhat similar to the argument that anti-legalization people have when they claim that allowing it to happen will only cause the floodgates to open. Quite the contrary. When it's all said and done, something I think we all can agree on is that everyone who buys a ticket does so with the intent of seeing a movie. Much of these arguments are based on the precept that kids like to go into theaters JUST to text. That's not the case at all. Also, no one here is advocating talking on the phone during a film, and frankly texting and talking are not mutually exclusive. I believe that allowing texting will be just about the same as it is now, possibly with a slight uptick, a marginal one at best. What it will come down to is the thing that it always came down to: when should you go to the movies? You can gauge when the time is most likely to have a filmgoing experience that will better suit your tastes. Maybe a Sunday Morning screening will be less problematic than a Friday Evening one. Or maybe a weeknight screening. None of this has to be a zero sum proposition. No matter how much some would like it to be.

  • April 29, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    thenotoriousdrb, you're more of an optimist than I am

    by jim

    I think if you tell people "it's ok, but with limitations" they will push those limits until the theaters cave and move the line once again. And then those new limits will be pushed, rinse and repeat. Talking and texting are not mutually exclusive, and that's the problem. Many times (not at the movies) after the third round of texts I give in and call the person. Usually a text is quicker, but there are times when a call is easier. The two forms of communication can be used separately but can also complement one another. I think the increase of texting will be more than a slight uptick. Maybe it won't become as bad as I believe, but it might be worse than you suspect (I think there's a rather wide middle-ground between our respective views on what this will lead to). re: "...I think we all can agree on is that everyone who buys a ticket does so with the intent of seeing a movie." I kinda disagree with that. Let me amend it by saying "I think we can all agree everyone who buys a ticket does so with the intent of going to the show". The majority are there to see the movie, but there will be some who are there because that's the thing to do (what's "going on"). Mostly it is people being dragged to a movie they really don't want to see but are doing it "for the sake of the relationship". However, like you said, you mostly get that on evening shows on opening weekends. I think the last movie I saw opening weekend was The Dark Knight. However, it was an 8:30 (am) screening on a Sunday. I figured only true movie fans would trudge down to the theater and line up outside at 8:00 on a Sunday (in the rain, it turned out). The majority of the time I go to the movies weekend mornings; if I can swing it, I also go to the first showing on a weekday (and generally not "half-price" tuesdays). All it takes is one or two disruptive dinks with no regard for anyone around them to put a damper on a night out at the movies. The smaller the crowd, the less chance there's a fool among them (not counting me, but I tend to keep my foolishness to myself). I guess the thing is, if theaters allow texting, that all but kills any chance of me ever wanting to go to an evening show ever again (not just on opening weekends). Right now it's a crap shoot; it'll probably be fine, but there's a chance I'll get stuck in a packed house beside the most annoying asses who are more interested in what their absent friends are doing than in the movie they paid to see. Make texting acceptable and the odds of the latter increase, I believe, to the point that makes it, at least for me, too much of a gamble of my time and money. Also, as I said before, I think this is all about money. Not about getting the younger generation into theaters. Rather, it's about creating a movie-going experience (text-friendly theaters) that others would pay more not to have to experience. Basically, raising ticket prices while providing the same level of service. My other guess is that if theaters allow texting, they no longer have to shell out free passes to those that complain. It would be like complaining that someone got up to go to the bathroom. "I'm sorry you were inconvenienced but it is within the limits of acceptable audience behaviour" (translation: no passes for you!). A couple of questions for you: if they did introduce text-friendly screenings, or sections, what should be the punishment for those that text in the No Texting Screenings, or in the No Text Sections? Once they have provided an area or entire auditorium for those that text, can theaters institute harsher penalties for those that don't adhere to the new rules? Will you only sit in the texting section, or only go to the text-friendly screenings? Sure, probably, unless there aren't any seats available, or the showtimes aren't convenient for you. Chances are you'll end up at some point sitting amongst non-texters. Will you feel more guilty about checking your phone in those instances, or less?

  • April 30, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by daveko

    For what it's worth, I contacted AMC and Regal. I received an email reply and a call. They said that they are not considering allowing texting in their theaters. They HAD been considering, as an experiment, having one theater (out of 7500) that would have an "interactive" experience, of which texting would be a part. I also addressed some of the other issues such as pricing and theater experience. The woman (one of the top-level executives from the presentation), who called me personally, was very patient and receptive to what I had to say. She did explain (as I already knew, having worked in the industry) that studios have a lot of say on pricing, and the theaters only have so much control. There was more to the conversation, but those are the most pertinent points.

  • May 29, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Jammers might be expensive

    by sandi_ling

    Jammers might be expensive,yes