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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens 924

Posted by timothy
from the this-is-why-there-are-tasers dept.
theodp writes "The "average" movie theater reportedly has a capacity of 200-300 people. Which, thanks to the wonder of mobile devices, means that it also has hundreds of screens. And — thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and texting — hundreds of potential annoyances. Which prompts NY film critic David Edelstein to ask: How Should We Treat Texters and Talkers at Movie Theaters? 'Has our culture become so private that no one knows how to behave anymore in public?' Edelstein wonders. 'Is selfishness the rule rather than exception? Are people who say, "Shut up and turn off your phone" today's version of "You kids get off my lawn"?' Jason Bailey argues that the only way to solve movie theaters' talking and texting problem is to give in to it, perhaps with anything-goes phone-friendly talk-amongst-yourselves screenings in the seven and eight o'clock hours coupled with no-tolerance shows later in the evening. Any other ideas?" You could always throw it.
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

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  • by redmid17 (1217076) on Sunday June 30, 2013 @07:38PM (#44149641)
    $8 for a ticket. Where are you going? I might need to move there. Cheapest I've found for a non-matinee is $11.50 or $12. Hell even my hometown, a mid-size Midwestern city, clocks in with $10 per theater.
  • by Nyder (754090) on Sunday June 30, 2013 @07:52PM (#44149737) Journal

    I find that supporting the Movie or Music industry is like giving money to my local mafia. Something I will NOT do.

    So going to theaters is out of the question.

  • Re:Too Bright (Score:5, Informative)

    by Darinbob (1142669) on Sunday June 30, 2013 @08:26PM (#44149917)

    It's good press though. Austin Drafthouse even use the outraged drunken phone call from an ejected patron as part of an advertisement.

  • by wallsg (58203) on Sunday June 30, 2013 @08:27PM (#44149927)

    I've never seen it either, in 50+ years of life in three states. The theater I normally go to has a warning at the beginning that they will throw you out. Given that I have never seen anyone with a phone screen on there, I can only presume they mean it.

    2:15 pm June 25 showing of Star Trek Into Darkness at the Peoria, AZ Harkin's Theater. Twice during the show a woman three rows down pulls out her phone for about 30 seconds each time. Full brightness.

    While stadium seating gives much better view of the movie it means that you can see every phone in front of you.

  • Re:Too Bright (Score:3, Informative)

    by gfxguy (98788) on Sunday June 30, 2013 @08:33PM (#44149975)
    ... but it would only happen once. Frankly, I like the idea. I actually have very little tolerance for disrespectful, selfish, self-centered, oblivious, inconsiderate #@ckheads who use phones in theaters. Death penalty for violators would suffice.
  • by swillden (191260) <> on Sunday June 30, 2013 @09:34PM (#44150253) Homepage Journal

    I've only seen it once, and I only had to give the girl one warning. She called me a fucking asshole and told me to get the fuck out of her face, but she put the phone away and did not use it again. I almost complained to the management just for her language (this was a family movie), but decided just to let it go unless she pulled the phone out again.

    However, I have also noticed that while the theater's pre-movie warnings used to be friendly, gentle reminders, they've changed to pretty stern warnings making clear that phone usage will not be tolerated and that offenders will be kicked out, not receive a refund, and potentially be asked never to return. So there has obviously been enough trouble to warrant the sterner warnings.

    Come to think of it, I think that single incident was during the "friendly reminder" era.

  • by Dahamma (304068) on Monday July 01, 2013 @01:47AM (#44151259)

    What would be better is the *reverse* - a soundproof glass enclosed room at a premium price where people can smoke, talk, and be on their cell phones all they want while the rest of the theater gets to watch a movie in peace.

    Or maybe the mainstream theaters could just just get some balls and do what Alamo Drafthouse did... []

  • Actually, if you read the posters history in this story (redmid17), you'll see that he pretty much defends this practice in every one of the posts he's spamming to this story. It's safe to say that he is an asshole who routinely uses his phone in theatres, and is now trying to convince everyone that it's no big deal because it doesn't bother him.

    I'll bet dollars to donuts that he's done this in the past

  • Re:Too Bright (Score:4, Informative)

    by ravenscar (1662985) on Monday July 01, 2013 @01:05PM (#44155697)

    I read an article on this once. Unfortunately, I'm unable to find the link, but I'm sure enough searching would turn it up if you're interested. The article referenced a study that found that people experienced an increased level of distraction when they could only hear one side of a conversation taking place around them. The writer of the study believed this was due to the fact that your brain feels the need to "fill in" the part of the conversation that it can't hear. Doing so requires a greater degree of mental resource and, thus, leads to greater distractioin.

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