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Should Texting Be Allowed During Movies? (Some Theater Owners Think So)

Living 2012/04/30 00:49:54
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Now that fewer and fewer people are going to the movies on a regular basis, theater owners are willing to try almost anything to increase attendance. But allowing audience members to text during films? We think that may do more harm than good.

Last week at CinemaCon, an annual industry convention in Las Vegas, theater owners and CEOs discussed strategies to lure “today’s savvy moviegoer.” One of the most controversial topics was the proposal to lift bans on texting during movies.

Regal Entertainment Chief Executive Amy Miles suggested that the change be tested during movies like “21 Jump Street,” which are aimed at younger viewers. “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 said.

IMAX’s Greg Foster, whose 17-year-old son "constantly has his phone with him," was also enthusiastic about the idea. He said, "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." Banning cell phone use may make them "feel a little handcuffed," he added.

However, not all theater owners and CEOs are supportive. Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, won’t even consider the idea. "Over my dead body will I introduce texting into the movie theater," he said. "I love the idea of playing around with a new concept. But that is the scourge of our industry . . . It's our job to understand that this is a sacred space and we have to teach manners." League believes it should be "magical" to come to the cinema.

We agree with League. There’s nothing quite like the intrusive glow of a cell phone to kill the magic of the movies. But what do you think SodaHeads? Should moviegoers be allowed to text during films?

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  • NarcolepticGoat 2012/04/30 22:18:07
    Yes, always.
    NarcolepticGoat
    +1
    as long as the phone is silenced

    Anyone who's phone emits a ringtone during the movie should be escorted out.
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/04/30 22:07:00
    No, never.
    Inquisitve Kat
    +3
    It's rude and self-centred.
  • learningtobreathe16 2012/04/30 21:53:40
    No, never.
    learningtobreathe16
    +3
    It is distracting and rude. Why not just enjoy the movie and talk to your friend later? I think you should only text somebody during a movie if it's an emergency.
  • buttah42 2012/04/30 21:42:14
    No, never.
    buttah42
    +3
    Manners people. Also I would also like to bring up pertaining to this topic...Should sleeping be allowed during a movie? There was a guy sitting 2 rows in front of me snoring like a car engine.. Could be heard in the entire room(as i noticed people looking back to see what's the fuss about). I woke the prick up and said if you wanted to sleep go home and do it people are trying to watch a movie. What do you guys think? Reply here
  • TKramar buttah42 2012/04/30 21:49:44
    TKramar
    Let them sleep, it may be the only place they can get any peace.
  • buttah42 TKramar 2012/04/30 21:50:51
    buttah42
    Alright if the person doesn't snore like what I had experienced than I'm fine with it :)
  • GLaDOS buttah42 2012/04/30 23:08:44
    GLaDOS
    As long as they're quiet, I have no issue with sleepers. I accidentally fell asleep during 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,' Fell asleep about 5 minutes in, and woke up with about 5 minutes to go. I was a sad kitty, and would've appreciated being woken up. >_<
  • diarslade GLaDOS 2012/04/30 23:10:35
    diarslade
    +1
    Awww, I'd have woken you up if I was there
  • GLaDOS diarslade 2012/04/30 23:11:29
    GLaDOS
    Aww. <3
  • LeroyRogers 2012/04/30 21:39:56
    Yes, for some movies.
    LeroyRogers
    +3
    As long as the incoming alert and the keypad are silenced. It should be ok to hit people talking on their phones during a movie over the head with a baseball bat.
  • xXmIsSuNdErStoOdXx 2012/04/30 21:13:59
    No, never.
    xXmIsSuNdErStoOdXx
    +2
    1.) Its disrespectful to those around the person texting.
    2.) There's a break in which you can answer messages.
    3.) Why would you pay that much money to just ignore parts of it because of a message. Movies ain't cheap no more.
  • TKramar xXmIsSu... 2012/04/30 21:52:05
    TKramar
    +1
    Unless you're watching some sort of action movie, you don't need to see to enjoy a movie. I'm half blind anyhow. I go to LISTEN to the movie, and it doesn't matter if other people are talking, because I have the ability to focus on the movie and not the people around me.
  • TKramar TKramar 2012/04/30 21:57:38
    TKramar
    as a matter of fact, I had a movie on the whole time I've been on here. The Proposal. I listen to the movie and type on the computer.
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/04/30 21:09:11
    Yes, for some movies.
    flyingseaturtle BN
    +1
    I think that a room full of people doing texts would be quite loud and bright ;-)
  • Wizard 2012/04/30 21:05:46 (edited)
    Yes, for some movies.
    Wizard
    +1
    I worry about a cell being on though.
    Vibration mode does not always stay put.
    It depends on if the theater is crowded too.
    If there are not many there, it is not so distracting.
  • Wizard Wizard 2012/04/30 21:33:42
    Wizard
    If management is going to allow it...there should be a sign over the door that messaging is ok for that show...otherwise no.
  • Layce 2012/04/30 20:44:55
    Yes, always.
    Layce
    +1
    I meant to click on No, never. I hate it when people text while at the theaters almost as much as I hate when people bring little kids and they won't stop crying or be quite. One time i went and saw Thor and this woman and her kid was running around the theater laughing and carrying on like they were at a park than at a theater it was sooooo annoying.
  • GLaDOS Layce 2012/04/30 23:10:44
    GLaDOS
    One time I went to watch a movie, and there were these inconsiderate teenagers talking almost constantly through the movie... loudly.
  • Justin Garrison 2012/04/30 20:31:03
    No, never.
    Justin Garrison
    +1
    What did people do before texting? It didn't happen and we were perfectly capable, even during emergencies. Keep the phone on vibrate in case there is an emergency and pay attention to the movie without your texting and bright phone light.
  • Kat 2012/04/30 20:29:28
    No, never.
    Kat
    +1
    It's not the noise people, it's that nasty glare from your phones. It can and does blind people. Distracts them. If it's so damned important that you have to text right then, LEAVE the theater to do so. I didn't pay a ton of money to put up with that crap.
  • RoseyRhod 2012/04/30 20:09:54
    No, never.
    RoseyRhod
    +1
    I don't want that damn light going on near me. It's distracting. If they're going to text they can sit in the very back and keep it silent. Why the hell would you want to text during a movie anyway? Put down the Crackberry already!
  • brittany 2012/04/30 20:08:58
    Yes, always.
    brittany
    +1
    If your not making noise then heck ya and people should not be distracted by what your typing it's called personal business
  • buttah42 brittany 2012/04/30 21:45:06
    buttah42
    +1
    People aren't distracted on what they're typing about, they're distracted by the fact that they are TYPING. Personal business take it outside or at home.
  • brittany buttah42 2012/05/01 20:16:51
    brittany
    Creepers are
  • Tree-Hugger 2012/04/30 20:04:59
    No, never.
    Tree-Hugger
    +2
    Whats the point in going to the movies if you're gonna sit and text???
  • TKramar Tree-Hu... 2012/04/30 21:53:15
    TKramar
    Telling other people about the movie while it's still fresh in your head.
  • Tree-Hu... TKramar 2012/05/02 16:26:46
    Tree-Hugger
    Thats just stupid.
  • TKramar Tree-Hu... 2012/05/02 18:42:05
    TKramar
    Not really.
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/04/30 20:00:46
    Yes, always.
    Margaret Jacobson
    +1
    IF they sit off to the side.......AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE, QUIETLY!!!!!!
  • Naked 2012/04/30 19:08:01
    Yes, always.
    Naked
    +1
    as long as its on silent i don't care.
  • juicebox07 2012/04/30 19:04:16
    No, never.
    juicebox07
    +1
    Last time I went to the movies, the girl next to me was using her phone through 90% of the movie. The light was very distracting and irritating.
  • buttah42 juicebox07 2012/04/30 21:46:20
    buttah42
    Tell people like that next time, "i'll take that phone away from you and shove it up my ass"
  • shellyBlink182ToMark17 2012/04/30 19:03:43
    No, never.
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    +1
    you are there for a reason to watch the movie or hang with ur friend. dont leave them for your phone
  • Headshot760 2012/04/30 18:57:05
  • Simmering Frog 2012/04/30 18:35:02
    No, never.
    Simmering Frog
    +1
    I pay to go to a movie, not to watch some inconsiderate jerk who can't get of the grid for two hours. Get a life. Why is this even a question?
  • Mike 2012/04/30 17:51:28 (edited)
    No, never.
    Mike
    +2
    The light from the phone is annoying - what is the sense of going to a movie just to sit and text. If you can't stay off your phone for 1.5 to 2 hours more than likely you need therapy
  • Honeybuns 2012/04/30 17:44:43 (edited)
    Yes, always.
    Honeybuns
    +2
    Yes if the person phone is slience. And you can not hear the noise of there key while they are texting. Also if the screen is not bright to. Then they should be allow to text during the movie.Because they wont be interputing anyone else.
  • Simmeri... Honeybuns 2012/04/30 18:37:00
    Simmering Frog
    It's obvious you were texting while your teacher was attempting to teach you basic grammar.
  • Honeybuns Simmeri... 2012/04/30 22:16:14 (edited)
    Honeybuns
    +1
    Keep ur rude comment to ur self. And i will correct my grammar. It's obvious your a jerk though. Also its obvious ur mother drop u when u were a baby. Because any other person would know that i was typing fast. But ur to slow to notice that. And i don't text in class. Maybe you did when u were in school.
  • Simmeri... Honeybuns 2012/05/01 00:09:57
    Simmering Frog
    Are you typing fast here?

    For someone who loves texting so much, you should put a lot more effort into it.

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