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Theater Offers ‘Tweet Seats’: Would You Use Twitter at a Movie?

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Let’s face it, the culture of going to the movies has completely changed since people got VCR’s. Theaters used to be a peaceful sanctuary, where only the silver screen stars made any noise. But now it seems like everyone goes to chat there way film with their BFF like they were watching at home on their sofas. And in more recent years, there’s the occasional cell ringtone chiming and mid-text smartphone screen glowing. No matter how clever the chains get with their pre-preview messages, nothing seems to work to keep it all at bay.

Now the proprietors of the Guthrie Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, believe they have found a solution. Every Thursday night between December 27 and January 10, they’re setting up a section of “Tweet Seats” during “The Servant of Two Masters.” There, the social media obsessed will be able to stay connected for the couple of hours that they should be focused on the flick. And it’s all been designed to keep them removed from the less Internet addicted members of the audience because the Twitter users will be tucked away in the balcony.

No one knows if this will catch on across the country. But it might be a way to service both people who want to be online and those who’d rather just watch the film. What do you think: Would you use Twitter at a movie?

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  • The Sane One 2012/12/30 15:08:43
    No
    The Sane One
    +9
    No.

    That would be a theater I'd avoid, at all costs.

    If you can't be away from your social media for 2 hours, you need serious mental health care.

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  • Skar 2013/01/14 11:23:58
    No
    Skar
    But then again I've never used Twitter so I don't really see the appeal.
  • ArisBoch 2013/01/13 01:08:21
    Yes
    ArisBoch
    If they turn out to be boring, then yes.
  • JessJayBond 2013/01/11 14:43:52
    No
    JessJayBond
    Hate it when I'm trying to watch a film and phone screens are blaring in my face - totally ruins the film!
  • Chris 2013/01/07 01:05:36 (edited)
    No
    Chris
    You're supposed to not use phones in a theater, it's disrespectful.

    This theater is encouraging bad behavior.
  • Dave 007 2013/01/06 12:38:44
    No
    Dave 007
    Turn your phone off, live without it for 2 hours. Yes women, I know it's hard thing to do. Enjoy the movie.
  • BeccaBlueeyes 2013/01/05 21:28:45
    No
    BeccaBlueeyes
    +1
    No heck no. Would you like to hear someone on there phone on speaker during your movie, no you wouldnt. So why would you want to see constant glowing of a cell phone or the irritating clicking of texting. You want to twitter during a movie wait till you can watch it at home.
  • Miriam ... BeccaBl... 2013/05/18 18:42:24
    Miriam Whitten
    I like the idea of having a twitter section in the back to keep them from bothering us who really want to watch the movie...... its worth a try.... never know if it will work until its tried out.
  • Elbuscus 2013/01/05 03:12:44
    No
    Elbuscus
    +1
    stop yer tweetin, and enjoy the film.
  • zbacku 2013/01/04 19:46:17
    No
    zbacku
    +1
    And if anyone near me was Tweeting I would tell them to stop. I would make their movie going experience just as bad as they made mine.
  • nightcrawler2005 2013/01/04 18:04:23
    No
    nightcrawler2005
    +1
    Absolutely NOT. At $12.50 just to see a movie I'm not going to waste my time tweeting.
    Here's a suggestion if you can't hold off on playing with your phone for a couple hours in a theatre DON'T GO. Your only pissing off the people that actually went there to see the movie.
    The people that talk or play on their phones are ignorant.
  • the fuze 2013/01/04 12:34:24
    No
    the fuze
    +2
    It's time to block this crap from theaters.
  • Tobi 2013/01/04 09:58:16
    No
    Tobi
    +2
    Why would I go see a movie that I wouldn't pay much attention to?
  • cc 2013/01/04 06:16:43
    No
    cc
    +1
    I don't use Twitter because it sucks....but I would use the seats if I needed to text someone if I couldn't or didn't feel like waiting 'til after the movie!
    Great Idea!
  • cottineyedjoe 2013/01/04 02:12:02
    Yes
    cottineyedjoe
    I do a lot, I just keep the screen dim and make sure nobody is around me. If they are I dont use it
  • lilshorty 2013/01/04 01:52:55
    No
    lilshorty
    +1
    HECK NO! Why waste your time going to see a Movie if Your really not going to watch it. Even if it was Facebook or anything else for that matter I wouldnt do it, For those who do, should do it after the movie or before.
  • macy 2013/01/04 01:52:02
    No
    macy
    +1
    I don't use twitter at all, because I really don't CARE what you had for breakfast, or that you're walking outside, or that you're exhaling.
  • ♥Nicole A♥ 2013/01/04 01:40:11
    Yes
    ♥Nicole A♥
    Just keep your screen dim and out of sight for other people
  • zbacku ♥Nicole A♥ 2013/01/04 19:47:33
    zbacku
    I would tell you to stop if you were anywhere near me.
  • Royo 2013/01/04 00:55:38
    No
    Royo
    +1
    I check into GetGlue during the previews but there's NO point in using a phone during a movie. It's really distracting.
  • Sassy Kim 2013/01/03 22:01:14
    No
    Sassy Kim
    +1
    I don't tweet anyways.
  • SW 2013/01/03 19:47:21
    No
    SW
    Probably not, but it's no big deal. Kinda cool they'd offer a tweeting section. It really doesn't bother me in a theater if someone is texting. Better than having a crying baby or something.
  • Amy Riddell 2013/01/03 18:43:34
    No
    Amy Riddell
    +1
    How pathetic would you have to be to Tweet at a movie?
  • /_Sasha_/ 2013/01/03 15:55:13
    No
    /_Sasha_/
    I have no twitter at all
  • AdWhois 2013/01/03 15:33:23
    No
    AdWhois
    This is a joke right? What has become of our society...
  • Wretha S 2013/01/03 08:04:51
    No
    Wretha S
    If/when I go to a movie, I actually want to WATCH the movie, not play with a phone and I certainly don't want to see other people playing with theirs... this is probably why I don't go to movies anymore...
  • Wretha S Wretha S 2013/01/03 08:16:26
    Wretha S
    If I owned a movie theater, I would make it a cell phone free zone inside the actual theater space, in fact I'd do even better than that, I'd install cell phone jammers so that if someone wanted to use their phones, they would have to go outside of the theater area...
    zone actual theater space install cell phone jammers phones theater
    zone actual theater space install cell phone jammers phones theater

    zone actual theater space install cell phone jammers phones theater
    zone actual theater space install cell phone jammers phones theater
  • AdWhois Wretha S 2013/01/03 15:34:20
    AdWhois
    +1
    Yea, I don't pay 11.50 for a ticket so I can ignore the damn thing.
  • ll 2013/01/03 06:03:38
    No
    ll
    and tweet seats are a big NO...i swear if i have to sit around a crowd of glowing devices while watching a movie in what is supposed to be a dark room, ill have to pop someone in the face!
  • cc ll 2013/01/04 06:18:52
    cc
    That's kind of the point of the Tweet seats....they would be separate from the rest of the seats...like a upper rear corner or something.
  • JLM630 2013/01/03 04:32:56
    No
    JLM630
    I turn the ringtone off, movie theaters are NO ZONES. If, you are paying $50 to see the movie and have snacks, then watch the movie. If, you need to tweet then wait for the cable channel viewing!
  • addie 2013/01/03 02:42:10
    Yes
    addie
    You have to do something while the crap they produce for the screen nowadays is up on the screen! lol
  • Amy Rid... addie 2013/01/03 18:44:15
    Amy Riddell
    +4
    Congrats on being among the most hated people who go to cinemas.
  • addie Amy Rid... 2013/01/04 00:26:58
    addie
    I was kidding.
    If I did go to one of the movies they come out with now, I would not even have my phone on, inside!
    Most likely i would end up sitting IN THE LOBBY playing, "unblock Me," or "Angry Birds.". lol
    If I was watching the movie and someone was texting or anything, i would throw my shoe at their head! I am on your side!
  • nicesteve 2013/01/03 02:16:57 (edited)
    No
    nicesteve
    +1
    If I dig up all of those greenbacks for admission, parking, snacks, etc.,
    especially at today's prices, then I would like to enjoy the damn movie,
    instead of pecking away on some iPhone or smartphone. Be it Twitter,
    Facebook, or otherwise.
  • flowercivic 2013/01/03 01:38:22 (edited)
    No
    flowercivic
    +1
    I go to iPic Theaters, and they would kick someone out for doing this. Twitter and Facebook have gotten out of hand these days.
  • jere.chievres 2013/01/03 01:09:30
    No
    jere.chievres
    +1
    I won't use it at all. Its stupid.
  • DOriginalDonald 2013/01/03 00:22:09
    Yes
    DOriginalDonald
    what better way to indulge in your fantasies of being on The Satellite Of love? #MST3K
  • Raven 2013/01/03 00:07:52
    No
    Raven
    +1
    I don't use twitter. I don't feel the need to constantly update my social media. I check facebook once in a blue moon and almost never write on it and I am 19 years old. My phone is used for texts, calls, and email. It has no place in a theater. If you pay to go see a movie then sit down and watch the movie like a normal person. Do not internet our movie with the glare caused by your personal insanity and obsessions. Thank you.
  • Tasinahri 2013/01/02 23:59:53
    No
    Tasinahri
    +1
    You go to the movies to watch a movie! Not to use cell phones! That's like going to a McDonalds drive thru and ordering chinese food! Makes no damn sense.
  • nealo 2013/01/02 22:52:01
    No
    nealo
    The genie is out of the bottle with this, we'll never go back. It's scary how dependent our-and probably everyone else's- culture is on it. Using them in movie theaters is rude, their glare is extremely distracting. I'm glad someone's trying to do something.

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