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Theater chain to offer texting aisle for movie goers

Posted: , by Alan F.

Theater chain to offer texting aisle for movie goers
If you've been to the movies anytime during the last few years, you've seen the hilarious promos asking those with mobile phones to show some will power and refrain from texting during the movie. Not only can the sound of a QWERTY keyboard constantly being depressed be a little distracting to those who paid good money to see a movie, but the light from the screen can also distract a fellow movie goer. And then there are the emotions that you need to bottle up during the film. Even if someone sends you the funniest response via text, you can't make an inappropriate sound. After all, how would it look if the screen is showing someone dying and you're cackling up a storm.

While most theater chains treat someone texting during a movie as a person who is committing a horrible sin, AMC is considering welcoming these people with open arms. Under consideration is a plan that would convert the back row of all of AMC's 400 cinemas to texting aisles. Using soundproofing and a barrier to prevent the light of the screens to leak out and annoy others, those sitting in this row will be able to text throughout the entire movie. By shoving all of the texters to the back row, AMC feels that it will prevent the rest of the theater from producing the distracting noises and lights that take place when a person is involved in a dialogue via SMS.

Besides AMC, Regal and Imax are both also looking at ways to allow text messages to be sent during a movie without distracting others. The issue recently hit the mainstream press when Madonna was spotted at the New York premiere of  12 Years a Slave with director Steve McQueen, texting throughout the movie. The Material Girl said that she was involved in a business conversation.

source: TheIndependent via Textually.org

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posted on 21 Oct 2013, 04:11 11

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

This is stupid. What's the point of paying over $10 for a movie if you're just going to text the whole time?

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 06:03 2

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 25058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I was texting during Captain Phillips, and eating the cheese popcorn my wife snuck in her purse.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 07:02 4

3. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)



man you have to bring your own food bro i'm not paying $15 for nachos and a coke. my girl always stops somewhere and packs us snacks in her purse.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 07:07 2

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 25058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Gotta do it. Tickets alone were $23, popcorn and 2 drinks woulda been $17 extra...no way lol. +1

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:11 7

5. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

For the people who treat the back row as a motel, now you'll have to share the space.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:28 2

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 25058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Lol memories

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 11:42 1

7. simplyj (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)

hopefully they'll charge you more too if you want to text

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 11:59

8. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

with or without this, they're going to be obnoxious anyways.. good for the rest of us :)

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 12:21 1

9. profperez1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 May 2012)

I brought in a bag of cheap Banquet fried chicken when I was in college. I could have sold that for $2 a piece!

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 14:34

10. rightcue805 (Posts: 55; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)

everytime i see these dumb farks i just wanna get up and punk them in the thoat.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 19:20

11. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

that txting isle is gonna be annoying,beeping like crazy..if you want to watch a movie txt should wait for ITS time.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:08

12. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

As long as your phone is on silent.. I dont' care how much you text during movies.. it's silent.

What pisses me off are those people who get bags of popcorn and insist on rummaging through the damn things ALL MOVIE LONG.. then when the popcorn is gone, they bust out the package of gummie bears. Of course, taking 5 noisy minutes to rip open the packaging, then instead of dumping several out quietly, McNoisy has to dig their hand in the bag for every bite.

No, texting during movies is hardly the most annoying.

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