Generally speaking, texting in movie theaters in a no-no. Jumping on a smartphone to surf Twitter, update your Facebook status or answer a text likely will earn you scornful looks from patrons seated around you. And God forbid you actually answer a phone call during a movie. People have been tossed out of multiplexes for less.
When Fandango and the theaters conspire to allow 5% of the audience to text during movies, it will be my last movie in a theater. Saying 95% of us need to be more patient with "the inevitable shift" and with the "social trend of Facebook" is nothing more than saying to us "we don't need to entertain you any more". I WON'T BE THERE TO SEE THIS CHANGE. Airing commercials at my expense is bad enough. But this would clearly be a deal breaker.
Seems like they just want us to download...
I don't mind you texting, surfing, tweeting or talking on the phone BEFORE the previews, and I can even put up with it during the previews,but during the movie - absolutely not.
You paid (or snuck in) to watch a movie not text or tweet your friends about it during the movie.
Emergencies are obviously exceptions. But If you can't wait two hours to talk to someone, maybe you shouldn't have gone to a movie. :)
Using a cell phone for any reason during a movie is the height of arrogance and rudeness. Policy and common sense should dictate turning off your phone before being seated.
i work at a movie theater and i can't tell you how many times i hear people complain to me that someone was talking or texting in a theater.
Ok, this is stupid. Why are people shelling out cash for movies so they can sit around texting during it? If you want to text then stay the hell home and text. Don't ruin it for everyone. I swear I will not be going out to movies anymore if this happens. Screw it, I will save the cash and simply rent it at home. I'm not paying extra money for tickets and food etc so that some moron can tweet about how they are sitting in a movie theater while I'm watching a movie. The light from a phone is very distracting in a dark theater. Imagine if you had a whole room full of add morons on their phones.
Why spend money on a film if you aren't going to watch it?
I checked my ipod to see what time it was during the endless previews before a movie last night & felt bad because the screen of the ipod is so bright that I'm sure it momentarily distracted people near me & that was just for a few seconds... can't imagine being that rude during the movie and for longer periods of time.
If you really want to text, tweet, surf, talk, etc during a movie stay home and do all you want. But it's very distracting in a dark movies theater while in the company of others that paid to see the movie, not your cell phone or other mobile device light up the room. Now,in the future, if movies incorporate social media, or interactive features then and only then should they be allowed.
That would be the end to me going to movies, and I go to a ton of them!! At that point I would get a better TV so I could watch them at home instead...
"As the poll discovered, 79% of television viewers visit Facebook while they watch TV, most likely to comment on what they are watching. Why would that be any different in a movie theater?"
Ummm....because that is in the privacy of your own home and doesn't interfere with others enjoyment of the movie.
Are they really trying to tie the two together? Stretching a bit I think.
Phones should be off or on silent vibration off or on the lowest/non noise making setting as possible. Answering a text COULD be important, but you shouldn't actively be engaged in texting/talking with people during the movie UNLESS its actually important.
If it's that important, you should leave the theater. There's no reason to annoy everybody else with the bright light and tapping.
I go to the movie theater as a sort of escape. As soon as the previews begin, my phone goes on silent and stays in my pocket until the credits roll. I can't stand people who even turn on their phones for a second while the movie is running - the bright light distracts me and I lose that feeling that I like getting in the theater of "being part of the movie." Plus, with movie prices of $11 at night, why would you want to allow this distraction? I personally would NEVER go to a theater that allows phone use during a movie; it's only 2 hours on average, it should be easy enough to just leave it be for that time.
It's really simple some people want to text or tweet during a movie that's their business but if they are going to do so they absolutely need to have their phones on silence.
Sure, if people want to text or tweet during a movie and it doesn't affect anyone else, that's their business - HOWEVER, if they need to do that texting or tweeting on a phone with a screen that lights up and that disrupts the movie experience that everyone else paid between $10 - $14 for, that's everyone's business and it's ridiculously selfish to think otherwise.
If someone absolutely cannot refrain from texting or tweeting for the duration of a movie, he or she needs to do it on a phone that emits absolutely no light, or he or she needs to buy out every single seat in that theater so as not to disturb the other people who would like to see the movie.
Why is common courtesy so difficult?
What a JOKE! Here's my Movie Theatre Etiquette Rant note on Facebook for anyone that wants to know how to act properly in a theatre:
facebook dot com/note.php?note_id=380975274099
Why bother to pay all that money if you aren't going to watch the movie. I can certainly say, when I pay to go see a movie, I do not want to have to listen to other peoples cell phones. People who do all this tweeting and texting, they must be pretty bored with the movie. Be considerate of others who have paid their dollars, go to the lobby if you want to have a conversation.
Maybe theatres can split the difference. Allow one show per evening as a 'Facebook friendly' movie, and make it clear that the particular show will allow texting/ tweeting/ whatever. Other shows would clearly be marked for this not to be allowed. Theatres also have to worry about videoing during movies, so it would have to be made clear that this is a no-no as well. I also hate seeing texting during movies, but there are obviously enough people who like it, and it could make for an entirely different movie experience for those who do want it.
Now, that's a good idea, at least for larger theaters.
TURN OFF THE PHONES!!!!! The light is way too distracting, and if your text is that important take it OUTSIDE so you do not disturb anyone! Every time the light comes on all eyes go toward it. I hate that crap!
Also, look at the source of the survey for the article..."Social Media Survey." Just saying.
With the price of a movie ticket these days, there is absolutely no reason a cell phone should be on in a theater. Most movies last for 2-3 hours. If you plan on attending a movie, you should expect to spend 2-3 hours without a cell phone. Plain and simple. Messages will be left if they are important, and if there are any real emergencies, most people will come directly to the theater to get you if they know you are there. If you are expecting an emergency, you should not be attending a movie.
Who expects an emergency?
I've known people who had family members on the verge of giving birth to go to a movie and leave their phone on "in case [so and so] goes into labor while I'm here." They look at it as "an emergency" situation. I personally think that if you decided to go to a movie in that situation, you should turn off the phone, and when you leave, turn it back on, get the message, and go to the hospital.
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