Good Job, America: Texters To Get Their Own Section In Movie Theaters

It seems the inmates have finally taken over the asylum.

USA Today is reporting on several theaters and cinemas setting aside portions of their seats for people who want to use electronic devices during shows. These “tweet seats” are designed for folks who want to communicate via Twitter about the show using hashtags and the like. Ugh.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Twitter, but if I’m curious about your musings on a film or show I can wait till I’m out of the theater, like a normal person. But then again, I’m one of those people who think that actors and dancers on stage or filmmakers and projectionists deserve a certain level of respect, and the least you can do is turn off your damn phone for a mere two hours. I guess the only positive aspect here is that all the texters and talkers will be in one theater, and we respectful people can 1) take our business elsewhere or 2) lock the screening room doors and set the theater on fire.

If this depresses you as much as it depresses me, I’ll leave you with this video from Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, a chain that prides itself on maintaining a quality cinema-going experience and kicks out texters and talkers practically on site.


John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at refocusjohn@gmail.com and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon
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