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Movie theater etiquette

We’ve all seen the message advertising movie theater etiquette before a movie starts, “Please no talking or texting during the movie,” or “Please don’t spoil the movie by adding your own soundtrack.”

Talking is definitely a no-no when in a theater, but texting is another issue. Some have the view that texting isn’t a big deal because, aside from the clicking of the keys, if people are polite enough to program their phone to silent or vibrate, the loudness of the volume at the theater should drown out the tapping of the keys. Others have the view that movies are meant to be watched and texting, like talking, doesn’t belong in a theater.

The Alamo Drafthouse movie theater of Austin, Texas certainly has that view and enforced it by kicking a woman out who was texting during the film. This event has created a movie theater etiquette in the form of the 10 commandments to follow when going to the movies.

After being escorted out of the Alamo Drafthouse, the woman called back to express how much she disagreed with this new found zero tolerance philosophy of no texting as a part of movie theater etiquette. She believe she was being “ripped off” and said, “I will never be comin’ back.”

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  • laurenbiondi

    completely agree! if you go to the movie WATCH the movie!

  • LPie2623

    I agree too. The smallest thing can be very distracting in a movie theater.

  • Holly C

    as a former movie theater employee, thank you for writing this!

    • Jessica Bingham

      You’re welcome Holly and thank you for the comment, I can imagine how hard it must be to deal with people who complain about disturbances.

  • RyanA

    I don’t see the problem with texting while watching a movie. Most people can text without even looking down at their phone. Its their money that they are wasting. If they want to text instead of watch they should have the right to.

    • Jessica Bingham

      Thank you RyanA, I partially agree with you but with movie tickets as expensive as they are I really don’t understand why people want to miss the movie by texting.

  • keastham

    I agree. Texting can be distractingin addition to the clicking, the light of the phone is very distracting.