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How Not to Debate
What We Should Be
Doing at Movie Theaters

Atlantic, by Richard Lawson

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Posted By:MissMolly, 8/8/2013 5:03:05 PM

Well, that was quick. Just three days after it began, the debate about what we do at the movies has reached its nadir. A quick catch-up: On Monday, tech guy Hunter Walk wrote a blog post saying that movie theaters should offer screenings with brighter lighting and WiFi, where people who want to can tweet and text and do all kinds of other "second screen experience" things. Many people found this proposal appalling. Or, if not appalling, certainly a little depressing. Then this morning, another tech guy, writer and self-described entrepreneur Anil Dash, wrote a smug, scolding piece

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Smart11344, 8/8/2013 6:19:12 PM     (No. 9464950)

I rarely go to movies anymore. The digital projection presentation is so inferior to a good film print. The picture is a long way from HD and even the sound quality falls short. Way pay big bucks for an inferior presentation. I realize young people probably doesn´t know what a good (technical)film presentation looks like.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: F16 guy, 8/8/2013 6:44:52 PM     (No. 9464983)

The distractions at the theater-talkiing, whispering, cell phone use, etc, makes it a tough place to voluntarily go watch a movie today.

Netflix, Redbox, and a nice big HD TV screen at home are hard to beat.

Plus you can hit PAUSE for a bathroom break and not miss anything !

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Reply 3 - Posted by: elsando, 8/8/2013 6:52:46 PM     (No. 9464996)

Once upon a time theaters had a closed room where parents could take their restless(and noisy)children and watch the show without worrying about disturbing others. Perhaps we need to reintroduce those rooms for restless and noisy adults who need to fondle their phones, play games, tweet, multitask and do whatever they do - and not disturb those who paid to see the movie.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: southernboy, 8/8/2013 7:22:35 PM     (No. 9465035)

The last one I went to the various groups were conversing with each other just like they would in their own living room.
This was before cell phones. I can’t imagine the h*** now.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: island man, 8/8/2013 7:43:29 PM     (No. 9465062)

A squirt gun full of ammonia accomplishes amazing things!

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