The barbarians are storming the theatres.

The good news: The young generation that consumes all sorts of entertainment via iPods and the internet is doing more than anyone else to keep the big-screen experience alive. Rather than undermine the movie industry, these “third-screen” technologies are actually supporting it.

The bad news: Theatres are increasingly catering to this generation by creating “rowdier, text-friendly auditoriums” that encourage this generation to do all sorts of rude but increasingly common things like chatting and sending text messages while the movie is still in progress.

So says Metro Times Detroit, via Jeffrey Wells.

I am vaguely reminded of how, at the Wanted screening I attended a couple weeks back, a guy sitting across the aisle and a few rows down from me pulled out his cell phone and lit up its screen, and a security guard came up to him and asked him to turn it off. “But it’s silent,” the guy replied, as though that were the point. Never mind that the phosphorescent glow of his cell-phone screen was taking my eyes and many other people’s eyes off of the movie that we were all there supposedly to watch.

See also this recent comment by my CT Movies colleague Todd Hertz.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    Can we have Gen X only theatres? You know, for people who have some manners and a level of intelligence that at least exceeds that of a cabbage?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17492591447246532970 jasdye

    magnus,

    the techno-immersion rudeness may largely be the territory of the millenials and whatever they’re calling the pre-teens now. but ignorance and rudeness and stupidity… well, let me invite you to a chicago screening.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15729167937433295927 Geosomin

    No no no.
    They should not have their own theatres. They should not be allowed or it’ll just become the way of things…They should have their phones and ipods taken away if used in a theatre (and crushed?)

    If you can’t live a whole film without texting or answering your phone don’t go.


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