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Old 12-21-05, 09:46 PM
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Does anybody remember when cell phones first became widespread, the theater notices used to say "Please turn your cell phone off, or set it to silent mode (or vibrate)." ?

Now, they just say turn it off. And sometimes they don't say "please" anymore.

I think that says something.
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Old 12-21-05, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Why don't you just wait a month after the crowds thin out?
I don't get this either. People rush to see a film on opening weekend when they are bound to encounter all the unpleasant stuff they whine about afterwards.
Old 12-22-05, 12:36 AM
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cell phones, loud people, babies, loud children in R rated movies, seat kickers, people who bring outside food like hard candy, seeds, nuts and fried chicken, gum poppers, talkers, whisperers, people with big egos who think they own everything, pituitary cases, people with weak bladders, loud giggling teenage girls (unless they are feeling each other up), obnoxious senior citizens, arm rest hoggers, slobs, people who show up after the film has begun, bunny rabbits, those who talk while the trailers are playing, rats and cell phones once again--especially that stupid distracting light that illuminates from them ... should all stay home.
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Originally Posted by Sunday Morning
cell phones, loud people, babies, loud children in R rated movies, seat kickers, people who bring outside food like hard candy, seeds, nuts and fried chicken, gum poppers, talkers, whisperers, people with big egos who think they own everything, pituitary cases, people with weak bladders, loud giggling teenage girls (unless they are feeling each other up), obnoxious senior citizens, arm rest hoggers, slobs, people who show up after the film has begun, bunny rabbits, those who talk while the trailers are playing, rats and cell phones once again--especially that stupid distracting light that illuminates from them ... should all stay home.
No offense, but you've identified enough different groups of people that maybe it would just be easier if you stayed home instead.
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Originally Posted by Patman
Sometimes the film leaves the theater after 2-3 week run. Also, I'd rather not see a worn out print in the smallest shoebox of the multiplex for "old" films.
I doubt King Kong would be gone in 3 weeks. And he has a free ticket. I can't imagine the experience would be that bad to sour on a free show.
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I was talking in general terms.
Old 12-22-05, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Patman
Sometimes the film leaves the theater after 2-3 week run. Also, I'd rather not see a worn out print in the smallest shoebox of the multiplex for "old" films.
I've had the best luck on Mon-Tues. nights after opening weekend. Virtually empty theaters, usually no more than a dozen people so you aren't sitting on top of each other, and you still get a clean print.
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Originally Posted by Jon2
Does anybody remember when cell phones first became widespread, the theater notices used to say "Please turn your cell phone off, or set it to silent mode (or vibrate)." ?

Now, they just say turn it off. And sometimes they don't say "please" anymore.

I think that says something.
Yeah, the Regal Cinemas theater here has a static slide like that that stays on the screen for about two minutes, with one of those HAL 9000 voices repeatedly saying "Please Turn Off Your Cell Phones." Creepy, but good.
Old 12-22-05, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
I agree with your solution 100%, provided that the theater management clearly warn people about cellphones and pages not working in the screening room.

I will NOT allow the use of active jammers since an RFI "leak" from the jammer could interfere with a nearby cellphone tower.
Old 12-22-05, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Patman
I was talking in general terms.
Funny thing how that quote button works to address someone's post specifically

But in regards to a more general situation, I'm spoiled by having 5+ theaters within 15 minutes of me, so I'm ususally able to find recent movies playing, even though I typically see releases on the first or second week. Either way, watching a movie on the 2nd or 3rd week can't be too much worse then opening. That, or catch a matinee.

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Old 12-22-05, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Why don't you just wait a month after the crowds thin out?
Doesn't matter. When there's less people, people tend to make MORE noise, thinking that they're the only ones in there and they're not going to bother anyone (or bother less people since there's less people in there).

Not worth it.
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Originally Posted by RayChuang
I agree with your solution 100%, provided that the theater management clearly warn people about cellphones and pages not working in the screening room.

I will NOT allow the use of active jammers since an RFI "leak" from the jammer could interfere with a nearby cellphone tower.
totally agree about the use of active jammers being bad
too easy for it to have affect off the property

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