Random Factoid #557

5 02 2011

Grr.  The open door policy at AMC Theaters that has bothered me for so long has once again struck with a vengeance.

I first wrote about this problem back in 2009 after seeing “Bright Star” (that long ago), and I directed my anger at hearing Taylor Swift songs from the lobby while trying to watch the British costume drama into the blogosphere.  The problem has persisted, but perhaps never with such disastrous effects as it did yesterday.

I was “127 Hours” for the second time (because I love it), and the road to amputation was growing inevitable.  It was the last 15 minutes or so of the movie, and the tension was getting to the point that it could be cut with a knife.  All of a sudden, I start hearing noise that I know is not a part of Danny Boyle’s movie.  I perked up my ears and began to distinguish words coming from the lobby.  People were broadcasting their conversations into my theater!

I wasn’t going to go get up and close the door – heck, I don’t even know that it was open – because the movie was too good.  But I had to sit there and bear it for the rest of the movie.  Only until the music flared up to 11 was I able to drown out their disembodied voices.  So, once again, the whole sanctity of the moviegoing escapism experience was violated by the policy.  This has to stop.


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10 02 2011
Simon/Ripley

I miss it (hypothetically) when movies were such a luxury that they’d have dudes around to shut people the fuck up. Even in drive-ins, you had your own private stereo. Now, people have no respect for movies. It’s like they pay ten bucks to do what they could be doing on Facebook for free.

Oh, shit, I sound like an old fucker in that paragraph.

11 02 2011
Steven Flores

Man, that is terrible. Even to have to listen to something as bloody awful as Taylor Swift.

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