Movie Theaters Decide Not to Indulge Your Texting Obsession -- #SorryNotSorry

Texting in theaters

It's well known that theaters boomed throughout the Great Depression because they provided a certain liberation for anyone seeking refuge from rough times. Throughout the decades, the movie theater has remained a safe haven for our peace of mind, whether we're seeking a good laugh or an unrealistic adventure. And through the years, it's managed to do so despite advancing technology and more and more fidgety fingers ready to text. Alas, we've made do with our glaring side-eyes and the theater's not-so-subtle warning to basically shut the f*ck up and keep your flash light of a phone hidden. 


That's why we were so disappointed to hear that AMC's CEO, Adam Aron, had momentarily caved to accommodate those addicted to their news feeds.

Aron told Variety in an interview:

When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow. You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their life. At the same time, though, we’re going to have to figure out a way to do it that doesn’t disturb today’s audiences.

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He then, however, came to his senses, reminded by moviegoers that this would be the worst kind of betrayal to us -- an unforgivable one, at that. Aron retracted the concept for the idea altogether.

For those of us who actually take delight in devoting 100 percent of our attention to the big screen (yes, age 22 and otherwise), it may seem that the original plan would have been everything we could have hoped for -- banning inconsiderate disrupters to an island of misfits (or a few designated theaters one can text from). Nonetheless, the plan just doesn't sit well with us.

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The moment you allow this is the moment you open the door to selfie sticks being attached to the back of the chairs and a sh*t ton of other possibilities. 

And no, it wouldn't necessarily hurt us -- but aside from being a shameful and pathetic testament to our modern-day culture (not solely millennials, sir), it would take away the soul of the theater and everything it initially served to do. 

There are simply certain experiences that must be preserved in their original state (or as close as possible), and this is one. If there are people who wish to sit in a theater room and text, here's the solution: Stay at home and make a night of it with your friends, family, or your damn self -- I don't care which you choose, just as long as you're not daring to do so in a theater near me. 


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