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Forgive me while I vent.... Bad movie-goer habit #796

Posted at 8:35 AM on November 20, 2007 by Euan Kerr (2 Comments)

So I am sitting in a theater watching "Beowulf" last night, glad like everyone else that the lights are down so they can't see me wearing the dorky 3D glasses. Beowulf is perfect for that because of it's dark menacing tones, filled with shadows, and serpentine-tailed Angelina Jolies.

It was one of those classic movie going experiences, an epic tale splashed across a huge screen, bathed in surroundsound.

Suddenly a light off to my right catches my eye. A tiny screen blazes in the dark. Someone is looking at a Blackberry.

To my horror I realize this person is not just looking at his/her infernal machine (it was so dark I couldn't determine gender) s/he is actually sending an e-mail, picking away at the tiny keys in the dark.

Now I should mention this was well into a 9.30 pm screening. Why would you have to e-mail anyone at that time from a movie theater? If it was that important why not just leave?

Studies have shown that in the dark the human eye can detect lights less than an inch across at a distance of a mile or more. A Blackberry screen at 10 feet - no problem.

Convenient? Yes.

Distracting? Yes.

Rude? Unbelievably

Please people, leave the e-mail out of the theater and leave the rest of us blissfully in the dark.


Comments (2)

don't be a wuss, tell them to stop or I will get an usher.

Posted by dirk hoogakker | November 20, 2007 8:02 PM


An usher! I haven't seen one of those in a movie theater for years. On the night I was there I bet there were fewer than 10 staff in a multiplex with more than a dozen screens.

It's the same old issue, do you make a fuss and essentially disrupt the whole evening, or just grin and bear it until the irritation goes away? I may be a wuss, but I just wanted to see the film!

Posted by Euan Kerr | November 21, 2007 9:40 AM


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