I love this message from Alamo Drafthouse Founder/CEO Tim League in response to a proposed idea to allow texting during films in designated theaters. He says:
You can only be immersed in a story if you are focused on it. If while watching a film you are intermittently checking your email, posting on social media, chatting with friends, etc., there is no way you are fully engaged in the story on screen. I find that to be disrespectful to the creators, those who make the very existence of cinema possible.
Amen! How about unplugging for an hour or two and getting absorbed in the story?
I’ve groused before about cell phone use at restaurants, but like Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League, I don’t believe it is a millennial thing. He says:
22-year-olds aren’t alone; heavy cell phone use is far more widespread. Today, 68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone, a staggering increase from 35% just five years ago.
Click the source link below to read the article. And good on you, Tim League. I like Alamo Drafthouse a bit more today. I’ll be in your theater for the showing of 12 Angry Men in mid-May.
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