Should Texting Be Allowed at the Movies?


Texting has long been a source of ire in the world of moviegoers, but now some theater owners and executives are considering giving up the fight on some fronts. Regal's CEO said at CinemaCon yesterday that her chain might "test some of these [text-friendly] concepts" during certain young-skewing movies, and she was met with plenty of unhappy responses, including one from the CEO of the famously anti-texting Alamo Drafthouse. ("Over my dead body.") But don't enough people already text during movies that it might be nice to corral texters into one room, leaving the rest of the screenings nice and dark? Do theaters, other than the aforementioned Drafthouse, even really enforce a no-texting policy as it is? Aren't there far worse movie-theater sins than texting?