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Alamo Drafthouse Giving Everyone Chance To Make Their Own “Shut Up, Stop Texting & Watch The Movie” PSA

The Alamo Drafthouse chain of movie theaters has long had a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to texting and talking on the phone during a film, as commemorated in maybe the greatest anti-texting PSA ever. Now the company is asking you to unleash that annoyed auteur that’s dying to get out and tell people to shut the &*#( up. [More]

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Movie Theater Shows Kids How Different ‘Paranormal Activity 4′ Is From ‘Madagascar 3′

A theater full of kids got quite a shock over in Britain recently, when a mistake at a movie theater had the opening scenes of Paranormal Activity 4 beaming into young eyeballs instead of family-friendly animated film Madagascar 3.  Let’s just say the opening scene did not feature a band of ragtag animals with funny voices.  [More]

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Man Pulled Down $70K A Week By Crawling On Movie Theater Floors To Steal Credit Cards

Anyone carrying a bag into the movies knows there’s basically only one thing you can do with it: you place that purse/man bag/tote/shopping bag/whathaveyou on the ground and no one drops their soda on the ground nearby. A Connecticut man saw all those bags as a way to make some easy money, crawling around on movie theater floors to steal up to $70,000 a week. [More]

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Without Discount Passes, AMC’s Rewards Program Is A Lot Less Rewarding

Amy thought that the AMC Stubs rewards program was pretty great, back when the discount passes that she bought at Costco counted toward earning rewards. The Stubs program isn’t free (it costs $12 a year) and she was exchanging money for movie tickets and perhaps buying some snacks, after all. Then AMC suddenly stopped counting Gold and Silver passes toward the program. [More]

Man Politely Apologizes, Promptly Leaves 'Bourne Legacy' After Accidentally Shooting Himself In The Butt

Man Politely Apologizes, Promptly Leaves 'Bourne Legacy' After Accidentally Shooting Himself In The Butt

Moviegoers at a screening of The Bourne Legacy near Reno, Nev. had a bit of a scare on Tuesday night, when a man adjusted himself in his seat and ended up discharging his gun right into his own backside. According to witnesses, he apologized to the rest of the theater and promptly left the movie. No one else was hurt. [More]

I Didn't Buy A Ticket To An R-Rated Movie So I Could Entertain Your Toddler

I Didn't Buy A Ticket To An R-Rated Movie So I Could Entertain Your Toddler

Baby-sitters must be hard to come by these days. That’s the only possible explanation for why Kelly found herself entertaining the small child next to her during a showing of the R-rated movie “Ted.” The encounter raised all kinds of questions. For example: why was this child sitting in a stroller that was positioned to block Kelly’s seat? Why didn’t Regal Cinemas staff do anything about the stroller? Why didn’t the child’s mother notice or care that the kid was yapping to Kelly? Then, of course, there’s the key question on which this entire problem hinges: why bring a toddler with you to an R-rated movie? [More]

Theater: If A Man Brings Bag Into Movie, He's A "Possible Shooter"

Theater: If A Man Brings Bag Into Movie, He's A "Possible Shooter"

UPDATE: The owner of the theater has issued a statement to Consumerist regarding the situation: [More]

Some Theaters Beef Up Security Following Fatal Colorado Shooting

Some Theaters Beef Up Security Following Fatal Colorado Shooting

By now you’ve likely heard about last night’s horrible shooting at a Colorado movie theater that left at least a dozen people dead and several times that number injured. In response, some theaters have already begun beefing up security for opening-day showings of The Dark Knight Rises. [More]

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NYC Movie Theaters Fight Back Against Mayor’s Big Soda Ban

While hit new movies might make millionaires out of actors, directors and key grips, movie theaters often make little to no money on the actual ticket sales of high-profile, first-run movies. Instead, they depend on those movies to bring in customers to pay big bucks for huge drinks and buckets of popcorn. Thus, you can imagine why theater owners in New York City aren’t exactly doing somersaults in celebration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban of large sodas. [More]

Movie Theaters Trying To Lure Customers With Any Non-Movie Event They Can

Movie Theaters Trying To Lure Customers With Any Non-Movie Event They Can

In a bid to save the movie theater industry, venues around the country are turning to just about any other kind of entertainment event they can possibly show that isn’t actually a movie. If you’ve got that big old screen and seats for plenty of people, why not pull in some business with say, a nice opera or live boxing match? [More]

Atheist Group: Movie Theater Discriminated Against Us By Pulling Ad

Atheist Group: Movie Theater Discriminated Against Us By Pulling Ad

An atheist group in Texas is claiming discrimination after a local movie theater backed out of an agreement to run ads for the organization during pre-movie slideshows. [More]

Does 'No Outside Food' Discriminate Against People With Food Allergies?

Does 'No Outside Food' Discriminate Against People With Food Allergies?

Domenica is gluten intolerant, and there are a number of other foods she can’t eat as well. During a recent visit to the movies, she was caught bringing in outside food and argued with the manager. There isn’t anything available at the concession stand that she can eat without becoming ill. Sure, a private business can set their own rules. But is it discriminatory? In spite of what theater owners might tell you, buying snacks at the cinema isn’t mandatory, and no one’s going to go hungry after a few hours. [More]

Illinois Attorney General Twists AMC's Arm, Makes It Accommodate Disabled Moviegoers

Illinois Attorney General Twists AMC's Arm, Makes It Accommodate Disabled Moviegoers

It took pressure from the Illinois Attorney General, but AMC Theatres agreed to make adjustments that allow blind and deaf people to enjoy movies in more of the chain’s theaters in the state. The chain agreed to add captioning and audio-description features to 460 screens. Before the deal, only a couple dozen AMC theaters in Illinois offered the technology. [More]

Theater Owner: I Charge So Much For Popcorn Because You Spill It All Over The Place

Theater Owner: I Charge So Much For Popcorn Because You Spill It All Over The Place

Earlier this month, a man in Michigan attained minor Internet folk hero status when he sued his local movie theater for charging sky-high prices at the concession stand while refusing to let customers bring in their own grub. But now one theater owner has tried to explain just why he and others charge the so much. [More]

Man Sues Movie Theater Over Price Of Snacks

Man Sues Movie Theater Over Price Of Snacks

Unless you smuggle your nibbles and beverages into a movie theater, grabbing a bite to eat at the movie theater can easily double or triple the cost of your ticket. But one Michigan man is fed up with being gouged at the concession stand and has filed suit against his local AMC theater. [More]

Chowing Down At The Movies Can Add Up To Thousands Of Calories

Chowing Down At The Movies Can Add Up To Thousands Of Calories

Like to snack at the movies? That tub of popcorn and large soda can amount to almost a full day’s calories, two days’ worth of fat and a cup of sugars. [More]

Utah Movie Theater Fined For Showing Hangover II

Utah Movie Theater Fined For Showing Hangover II

There are a number of theaters across the country that like to combine movie-showing with beer-drinking and as long as all the patrons are of legal drinking age, there are usually no issues about what’s being shown on screen. But the state of Utah has decided that if you show a movie featuring naked bodies, that makes your business answerable to the same rules governing strip clubs — and subject to thousands of dollars in fines. [More]

When You Hard Sell Customers Too Much, They Sort Of Leave

When You Hard Sell Customers Too Much, They Sort Of Leave

Aggressive sales pitches are a delicate balance between selling customers on what you have to offer and pissing them off so much that they never return. When AMC theaters recently changed their loyalty program from free to paid, employees began to sell memberships too aggressively for AgentG2’s taste. He found the experience off-putting enough that he doesn’t plan to return to AMC. He wonders: did he overreact? [More]