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Jun. 6, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Just the other day, I was watching a movie in my local theater and during the PSA about not using your cell phone or talking during the movie, the guy in front of me was talking on his cell phone. It's a sad epidemic in movie theaters and runs rampant in New York City. But the Drafthouse isn't standing for it.

They have a strict policy about talkers and texters and those who disrupt the movie-going experience. You get warned once and if you're reported again, you're immediately kicked out with no refund. This happened recently to a girl in Austin who was caught twice texting during the movie. True to form, she was kicked out and later that night left a rather angry voicemail for the Drafthouse employees. So they took that voicemail and turned it into their latest pre-movie policy trailer. It's pretty genius. Check it out below.

"I've texted in all the other theaters in Austin and no one ever gave a fuck!"

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12:03AM on 06/08/2011

love it love it love it

Way to go !! Nothing worse than seeing a bright white light 6 rows in front of you when youre trying to watch the flick you paid to see, or people yakking or texting. WHAT THE HELL WAS THE POINT OF GOING TO A MOVIE ? To text there? Morons. Inconsiderate asswipes. Thank god for theatres like this taking a stand. Bring it to Ontario !!
Way to go !! Nothing worse than seeing a bright white light 6 rows in front of you when youre trying to watch the flick you paid to see, or people yakking or texting. WHAT THE HELL WAS THE POINT OF GOING TO A MOVIE ? To text there? Morons. Inconsiderate asswipes. Thank god for theatres like this taking a stand. Bring it to Ontario !!
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7:02AM on 06/07/2011

The saddest part...

...is that this dumb broad says she didnt' know she "couldn't" text, when in fact, the problem is that she didn't know she "*SHOULDN'T*" text.

It's just a matter of manners and politeness, whether there is a rule written down on paper or not.
...is that this dumb broad says she didnt' know she "couldn't" text, when in fact, the problem is that she didn't know she "*SHOULDN'T*" text.

It's just a matter of manners and politeness, whether there is a rule written down on paper or not.
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1:25AM on 06/07/2011

FUCK YES

Theaters have to realize this is a major drag on their business. I've almost all but stopped going to midnight airings because of people who want to be the guy that makes the whole theater laugh. Shut up already. This should be adopted by ALL theaters. Thanks Alamo
Theaters have to realize this is a major drag on their business. I've almost all but stopped going to midnight airings because of people who want to be the guy that makes the whole theater laugh. Shut up already. This should be adopted by ALL theaters. Thanks Alamo
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12:04AM on 06/07/2011

That was every kind of awesome

Believe me, there have been so many times when I wished I had a fire extinguisher to use on people who texted or talked on their fucking cellphone during a movie! I'll leave you to guess how I'd use that fire extinguisher . . . >:)
Believe me, there have been so many times when I wished I had a fire extinguisher to use on people who texted or talked on their fucking cellphone during a movie! I'll leave you to guess how I'd use that fire extinguisher . . . >:)
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11:16PM on 06/06/2011

I heart the Drafthouse.

One of the many benefits to living in Austin is being able to go to the best movie theater in the world, and this is just part of the reason why.

Of course, the best was when they took this video and turned it into a "no talking" PSA: [link]
One of the many benefits to living in Austin is being able to go to the best movie theater in the world, and this is just part of the reason why.

Of course, the best was when they took this video and turned it into a "no talking" PSA: [link]
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9:14PM on 06/06/2011

Background music very apropos

From The Ting Ting's "Shut up and let me go":
Shut up and let me go
This hurts I told you so
For the last time you will kiss my lips
Now shut up and let me go, hey!
From The Ting Ting's "Shut up and let me go":
Shut up and let me go
This hurts I told you so
For the last time you will kiss my lips
Now shut up and let me go, hey!
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8:50PM on 06/06/2011

*tear*

So beautiful.
So beautiful.
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8:18PM on 06/06/2011
FINALLY!!!!!
This is my kind of movie theater, take notes AMC! Open one in Philly!
FINALLY!!!!!
This is my kind of movie theater, take notes AMC! Open one in Philly!
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5:12PM on 06/06/2011

Good for those guys!


Cinema etiquette has really gone into the shitter over the last 10 years.

Everyone seems to think that they're in their freaking living room, so it's nice to see a theater get rid of these people and mock them.

If I lived in Austin, it'd be the only theater I'd go to.

Cinema etiquette has really gone into the shitter over the last 10 years.

Everyone seems to think that they're in their freaking living room, so it's nice to see a theater get rid of these people and mock them.

If I lived in Austin, it'd be the only theater I'd go to.
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5:11PM on 06/06/2011
WoW! They should put this on as a trailer before all their movies now :D great stuff indeed.
WoW! They should put this on as a trailer before all their movies now :D great stuff indeed.
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3:45PM on 06/06/2011

This just made my fucking day!

To EVERYONE who works @ the Alamo Drafthouse where this happened..Drinks are on me!
To EVERYONE who works @ the Alamo Drafthouse where this happened..Drinks are on me!
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3:43PM on 06/06/2011
One of the most awesome things ever. All theaters should make the drafthouses policies mandatory. I have never been there but I sure wish they would rub off on everyone else.
One of the most awesome things ever. All theaters should make the drafthouses policies mandatory. I have never been there but I sure wish they would rub off on everyone else.
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3:32PM on 06/06/2011
Was that a drunken Megan Fox?? I wish other theaters would man up and follow suit, hopefully dickheads would get the message. Bouncers at the door would be a nice addition.
Was that a drunken Megan Fox?? I wish other theaters would man up and follow suit, hopefully dickheads would get the message. Bouncers at the door would be a nice addition.
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3:24PM on 06/06/2011
A guy answered his phone while sitting beside me during x-men first class. big mistake. I said "seriously?" and he quickly hung up.

I cant believe how bad its getting with cell phones in theaters. people have no respect. Everybody payed to see a movie and be taken away from reality for a while. I don't care how discreet you are, when I see light from a cell phone it takes me out of the film and fills me with anger.
A guy answered his phone while sitting beside me during x-men first class. big mistake. I said "seriously?" and he quickly hung up.

I cant believe how bad its getting with cell phones in theaters. people have no respect. Everybody payed to see a movie and be taken away from reality for a while. I don't care how discreet you are, when I see light from a cell phone it takes me out of the film and fills me with anger.
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3:16PM on 06/06/2011
That was about 15,000 different kinds of awesome. Alamo Drafthouse was def looking out for its customers. Thats why they kicked her out.
That was about 15,000 different kinds of awesome. Alamo Drafthouse was def looking out for its customers. Thats why they kicked her out.
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9:17PM on 06/06/2011
That girl definitely hasn't heard of "ushers," if she was indeed looking for her seat.
That girl definitely hasn't heard of "ushers," if she was indeed looking for her seat.
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