October 21, 2013
American cinema chain proposes ‘texting aisle’ reserved for mobile phone-using movie fans
According to The Independent, AMC is among a number of chains exploring options to allow people to text without disturbing other audience-members.
An American cinema chain has come up with a novel idea of how to deal with the much-debated problem of people texting on their phones during a film.
Traditionally the reserve of rowdy teenagers and amorous couples, the back row of AMC’s 400 cinemas across North America could soon become the designated “texting aisle”.
Complete with soundproofing and barriers to shield the glow of small screens from those concentrating on the big one, the special zone would cater for those movie-goers who can’t bear to be detached from the wider world for more than 10 minutes.
AMC said it was looking into the scheme as a way to cut down on mobile phone use throughout the rest of the auditorium, according to reports in The Sunday Times, though it said it had no plans to introduce similar measures at its branch in Manchester.
The newspaper said two other chains, Regal Entertainment and Imax, are also exploring different ways to let people text during films without upsetting other audience-members.
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