Going to the Movies (Updated)

** The original file has some sort of corruption at around the four minute mark. I spot check the first several seconds of the files before I send out the link. Not sure what happened but I apologize for the fault. ** 

Movie theater attendance has been trending down for decades, and took a near-fatal hit after Covid-19. So what are the big theater chains doing to get people back into seats? Why, encouraging them to use their cell phones more often! What could possibly go wrong?

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Fluffy Goat
December 21, 2023 6:07 AM

Hey Scot, I think carry a cell phone that way started w/ women holding their phone resting on top of their pushed up and squished together cleavage. Used to see that a lot in Los Angeles in the summer.

Fluffy Goat
December 21, 2023 6:05 AM

This is half the reason, well 1/3 of the reasons I don’t goto theaters.

Witty Fool
December 20, 2023 7:58 PM

A dear friend and I splurged to watch American Sniper at a fancy-pants theatre. We boldly ordered cocktails during the trailers. We ordered hors-d’oeuvres which were delivered as the show started…
What a mistake.
Stark poverty in some distant dusty country where children die for adult motives even we can’t understand..
Yeah, sure, you betcha. Top up that Mich Ultra [old-fashioned, margarita, chardonnay]..or NOT!!
Should have taken a selfie, I guess..

December 18, 2023 6:55 AM

(The Rumble/YouTube video is truncated but the SoundCloud audio is intact and complete. Being as you don’t actually need the video component to get this content that’s a satisfactory workaround.) I hardly ever go to a theater anymore. The last time was a couple years before COVID hit so that should put my enthusiasm for theater-going in perspective. I pretty much quit going to theaters because it’s an environment where one or two people can ruin a comparatively expensive experience for everyone else. I remember waiting for the first installment of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of… Read more »

Donald Lehoux
December 18, 2023 5:21 AM

there are “cell phone blockers” that block the signal of phones and that should be mandatory in ALL schools and movie theaters.

Reply to  Donald Lehoux
December 18, 2023 6:28 AM

I’d give that 100 “thumbs up” if I could.

David Pimentel
December 18, 2023 3:57 AM

Operator!? We was cut off! Room 321 please.

Keith Jackson
December 17, 2023 8:16 PM

Yep, an Asian and a black guy talking 4″ in.
Talk about not respecting boundaries!

Mark Holland
December 17, 2023 7:17 PM

4 min into video, got some kid playing video games live…

Chuck Kretzmann
December 17, 2023 6:48 PM

I see the audio only version is 14:41, but the video cuts off at 4 minutes. This is not just on Rumble and YouTube, but also on the new web site.

Glenn Daughenbaugh
Reply to  Chuck Kretzmann
December 17, 2023 7:13 PM

Same here

December 17, 2023 4:26 PM

no problem here

David Pimentel
Reply to  user-789
December 17, 2023 5:35 PM

Are you telling the rest of us that in your corner of the universe, the Rumble video is 14:41 minutes long? If so, then that streaming service has more problems than I previously imagined. Yikes!