Alamo Drafthouse, a local chain of dine-and-screen movie theaters in Austin, Texas, has long waged a war against impolite moviegoers. And the latest customer to object to their firm rules against talking and texting during an evening out has become the unwitting star of a Public Service Announcement released by the company on Monday.
According to Tim League, the Drafthouse’s founder, the woman in question was warned twice about texting during a screening, and then, in accordance with company policy, was escorted out without a refund. “I don’t think people realize that it is distracting,” League told The Lookout. “It seems like nothing, but if you spend as much time as I do at the movies, you realize the entire theater sees it and it pulls you out of the movie experience. It’s every bit as intrusive as talking.”
However, the determined texter was not about to let the matter rest. She called up the Alamo Drafthouse and left a profanity-laced (and perhaps slightly inebriated) message decrying the theater’s policies. “Yeah, I was wondering if you guys actually enjoy treating your customers like a pieces of sh*t,” she opened, “Because that’s how I felt when I went to the Alamo Drafthouse!”
“So excuse me for using my phone, in USA magnited States of America” she raged, “where yer-you are free to text in a the-a-ter!”
But the theater (and its future patrons) are getting the last laugh. The Drafthouse took audio of the woman’s voicemail, transcribed it, and turned it into an in-house preview that warns theatergoers against cell phone use during movies. Given the former patron’s colorful language, they’ll only be screening it before R-rated films. We’ve embedded a clean version of the PSA below, with objectionable language beeped out:
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Did you all catch the texter’s definition of polite behavior? Being polite means letting her get away with selfishly annoying the bejeebers out of her fellow moviegoers as she defies movie theater rules and good courtesy for others.