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Theater v. TV

Watching a mo*****ie in the *****ater versus watching a movie on televisi*****

***** to the movies is an event. You wait for weeks for a desired film to be rele*****sed to your local theaters. You consult the timetable in ***** ***** newspaper and attempt ***** coord*****ate the schedules of your various friends so you can all see ***** ***** at the same time. Then, you debate ***** merits of seeing the film, or of seeing another film that is also released on that very same day. Perhaps ***** have even watched ***** read some of the film's reviews, or saw an interview with the lead actor or actress on the local news. All of this inf*****mation will help answer the question: which film, of all the ********** showing in the theater, is most worthy of the great expense of time ***** money that is a requirement for go*****g to the movies *****day?

***** and your friends enter the movie theater as a group, perhaps not dressed in your ********** clothes, but dressed ***** the night out that is sure to follow afterwards. Before entering the theater, you all decide if you ***** be hungry during the picture for snacks. The snacks they serve at the ***** counter are special, unlike the food at *****r home—neon popcorn, impossibly large boxes of ********** and soda—and you pay dearly for the shiny boxes these ***** come in, which proudly declaim their promotional tie-ins ***** the film or with other films showing at the theater.

Your ***** enters the darkened *****ater. The lights dim, and the collective audience you all have be***** a p*****rt of hushes in anticipation. The sounds ***** the movie theater envelop you, seemingly from everywhere. Loud, sarcastic commercials you never see on television assault your ears. ********** promotions ***** other ***** crackle across the screen. Finally, the ***** begins and you laugh, sigh, or cry. Every emotion you feel is influenced by the reactions of ***** friends and strangers around you. Larger than life, ***** narrative of the film spirals before the hushed (or noisy) spectators from beginning to end. For good or for ill, the ***** flashes by *****r eyes in exactly the way the filmmakers desired this unique artistic creation to assault your senses.

***** ***** the experience of seeing that ***** film, years later, on television. Accidentally, while vacuuming ***** living room, you switch on the *****. The ***** ***** half***** through ***** first scene, not when the producer or director desired the viewer to begin watching the characters. ***** only audience is you—or perhaps ***** spouse, half-watching ***** screen ***** the kitchen, where he or she is fixing him or herself a snack. The microwave whirrs as ***** characters speak. You smell the familiar odor ***** re-heated leftover meatloaf.

The ***** of your living ***** are bright overhead, ***** you watch off and on, as you vacuum the living room. Occasionally, other sounds from the house interrupt the action on *****. A touching


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