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Theater v. TV

***** 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 released to your local *****aters. You consult the timetable in the local newspaper and attempt to coordinate the schedules of your various friends so you can all see the ***** at the same time. Then, you debate ***** merits ***** seeing the film, or of seeing another film that is al***** released on that very same day. Perhaps ***** have even watched ***** read some of the *****'s reviews, or saw an interview with the lead act***** or actress on the local news. All ***** th***** informati***** will help *****swer the question: which film, of all the *****s showing in the theater, is most worthy of the great expense of time and money that is a requirement for go*****g to the movies tod*****y?

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

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

Think of the experience of seeing that ***** film, years later, on television. Accidentally, while vacuuming ***** living room, you switch on the television. The film begins halfway through ***** first scene, ***** when the producer or director desired the viewer to begin watching the characters. ***** only audience is you—or perhaps your spouse, half-watching ***** ***** ***** the kitchen, where he or she is fixing him ***** herself a snack. The microwave whirrs as the characters speak. You smell the familiar odor of re-heated leftover meatloaf.

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


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