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Theater v. TV

***** a movie in the *****ater versus watching a ***** on television

Going to the movies is *****n event. You wait for weeks for a desired film to be released 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 the ***** at the same time. Then, you debate the merits of seeing ***** film, or of seeing another film that ***** 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 ***** this informati***** will help answer the question: which film, of all the *****s showing in the theater, is most worthy of the great expense ***** time and money that is a requirement for going to the movies *****day?

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

Your group enters the darkened theater. The lights dim, and the collective audience you all ***** be***** a part of hushes in anticipation. The sounds of the movie theater envelop *****, seemingly from everywhere. Loud, sarcastic commercials you never see on television assault your ears. Then promotions for other films crackle across the screen. Finally, the picture begins and you laugh, sigh, or cry. Every emotion ***** feel is influenced by the reactions of your friends and strangers around you. Larger than life, the narrative ***** the film spirals be*****e 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.

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

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


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