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Theater v. TV

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

Going 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 to coordinate the schedules of your various friends so you can all see ***** film at the same time. Then, you debate the merits of *****ing ***** *****, or of seeing another film that is also released on that very same day. Perhaps ***** have even watched or read some of the ********** reviews, or saw an interview with the lead ac*****r ***** actress on the local news. All of th***** information will help answer *****e question: which film, of all the films showing in the theater, is most worthy of the great expense ***** ***** and money that is a requirement for going to the movies *****day?

***** ***** your friends enter the movie ***** 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 ***** ***** be hungry during the picture for snacks. The snacks they serve at the ***** counter are special, unlike the food at your home—neon popcorn, impossibly large boxes of candy and soda—and you pay dearly for the shiny ***** these ***** come in, which proudly declaim their promotional tie-ins ***** the film or with other ***** showing at the theater.

Your ***** enters the darkened *****. The lights dim, and the collective audience you all have *****come a part of hushes in anticipation. The sounds ***** the movie theater envelop *****, seem*****gly from everywhere. Loud, sarcastic commercials you never see on television assault ********** ears. ********** promotions for other films crackle across the screen. Finally, the ***** 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 ***** ***** film spirals be*****e the hushed (or noisy) spectators from beginning to end. For good or f***** ill, the ***** flashes by *****r eyes in exactly the way the filmmakers desired this unique artistic creation ***** assault your senses.

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

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


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