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Theater v. TV

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

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

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

Your group enters the darkened *****. The lights dim, and the collective audience you all have be***** a part of hushes in anticipation. The sounds of the movie theater envelop you, seemingly from everywhere. Loud, sarcastic commercials you never see on television assault *****r 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 the reactions of your friends and strangers around you. Larger than life, ***** narrative ***** the film spirals before the hushed (or noisy) spectators from beginning to end. For good or for ill, the film flashes by your eyes in exactly the way the ********** desired ***** unique artistic creation to assault your senses.

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

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


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