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Theater v. TV

Watching a movie in the theater 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 theaters. You consult the timetable in the ***** newspaper and attempt ***** coordinate the schedules of your various friends so you can all see ***** ***** at the same time. Then, you debate the merits of *****ing ***** film, or ***** seeing another film that is al***** released on that very same day. Perhaps you have even watched or read some of the film's reviews, or saw an interview with the lead actor or actress on the local news. All ***** 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 ***** ***** money that is a requirement for going to the movies tod*****y?

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

Your group enters the darkened *****. The lights dim, and ***** 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. Then promotions ***** other films crackle across the screen. Finally, the picture begins and you laugh, sigh, or cry. Every emotion you feel is influenced by the reactions of your 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 f***** ill, the film flashes by your eyes in exactly the way the *****makers desired ***** unique artistic creation ***** assault your senses.

***** of the experience of ***** ***** same film, years later, on television. Accidentally, while vacuuming the living room, you switch on ***** *****. The ***** ***** half***** through the first scene, ***** when the producer or direct***** desired the viewer to begin watching the characters. ***** only audience is you—or perhaps ***** spouse, half-watching ***** ***** from 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 lights of your living ***** are bright overhead, but you watch off and on, ***** you vacuum the living room. Occasionally, other sounds from the house interrupt the action on screen. A touching


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