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Theater v. TV

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

***** to the movies is an event. You wait for weeks for a desired film to be rele*****sed 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 ***** film at the same time. Then, you debate ***** merits ***** *****ing the film, or of seeing another film that is 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 ac*****r or actress on the local news. All ***** th***** inf*****mation will help *****swer *****e question: which film, of all the films showing in the theater, is most worthy of the great expense of ***** and money ***** is a requirement for go*****g to the movies *****day?

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

Your ***** enters the darkened theater. The lights dim, and the collective audience you all have *****come a part of hushes in anticipation. The sounds ***** the movie theater envelop *****, seemingly from everywhere. Loud, sarcastic commercials you never see on television assault your ears. Then promotions ***** other films crackle across the screen. Finally, the ***** begins ***** you laugh, sigh, or cry. Every emotion ***** feel is influenced by the reactions of ***** 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 *****r eyes in exactly the way the *****makers desired this unique artistic creation ***** assault your senses.

Think of the experience of ***** that same film, years later, on television. Accidentally, while vacuuming ***** living room, you switch on the television. The ***** ***** half***** through the first scene, ***** when the producer or direct***** 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 or herself a snack. The microwave whirrs as the characters speak. You smell the familiar odor ***** re-heated leftover meatloaf.

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


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