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Theater v. TV

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

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 the local newspaper and attempt to coord*****ate the schedules of your various friends so you can all see the ***** at the same time. Then, you debate ***** merits of seeing the film, or ***** seeing ano*****r film that is 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 ***** news. All of this inf*****mation will help *****swer the question: which film, of all the ********** showing in the theater, is most worthy of the great expense ***** time and money that is a requirement for go*****g to the movies today?

***** and your friends enter the movie ***** as a group, perhaps not dressed in ***** *****st clothes, but dressed ***** the night out ***** is sure to follow afterwards. Before enter*****g the theater, you all decide if you ***** 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 of ********** and soda—and you pay dearly for ***** shiny ***** these snacks come in, which proudly declaim their promotional tie-ins ***** the film or with other films showing at the the*****er.

Your ***** enters the darkened theater. The lights dim, and the collective audience you all have become a part of hushes in anticipation. The sounds of the movie ***** envelop *****, seemingly from everywhere. Loud, sarcastic commercials you never see on television assault *****r ears. *****n promotions ***** other ***** 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 *****r eyes in exactly the way the *****makers desired this 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 ***** ***** half***** through the first scene, not when the producer or direc*****r desired the viewer to begin watching the characters. The only audience is you—or perhaps ***** spouse, half-watching the screen ***** 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 ***** of your living room 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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