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Theater v. TV

***** a movie in the theater 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 theaters. You consult the timetable in the ***** newspaper and attempt ***** coord*****ate the schedules of your various friends so you can all see ***** ***** at the same time. Then, you debate ***** merits of *****ing the 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 ***** th***** informati***** will help ********** the question: which film, of all the *****s showing in the theater, is most worthy of the great expense ***** ***** and money that is a requirement for go*****g to the movies *****day?

***** and your friends enter the movie theater as a group, perhaps not dressed in your *****st clothes, but dressed ***** the night out ***** is sure to follow afterwards. Before entering the *****ater, you all decide if you ***** be hungry during the picture for snacks. The ***** 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 the shiny boxes these snacks come in, which proudly declaim their promotional tie-ins with the film or ***** other ********** showing at the the*****er.

Your ***** enters the darkened theater. The lights dim, and the collective audience you all have become a p*****rt of hushes in anticipation. The sounds of the movie theater envelop you, seemingly from everywhere. Loud, sarc*****tic commercials you never see on television assault your ears. Then promotions for other films crackle across the screen. Finally, the ***** begins and you laugh, sigh, or cry. Every emotion ***** feel is influenced by ***** reactions ***** ***** friends and strangers around you. Larger than life, the narrative of the 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 to assault your senses.

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

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


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