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Theater v. TV

Watching a movie in the theater versus watching a movie on television

Going to the movies is an event. You wait for weeks for a desired film to be released to your local *****aters. You consult the timetable in ***** local newspaper and attempt to coordinate 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 of seeing ano*****r film that ***** 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 ***** news. All of this informati***** will help answer the question: which film, of all the films showing in the theater, is most worthy of the great expense of time and money ***** is a requirement for go*****g to the movies tod*****y?

***** and 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 *****ing the *****ater, you all decide if ***** will 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 ***** candy and soda—and you pay dearly for ***** shiny ***** these snacks come in, which proudly declaim their promotional tie-ins ***** the film or with other *****s showing at 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, seem*****gly from everywhere. Loud, sarcastic commercials you never see on television assault your 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 ***** ***** friends and strangers around you. Larger than life, the narrative of 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 this unique artistic creation ***** assault your senses.

***** of the experience of *****ing that ***** film, years later, on television. Accidentally, while vacuuming the living room, you switch on the *****. The film ***** half***** through ***** first scene, not when the producer or direct***** desired the viewer to begin watching the characters. ***** only audience is you—or perhaps your spouse, half-watching the 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 of re-heated leftover meatloaf.

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

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