There has been a long-raging debate on the topic of texting in theatres. Cinephiles are adamantly against the idea of pulling out your smartphone while watching a film, while those people with a severe case of FOMO don’t blink at the idea of in-cinema texting or tweeting. In his latest piece for The Wrap, Chris Davison has suggested one possible compromise between the two sides: segment your audience and designate screenings as either “texting” or “non-texting”.
This suggestion has caught the ire of Tim League, owner of the Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain. He has written an open letter stating why texting should never be allowed in cinemas. His argument breaks down to three points: