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volume controls

theater seats should have volume controls in the armrests
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I think that seats in movie theaters should have volume controls along with individual headsets. If a moviegoer thinks that the volume of a movie is too loud or too soft that person can control it. Such a control can come in handy if a theater is too crowded for a moviegoer to change seats.

Such an innovation would be handy when people begin to get really concerned about the effects of noise on their hearing. I believe that some concerts already encourage or require some people who attend to wear earplugs to protect their hearing, and headsets with volume controls might also help those who are concerned about their hearing.

JoeBader1, Aug 18 2001

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       Depends entirely on what kind of movie... if you're watching tombraider you WANT the seats to vibrate :)
valkyroo, Aug 18 2001
  

       Headsets in a theater defeat the purpose of seeing a movie in a communal environment. If you want complete control, stay home.
iuvare, Aug 21 2001
  

       //I thought the purpose was to see the movie on a big screen.//
Yes, and with a sound system that is all-encompassing…but that’s obvious, innit?
  

       My point is that, aside from the obvious reasons listed above, another aspect of seeing a movie in a theater is taking a journey with strangers and experiencing the same emotions with them. It’s nice to hear collective screams during scary moments, laughs during funny ones, sniffles during heart-wrenching moments, etc. In short, if only for two hours, the theater becomes an extended family. Kind of nice, I think.   

       Do you also look forward to empty amusement parks?
iuvare, Aug 21 2001
  

       I agree with waugsqueke - much prefer it when the theater is empty or near empty. And yes, iuvare, I would also look forward to empty amusement parks.   

       In general, more people=less enjoyment. People ruin everything.   

       The only reasons to go to a movie at a theater are the big screen and the soundsystem.   

       The original poster can, following his own suggestion, just wear earplugs.
quarterbaker, Aug 21 2001
  

       Same here. Iuvare, if people did only that, <sniffly at sad, laugh at funny, etc> it wouldn't be a problem. But they talk on cellphones or bitch at their screeching kids or say 'Look! He's going to...' or 'This part is great, the killer jumps out of the closet in a minute...' etc.   

       In short, if people weren't inconsiderate idiots, having a theatre full would be fine.
StarChaser, Aug 25 2001
  

       Perhaps volume controls on the other members of the audience are what's really needed.
-alx, Aug 25 2001
  

       Amusement parks are deliberately designed to have long lines. This is because they 'generate excitement' about the ride, and appeal to people's herding instincts.   

       Having said that, haven't some places introduced a system where you can pick up a ticket with a timestamp which allows you to go back to the ride later and not queue?
-alx, Aug 27 2001
  

       What alx said on 8/25.   

       How strange. I frequent movie theaters all over the so called "film capital of the world" (Hollywood, Santa Monica, Century City, Burbank, Pasadena...) and I can't remember the last time I had a movie interrupted by crying babies, cell phones, etc.   

       Nevertheless, it's an issue of personal preference, so all your points are well taken. If people are such a nuisance then perhaps those in favor of public-places-with-less-people should stay home and spend more time online.   

       [alx, regarding timestamps: Disneyland recently instituted the "fastpass" system: it allows you to get on a ride at a specific time later on in the day.]
iuvare, Aug 27 2001
  
      
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