In Dark PSA, Director Richard Linklater Suggests Radical Steps for Dealing with Texters in Cinemas

At the Alamo Draft­house cin­e­mas, they don’t mess around. They tell you right on their web site, “We have a zero-tol­er­ance pol­i­cy towards talk­ing and tex­ting dur­ing the movie. If you talk or text, you will receive one warn­ing. If it hap­pens again, you will be kicked out with­out a refund.” And they appar­ent­ly mean it. Want some proof? Here’s Exhib­it A — a clip that mocks a cus­tomer who appar­ent­ly got kicked out of their “crap­py” the­ater in Austin, Texas for tex­ting. Then there’s Exhib­it B above — a sar­don­ic Alamo Draft­house video fea­tur­ing indie film­mak­er Richard Lin­klater sug­gest­ing rad­i­cal steps for deal­ing with the type of peo­ple found in Exhib­it A. It’s all a bit of dark humor (of course). But here’s some­thing that’s not a joke. You can watch Lin­klater’s break­through 1991 film, Slack­er, free online. You can also hear the Texas native talk about his new film Boy­hood on Fresh Air here.

Part­ing words: Don’t mess with Texas, par­tic­u­lar­ly film­mak­ers in Texas.

via Gawk­er/@Sheerly

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Watch Free Online: Richard Linklater’s Slack­er, the Clas­sic Gen‑X Indie Film

An Anti, Anti-Smok­ing Announce­ment from John Waters

David Lynch’s Unlike­ly Com­mer­cial for a Home Preg­nan­cy Test (1997)

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  • Adrian Horn says:

    I thought he was going to sug­gest shoot­ing spit­balls, but this will work too.

  • JSintheStates says:

    I have no sym­pa­thy with Mobile Phone Addic­tion! (You heard it here first.) An acquain­tance of mine was work­ing on his PhD in Psy­chol­o­gy, and I sug­gest­ed that he should do his dis­ser­ta­tion on this grow­ing and annoy­ing neu­ro­sis; he was too busy deal­ing with his own (neu­roses). This cul­ture is self-obssessed with its own impor­tance. It’s about celebri­ty and noteri­ety; there is no sub­stance, just ado­ra­tion of the Third Wave mass­es! It is per­verse!

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