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Chris Hicks: The most frustrating thing about watching quiet movies in theaters

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  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    April 18, 2017 11:05 a.m.

    I've done the ear-plugs thing. I've asked for volume reduction with mixed results.

    My next step is to violate theater policy and use my cell phone with Decibel 10 installed so I have the numbers to show with my next request.

    Thanks for a partial list of quiet movies -- we need more!

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2017 5:20 p.m.

    As if one needed another reason to patronize independent nonprofit arthouse theaters. Besides generally running quieter fare (including A United Kingdom and The Zookeeper's Wife), the physical layout of the Broadway-- three theaters on either side of the lobby-- minimizes the opportunity for sound to bleed through the walls. There aren't that many shared walls. And Tower patrons are unlikely to be disturbed by the hiss of the espresso machine at the coffee shop next door.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 17, 2017 12:59 p.m.

    I take ear plugs to the theater these days. I once received a round of applause from others in the theater when I went out and asked that the volume be turned down -- and it was.

    I had noticed others holding their hands over their ears while previews were playing. I stood up, used a little sign language to ask it they wanted the volume down. There was a sea of thumbs up. So I went and asked. By the time I returned, the volume had dropped by about 50 decibels, and so the ovation.

    Another time, I went out and asked if volume could be cut only to be told, "You're the only one who has complained. People expect exciting sound in movies."

    At least they didn't give me an argument when I asked for a refund. I found the same movie at another -- quieter -- theater and really enjoyed it. I've never been back to the loud place.