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!
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.
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.