The Alamo Drafthouse has a way more effective anti-talking/texting warning than 'Silence is Golden'

Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse, which EW has named the best movie theater in America, has a strict no talking policy dating back to 1997, which also prohibits patrons from texting. Recently, a moviegoer kept texting after two warnings, and she was ejected from the theater without a refund, as per the theater’s policy. She left the theater an angry, expletive-filled voicemail — which it has now turned into a “Don’t Talk or Text” PSA that will be played in front of all of its R-rated movies this weekend. Brilliant. Below, you’ll find the bleeped version. (Play the uncensored version here.) This is a friendly PopWatch reminder that the light on your cellphone IS a distraction for those seated around you, no matter what kind of movie you’re watching (popcorn or Oscar contender), how bad it is, or how quickly you can move your thumbs. And to this caller, who says she’s texted in every other theater in Austin and no one minded — they did. 

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  • Brad

    Alamo Drafthouse is my god.

    • JAM

      AGREED! This place is top of my list for Awesome places to visit.

    • LOL


    • Laurie

      I have witnessed this in person at the AD in Houston. Too idiot girls talked for about 10 minutes about nothing while also texting. They got one usher warning and then they both got booted. Huzzah Alamo Huzzah!

    • Jeff

      I can’t believe all of you rubes are falling for this fake viral video.

      • Justin

        You are I’ll mistaken. This is the real deal.

  • Ed


  • Kristi

    Awesome, seriously. This makes me want to go to Austin just to visit this theater.

    I went to see Hangover 2 recently and there was a couple there with their toddlers. As if that weren’t bad enough, the mom pulled out her phone and started taking pictures of her kids with the flash on during the movie!

    • Lisa London

      Are you serious? There was also a small kid at my screening of the Hangover 2. Because it’s such a great kids movie…! I don’t get parents sometimes.

      • Meli

        That can’t be any worse than the time I went to see ‘Natural Born Killers’ and there was a 5-year-old in the theatre with his parents. I bet the parents had no clue why their kid started having nightmares afterward, either.

  • Movie Goer

    Gah, I love Texas!

  • MiaS


  • Sara

    Amen, yo. I hate chronic texters in general, but I hate them the most in movie theatres.

  • Jessica S.

    I think “awesome” sums this up nicely.

  • nich

    Damn that was great! Texters annoy me more than talkers. Talkers will get shushed. No one says anything to texters.

    • ccp

      i miss Alamo Drafthouse! We need one in NYC.

  • Kelmar

    I wish there was an Alamo Drafthouse close to me so I could give them my business, just for this!

  • Manditextsintheaters

    Brilliant? Go talk to M16.

  • Mike

    This is brilliant. I haven’t gone to one movie the last couple of years (and I only go to a handful every year because people these days simply don’t know how to be considerate) that there wasn’t at least one person texting throughout the whole move. If you are SO important that you have to text non-stop, then maybe you shouldn’t be in a movie theater. In fact, maybe you shouldn’t leave your house.

  • Carrie

    Alamo Drafthouse FTW!

  • Monty

    I so badly wanted to yell at all of the people who were texting/checking their phones during X-Men this weekend. I just don’t have what it takes i guess. I wish AMC would do this…

  • Laurie

    I think she really needs to adhere more to the no talking rule than the no texting rule: “Magnited States of America”? Okay then…

    • Sara

      Perhaps she meant “Maglite-ed”, for all that light she’s flashing…

      • Davad


  • Mae

    i wish i had this girl’s number to tell her that she did bug when texting at every other theatre in town.

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