Joe tipped me off to a great article in the Wall Street Journal Online, Who Wrecked the Movies?. The story talks about the problems with theater attendance and slowing DVD sales, but this caught my eye:
Ultimately, though, the worst thing that ever happened to movies happened when audiences began treating theaters like their living rooms. Their chatter destroyed the essential thrill of sitting in the dark sampling the Zeitgeist with hundreds of other people.
So here's a message to Hollywood: You want us back? Bring back the usher. Not clueless, giggling teenagers but real ones, scary ones, like the chap in the picture above. The meaner the better, too, with full powers to evict talkers and other noisemakers. With an army of ushers, who will need roadblocks?
I hate it when people talk in the theater, and I miss the days of flashlight-toting ushers (and reasonably priced snacks). What do you think theaters will have to do to bring us back?