An empty theater is bad for movie houses, but good for me.

With attendance steadily decreasing, specialty movie houses around the country are closing up shop. The corporate chains aren’t faring much better. Naturally, a fair amount of discourse has arisen as to what could be behind the public’s apparent insouciance toward moviegoing. Conventional wisdom points to a number of contributing factors, but if you ask me, one needs to look no further than the behavior of contemporary audiences. I’ve never understood the need for exhibitors to run a disclaimer telling people to be silent during a movie. Such would seem to go without saying. And yet, exhibitors large and small—from AMC Theaters to our own Music Box—spend an ample amount of time reminding audiences to please turn of all cell phones and electronic devices and to refrain from conversation. But this almost never works.