Voicemail of Selfish Person Complaining about Alamo’s “No Texting” Policy; Mondo Poster for AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY

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This weekend, I was given a harsh reminder of why I can’t go see movies on an opening night weekend.  Some friends wanted to see X-Men: First Class at the Regal Atlantic Station and since I wanted to see the flick again, I came along.  What followed was like a checklist of everything crappy about the moviegoing experience*.  For starters, multiple people had to go and track down an usher because the dumb projectionist had forgotten to turn the pre-show projector off so you could still see it on top of the trailers (which had no sound).  Then there was the requisite crying toddler (family film!), the clown who must share his humorous commentary with the theater, and finally, the texter.

I could see the guy texting, I politely asked him to turn off his phone, he laughed in my face, I had to go to guest services, they had to get security, I had to bring security to the seat, and they had to give him a warning.  If I hadn’t already seen the movie, I wouldn’t have done any of this and would have to suffer silently with another patron’s dickish behavior.  If you want to get into the mind of someone who is that fucking selfish, hit the jump for an angry Alamo customer (as she stresses) complaining that they kicked her out for texting.  There’s also an awesome new Mondo poster you can check out.

[Click here for a censored version of her curse-filled rant.]

This is a fascinating voicemail because of the sense of entitlement this person has.  She believes that because she bought a ticket, she is free to behave any way she wants.  She says that no one ever told her there was no texting, which I find hard to believe.  Not only is it common courtesy (which she clearly lacked), but even the Regal has a message to not talk or text during the movie (of course, it’s in a very calm, polite tone that’s almost a whisper so that the people who need to hear it are probably going to ignore it), so I’d be surprised if the Alamo didn’t make that policy exceedingly clear.  I also like how she believes that she’s the only person who is allowed to act how they want and that since no one complained to her, then it must be okay.

But back to my experience at Atlantic Station, I was surprised that enforcement doesn’t simply keep making the rounds in the theaters.  That’s what they’re on duty to do.  When I go to press screenings, they make it very clear that if they even so much as see a light, they will boot you from the theater (I’ve come to discover it’s an empty threat, but it does cut down on the number of people willing to risk it).  But the fact that other theater chains don’t bother implementing the Alamo’s zero-tolerance policy is absurd.

In happier news, Mondo will release a new poster this week to coincide with the DVD release of AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY.  The poster was designed by Ken Taylor, it measures 18×24, is limited to an edition of 200, and it goes on sale this Friday.


For those who don’t know about the Alamo Drafthouse:

The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood Studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website.

*I will say that the manager on duty, Victoria, was awesome.  I lost my ticket and broke out my Regal Crown Club card to try and prove that I had just purchased it (I couldn’t use my credit card as proof since I had paid for the ticket in cash).  The transaction hadn’t registered yet, but she believed my story and gave me a replacement ticket.  If everyone who worked at Atlantic Station that night was as cool as her, it would have been a better evening.

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  • jymmymack

    Matt, I love when you focus your anger for the greater good. For real, I hate texters, and I could certainly use some Goldberg ferocity when I hit the multiplex.

  • Ruari

    Matt, thank you so much for this article and topic. This is by far the best read I’ve had on Collider, period! I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t go see opening weekend movies for the same reasons. Some people just don’t understand common courtesy & manners….oh yeah…right, I forgot…cause most movie-goers are selfish pricks. Being a metro Atlanta resident, I also have to throw out there that I have yet to have a single good movie going experience at Regal Atlantic Station.

  • Clayton

    Great article, Matt. Movie texters, to me, are a confounding enigma. Why pay good money for something you’re not going to watch? The logic is baffling. Why turn on your phone when you know that a bright light is distracting in a dark room? The only explanations for these people is that they’re morons or assholes. And neither of these explanations deserves a seat.

  • vxx

    That caller must be from the DC area, home to the most self-centered, self-absorbed, me-first attitudes in the world.

  • Jay

    what a self entitled little brat, the sad part of the whole thing is she actually thinks the theater was wrong for kicking her out.

  • DarthDan

    Yeah… that Atlantic Station Regal, yikes.

    I was fortunate enough to get tix to the Star Wars: Clone Wars season 3 (The Night Sisters/Savage) showing in December and had to sit next to a mom with her 3 demonic children… Long story short, the mom gets up and leaves all 3 kids ALONE in the theater to go get drinks/food!

    SERIOUSLY?! So I go get Regal management and they don’t do shit…. sweet

  • MDBrown10

    as an avid movie goer, i have always seen the advertisement on the screen before the film starts to put away your phones. especially at the alamo draft house. i live in rosenberg, tx and travel 20 miles to get to the closest ADH cause that is the best movie going experience i have ever had. but, before the previews start, ADH puts on the screen an advert about be conscientious about others around you and keep from texting during the film or they will kill you, or just throw you out.

    it doesnt take rocket science to know that we all paid to be entertained by the film, not the blibbering asshole on the phone

  • Elitist Prick

    I don’t understand texting during movies. I mean, you paid $10 to see a movie, it’s not like you’re watching it on your own at home. Your text can wait so you can at least get your money’s worth.

  • CollidingDerps

    Uh….”DarthDan,” when you go to a children’s event, there are going to be children.
    Your complaint doesn’t count.

    • Bill Graham

      It does count, and your attitude is exactly why people continue to bring unruly children to a crowded theater where people paid MONEY to enjoy a film. I shouldn’t have to excuse poor public behavior, from kid or adult, because it is aimed at a younger audience.

      If you can’t control your kid during a film, don’t bring them. PERIOD. We aren’t your baby sitter. Wait til it comes out on DVD. If your kid can’t wait, perhaps it’s a good time to teach a valuable lesson about not always getting what you want. It’s accepted nowadays, which is a shame. If a kid is kicking the back of my chair during a film, I will complain and I will let him or her know I don’t like that.

      • DarthDan

        AMEN Bill… Amen, and thank you for your comment

        And it wasn’t that there were kids in the theater, I get that and totally understand. What got to me was the fact that this poor excuse for a mother left all 3 (under the age of 7) alone in a semi-crowded theater for at least 15 minutes.

        I have a 5 yr old daughter and you better believe that she understands the rules while at the theater..

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  • Bill Graham

    Also, as much as I WISH the advanced screenings were flawless examples of how patrons should act and managers should enforce their rules, it doesn’t always pan out that way. That’s because most advanced screenings with the press in attendance end up being filled in with members of the public. Yippee!

    The worst are the people in the front row, who think because they have very little chance of enjoying the film due to arriving too late, that no one will care if they whip out their phone and text their buddies how shitty the film looks from 15 feet away. If your phone lights up NEXT to the screen, it draws my attention.

    It’s just chaos out there these days. You really need to speak up to make sure people know it’s not acceptable behavior. The Drafthouse was a wonderful host for Fantastic Fest and they definitely have bite to their policies.

  • junierizzle

    Word. I hate going to the movies on opening nights or just a regular Friday night. I do love Midnight Screenings because I feel that the people that go to them are there because they really love movies. I know they won’t act like idiots. So far I haven’t had a bad Midnight Movie experience.

    I saw X-Men First Class at Midnight and it was a cool screening. I thought it would suck when the dude in front of me started texting on his big ass iphone screen. It was during the trailers. Luckily he put it away. I would have said something if he texted during the movie. He did glance at it quickly a couple of time though, douche. Watch the fucking movie!!

    The thing I hate the most are teenagers that go in groups just because it something to do. They laugh and giggle and like they are at a club or something.

  • Wilson

    As another Atlanta resident, I don’t bother with Atlantic Station either. I would gladly pay extra for my ticket to sit in a monitored theatre. I’m sick to death of the bastards and their crying babies, senseless chattering, and TEXTING. Sit still for just 2 hours. I promise nothing that important is happening that can’t wait for you.

  • Hugo

    Here in my country has come to the point where people become so idiotic with the cellphones and all that shit , so uneducated and just plain assholes that i rarely go to a movie theater to see a movie.
    Because of stupid idiotic numb nuts like this poor slow kid, who can’t seem to be capable of understanding the so incredible simple fact that YOU GO TO A MOVIE THEATER – ONLY – TO HEAR AND SEE A MOVIE.
    And nothing else, if you really can’t control yourself and can’t help but to be texting your friends about how great is gonna be the party afterward GET OUT OF THE THEATER because you clearly don’t give a shit about watching movies and you are BOTHERING those who came and pay to ENJOY such movie.
    The reality of the movie Idiocracy it’s been here from a long time people, no need to wait for “the future”.

  • Mib

    I know I probably shouldn’t, but I feel compelled to point out that just like all the entitled little brats I know, Angry Voice Mail Girl changes her story and lies to fit her purposes. What is it? Where you using your phone as a flash-light to find your seat or where you texting (just as you have in every other theater in Austin)? I wonder if her mother knows she eats with that mouth? What a turd!
    I think I’ll share this with all the teenagers in my life. Thanks.

  • Glenn

    Does she not understand that light travels? I’m pretty sure they teach that in schools. Just because she turned put her phone on silent doesn’t mean that it still wasn’t annoying anyone.
    I also think it’s hilarious that people pay x amount of dollars to sit in the theater and text. Really? You know you can do that for FREE at your house away from everyone, right?

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  • Mike

    It’s always funny when kids try to talk like adults. They just sound ridiculous. Or when dumb people use big words. It’s obvious that you are not the person you are portraying. Yelling and cussing but your the victim in this “free country.” Hahaha I remember being mocked by dumb bully kids when I was in elementary school. They would act like douche bags and then say it was a free country. Free to kick your ass out of their theater, you waste of life.

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