Bad Ideas: Some Theaters In China Allow Moviegoers To Text Messages On Screen

August 22, 2014


Some theaters in China are experimenting with "bullet screens," a service that allows moviegoers to text messages on screen while the movie is playing. You know, because I care what the person next to me is thinking. God willing, they'll at least have their phones on dim and silent. But I doubt it. *spams screen with emoticon penises*

If you're sensitive to people using their cellphones during a movie, then going to the movie theater in China would be far from relaxing experience. Rows of underlit faces and chiming ringtones punctuate the show, despite requests asking patrons to turn their phones before the movie begins.

The inspiration behind the idea appears to be that it mimicks that of watching a movie on mobile media, which is how most Chinese people watch films, with people sending messages about what they like or dislike about the movie.

"People like it right now, as it's a new thing,"...."In the long term, it might affect people's concentration. We are trying to continue with some bullet screen activities and play some films that young people like. Time will tell."

My God that sounds awful. A movie with constant text messages appearing about what the other people in the theater like and don't like about the movie? You know what that sounds like? "The world's shittiest episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000?" EXACTLY.

Thanks to Lindby, who prefers to be the only one in the theater. Same.

  • zin

    I'm ok with this, it's not like there are any movies worth your full attention nowadays anyway.

  • Elizabeth Randy


    $­­­­­­­­­83/hr on the 

  • zin

    What's that? You're breaking apart.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Surely it'll be 90% penis emoticons..?

  • OrehRatiug

    Can't wait for people who have already seen the movie and go again to post major spoilers on screen.

  • The_Wretched

    That'd make it that much harder to read the subtitles.

  • James Zachary Swartz

    The worst part is that I can't read chinese.

  • YipYap

    That would be one less reason to go see a movie in public. Watching movies at home gets better and better all the time.

  • MustacheHam

    Unless you have that one relative who just looooooveesss to talk during the movie and you find it very hard to tell them to stop. <:D

  • Bubbubsky

    Yep, when you look at the quality of high def TVs, HD movie availability, a bathroom that is readily available, inexpensive food....who would go to a movie in the theater at this point? There are certain movies that need to be seen on the big screen, but the problem is, you have to be around morons while watching them.

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