Silence is Obsolete: Ex Google Exec Wants to Reinvent Movie Theaters So He Can Live-Tweet


The movie-going experience is sacred for many people. Mandatory silence is standard for the viewing experience as the lights dim and the film starts. The chirping of a ringtone is all it takes sometimes to snap the audience out of their reverie as they watch the story unfolding in front of them.

Challenge these conventional expectations, ex Google employee and current venture capitalist Hunter Walk has better ideas on how to enjoy going to the multiplex. In a blog post published yesterday, the exec divulged a series of desires to enhance the silver screen with a second screen experience.

He’d love to be able to have more wi-fi to live tweet. Walk wants to be able to browse through the cast list or focus on his work while Superman soars through space.


The Vassar grad insists that the second screen option would entice younger customers. Despite this, he was met with some skepticism from quite a few people. The Dissolve’s Matt Singer refutes Walk’s ideas, saying the theater experience is sacred and people who want to surf the web should watch at home.

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Many people still value the peace and quiet that envelops them in a theater. Being able to do all of these actions essentially eliminates the purpose. It’s hard to enjoy viewing giant robots duking it out when a computer tech is playing Candy Crush next to you.

The Alamo Drafthouse chain of theaters is notorious for enforcing a strict “no noise” rule. Hopefully other franchises will adopt this soon.

Angry Voicemail We Got From an Alamo Drafthouse CustomerWe do not tolerate people that talk or text in the theater. In fact, before every film we have several warnings on screen to prevent such happenings. Occasionally, someone doesn't follow the rules, and we do, in fact, kick their asses out of our theater. This video is an actual voicemail from a woman that…2011-06-04T01:09:20.000Z

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