Texting Madonna lucky to escape with only a ban
Cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse pulls no punches in its famous warnings to patrons not to talk or text in their theatres.PT1M52S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2vkmv 620 349 October 15, 2013
An American movie theatre boss takes his "no talking or texting during films" rule very seriously.
The Alamo Drafthouse Theatre chain in Texas banned for life none other than Madonna after she was allegedly caught texting through the New York Film Festival premiere of 12 Years A Slave.
In a showing of poor movie theatre etiquette, Madonna was texting away on her BlackBerry through the movie's first half.
Unlucky star: Madonna has been asked to apologise to movie fans. Photo: Eric Gaillard
Deadline Hollywood reports that when she was asked to stop, she said: "It's for business … ENSLAVER!"
Drafthouse CEO Tim League tweeted: "Until she apologises to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies @drafthouse."
He told Deadline Hollywood she's the first person, famous or otherwise, to be banned from his theatre chain based solely on bad behaviour.
"It's been my long stated position that it's inappropriate in any movie, let alone in a premiere type setting – and especially from someone in the business," he said.
Mr League's move may have started as a joke but he's sticking to it: "We actually did send a memo to all of our theatres letting them know that if she comes in to let her know she'll need to apologise and please change her ways."