Friday, August 12, 2005

ALONE IN THE CROWD Via Kevin Drum, 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN director Judd Apatow recently aired an interesting observation:
Thanks to the small tweaks, the movie was playing better than ever, even in a stadium-seating multiplex, which Apatow is convinced hurts comedies because he believes laughter doesn't easily reverberate and spread in a steeply pitched auditorium.
Is it true? Does stadium seating break up the audience in a way that undermines the communal nature of the moviegoing experience?

I haven't been in a stadium-seating theater in--literally--years. But I think I have a sense of what Apatow's getting at.

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