Texting Will Be Encouraged For Tulsa Movie Screening

Wednesday, September 21st 2011, 5:46 pm
By: News On 6

Rick Wells, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Most movie theaters discourage cell phones and texting, but this weekend the Circle Cinema in Tulsa is doing just the opposite - texting is encouraged, almost required.

Anybody remember Mystery Science theater 3000? Take that concept of talking back to the lame movie on the screen and add texting, and you have what's coming to Tulsa this weekend.

"It's kind of been dubbed heckle-vision," said Josh Peck.

Peck is responsible for bringing the technology here. Audience members are encouraged to text comments about the movie or about other comments, and they'll show up on the screen for everyone to see.

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The movie for this weekend is Napoleon Dynamite. It's almost a cult film now; lots of folks have seen it many times.

"It's so uncomfortable. It just begs to be texted about," Peck said. "We are not going to allow any verbal heckling. This is text heckle only."

The really ironic thing: Josh Peck is a non texter.

"I've never sent a text in my life," Peck said.

He says although it's a midnight movie and there'll be no kids, he says use your head.

"in some of the other screenings, there are thousands and thousands of texts during the movie," he said.

Power up your cell phones!

The pro-texting movie is at the Circle Cinema Friday and Saturday at midnight.