Have you ever asked a theater manager to turn the volume down?

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  1. Arthur S

    Arthur S Cinematographer

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    A woman I dated did just that and the volume was turned down. It was still more than loud enough.

    Did someone say "reference level"? I thought so.
     
  2. greg_t

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    Most of the time I want it turned up. When I saw JP3 this summer, it was so low that it lacked impact. The only time I remember thinking a movie was too loud was when I saw U571. The bass during the depth charge scenes nearly blew my head off.
     
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    No...

    But I had partial season tickets to the San Jose Sharks hockey team for a few years a while back. Each year, if you listened for it, they cranked the volume just a little bit more.

    Now, loud rock music during a hockey game is kind of cool, but with the crap sound system they had, and the acoustics in the arena, it really got quite bad. So in a survey one year, I mentioned it that it was getting too loud.

    Now I don't know if it was me, or me and a bunch of others complaining, but the volume has since been reduced to a more "distortion free" level.
     
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    By me, it's usually the opposite. They have to turn it up!!!! The Damn Sony theater always plays the audio to low!!!! Maybe I need to have my ears checked though [​IMG]
     
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    I did...I even remember the movie: Hunt for Red October.
    Now...if there was some way to turn down the people behind me, I would do that all the time.
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    I don't think I ever wanted a movie turned down but I sure have wanted a concert turned down. They blast the music so loud at times it really uncomfortable.

    Bob
     
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    I asked to turn Gladiator up. I should have asked to turn Harry Potter down.
     
  8. Thomas_Berg

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    well the director intended it to be viewed at reference level, so i say if it's too loud, LEAVE! i know thats harsh, but it takes away from the viewing experience. you should watch movies at reference level just like you should watch them in widescreen instead of P&S.
     
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    The re-release of Star Wars (which had the loudest trailer I'ver ever heard - Dante's Peak) was disgustingly loud but I didn't ask to turn it down. The theater was showing off it's brand new DD system methinks.

    I like loud in general and hate when other people whine or gripe about it, so I wasn't about to be a hypocrite.
     
  10. Steve-T

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    I have never requested an adjustment for the simple reason that I do not want to miss any of the movie. Once I realize there is a problem it is too late. Usually the need is to turn up the volume. I had heard that many had requested to turn the volume down at one of my favorite theaters at the Irvine Spectrum, I thought the sound was great. Problem is most theaters have no reference level settings it seems, or they ignore it. THX theaters are rare(I assume having the designation would insure a reference level experience). Due to the lack of uniformity in theaters, I am increasingly staying away from theaters these days. Not to mention other distrations.
     
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    I've never asked to turn down the volume, coz i dont want to miss the movie, but once i had to ask them to turn down the a/c. it must've been 65 degrees in there![​IMG]
     
  12. Tim Holmes

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    I just recently asked for the sound to be turned down. I was fortunate enough to be so overwhelmed during the credits that I was able to ask before the movie, Harry Potter, started.

    The trailers were so loud as to be painful.

    It was noticeably quieter soon after I asked, so they responded, and the movie was all the better for it.

    Tim H.
     
  13. John Geelan

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    Never asked that a movie be turned down but I did leave a theater to tell the manager that the film was out of focus.

    It was giving me a headache, one side of the screen was slightly blurry and no one in the theater noticed??

    So after I told the manager, the film got focused and was easier to watch (the film was Recess Out a kids movie).

    I do notice that some trailers before a film are too loud.

    Also I attend SJU Basketball games and they were cranking the Big Bass Music a little too much the last few years.

    Last season it was better, maybe someone complained.

    JohnG
     

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