Minnesota theater offers ‘tweet seats’ to let audience live tweet show

By Daniel S Levine,

A theater in Minneapolis announced earlier this week that it will offer ‘tweet seats’ to audience members who want to live tweet about performances from the theater.

According to The Huffington Post, the Guthrie Theater will offer balcony seats to social media addicts who want to share their thoughts on The Servant of Two Masters as the actors perform in front of them.

“If there were ever a Guthrie show to host Tweet Seats, it's The Servant of Two Masters," Guthrie External Relations Director Trish Santini said in a statement. “This cast is an incredible ensemble of comedians, and night after night they're riffing and improvising-it's the kind of show that makes you ask, ‘Did they just say that?' Usually they did-and tweeting should be a great way to talk about it.”

The tweet seats started this Thursday and will be available during the next three Thursday performances.

The Guthrie Theater isn’t actually the first to offer tweet seats. The Daily Mail notes that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera and New York’s Public Theater have all offered special seats for Twitter users.

Using cell phones and social media in a theater or at the movies is a touchy subject, since people often go to the theater to escape all that and hope to see the performances in peace. Still, some see it as a good way to encourage younger audience turn out.

“Texting is rude to the film creators,” Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse chain CEO wrote in July. “It is a slap in the face to every single creative professional who poured their lives into creating the film. When I am carrying on a mere casual conversation and someone whips out a phone to text while I am talking to them, I am offended. Imagine amplifying that to texting during a film which can take teams of thousands of people years to make.”

Let us know what you think in the comments. Is texting at the theater a good idea?



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