Theater Bans Madonna After Texting Incident
She's not welcome at the Alamo Drafthouse
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2013 10:03 AM CDT
In this May 19, 2013 file photo, Madonna accepts the award for top touring artist at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Madonna made headlines last week for texting while watching the premiere of 12 Years a Slave at the New York Film Festival. And as a result, she's not welcome ... at a theater chain based in Texas. The CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse chain, known for its awesome no-talking-no-texting rules, tweeted Friday: "Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies @drafthouse."

Tim League tells Entertainment Weekly he is indeed serious about the ban, but added, "I don't think it really affects her life that much." He says the whole thing started out as a joke and a way of pointing out that texting while watching movies is rude, but "now that it seems to have taken hold, sure, I’m going to enforce it." Click to see how Madonna responded when she was called out on her texting.

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Oct 15, 2013 4:01 PM CDT
Way to go Drafthouse! Keep up the good work! When I pay to see a movie and someone is constantly texting - it is just annoying!
Oct 14, 2013 7:12 PM CDT
Thank you Drafthouse! I get tired of people who think there's one set of rules for themselves and another for everyone else. I bet if someone dared disturb Madonna's movie viewing by texting or talking on their cell phone she'd be the FIRST (and loudest) to complain.
Oct 14, 2013 3:25 PM CDT
The whole issue says a lot about the movie... not so much about Madonna. Besides, if you'd rather watch someone play with their phone instead of the flick you paid money to see. I've never heard of the "Alamo Drafthouse Theaters" --- sounds like a Texas bar, not a theater unless they have a screen over the bar showing DVDs! Who knew....