Connecticut May Be First to Lower Movie Volumes
State considers limits in theaters
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 8, 2014 10:57 AM CST

(Newser) – Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies. The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends noise should be kept below 85 decibels for workers for eight hours to minimize hearing loss. For comparison, the American Tinnitus Association says 85 decibels is the sound of average traffic, 80 decibels is the sound of an alarm clock 2 feet away, and 100 decibels is the sound of a blow dryer.

"Hopefully this will be a wakeup call to the theater owners and the MPAA to get their act together and do something that's good for the public and still will satisfy their needs," said William Young, a Stamford resident with a doctorate in chemistry who has pushed the measure. An exec with the Motion Picture Association of America told the committee that the legislation is unnecessary and undermines voluntary standards adopted by companies and theaters. "Certainly no one is going to do anything that would have a hint of being harmful," he said. "We've gone to great lengths to make sure that average is in an acceptable range that is not harmful."

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Mar 11, 2014 5:43 PM CDT
The last time I went to the movies was about five years back to watch one of the Harry Potter films; I wanted to enjoy the Bose/suround sound and DVD quality. Aside from the uncomfortable chair and sticky floor, the sound was way too high and it was not DVD quality. No more movie houses for me, I now get DVD quality movies off the internet and watch them on my flatsceen at my convenience.
Mar 9, 2014 10:26 AM CDT
no!!! we don't want it lowered!! we want to... PUMP UP THE VOLUME, PUMP UP THE VOLUME YEAH!!!
Mar 9, 2014 1:46 AM CST
Greatest quote during a movie: “Oh, this movie’s too complicated. Hey, the floor’s sticky! Who’s that guy? What did that guy say when I said ‘who’s that guy?’?” Homer Simpson