AMC confirms: No texting in movie theaters

The AMC Westshore 14 movie theater in Tampa.
The AMC Westshore 14 movie theater in Tampa.

AMC Theaters has quickly shut down a proposal to lift the ban of texting during movies.

In a tweet sent out by AMC Theaters Friday, they said “NO TEXTING AT AMC. Won’t happen. You spoke. We listened. Quickly, that idea has been sent to the cutting room floor.”

The idea sparked outrage when the CEO mentioned the company is looking for ways to reshape the movie-going experience so that millennials go to movie theaters as often as baby boomers did before them, suggesting making it more texting-friendly.

Since the suggestion, AMC CEO Adam Aron has been subjected to social media outrage on the subject.

AMC is the second-largest theater chain in the country and is poised to become the largest after acquiring Carmike Cinemas. AMC operates a number of theaters in the Tampa Bay area, including in Tampa, Brandon and Orlando areas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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