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Alamo Drafthouse bans Madonna from theaters in inadvertent PR move

Anyone who has ever been to a movie at Alamo Drafthouse can tell you that they’re serious about their policy against texting, and you’ll get kicked out, even if you’re Madonna, the Queen of Pop.

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Madonna breaks the rules, gets banned from theater

Texas theater chain, Alamo Drafthouse has long had a no texting policy, made clear at the beginning of every movie. Alamo was made internationally famous for this policy in 2011 when they shared an angry voicemail from someone kicked out for texting, and the video reinforced their policy and went viral.

Fast forward to a recent visit by Madonna and other celebs like Jason Rittner and Michael K. Williams who visited an Alamo Drafthouse to view 12 Years a Slave. According to Page Six, a fellow moviegoer reported to the staff that “a blonde in black lace gloves wouldn’t stop texting,” a major annoyance as we all know, not just for the sound, but the light of a smartphone.

When Madonna was asked to stop, witnesses say that she snapped, “It’s for business… enslaver!”

Not so ironically, she was comparing herself to a slave because she was asked to follow the rules, while ignoring a movie about slavery to text… you know, for business.

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Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League tweeted, “Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies @drafthouse.” He says it was an “off-hand” joke, but since his response went viral, he said, “now that it seems to have taken hold, sure, I’m going to enforce it,” and thus, Madonna was officially banned.

The rules are not for breaking

While this is, of course, a prime public relations moment for Alamo, many brands would have caved, even apologizing to the Queen of Pop for being rude, despite her behavior as the rude party.

The rules are not for breaking, not even if you’re one of the most powerful people in the world, and kudos to Alamo for making the rules stick and taking advantage of the local (Austin) culture which doesn’t observe celebrities as dieties, rather as normal people that should be ignored and treated just like an average citizen.

If you missed the hilarious 2011 PSA from Alamo, we insist that you watch it:
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2 Comments

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  1. Tinu

    October 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I. LOVE. THEM. Especially in Texas. There’s one in Virginia but it’s just not the same.

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