Thursday, October 17, 2013
Madonna isn’t welcome at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson
She texted during a movie -- a big Alamo no-no.
RICHARDSON After Madonna was caught texting during the premiere of “Twelve Years a Slave” at the New York Film Festival, the indie movie theater Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson has banned the superstar from its premises, confirmed Bill DiGaetano, owner and chief operating officer of the local branch.
Alamo Drafthouse is known for its strict no-texting policy. Since the Richardson location opened in August, DiGaetano said managers have kicked out 10 to 20 people for violating their cellphone policy. "Typically, every day, there's a few people who get a warning," he said. Those who receive one warning and keep fussing with their phones are removed from the theater. Managers have even threatened to call Richardson police.
The Madonna incident did not happen in Richardson, of course, but Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League jokingly tweeted last week that "Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies @drafthouse" -- and that includes Richardson. The story hit The Daily Mail and Time not long after.
"We don't expect this to impact [Madonna] that much, but we feel it's important to take a stand on basic human consideration when you're in a movie theater," DiGaetano said.
So far, there aren't other famous people on Alamo's banned list, he said. Alamo has seven locations in Texas and others in California, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Virginia. She's been banned from every Alamo location.
Madonna: You've been warned.