After approaching the management, our reader was told that the sparse audience was 'middle- aged' and didn't appreciate being disturbed. The irritated patron was moved to ask, 'Why are they watching a Tina Turner movie then?' and suggested that the volume be raised; if anyone complained it could be turned down again. 'No,' came the answer. Disgruntled, the reader departed, ticket price refunded.
An Odeon spokesman explained: 'Film sound levels are a contentious issue. We have a pre- set volume in each auditorium, which, of course, is adjusted according to the film shown. We are actually following distributor Buena Vista's request that What's Love have a certain volume setting. It may interest you to know that a few minutes prior to your reader's complaint, another customer complained that the film was too loud.'
If you have a similar tale of cinematic consumer woe you would like investigated or explained, write to Big Screen Blues, Arts, 40 City Road, London EC1Y 2DB.
Sequel Hell: Tippi Hedren in The Birds II, The Next Karate Kid (despite a poor box office on Karate Kid III), Landmowner Man II (minus Stephen King's approval), 9 1/2 Weeks II (despite financial woes Kim Basinger has passed on the project), Wayne's World II (with Basinger on board as Major Babe) and The Fly III with Geena Davis - despite the fact that Davis's character died giving birth to Jeff Goldblum's maggot in The Fly II.
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