Theater Etiquette Conundrum: Phone Off or on Vibrate?

To gain a little clarity on some of the biggest live entertainment etiquette questions and concerns, Goldstar surveyed more than 1,000 members as well as theater experts. We’ll share the insights from this survey in a series of posts (see previous posts here and here).

Today’s conundrum: Do you turn your phone off completely? 

Leaving your cell phone ringing while attending a live show is a great way to make new enemies, (with only 0.2% of respondents fessing up to this nearly universally loathed behavior). But Goldstar members were torn between two solutions for silencing their phone: turning the phone off completely (46%) and setting it to “vibrate” mode (44%).

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Texting or tweeting during a play is clear no-no, with 89% of survey respondents responding that it’s “never OK.” (However, one out of 10 respondents said texting and tweeting are OK “if done discreetly.”) 

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Even Twitter-lebrity @BroadwayGirlNYC’s Laura Heywood, who one might think is always glued to the social media platform at all times, says that texting/tweeting during a show is “Never OK.” Yet, if she does keep her phone on it stays on “airplane mode” and she turns the brightness all the way down.

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