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Commercial Suffering

November 22, 1987

Finally, irate movie fans have reported the booing of commercials being shown at Cineplex theaters.

I had the audience ready to storm the screen at a 5 p.m. "Princess Bride" showing at the Showcase on La Brea.

There was only one other person in the audience at a 5 p.m. "Hellraiser" show at the Purple Pizza Palace, but we hissed and booed in satisfying unity though separated by five rows.

Despite what the Cineplex people say their audience surveys show, a Diet Coke commercial with penguins and the Pointer Sisters is, by definition, not an artistic event.

RANDY WASHBURN

Studio City

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