A user just asked a question involving the volume of movie theatres, when the previews come on. I immediately felt the question could do with a tag cleanup; it uses the tags and .

  • seems irrelevant, even as a meta tag; the question specifically asks about the volume of previews, which has nothing to do with the musical score for the actual movie.
  • seems completely relevant - until I noticed that this tag was specifically created for this question.

This leads me to wonder if this sort of question is actually on-topic; but I can not find any supporting meta article. Are questions specifically about movie theatres, and irrelevant of the actual movies they are playing, considered on topic?

Note that I am more concerned about the context of movie theatres, not about the actual question, itself. The question may or may not have further issues; that is not something I mean to debate.

  • The previews tag is certainly irrelevant and, anyway, we already have a trailers tag. Nor is the soundtrack tag appropriate. Edited tags accordingly. And yes, it's off-topic IMO.
    – Paulie_D
    Jul 18, 2017 at 6:30
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    @Paulie_D, could you provide an argument as an answer?
    – Gnemlock
    Jul 18, 2017 at 6:31

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In it's present state, I think the question is off-topic.

The situation might be individual to the single OP &/or theatre in question and, as such there is no objective measure that could be used to answer the question...again, as it stands.

That said, there could be a good question in there.

Something along the lines of:

It seems to me that the sound volume in movie trailers is higher than the features themselves.

Are there any specific regulations or guidelines regarding movie trailer sound levels?

Is there any scientific evidence behind this observation and, if so, what is the reasoning behind having the sound that much louder?

On the subject of Movie Theatres themselves...then I'd say NO they aren't relevant to movies and tv shows themselves.

I suppose there could be an edge case where the physical surroundings (surround sound, etc?) are relevant to the question on a movies but those should be actioned on a case by case basis.

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    Yes. We do have a rule about "Technology questions about playing content" being off topic. We don't allow questions about TVs or DVD/BluRay players or Streaming services. I think this is covered there.
    – Catija
    Jul 18, 2017 at 17:58

We have many questions regarding movie theaters, which have no relation to a specific movie.

See the film-industry, cinema-history and distribution tags.

While some will down vote and VTC them regardless of quality or on-topic-ness, they are welcomed on here, as they fit the spirit of the site. I remember there is one highly voted question on popcorn and movie theaters that's a highly similar example as the one in question, but can't find it atm. Will add it in.

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    None of the mentioned tags seem to relate to what I am asking about; especially given the explicit usage description. I am also sceptical of a question about popcorn that does not come up when you search for "popcorn".
    – Gnemlock
    Jul 19, 2017 at 20:31

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