DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it appropriate to applaud or give standing ovations in a movie theater when watching a live simulcast of an opera performance? Several companies hold these simulcasts.
I ask because, as I understand it, such forms of praise and congratulations are typically given to live performers onstage and in the orchestra pit, and it is obvious that these performers neither hear nor see the audience in a movie theater -- however enthusiastic and moved this audience may be.
On the other hand, it seems to be perfectly acceptable to applaud after seeing a film that is particularly well received, knowing fully well that neither the cast nor crew is present.
GENTLE READER: One does not applaud either, for the exact reason you mention. Miss Manners asks the audiences at televised awards ceremonies to take particular note of her answer, which, in their case, is further buttressed by the dictum against applauding oneself.