How to turn off dark theme on desktop

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Dark theme is unreadable and gives me headaches. Yes, I know it meets the W3W standards for accessibility. It fails, however in the common sense standard of being bright enough to read (for some people).

For example: You are reading a newspaper in the bottom of an infinitely deep well. Alas, there is no light and the page appears to be pitch black. Suddenly a single faint star appears parsecs above over the entrance to the well. The paper reflects some of this light. Yet the newspaper is still unreadable, because it is still too dark. The contrast ratio may be high - may even be infinite. But I am sure we will all be thrilled that the contrast ratio meets W3W standards. Oh, everybody that is, except those people who would actually like to read the paper.

Well, I guess it is only fair for the 16 year old web designers to get even with us old timers.
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Hi Jim,

Thank you for your feedback. At this time, we do not offer a dark vs. light theme option for the IMDb desktop website.

You may find it beneficial to use the advanced/reference view for title pages (e.g. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7286456/reference). You can opt into this setting via your Site Preferences/Content Settings -- check the "Show reference view with full cast and crew (advanced view)" option and select "Submit".

I've changed this post to an Idea, where your feedback can be reviewed by other IMDb staff and users for consideration for future updates.

Please let us know if we can offer any further help.
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Kris Atkins

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Ooooooooh God that reference view looks SOOOOOOO good.
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I don't know what you mean by Dark Theme.
I use an ad blocker and the only thing dark on my pages are the title headers, but I have no trouble with reading what's on those rectangles.


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I would also like to be able to change to White/Light background with Black /Dark text letters. You know, like books and newspapers used to be.
The current design of light-ish or worse medium gray text on Dark Gray or Black background is VERY HARD TO READ!  
It is my thought that a web site with text letters should be readable - Yes?  To communicate.
Or is that a wrong thought and the modern website is strictly supposed to be a piece of art to be viewed with the user just guessing at what the content might or might not be?

Seriously, I find it Very Hard to read gray text on black or dark gray backgrounds. Same with white text on dark gray background.  Very hard to read.  After a short time looking at such a dark-themed web page, I must close the window and close my eyes (truly).
So what if a movie theater uses white letters on dark background for the final credits. I really don't like trying to read that either. And I definitely don't want to struggle to read dark IMDB pages.

I have noticed that the HORRID dark theme pages seems to be more prevalent on new movie releases. Whereas, thankfully, older (as in years older) movie or TV show listings are actually a pleasure to read with their black letters on white background.

Please provide a way to have Black letters on White (or light) background.  Usually called a "Light theme" these days.
So that those of use who wish to read the site can do so without struggle.
Tech FYI: iMac, Safari Web browser.
Thank you.
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This is how it looks in Chrome on Windows 10:


I wonder if you have a setting within Safari that causes the page to go dark? Or among Mac settings?

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Thanks Bderoes for such a quick response and I'll try a bit of experimenting with browsers.
 Since my iMac (which is an older 2010 model I admit, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 currently) has Safari, I usually use that. 
Good job on deciphering that I was looking at the 'Dolittle' 2020 movie page, with only Craig, Ralph and Selena cast names showing. ;-)

I did just try that page with Firefox 68.4.1-ESR, and it shows in mostly black text on white. Excepting for the movie title bar area which is the light gray text on dark gray background.  So seeing that it displays in a more traditional light theme with dark text letters in Firefox, I'll need to stick to using Firefox when viewing IMDB from my older iMac.

It is seeming like the issue then is some HTML or other web component/technology which has been updated on the server side, but my older El Capitan (10.11.6) and its Safari just don't know about how to display it.

 (Each Mac OS X version release has a Safari release range tied to it. So once that major release of OS X no longer gets updated, its associated Safari browser also no longer gets any updates.  Just the Apple way.    And it also seems that each newer OS X release, with its newer Safari, needs a bit more hardware horsepower or upgrade to perform decently, or in some cases is officially not even  eligible for the newer OS X.  I guess this is also the way of encouraging newer computer purchases. )


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Following up.
The good:  individual movie info pages are MOSTLY light-themed with dark text on light background -- which is good because I can read the information. 

The VERY BAD:  The front page of IMDb is now a TOTALLY DARK and USELESS, where individual images float and move on a black background.  I don't know what they are trying to do, but truly the front page is USELESS and HURTFUL to my vision.
   
Often now I just don't even bother going to IMDb now because of the disaster that the dark-theme has made on the front page.
There is NO setting to revert the front page to light theme with usable information the way it used to be.

Does anyone at IMDb actually even CARE if their information on the front page is useful? 

I am hoping there is not a plan to destroy all the previous individual movie info pages by turning them into useless dark pages, but who knows.
I guess the ultimate step for them is to replace all text on the front page with 99% dark gray text on 100% black background. Thereby fulfilling the past need of providing text information, while meeting the new design criteria of having no useful and distracting textual information on the page.

What a sad mess IMDb has become. Very sad.

(Tech: iMac with Safari 11.1.2, and Firefox ESR 68.4.2 up-to-date as of Feb 1 2020)
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I hate this dark theme too. Looks like someone tried too hard to appear hip. Total fail to me. Awful! Who ever thought had to hop on this bandwagon should have copied it properly: They usually give the users a choice for a dark theme while the default theme is WHITE! This site gives me ey cancer ever since, at least the home page. The movies/series pages are still white for me. But I wonder what this blackish colour is supposed to be... cool or what? It's an old hat, to come up with it first now in 2020 is like sb is trying to chum up with 12yo users.