Good afternoon and TGIF Bawl-more!
The best thing about rainy weekends like this one is going to the movies. While we all want to have an enjoyable experience, help do the same for others by keeping in mind these 10 (common sense) rules; I’m sure they’ll sound familiar.
Have fun reading! And feel free to comment below to share your “going to the movies” stories:
1. Arrive on Time
Seems simple. Come early enough to buy your ticket, purchase food, and get your party settled and seated before the scheduled movie time.
2. Back of the Line!
Believe it or not, movie theaters don’t give “line passes” for members to cut to the front or middle of the line. Don’t jump from line to line in the hopes of getting served a few seconds earlier. And by the time you reach the front, know what movie you are seeing or what food you want to purchase.
3. Choose your Seat According to…You
Got an active bladder and an extra large coke? It’s the aisle seat for you. Can’t stand to miss a second of film greatness? Please move to the center of the row. And if you entered a crowded theater, it’s OK to admit you ignored Rule #1. Take a seat in the very front instead of making others play musical chairs to fit your party of ten (in which case you might have to split up).
4. Play the Quiet Game
There are clips shown during the previews that ask for no talking, no texting, and no calls during the film. You are NO exception to this rule. Nobody wants to hear your opinion on the movie or if you figured what happens next, so keep it to yourself until the credits roll. If you find you’re the only one consistenly reacting loudly to the movie, keep it down, this isn’t a football game. And whatever the call or text is about, it’s not so important that you can’t get up and answer it outside.
5. Kick Me Twice, Shame on You
Sitting still for a couple hours is understandably tough. We humans weren’t built for that. But having to deal with someone kicking the back of your chair every five minutes makes it even more difficult. If you are the twitching offender, aim to sit in aisle seats or those nice front seats with extra leg room. If you are the victim, speak up and say something. Should you need to inform the kicker more than once of their fidgety habit, you can always stand up and block their view, move behind their seat to return the favor, or grab a theater employee to resolve the situation.
6. Rated for a Reason
Certain films are geared towards children who will obviously be present in the audience. Even as you get into movies rated PG-13 or R, there should be parents supervising older kids. However, there is NO reason for these children to be running around, crying, or carrying on loudly while unattentive parents ignore their disruptive behavior. I even once saw a couple sneak their months-old baby into an R rated film…talk about inappropriate. Sorry if you couldn’t get a sitter but that really isn’t anyone else’s problem.
7. Playing Footsies and Armsies is a No-No
Most theaters have cushy seats and enough room for the average American to sit in (we’re not talking airplanes here). Even though the lights are low, don’t take it as an opportunity to invade a stranger’s personal space. I know some of you guys have long legs to spread out, just be aware of how far they go. Above all, try to use one, not both, of the armrests and avoid playing “Elbow Wars.”
8. Your Mother Doesn’t Live Here, Clean Up After Yourself
You brought the buttery popcorn, cheesy nachos, icy soda, M&M’s and gummy bears into the theater, so have the courtesy to bring the remains out to the trash can. Now while the stray kernel may find its way to the floor, there shouldn’t be a feast for mice and cockroaches surrounding your seat at the conclusion of the film. There’s also this new invention called “cup holders” that exist to keep your drink sturdy and upright which prevents anyone having to tread on sticky ground.
9. Handicapped Seats are for Handicapped Persons
Another simple rule. Similar to public transportation, these seats are specifically marked for those who have a physical handicap. Please yield these seats for those who are actually handicapped.
10. Misery Loves Company, Not the Other Way Around
We all chose to pay $8 or more per ticket in order to enjoy our selected film in a quiet, peaceful environment, not to deal with your antics. Unless you and your party are the only people in the theater, be considerate of others.