but why in the world won’t people be quiet when they’re at the movies? i can’t think of many things that make me angry. i laughed when we got robbed, i laugh when someone knocks my dinner on the ground, i laugh when i lock the keys in the car, but when i have to leave a movie theater because it sounds like a noisy cafeteria full of high school students… well, i laugh at that eventually, but on the inside i’m livid.
abi and i had to leave a midnight screening of the new x-men movie because the majority of the audience thought we were at some kind of frat party. this happens somewhat often. Freddy Vs. Jason, The Grudge 2, A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) and The Unborn were all flicks, all in different theaters in different cities and even in different states that i had to step out of because of the collective commotion. i learned a long time ago that opening night for horror movies usually attracts a loud bunch, so i’ve taken to seeing the earliest matinee possible on mondays to avoid the inevitable. all of those aforementioned movies were times when i went out on a limb to assume things might be better. but now x-men? typically, midnight showings of nerdy movies attract a very respectful audience. i’m beginning to give up on movie theaters altogether. (i should point out that in all cases i was very courteous and kind when confronting the management and they all happily offered a free pass to another showing.)
i think the following two rules should be ruthlessly enforced at all movie theaters at all times.
if you speak outloud in such a way that anyone around you can hear your voice at any time during the movie, you will be immediately ejected from the theater with no refund.
if your phone makes a sound or even lights up at any time during the movie, you will be immediately ejected from the theater with no refund.
if you go to the movies this summer, please be quiet.