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Name Something That Annoys You at the Movie Theater: Children, Talking and Other Things

Updated on November 21, 2016
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What annoys you most at the movie theater?

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People talking. I've experienced this in every variety. Frankly, I don't mind the casual comment, but people talking all the time is so rude, it's almost hard to fathom sometimes. That a person would sit in a crowded movie theater talking with absolutely no sense that they might be bothering those around them is selfishness at its core. My absolute worst experience was sitting in a theater with two other people, one of whom was translating the entire movie in Spanish to the other.

  1. People eating noisily. And I am like the noisiest eater on the planet, but oh my god, sitting in front of somebody who is rustling through one of those giant tubs of popcorn, especially when they already weigh like 500 pounds, is among the most annoying things ever. And movie theaters don't help anything by making every package and food item as loud as possible. Why don't theaters just sell Pop Rocks?
  2. People who talk and state the obvious. It's one thing when people just talk. I can somehow tune that out. What I can't tune out are the patently obvious statements some people make about movies that are so painfully dumb I want to impale myself on the nearest broken armrest. Like the time I was watching "The Fountain" and we see Hugh Jackman in the big hamster ball with the giant tree and the couple behind me goes "It's a tree." Old people are the worst too. Never let anyone tell you that old people have better manners than young people because this is a situation where they don't. If there's something dumb to be said in regard to a movie, an old person is probably saying it. "They're kissing." That's one of my all-time faves too.
  3. People talking and texting on cell phones. There are definitely levels of offense here. It's annoying when people's phones buzz and you can hear it.. Then it's annoying before the movie when everybody is on a cell phone. Then there are the people who forget to turn off their phones and they ring. Then there are the people who pull out their phones to look at them. Then there are the people who just text throughout the movie not realizing that I can see that damn light, you little idget. Finally, there are the people who actually break out their phones and make outgoing calls. I have had this happen in a theater and the guy almost got assaulted. I guess even collectively, we have limits.
  4. People who kick the back of the chair in front of them. Quite honestly, this might be my biggest pet peeve of all. I cannot count the number of times I have watched a movie where the jackass behind me is kicking my chair like they've had too much coffee or something. Absolutely, the most annoying thing in a movie theater. My solution these days is to lean forward and then backward hard enough that I possibly break their foot. Myabe I should try politely asking them to stop first, but it just seems like people should know better.
  5. Sticky floors. Walking through some theaters is like being in a tar pit. Generally, if a theater has sticky floors, you don't want to go into the bathroom. You know it's going to be nasty. And then you realize that you're handling a soda cup and popcorn tub that's been handled by somebody with the cleaning skills of a zoo animal.
  6. People who can't control their children.There are definitely some people who think that because they're in a movie theater and they've paid for their tickets, they can just let their kids run wild. I've been in movies where two and three children are just dashing madly around the theater while the mom or dad ignores it all. The solution is usually to call social services. It's always funny when the movie ends and the children have mysteriously vanished. Incidentally, my first experience as a professional film critic was seeing "Casualties of War" and somebody brought a 5-year-old.
  7. Badly framed projection. Ever watch a movie and notice a black, fuzzy mic hanging down over the actors? For the longest time I thought the cinematographer must just be an idiot, but then I learned that the actual film strip has considerably more picture on it than we can see. It's up to the projectionist to frame it properly and if they're not paying attention or the movie theater is understaffed, sometimes you can see the mic. Of course, this problem will be going away with digital projection.
  8. Super loud movies.Watching some movies is not that dissilimilar from sitting underneath an airplane as it lands (I used to do this, actually). Thus, many movies are better watched with the use of earplugs. One wonders whether the increasing volume in many movies isn't the result of people complaining about other people talking. The movie theater's solution is to just turn up the volume to the point where it's impossible to hear anyone talking. Except that when I leave the movie theater, I can't hear at all.
  9. Crop dusters. Crop dusting is an art that spans well beyond the movie theater and is most prevalent on airplanes. It is the term that stewards use to describe when they fart as they walk down the aisle past their passengers. In a movie theater, it is easy to pass gas because your butt is tucked nicely in a seat and the wafting fumes just kind of go everywhere and there's really no way for the victim to pinpoint who let go. So sometimes you can be watching a movie where somebody around you is farting every few minutes making the theater smell, however temporarily, like a sewer.

This is My Dream Theater (NSFW language)


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    8 years ago

    I go to the movies pretty often and had all of the movie goer experiences mentioned here I went to a showing once that wasn't for kids and two women came in with two little girls they had to be around 6 or 7 and you guessed it out of all the empty seats they sat right behind me kicked my seat kept farting and giggling it really did smell like a sewer the moms chose to do nothing I wanted to say something but didn't has anyone else had this experience where it was someone's kids behind you crop dusting ?

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    8 years ago

    I messed up on my last comment and posted too soon didn't get to finish what I wanted to say still trying to get use to the app ok about the two women that came in with the two girls about 6 or 7 out of all the empty seats they sat right behind me the kids kicked my seat and farting and giggling so yeah it really did smell like a sewer the moms chose not to address it all while the girls kept letting out horrible smelling farts I wanted to say something to one of the moms but chose not to I have also had this happen during PG and G rated movies while taking my niece I don't know if its my experience but the kids farts seem to stink even worse than the adults in there has anyone else had this experience too ?

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    8 years ago

    I go to the movies pretty often and had all of the movie goer experiences mentioned here I went to a showing once that wasn't for kids and two women came in with two little girls they had to be around 6 or 7 and you guessed it out of all the empty seats

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    10 years ago from Dayton, ohio

    My wife and I used to clean a small theatre and the deal with sticky floors is the soda. It is very hard to mop up and the first time more is spliet the spot is sticky again.

    When you have 3 shows in a row the floor is gonna get sticky fast.

    As for old people being rude I am an old person,57, and if you young whippersnappers can't take the heat don't crawl into the furnace.

    I myself hate people talking through a movie, that is why I watch them at home,[also the expense.]

  • Tawna profile image


    10 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

    AMEN to everything you said! An can people PLEASE chew their popcorn with their mouth closed!!!!

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    10 years ago

    For me of course going to a theatre or even watching a movie in our home theatre wit my MOM is the most annoying thing ever. OMG, some times I feel why I'm just spending this money just to get annoyed and returning with headache.

    I agree with your statement, who said elder people have better manners than youngsters. They are the worst. Don't ever take them to the theatre with you, if they have already seen the movie. That would be the worst thing you can do. You can hear them narrating the whole movie story including the climax in the 1st scene itself. While you watch a thrilling twist of the movie, you can hear them saying "hey, you know he is the one who is murdering all these people. See how he shows himself as innocent" and spoil the thrill. My mom is so good in doing this. Some time my family members get annoyed to the core and walk away.

    Some people try talking about the artists of the movie. They will just relate them to the previous movies of they have seen or they will talk about the gossips which they have heard about the actors. Who cares if that actor is having a relationship with another lady artist or if that actress played a sadist character in her previous movie?

    I feel it is so rude to ask them to keep quiet because they are spoiling my movie time by talking all these nonsense. But the same time isn't it rude for them to annoy somebody while they try to enjoy the movie?

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    Kat Coffin 

    10 years ago from Orlando, FL

    You hit all the high points!

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    10 years ago

    I just went to the movies today....PERFECT!

  • Ancillotti profile image


    10 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

    I was very annoyed with people talking in the cinema while I'm trying to watch the movie, especially when those people keep repeating something obvious out loud.

    Great Hub, cheers!

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    10 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    You just gotta wonder about the brains dying all over America! Imagine that - she didn't KNOW she wasn't supposed to text in a theater! Isn't that why people go to movies?

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    10 years ago

    Years ago I was at a theater where there was a couple that brought a baby to see The Insider and when it started crying toward the end they blamed it on "the movie being too long." I think that was my worst experience.

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    10 years ago

    Nice hub. People are so disrespectful these days. I agree with what you're saying.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    10 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    My favorite cell phone incident I've seen so far at the movies was the time I saw a group of kids sitting in one row and two people texted each other the entire time. Obviously, the whole group was together. The person on the far right kept texting the person on the far left. I suppose they had a lot to talk about, but their friends sat in the middle of the row and blocked their ability to have an actual conversation so they texted the whole time. I guess on some level, that is better.

    Great hub! Voted up!

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    JS Matthew 

    10 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    It amazes me of the lack of manners people have in theaters and just about anywhere else for that matter. Great Hub and very funny.


  • crankalicious profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Colorado


    Thanks for the reminder of kids at inappropriate movies. I added a comment that you reminded me about into one of the points.

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    10 years ago from New York

    Hahaha this is a hilarious hub, great job. I have to say 1, 5 and 8 are my biggest pet peeves. Seriously, I really hate paying $13.50 (which is how much it is for a movie ticket in NYC now) to deal with annoying people and their loud kids or kicking feet. I have gotten into quite a few arguments and I just now only go to the movies to see top blockbusters that I must see right away otherwise I rather save my money and temper.

    I have also learned which small movie theaters rarely get packed even for opening weekend blockbusters.

    On a side note, I saw people bring young children like 5 or 6 years old to a 10pm showing of Hangover 2. I was floored to say the least...some people just shouldn't be allowed to procreate!


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