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Things Not to Do at a Movie Theater
I have written hubs
about Things Not to Do at a Picnic and Rules For Out-of-Towners When Visiting The Big City, so I thought it was time to tackle the area of troublemakers who live to run off the civil-minded customers of movie theaters by their childish antics.
This is written from a personal standpoint because I have experienced misery while trying to watch a good film in a movie theater while trying to block-out and ignore these juvenile-acting people who really do not care what they do or who they do it to.
Blocking the view of other theater patrons
Time was in our country
that going to a walk-in movie theater was the biggest thrill of a teenager or grown-up's life. The atmosphere was light, people respected each other, and life was good.
Then somewhere, somehow, a gang of troublemakers with nothing to do but cause trouble to innocent people made movie theaters their base of operations and did pretty much what they wanted.
This is happening today. And the theater owner and manager's hands are tied. Unless the owner or manager actually "sees" these immature individuals in action hurting or annoying an innocent customer, they cannot call the police.
So goes the endless cycle of abuse by non-caring thugs to normal people young and old who just want to see a movie.
Some theaters years ago were forced to close down due to these troublemakers showing-up each night a movie was shown and harassing as many customers as they could.
This is the purpose of my hub. To teach potential movie theater patrons how to act once inside this American icon.
Now for my List of Things Not to do at Movie Theaters
- Bringing alcoholic or even soda's inside the theater that you didn't buy at their snack bar is against their policies.
- Smoking cigarettes or "weed" during the showing of a movie. This will get you arrested, thrown out of the theater or both.
- Tripping other movie-goers by standing off of the dark walkway with your foot out. This can cause thousands of dollars in medical bills to the abused patron and a possible lawsuit to the theater owner.
- Making animal noises during the movie to get laughs.
- Passing gas when you get up to buy more snacks.
- Putting your feet up on the seat back in front of you.
- Throwing plastic snakes up in the air and hear girls scream when it comes down on them.
- Throwing things at the screen because you hate a certain actor in the film.
- Turning a miniature flashlight on and off in someone's face.
- You are sitting toward the top in the movie theater. You spy a friend in the bottom row, so you begin to call out their name, well, you bellow their name and terrify the other customers.
I ran this photo above just for you
just so you could see and appreciate how peaceful it was most of the time many years ago inside a movie theater.
You do not see nasty clothing on these young people. Nor do you see them puffing cigarettes or illegal controlled substances such as marijuana. Oh, there were bits of juicy gossip about some girl in school, but that was it.
Bob Dylan, I hate your song . . . "The Times They Are-a Changin'"
Things you should do at a movie theatre
when you do these things, you will feel more like a citizen who is contributing more than hurting your neighborhood and more-importantly, the movie theatre.
- Always exercise common-courtesy. Let girls and older people go ahead of you at the snack bar and down the walk way to be seated.
- Assist elderly people down the walk way and show them to their seats. The management will appreciate a person like you.
- When you see people horse-laughing, throwing things at customers and any of the things "not to do" in movie theatre, politely tell them to stop this useless action or you will report them to the manager.
- Never be a "seat hog." be willing to sit your drink or food in the floor giving your neighbor room to sit his jumbo tub of popcorn, giant soda and colossal bag of roasted peanuts. You might offer to crack his peanuts for him while he enjoys the movie.
- If a guy and girl are sitting next to you and engaging in sexual intercourse, caution them about safe sex and if they do not cease, you will be forced to report them to management.
- If a toddler is acting-out and disturbing you and the other customers, talk to the parents briefly about proper raising of children and ask them to control their child.
- Make sure people around you do not talk during the movie. A simple Shhhh in their direction will sometimes take care of the problem, but be careful. You might have to endure some vulgar murmurs, ugly finger gestures and threats to your life.
When everyone obeys the rules in a movie theatre, a good time will be had by all.
Even more things not to do inside a movie theater
- Start fights with boys with the pretty girls. You can get busted for this one. And do you really need a criminal record with you going into the seminary next week?
- Argue so loudly that the usher has to quiten you down by threatening to toss you if you do not tone it down.
- Telling nasty jokes for troublemakers around you and her them laugh like a herd of wild horses.
- Putting ice down the back of some pretty girl's dress sitting in front of you.
- Taking your iPod inside the theater and playing your playlist openly for people to hear.
- Intentionally coughing over and over to cause other people to not hear the dialogue in the movie.
- Taking your shoes off exposing feet that smell worse than road-kill.
- Do not bring your miniature television inside the movie theater so you can keep up with the football scores because you are a gambling addict.
- Do not show-up intoxicated at the movie theatre and think you will get a seat, for you will not. The management is trained to spot people who drink alcohol, so leave the booze off, buddy.
Remember . . .
A movie theatre is not your personal playground. The movie theatre is a business that has many people in its employ, so if you do things at the movie theatre that you know are against the law, you might be putting people out of work when the owner of the theatre has to shut down thanks to you and your gang of troublemakers.
Be different . . .
Exercise respect and personal-discipline when frequenting the movie theatre. Just think of the movie theater as you would a grocery store and you will see things differently. America needs people like you to start a trend of respect toward people, things, and movie theatres.
Do you believe that movie theatres need rules?
A final set of rules
for those who are talking about letting their pre-teen's go to the movies with their friends from the church camp they attended last week.
- Taking photos with a flash device is a no, no. And could get you cursed-out.
- Bring small pets inside the theater under your coat is against theater policies.
- Standing up and reciting poetry to your girlfriend thinking this is the most-romantic gesture she has ever seen is not acceptable.
- Tossing water balloons into the crowd and then ducking-down to avoid getting caught.
And please, do not . . .
- Nibble the earlobe of the hot girl in the seat in front of you
- Start up a conversation with her although she is with her boyfriend. This could lead to a nasty scene.
- Shuffle your feet continually to create a disturbance.
- Hit on every girl around you.
- Challenge guys to arm-wrestling matches.
I do hope that this hub will prove beneficial to you and your friends who love to watch movies at a movie theatre.
I think that good citizenship starts with one person; YOU.