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Bill Collins
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Never mind popcorn,what about natchios and their pungent
dips,not good on a Sunday morning screening! Yes,even
Sunday morning screenings are not totally free of
irritant punters!
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Nachos are way worse for sure, Bill.
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Who has nachos for Sunday breakfast other than cinema
irritants? ;-)
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"Do bear in mind, Trevor, that, again, that's for four
people and is, relatively speaking, far cheaper than any
number of London attractions..."

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True, but for a cheapskate that complains about $20 for
a couple, sans snacks or drinks, that's still a shocking
number.
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Technology didn't kill movie theaters and it never will. Because they fulfill a social necessity: family night out, first dates when you can benefit of having something to talk about, friends who want to laugh / be scared together, etc.

If this year's box office is lower, the most likely answer is because the films sucked for the most part. No need to overanalyze it.
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 Rodrigo wrote:
...Because they fulfill a social necessity: family night out, first dates when you can benefit of having something to talk about, friends who want to laugh / be scared together, etc. ...


That describes Vaudeville... before the movies killed it.
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"The Communal Experience" for me has traditionally meant people talking too loud, parents not controlling their children, and in the Modern Age, cellphones sounding and people responding.

That's largely been my experience, as well.

One notable exception was at an IMAX screening of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN last year. The place was packed. Sold out, I'd wager. But nary a child, cellphone, nor rude conversation was heard. Only the occasional gentle sobbing of middle-aged men during the last 15 minutes. In their defense, to compound the typical tear-jerkiness of that movie, the showing was on Father's Day.

The lack of annoyances could be chalked up to the age of the movie and the absolute devotion of its (largely older) audience. Most of us had seen the movie many times, but we were riveted. It was my first time seeing it in a theater. And I have to say I did enjoy the communal part of it. As mentioned, there was crying, but also laughing (sometimes a second or two before the "bits", as we all knew what was coming), and applause at the end (which I still find kinda strange -- who are we applauding that will hear it? The projectionist?).




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Brian,I guess the extra cost if an IMAX screening helped
too, it would deter the casual punter.
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True enough. And it was a one-time showing. So, it was more of an "event" than just a trip to the local movie house. 
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Yeah, people who attended that "STAR TREK II" viewing are not typical, as it is unlikely that a general viewership would go to such a screening. Instead, it is fans who would go, and nearly all of them wanting to actually watch what was on the screen because it was a film they cherished, and not because it was simply something to go do on a weekend.

Edited to note: If every film I saw in a theater was full of actual fans who wanted to be there specifically to watch the film, then I would enjoy the communal experience. Most midnight showings I went to were usually this way, as it is normally only real fans that go to those showings late at night. But the average movie shown to an average audience is far too often an unpleasant experience.



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With classic re-releases, that's been my experience as well... whether going by myself, or taking along my eldest daughter, the best & most well-behaved theater crowds have been for such films as JAWS, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, GREASE and just this past weekend, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS.

Maybe I need to go to more of these instead.  CASABLANCA is coming up soon!



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My last experience at a movie theater went like this:

Took my two children to see Guardians Vol. 2. Selected our exact seats from the screen at the register, purchased some terribly overpriced terrible snacks for the kids, then went to our seats. Once the previews began, a large family group comes up and stands around at the end of our row. The mother, I assume, taps me on the shoulder and says I'm in their seats. I hold up my tickets showing theater, row and seat number. "No, I'm not," I say.

Without double checking her tickets, she insists that I am and that the theater sold those seats twice. I suggest she take it up with the theater. She loudly leaves.

As the film begins, she loudly returns, loudly gathers up her clan, and loudly exits the theater. Then, another tap on my shoulder. It's her husband. "I apologize," he says, then quietly leaves.

They never once admitted they were in the wrong theater.
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Sounds familiar!
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My worst experience was with a woman in
front of me, on a cell phone. I didn't say
a thing before the movie. I even held my
tongue during the previews. When the movie
had started and she was on it twice
more...I lost it. I leaned over to her and
calmly told her. "Get off your f@$#ing
phone".

After movie, she couldn't help herself.
She had to say something back..."Not that
it's any of your business, but my mother
has alzheimer's and I need to have my
phone on 24/7!"

Since I was completely furious at that
point, I showed no quarter, "Then you need
to wait for the dvd. Besides, why answer
the phone, she's not going to remember the
call anyway!" I thought we were going to
get arrested.
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The last one I attended,a group of about 10 special needs
people were wheeled in,and started making random loud
howls/grunts.Fortunately,after the ads and previews they
settled down and were quiet.But it got me thinking, I
know they are as entitled as everyone else to visit the
cinema,but would I be happy to complain if they had
continued being disruptive? I think that my British
reserve and guilt would have made me put up with it.
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After movie, she couldn't help herself. 
She had to say something back..."Not that 
it's any of your business, but my mother 
has alzheimer's and I need to have my 
phone on 24/7!"

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Cynic alert: could she have been telling the truth?

There's no way of knowing. I can't prove she was, but I can't prove she wasn't.

But...

I have come across that before. Always a variation on, "My mum/dad/cousin is ill." I do wonder - SOMETIMES - if it's just a face-saving excuse.
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I have no doubt she was telling the truth, Robbie. While,
even at the time, I had nothing but sympathy for the
situation she and her mother deal with. That said, she
still has a responsiblity to the other people who paid
for a ticket to watch that film. When my son was born, I
didn't go to the movies for over three and a half years.
Why, he couldn't handle it. Finally he came old enough to
behave. But I wasn't taking a small child into a movie
and disrupt everyone else. If she can't find someone
responsible to watch her mother, then she doesn't need to
be there.
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 10:59am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Someone must have been watching her mother,or did she
leave her home alone,which if she did is horrific.The
upshot is,if you can`t ignore your phone for 2 to 3
hours,don`t visit the cinema,get the dvd/bluray and stay
at home.
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I`m on holiday from work this week and plan on seeing
`It` at the cinema one morning! Wish me luck!
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I have no doubt she was telling the truth, Robbie. 

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Fair enough.

Whilst this woman's story was no doubt true (I trust your judgement, Stephen), I wouldn't want it to be a "get out of jail free" card for selfish users, i.e. people having silly conversations and then claiming it was to a sick relative.

I guess I worry about it in the same way as I worry about people who bunk off from work with an excuse about an ill relative. I worked with someone once who claimed her parents were ill, but once admitted to me that she used it as an excuse at times to get away from work early. It risks becoming a "get out of jail free" card.
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I once worked with a chap who's wife kept having
miscarriages, one was at 6 months...3 months after the
previous one . Yes they were so often we were keeping
tally on a calendar.
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