Ah, going out to the movies. It sounds like a fun idea, right? What could be better than taking an evening off from work, kids, and life’s stressors to go see a flickon the bigscreen?
But believe it or not, there are actually right andwrong ways to watch a movie, even though it seems like all you have to do is sit down and keep your eyes open.
Think of how many people come through a single movie theater in a day. Tons. Dozens. Hundreds or thousands, even, depending on where you live. When you put that many people in one space, common courtesy becomes a bigger deal than ever, especially in an environment where everyone is trying to pay attention to the samething.
These 16 things should never, ever be done in a movie theater, no matter who you are. And while I’ve definitely been guilty of a few in the past, I’ll be keeping these in mind next time I take a trip to the movies.
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There’s nothing quite as annoying as having to move aside for late arrivals to find a seat while you’re trying to follow the plot of the film. Do your best to get there 5 minutes before the movie begins,at the very latest.
If you save seats during the previews, that’s completely acceptable. However, if your friends still haven’t arrived once the movie starts, it’s probably time to give up those seats out of courtesy to those who have arrived there on time.
If you’re not going to turn it all the way off, at least turn it to vibrate in case of an emergency call or text, and turn the brightness of your screen down to the lowest setting. It’s incredibly distracting for your fellow moviegoers when you text the entire time.
If you’re in a near-empty theater and your shoes aren’t a muddy mess, there can be an exception to this rule. But if there is someone sitting in that seat, they certainly don’t want you kicking them the whole time.
First and foremost, you want to remember to bring your hand sanitizer to use after touching all the armrests, door handles, and snack countertops. Hand sanitizer is key for any high-traffic public space!
The ushers at movie theaters have enough accidental messes to clean up without rude people leaving their trash on the floor or in the cup holders, when it would be just as easy to carry the containers to the garbage.Courtesy really does go a long way.
If you do accidentally spill your soda or your snacks all over the floor, tell an usher on your way out so that he or she can clean it up sooner rather than later. That way it won’t be as much of a dried up, sticky mess for them to clean. Plus, the next moviegoers won’t have to step through your puddle.
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