On Movie Theater Etiquette – How to be a Good Cinema Citizen

After writing about the etiquette of movie spoilers, I was inspired to write a bit about movie theater etiquette.  This is something that, unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have a good grasp on.  There are a number of things to keep in mind when you’re going to the theater, and the rules do change based on the situation.  I’ll try to be as clear as possible.

Arrival at the Theater

When you arrive at the theater, make sure you plan your time dependent on what movie you’re going to see and when you’re going to see it.  I don’t understand it myself, but every time I go see a film at midnight for the first screening, someone always walks in at 12:01 am and looks up for any open seats.  Seriously?  Couldn’t you have gotten there earlier?

And if you get there late, and you notice a couple of seats that are in a prime spot, don’t just sit there until you know if those seats are available.

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On the Etiquette of Movie Spoilers

I just read a blog on Cape Town Community called Please Don’t Spoil My Movies! which I found to be something that I agreed with wholly.  When it comes to movies that I want to see, I don’t want to know what is going to happen.  If I see a trailer, that’s fine, but knowing anything beyond what the studio wants to show is a rarity for me.

It’s also for this reason that I don’t read reviews.  I think most critics are ridiculous, and I have yet to find a single one that I agree with all the time (based on looking at scores after I’ve seen a movie).  As I haven’t found a critic whose reviews match my own point of view 100% of the time, or even 50% of the time, how can I trust any critic to really get how I’ll feel about any movie.  They might hate a movie that I’ll love, or love a movie that I’ll hate.  Critics hold no sway over my perspective, for this reason, and I’ve found that I love some movies that even the critical mass has hated.  If I had listened to them, I wouldn’t have found the movie.

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My Most Anticipated Movies of December 2009: Avatar, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, The Princess and the Frog, Sherlock Holmes

This month features the release of the long awaited James Cameron film, Avatar. I hope that it’s worth the wait, in the end. I’ve been telling my friends the only things I know about it for a long time: that James Cameron is inventing a new filming technique for it, and it’ll be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 is more or less a possibility, whereas The Princess and the Frog is a new Disney Must-See! I’ve selected Sherlock Holmes based on the creative team alone.
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My Most Anticipated Movie of November 2009: A Christmas Carol

This month has a movie that I selected on the creative team alone. A Christmas Carol. It’s going to be a long month, if it doesn’t pan out.
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My Most Anticipated Movies of October 2009: Toy Story (3D), Where the Wild Things Are

This month, Pixar is finally re-releasing Toy Story in 3D. It’s the first wave in the re-introduction of the characters in a new format, as well as the promotional push for Toy Story 3, which comes out in 2010. Where the Wild Things Are also releases this month. Not looking forward to this one as much, but we’ll see!
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