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.