I've long since given up attending the movies on a regular basis, purely because of the unacceptable behaviour of some of the other patrons. I was so 'shell shocked' after a visit on 3 January 2005 that it was 4 1/2 years till I returned. Today though I gave in and took the boys and some of their friends to see "Karate Kid".
We were seated in the back row on the far side of the theatre. However, we were still able to hear the ringing of a mobile phone of a couple on the opposite side of the room, not once, not twice, but three times! Each time the girl answered it and had a conversation. (This was on top of the other non-phone conversations this couple was having). By the third call I complained to an usher (why I didn't complain after the first, and definitely the second I'll never know). She handled it very well, by evicting the troublemakers.
The troublemakers didn't leave quietly though (surprise surprise
). They thought it was a good idea to bash each other with their plastic shopping bags as they were arguing over whose fault it was that they'd been evicted
(well, duh you're both
to blame). The girl troublemaker then went and complained to someone else seated in the middle of the room and sounded completely amazed that she wasn't allowed to use her phone in the middle of a movie.
One they'd gone that just left the 'standard' stupid, rude, ignorant people (adults) who thought it was okay to talk during the movie, the older kids (ages 8-10) from various groups who thought it was okay to stand up at random times, the rustling of the food wrappers...
The manager did give us free passes for our inconvenience/annoyance. Not sure if I'll ever venture back in order to use them though.