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2012-06-26 01:14:25 PM  
I must live in a very courteous town, because I never have these problems at any of the five theaters around here. Nobody gabs loudly, nobody brings babies, no texting, phone calls or popcorn fights. It's a rather pleasant experience except for the price.
 
2012-06-26 01:14:44 PM  
If you can't hold it in for an 1 1/2 - 2 hour movie you are a child.
 
2012-06-26 01:18:00 PM  

Mentalpatient87: I must live in a very courteous town, because I never have these problems at any of the five theaters around here. Nobody gabs loudly, nobody brings babies, no texting, phone calls or popcorn fights. It's a rather pleasant experience except for the price.


So how is the rest of life in Pleasantville?
 
jty
2012-06-26 01:20:48 PM  

bungle_jr: rpm: Snatch Bandergrip: - Projectionists that understand the importance of projector lenses

- Age-restricted showings

- Armed, plainclothes marshal in every theater

- Show older and classic films


It's too bad that theaters primarily get their profits from concessions, since $5 waters, stale popcorn, and boxes of pure sugar don't really do it for me. Smuggle in your own water, some trail mix (healthier, tastier, cheaper, and the lack of sugar rush guarantees I won't nod off halfway through) and beers.

Replace the marshal with ushers that actually do toss people out, and you're describing the theater I go to.

/saw Metropolis with live orchestra in a power plant
//saw Nosferatu with live quartet
///Mad Max with a destruction derby (ok, that one was loud)
//Upcoming Dark Knight marathon FTW!

alamo drafthouse?

just a guess, i've never even been to austin aside from driving thru (VERY slowly) on our way home from corpus christi


I've heard of the Drafthouse from folks on Fark before...sounds great. Here in Saint Louis we have the Moolah theater. Beautifully restored Shriner temple with one screen (one of the largest in the area). Although there is a balcony section and some regular seating, the main floor is covered with very comfy leather couches, love seats, and armchairs, all with end tables. Plus just outside the theater room there is a full bar with very reasonable prices. On the weekends they usually have late-night showings of classics / '80's movies for $5.00, and if you get there early there's a bowling alley downstairs. It's ruined every other theater for me.
 
2012-06-26 01:22:25 PM  
Watched Nesferatu on Halloween eve on the side of this building in the middle of the french quarter hosted by a vampire bar on pirates alley...

/good times
 
2012-06-26 01:33:17 PM  
A few weeks ago, my wife and went to the movies. This couple and their two kids were talking very loudly -- all of them. I couldn't take it anymore. I turned around and told him to be quite. His wife made a gesture with her finger, put her finger down her throat and acted as if she was making herself puke. He told me "I'm grown." I said "So be quite." He called me an asshole and told me to fark off. I told him more sternly to please be quite. He said "I"m grown!!" Then told me to fark off. I wanted to get up and smack him, but didn't. I hadn't been so angry in a long time. If my wife hadn't have been there, holding my hand and going all "calm down!" things would have escalated. Plus, he's got two little kids with him... sheesh... He kept talking for like 2 minutes or so... very tense. But his wife started telling him to be quite. Then he finally shut up.

I glared on the way out. He wouldn't make eye contact. I said, kind of sarcastically, "thanks for being so quite" or something. His wife laughed. Nervous? I dunno.

Yes, this was the cheapo theater.
 
2012-06-26 01:37:52 PM  

BizarreMan: So how is the rest of life in Pleasantville?


People can't farking drive...
 
2012-06-26 01:38:04 PM  

Bhasayate: A few weeks ago, my wife and went to the movies. This couple and their two kids were talking very loudly -- all of them. I couldn't take it anymore. I turned around and told him to be quite. His wife made a gesture with her finger, put her finger down her throat and acted as if she was making herself puke. He told me "I'm grown." I said "So be quite." He called me an asshole and told me to fark off. I told him more sternly to please be quite. He said "I"m grown!!" Then told me to fark off. I wanted to get up and smack him, but didn't. I hadn't been so angry in a long time. If my wife hadn't have been there, holding my hand and going all "calm down!" things would have escalated. Plus, he's got two little kids with him... sheesh... He kept talking for like 2 minutes or so... very tense. But his wife started telling him to be quite. Then he finally shut up.

I glared on the way out. He wouldn't make eye contact. I said, kind of sarcastically, "thanks for being so quite" or something. His wife laughed. Nervous? I dunno.

Yes, this was the cheapo theater.


Why did you want him to be quite?
 
2012-06-26 01:44:16 PM  

keepitcherry: If you can't hold it in for an 1 1/2 - 2 hour movie you are a child.


I'd have to say I agree, either a child or elderly, but apparently a lot of people that are neither suffer from incontinence. Either incontinence, or plain stupidity, because the simple solution to the problem is simply don't drink a fark ton of liquid before you go to the movie you knew you were going to, and then you won't have to get up in the middle. If you are an adult, you should know your body enough to know what you can and can't handle.Or maybe it just doesn't bother them to miss portions of the movie they paid to see. If I pay 8 to 12 dollars to go to a movie, I'm sure as hell experiencing the entire movie.

Having said that, I don't mind when people get up and go to the bathroom during a movie unless they are in my row, and even then they'd have to do it more than once to become bothersome. Making noise is a much, much larger annoyance than someone walking in front of me for a second.
 
rpm
2012-06-26 01:44:28 PM  

bungle_jr: alamo drafthouse?

just a guess, i've never even been to austin aside from driving thru (VERY slowly) on our way home from corpus christi


Yup. It's the only place we'll go. Last movie I saw in a different theater was RotK, never again.
 
2012-06-26 01:45:00 PM  

Bhasayate: A few weeks ago, my wife and went to the movies. This couple and their two kids were talking very loudly -- all of them. I couldn't take it anymore. I turned around and told him to be quite. His wife made a gesture with her finger, put her finger down her throat and acted as if she was making herself puke. He told me "I'm grown." I said "So be quite." He called me an asshole and told me to fark off. I told him more sternly to please be quite. He said "I"m grown!!" Then told me to fark off. I wanted to get up and smack him, but didn't. I hadn't been so angry in a long time. If my wife hadn't have been there, holding my hand and going all "calm down!" things would have escalated. Plus, he's got two little kids with him... sheesh... He kept talking for like 2 minutes or so... very tense. But his wife started telling him to be quite. Then he finally shut up.

I glared on the way out. He wouldn't make eye contact. I said, kind of sarcastically, "thanks for being so quite" or something. His wife laughed. Nervous? I dunno.

Yes, this was the cheapo theater.


Maybe he didn't know what you were talking about?
 
2012-06-26 01:47:07 PM  

Bhasayate: A few weeks ago, my wife and went to the movies. This couple and their two kids were talking very loudly -- all of them. I couldn't take it anymore. I turned around and told him to be quite. His wife made a gesture with her finger, put her finger down her throat and acted as if she was making herself puke. He told me "I'm grown." I said "So be quite." He called me an asshole and told me to fark off. I told him more sternly to please be quite. He said "I"m grown!!" Then told me to fark off. I wanted to get up and smack him, but didn't. I hadn't been so angry in a long time. If my wife hadn't have been there, holding my hand and going all "calm down!" things would have escalated. Plus, he's got two little kids with him... sheesh... He kept talking for like 2 minutes or so... very tense. But his wife started telling him to be quite. Then he finally shut up.

I glared on the way out. He wouldn't make eye contact. I said, kind of sarcastically, "thanks for being so quite" or something. His wife laughed. Nervous? I dunno.

Yes, this was the cheapo theater.


That's quiet an interesting story their.
 
2012-06-26 01:47:29 PM  

Passive Aggressive Larry: keepitcherry: If you can't hold it in for an 1 1/2 - 2 hour movie you are a child.

I'd have to say I agree, either a child or elderly, but apparently a lot of people that are neither suffer from incontinence. Either incontinence, or plain stupidity, because the simple solution to the problem is simply don't drink a fark ton of liquid before you go to the movie you knew you were going to, and then you won't have to get up in the middle. If you are an adult, you should know your body enough to know what you can and can't handle.Or maybe it just doesn't bother them to miss portions of the movie they paid to see. If I pay 8 to 12 dollars to go to a movie, I'm sure as hell experiencing the entire movie.

Having said that, I don't mind when people get up and go to the bathroom during a movie unless they are in my row, and even then they'd have to do it more than once to become bothersome. Making noise is a much, much larger annoyance than someone walking in front of me for a second.


Exactly. I mean, I'm not trying to be a dick about it - just use common sense. Go before the movie starts and don't buy a 64oz soda. I also don't really mind when people get up to go to the bathroom, I just don't get why you would have to.
 
2012-06-26 01:48:39 PM  

scottydoesntknow: /Can't wait to upload this to FunnyJunk!


Hi, I'm officially here to serve you with a lawsuit from Charles Carreon, Esquire, for defamation. You're due in court in an hour.
 
2012-06-26 01:50:25 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Bhasayate: A few weeks ago, my wife and went to the movies. This couple and their two kids were talking very loudly -- all of them. I couldn't take it anymore. I turned around and told him to be quite. His wife made a gesture with her finger, put her finger down her throat and acted as if she was making herself puke. He told me "I'm grown." I said "So be quite." He called me an asshole and told me to fark off. I told him more sternly to please be quite. He said "I"m grown!!" Then told me to fark off. I wanted to get up and smack him, but didn't. I hadn't been so angry in a long time. If my wife hadn't have been there, holding my hand and going all "calm down!" things would have escalated. Plus, he's got two little kids with him... sheesh... He kept talking for like 2 minutes or so... very tense. But his wife started telling him to be quite. Then he finally shut up.

I glared on the way out. He wouldn't make eye contact. I said, kind of sarcastically, "thanks for being so quite" or something. His wife laughed. Nervous? I dunno.

Yes, this was the cheapo theater.

Maybe he didn't know what you were talking about?


memedepot.com
 
2012-06-26 01:53:01 PM  

gunga galunga: Bhasayate: A few weeks ago, my wife and went to the movies. This couple and their two kids were talking very loudly -- all of them. I couldn't take it anymore. I turned around and told him to be quite. His wife made a gesture with her finger, put her finger down her throat and acted as if she was making herself puke. He told me "I'm grown." I said "So be quite." He called me an asshole and told me to fark off. I told him more sternly to please be quite. He said "I"m grown!!" Then told me to fark off. I wanted to get up and smack him, but didn't. I hadn't been so angry in a long time. If my wife hadn't have been there, holding my hand and going all "calm down!" things would have escalated. Plus, he's got two little kids with him... sheesh... He kept talking for like 2 minutes or so... very tense. But his wife started telling him to be quite. Then he finally shut up.

I glared on the way out. He wouldn't make eye contact. I said, kind of sarcastically, "thanks for being so quite" or something. His wife laughed. Nervous? I dunno.

Yes, this was the cheapo theater.

That's quiet an interesting story their.


us.acidcow.com
 
2012-06-26 01:56:07 PM  

keepitcherry:
Exactly. I mean, I'm not trying to be a dick about it - just use common sense. Go before the movie starts and don't buy a 64oz soda. I also don't really mind when people get up to go to the bathroom, I just don't get why you would have to.


The nerve of people living their lives the way they want to! How dare they drink when they want to.
 
2012-06-26 02:06:30 PM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Cinemuck. The combination of popcorn, soda, and melted chocolate which covers the floors of movie theaters
Rich Hall's Sniglet's


Rich Hall: [riding in the back of an open-top car] This is a 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass. 380 long block. It's called a muscle car. Now, Jeremy Clarkson, your ill-informed and overhyped God of all things automotive and British, will tell you that muscle cars are gutless, that they can't handle the curves, that they have no finesse and no style. He'll tell you that a GTO or a Cutlass can't compare to a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. What he doesn't bother to tell you is that muscle cars were made for young, working American men who put in a bit of overtime so they could have one decent thing in their life. A Ferrari is for a guy with too much money, a mid-life crisis and a combover. Comparing a muscle car to a Ferrari is like comparing Jeremy Clarkson to a real television host. If this car was a woman, it'd be Elizabeth Taylor. If Jeremy Clarkson were a woman, I wouldn't be a Goddamn bit surprised.

/ I miss Rich Hall. Bring him back HBO!
 
2012-06-26 02:13:55 PM  
Went to see The Natural **SPOILERS** and the two guys in front of me left to take a leak, smoke dope whatever, right before the chick shot Robert Redford, and came back right after he showed up with the NY Knights.

I could tell they had no idea what the hell they missed.
 
2012-06-26 02:16:10 PM  
We go to Austin every year for Fantastic Fest, and the Alamo Drafthouse really is the best theater to watch movies in. Great food, buckets of shiner, and a no mercy policy of not spoiling the experience for anyone else. I wish we had one here in Tampa.
 
2012-06-26 02:26:05 PM  
I'm not *that* old; growing up my family always had a television set. The kind with rabbit ear antenna sticking out the back. I remember when I didn't need a TV guide because we only had five channels....and if you wanted to change them you had to physically turn the knob.

The picture was color, of course, but the quality was terrible....but not quite as terrible as the sound quality. A movie theatre was amazing compared to that! I mean, like *amazing*.

It's been true for years; but it's getting more true each day. You reach a point of diminishing returns with technological improvements. Maybe if 3D is your thing - this doesn't apply to you. But for a relatively small investment I can have an amazing big screen, HD TV with surround sound speakers. And I can sit 4 feet from the screen. I've been to movie theatres that have had worse picture quality and probably sound (I'm not an audiophile - but aside from being REALLY LOUD - I think a low-end surround sound system beats most theatres I've been in).

Then factor in the annoying people (let's face it - people are annoying. All of us. I might go to 10 movies before I need to take a piss in the middle of one - but get 100 people just like me in a theatre - and someone is always getting up, coughing, sneezing, moving around, eating loudly, talking to their girlfriend, making out, texting, checking the time, or whatever else.
 
2012-06-26 02:27:45 PM  
I'll never stop shilling for Alamo Drafthouse because they deserve all the business they can get. For those wondering about how it can work(eating/drinking) without being too disturbing:

-Stadium style elevated seating
-Spacious room for the servers to move around
-Loud surround sound system(cant hear others eat)
-Large viewing screen so if you see a head pop up it isn't really blocking anything

All of that combined with the fact if you use your cell or are disturbing others they'll kick your chatty ass out makes them my go-to theater.

Last non-AD theater: Regal Cinema for Wall-E. Two people were using cell phones. Workers repeatedly asked them not to use the cell-nobody was kicked and they kept going. Will not return even if I have a gift card.

/Magnited we stand.
 
2012-06-26 02:30:24 PM  
Or just go to Cinepolis. Reserved seating, alcohol, 21 and up only showings, recliners in pairs so the only person next to you is the person you came with and real food.
 
2012-06-26 02:31:02 PM  

TNel: keepitcherry:
Exactly. I mean, I'm not trying to be a dick about it - just use common sense. Go before the movie starts and don't buy a 64oz soda. I also don't really mind when people get up to go to the bathroom, I just don't get why you would have to.

The nerve of people living their lives the way they want to! How dare they drink when they want to.


And what if you were about to leave for a long road trip with a few other people, would you purposely eat that big burrito that you know always gives you bad gas and the shiats? Do you have have to eat that burrito at that exact moment, knowing you had to be in a car with other people the next several hours? "But I really wanted it and I'm going to live my life the way I want to." Ok, that line of thinking is fine, but don't be surprised when other people think you are kinda stupid. And don't be surprised if them having to accommodate you, because you don't have any self control, can sometimes get on their nerves a little bit.

Whatever, as long as you aren't announcing to the entire theater that you have to pee every time you get up to use the restroom, I don't really care. It just doesn't make sense to me why you'd drink a lot before going to a movie.
 
2012-06-26 02:31:04 PM  
When I was a kid I went to a theater in Monroe, LA to see The Empire Strikes Back. At the rear of the theater was a glassed in room with about 4 rows of seats and its own speaker system. It was the smoking section and it farking ruled.
 
2012-06-26 02:32:09 PM  
Older people are always quiet and respectful during a movie.

Bullsh*t
 
2012-06-26 02:33:18 PM  

Karma Chameleon: This is why, for me, it is well worth it to wait until the movie is out on disc and/or streaming.


If you're watching a drama or comedy you're not paying money for special effects anyway. You sure as hell aren't allowed to enjoy a theatre atmosphere anymore.

I generally only watch "loud" (read: action) movies on big screen anymore. Yet when we saw Prometheus noises from the playroom (which unfortunately happened to be right under us) still bled into our ears. It's amazing how cheap theatres have gotten, yet they still expect you to pay an arm and a leg.

CSB: At a theatre in Columbus, OH I wore sound-canceling earphones anyway. No, they weren't hooked up to anything. They had the sound system turned up so loud that it was consistently above my threshold of pain. The movie could show a conversation spoken in whispers and I could understand every word through the earphones. Again, every dollar spent on tickets was just to make the most of what were highly anticipated effects.
 
2012-06-26 02:35:53 PM  

Passive Aggressive Larry: TNel: keepitcherry:
Exactly. I mean, I'm not trying to be a dick about it - just use common sense. Go before the movie starts and don't buy a 64oz soda. I also don't really mind when people get up to go to the bathroom, I just don't get why you would have to.

The nerve of people living their lives the way they want to! How dare they drink when they want to.

And what if you were about to leave for a long road trip with a few other people, would you purposely eat that big burrito that you know always gives you bad gas and the shiats? Do you have have to eat that burrito at that exact moment, knowing you had to be in a car with other people the next several hours? "But I really wanted it and I'm going to live my life the way I want to." Ok, that line of thinking is fine, but don't be surprised when other people think you are kinda stupid. And don't be surprised if them having to accommodate you, because you don't have any self control, can sometimes get on their nerves a little bit.

Whatever, as long as you aren't announcing to the entire theater that you have to pee every time you get up to use the restroom, I don't really care. It just doesn't make sense to me why you'd drink a lot before going to a movie.


having to pee in a place where you can easily get up and walk to a bathroom is quite different from being confined to a small space that you are filling up with your bean farts.
 
2012-06-26 02:38:02 PM  
When I was a kid they had these things called Drive-ins. Some of you punks were probably conceived in one.
 
2012-06-26 03:01:37 PM  

dragonchild: CSB: At a theatre in Columbus, OH I wore sound-canceling earphones anyway. No, they weren't hooked up to anything. They had the sound system turned up so loud that it was consistently above my threshold of pain. The movie could show a conversation spoken in whispers and I could understand every word through the earphones. Again, every dollar spent on tickets was just to make the most of what were highly anticipated effects.


They have to turn the sound up that loud so you can hear over all the assholes talking and being obnoxious with their food.
 
2012-06-26 03:11:28 PM  

Psycoholic_Slag: When I was a kid they had these things called Drive-ins. Some of you punks were probably conceived in one.


No, I wasn't conceived at a Drive-In, but I lost my parents when they went to see "Closed for the Winter"
 
2012-06-26 03:31:31 PM  
What farking movie theater do ya'll go to?

In all the years I have gone to movies, only once have I had a bad experience. It was Matrix Revolution and it wasn't because of the people around me.
 
2012-06-26 03:35:29 PM  
I keep going back and forth on going to the movies. It seems random, but every other movie we've been to has featured jackasses in the audience. Not the "this guy right beside me is an idiot" type, but the sort that gets the whole audience agitated. We went to see Larry Crown and were the youngest "kids" in the audience (we're both 35). Yeah, the movie sucked, but it will always be pleasant to me because the folks watching it were so respectful.

It sure does beat the folks who throw their drinks through the air or constantly text the whole time.
 
2012-06-26 03:35:40 PM  

Hobo Jr.: What farking movie theater do ya'll go to?

In all the years I have gone to movies, only once have I had a bad experience. It was Matrix Revolution and it wasn't because of the people around me.


only times i've really not thoroughly enjoyed the movie-going experience, aside from disappointment in the movie itself, was from going during crowded times, especially between 7 and 11 on friday or saturday nights when the majority of teen/young-adult crowds go
 
2012-06-26 03:49:18 PM  

keepitcherry: If you can't hold it in for an 1 1/2 - 2 hour movie you are a child.


Then I guess I'm a child, but at least I'm not risking bladder issues later on down the line.

My health > your movie
 
2012-06-26 03:50:57 PM  

keepitcherry: Exactly. I mean, I'm not trying to be a dick about it - just use common sense. Go before the movie starts and don't buy a 64oz soda. I also don't really mind when people get up to go to the bathroom, I just don't get why you would have to.


I do go before the movie, I usually don't get a beverage, and I still end up having to get up to use the restroom. Why can't you just deal with the fact that not everybody's body is wired exactly like yours?
 
2012-06-26 03:54:17 PM  

Hobo Jr.: What farking movie theater do ya'll go to?

In all the years I have gone to movies, only once have I had a bad experience. It was Matrix Revolution and it wasn't because of the people around me.


More importantly, WHEN do you go to the theater? If I go on opening weekend, there's usually some assholes texting or chatting. If I go on a weekday, it's usually so empty there's not a problem.

Psycoholic_Slag: When I was a kid they had these things called Drive-ins.


I just went to a drive-in this weekend (Unadilla, NY). I love the place because it is super cheap and has great, cheap snacks, but nowadays too many people drive SUVs and it can be impossible to see the screen if you're parked behind one.
 
2012-06-26 03:57:22 PM  
"It's a good thing they make you turn off your bazookas before movies man, or every one of my theater-going experiences would end in smoldering crater fashion." - Strong Bad Email #167: The Movies
 
2012-06-26 04:03:21 PM  
I'm down with age-restrictions in theaters.

I went to see a 10:00 showing of Prometheus last weekend, and the theater wasn't really full, so I expected no trouble from the other people around me. Then, a couple walk in with their four or five-year-old daughter, and sit right farking next to me. C'mon, bringing a kid to a SF/horror movie? Luckily, she fell asleep and stayed asleep during the violent bits.

Back when American Gangster was in theaters, a couple came in with an infant, and gave the kid a damn rattle to play with during the film. Seriously, no consideration for everyone else in the theater.
 
2012-06-26 04:11:14 PM  

State_College_Arsonist: I'm down with age-restrictions in theaters.

I went to see a 10:00 showing of Prometheus last weekend, and the theater wasn't really full, so I expected no trouble from the other people around me. Then, a couple walk in with their four or five-year-old daughter, and sit right farking next to me. C'mon, bringing a kid to a SF/horror movie? Luckily, she fell asleep and stayed asleep during the violent bits.

Back when American Gangster was in theaters, a couple came in with an infant, and gave the kid a damn rattle to play with during the film. Seriously, no consideration for everyone else in the theater.


my wife and i were guilty once of taking our infant son to the movies to see "book of eli". we had free tix, and chose a time that wasn't overly crowded, and we were prepared to leave if he became a disturbance.

much to our pleasure he cried ONCE for only a couple of seconds at the first loud noise, and he slept thru the rest of the movie.
 
2012-06-26 04:35:58 PM  

Masterstuff: I'll never stop shilling for Alamo Drafthouse because they deserve all the business they can get. For those wondering about how it can work(eating/drinking) without being too disturbing:

-Stadium style elevated seating
-Spacious room for the servers to move around
-Loud surround sound system(cant hear others eat)
-Large viewing screen so if you see a head pop up it isn't really blocking anything

All of that combined with the fact if you use your cell or are disturbing others they'll kick your chatty ass out makes them my go-to theater.

Last non-AD theater: Regal Cinema for Wall-E. Two people were using cell phones. Workers repeatedly asked them not to use the cell-nobody was kicked and they kept going. Will not return even if I have a gift card.

/Magnited we stand.


And don't forget - no kids, as well. I absolutely love going to the Drafthouse for a movie. Not to mention their awesome selection of craft beers you can enjoy during the show.

Eat, drink, be merry -- but if you disturb anyone, you're outta here!
 
2012-06-26 04:38:54 PM  
Simple solution to 95% of all movie theater audience problems:

1) Each multiplex should reserve some theaters for people who are willing to pay $1 more per ticket

2) Those theaters have bouncers. Not ushers. BOUNCERS.

And while you're at it, you could also...

- For $1 more get a non-shiatty snack, like apples or bananas or cookies or tea

- On your way back out of the theater, you get a $1-off-your-next-movie coupon for every item you put in the trash yourself (like your banana peel)
 
2012-06-26 04:41:35 PM  
I would kill for a drafthouse to open in Toronto
 
2012-06-26 04:54:01 PM  
I was drinking with my girlfriend at the movies a few weeks ago and I accidentally kicked the beer I snuck in over. It hit the guy's shoes in front of me and he didn't even notice, he must have reeked after. I'm guessing I would end up in the dome pretty quick under that system.

/girl was soooo pissed about that
 
2012-06-26 05:01:08 PM  

SnakeLee: I was drinking with my girlfriend at the movies a few weeks ago and I accidentally kicked the beer I snuck in over. It hit the guy's shoes in front of me and he didn't even notice, he must have reeked after. I'm guessing I would end up in the dome pretty quick under that system.

/girl was soooo pissed about that


I did that the dollar theater when I was a youngster. Only it was a bottle, a 40oz bottle. It rolled down several rows. Good thing there was nobody else in the theater besides my degenerate friend and I, oh and the box office guy/ticket taker/candy counter vendor/projectionist/usher (yeah it was a one man show) was too lazy to care.
 
2012-06-26 05:03:10 PM  
If you have an iPic near you, I strongly recommend going there. It's 21+ so no children or obnoxious teenagers. They serve you good food and drinks during the movie if you sit in the premium seating, but the regular seating still allows you to bring in food/drinks from the bar/restaurant and they have little tables for each seat. The premium seating are recliners and they will provide you blankets and pillows if you want. There is even a compartment for your stuff during the movie. I only do the premium seating when I'm eating dinner there, but the regular seating is just as comfortable. The seats start almost half way back in the theater so there is no bad seats really. The regular seating rows are so far apart that even if people do get up and go to the bathroom, you don't need to get up or move to let them pass.

It is expensive, but it's worth it to me because I have a pleasant movie-going experience. With no one under 21 allowed in and the higher cost keeping out the riff raff who are just there to hang out instead of watch a movie, it's quiet during the movie. Of course if someone does talk the seats are so far apart that you typically won't really hear the person.

The staff is also really nice and professional - probably because the place isn't run by teenagers like most theaters.

I only had one really bad experience and that was when the theater was empty except for one couple who came in late, ended up getting their assigned seats right next to ours, and then proceeded to talk the whole time and for some reason kept shining his cell phone flashlight right into our faces. I think he started to do it because we looked at him when he was texting because all of a sudden it got really bright and directed at us. They were rude enough to prove certain stereotypes right and that's all I will say about that.
 
2012-06-26 05:06:27 PM  

Snatch Bandergrip: Our local AMC does the dinner thing. Never done it, so I have to ask: How in the hell can you eat a fork-and-knife meal in the middle of a movie theater? Is it not disruptive to have waiters running about?


Been to several, never had a problem with noise from other people eating or waiters getting in the way. A lot of discount theaters are doing this cheaper movies and good food =good date with the wife.
 
2012-06-26 05:18:00 PM  

tbartman68: Masterstuff: I'll never stop shilling for Alamo Drafthouse because they deserve all the business they can get. For those wondering about how it can work(eating/drinking) without being too disturbing:

-Stadium style elevated seating
-Spacious room for the servers to move around
-Loud surround sound system(cant hear others eat)
-Large viewing screen so if you see a head pop up it isn't really blocking anything

All of that combined with the fact if you use your cell or are disturbing others they'll kick your chatty ass out makes them my go-to theater.

Last non-AD theater: Regal Cinema for Wall-E. Two people were using cell phones. Workers repeatedly asked them not to use the cell-nobody was kicked and they kept going. Will not return even if I have a gift card.

/Magnited we stand.

And don't forget - no kids, as well. I absolutely love going to the Drafthouse for a movie. Not to mention their awesome selection of craft beers you can enjoy during the show.

Eat, drink, be merry -- but if you disturb anyone, you're outta here!


The location I went to allows kids for some reason. They're still under the Do Not Disturb rules but they still can be a tad annoying. Last movie I saw was The Avengers and a kid next to me was fidgety for the most part and it didn't help that mom got him cookies from the menu. Then again he got so quietlygiddy whenever Iron Man was on screen so that bit of :3 made it not so annoying.
 
2012-06-26 05:35:32 PM  

Snatch Bandergrip: - Age-restricted showings


Do you live near a theater that sells alcohol? I do... solves that issue!
 
2012-06-26 05:41:26 PM  

Masterstuff: tbartman68: Masterstuff: I'll never stop shilling for Alamo Drafthouse because they deserve all the business they can get. For those wondering about how it can work(eating/drinking) without being too disturbing:

-Stadium style elevated seating
-Spacious room for the servers to move around
-Loud surround sound system(cant hear others eat)
-Large viewing screen so if you see a head pop up it isn't really blocking anything

All of that combined with the fact if you use your cell or are disturbing others they'll kick your chatty ass out makes them my go-to theater.

Last non-AD theater: Regal Cinema for Wall-E. Two people were using cell phones. Workers repeatedly asked them not to use the cell-nobody was kicked and they kept going. Will not return even if I have a gift card.

/Magnited we stand.

And don't forget - no kids, as well. I absolutely love going to the Drafthouse for a movie. Not to mention their awesome selection of craft beers you can enjoy during the show.

Eat, drink, be merry -- but if you disturb anyone, you're outta here!

The location I went to allows kids for some reason. They're still under the Do Not Disturb rules but they still can be a tad annoying. Last movie I saw was The Avengers and a kid next to me was fidgety for the most part and it didn't help that mom got him cookies from the menu. Then again he got so quietlygiddy whenever Iron Man was on screen so that bit of :3 made it not so annoying.


I'm surprised they let him in - maybe that's the downside to franchising - your location got an owner with a little bit smaller balls & needier wallet......
 
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