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      CommentAuthorExploder
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    I don't think I've ever had that kind of experience at the theater. The occasional talking, but that's usually not so bad. I work in an arthouse theater where using a cell phone inside would pretty instantly have you cast out. I can't imagine where you're going that people are actually having full conversations in the movie. Unless that movie is Transformers, in which case who cares, because it's one of the worst movies ever made and there's no reason to pay attention to it, as the plot is inane to the point of nonsense.
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    oh my god. fried chicken and malt liquor at the movies. im sooooo fucking down for this. why isnt there one of these in phoenix?
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    I try not to talk in movies. Except that one time me and my best friend went to see Hot Fuzz and laughed so hard the whole way through we could hardly see the damn movie.
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    "Personally, I think years of churning out dreary tosh and expecting me to pay almost £10 for the privilege of having my knees realigned whilst watching may have killed it more than anything."

    I totally agree. I can count on a carpenters hand how many movies I have seen that were sold out, and still have a finger(s) left over. Yet they insist on building these huge theaters with an ungodly amount of seats that they never fill.
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      CommentAuthorToga
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    Do you think if they put ushers back into the theater it would curb bad cell phone behavior and bad theater behavior in general?
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    I havn't seen a new film in the theatre inat least seven months. I go here:

    Why?

    * I can buy tea
    * They have a wonderful outside restroom area. Seriously. It's as nice as the lobby.
    * Great mood lighting
    * No cell phone yacking/etc.
    * Normal tickets are $8, and students my age can watch silent movies like NOSFERATU (with live bands) for the same price.

    The other theater in town is the K-Mart of movie theaters. Ugh.
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    When I lived in Pennsylvania we had a local family owned small theater that was the same way. It had two screens and played all the hard to find movies. It was the only theater within 30 miles that played Crash, The Notorious Betty Paige, A Scanner Darkly, and several other "not ready for mass appeal" movies.
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      CommentAuthorDerleth
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    I have this recurring fantasy wherein I make the asshole who chatters into his lite-up cell (mobile) eat the fucking thing. Everyone cheers, he slumps in his seat silent and unconscious, and we all sit back to enjoy the upcoming film, because the previews are just ending.

    Oh, and before that, I scream about how ludicrous five dollars for a small soda is at the manager of the place until he is reduced to a blubbering mess.
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    "Oh, and before that, I scream about how ludicrous five dollars for a small soda is at the manager of the place until he is reduced to a blubbering mess."

    This makes me wish that bowel disruptor's were not just imaginary devices.
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      CommentAuthorColdWarKid
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    I too remember when the ushers actually did something at a the cinema. One couldn't even put their feet up without them kindly asking you not to do so. I also fall into that category of 16-25 year olds, though, I'm at the end of it, so it's not as if i am talking ancient history here.

    Thanks to my irregular hour job, i tend to go during the week, right when the theater opens. As long as school is in, it's usually quiet.

    I went to see "Into the Wild" a few weeks back and there was a small group of 50-60 year olds, sitting in the row in front of me, talking through most of it. So i don't think it's just the younger generation which is the problem, i think it's people in general. As others have already said, everyone is in their own bubble, and they only seem to care about their own veiwing experience.
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      CommentAuthorelizabeth
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    I havn't seen a new film in the theatre inat least seven months. I go here:


    Okay. Where the hell is that?
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      CommentAuthorelizabeth
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    I haven't noticed an abundance of yammering while at the movies. We maybe go about once per month.

    Of course, from here on out and until the end of time, I'm sure to notice. Thanks, everyone.

    *rages*
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    Looks over the replies and I am filled with the warmth only one of Warren's forums can bring.

    Its allot like whiskey.
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    Okay. Where the hell is that?


    Elizabeth: its the Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine.
    • CommentAuthorKunundrum
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    If you want the beer and chicken in the movies, find a Magic Johnson theater. They're usually in really bad areas, and don't go if you want to actually enjoy the movie it's self.
    • CommentAuthorNecros
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    Movie Theaters really need to rethink their policies as the number of people going to the movies falls, and alternative means of entertainment are now readily available. Instead of just jacking up prices and complaining about bootleg internet piracy, maybe they could make the experience more enjoyable...raise the bar, perhaps insist on a certain amount of audience decorum, have the ushers actually do something ...
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      CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    I hate cell phones. Not sometimes, all the time. I may hate them most at the movies. But more so, I hate the people who are so goddamn attached to them that they can't turn them off. It's not that f'ing important. Leave the phone off and check for messages after the flick. Last time I was in a theater I wanted to get up, walk over to the group of kids cellying about and curse them a blue streak. Assess your life!! Get over your stupid digital accessories. They don't make you any cooler. And most of all get them out of the freaking movie theater. Sh!t, now I'm aggrivated. Stupid cellys and their idot users...
    • CommentAuthorShawn
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
     (227.18)
    I LOVE the experience of seeing a film in the theatre. Sooo many GREAt experiences, but also (and notice I did not at first say, 'I LOVE the experience of going to the movie theater') some pretty bad ones. When I go, I like to be stoned, and with my tolerance that usually means I need my wife to basically just steer me in and handle all interactions with people. I'm there to be COMPLETELY FUCKING ABSORBED into whatever I see. IF someone is talking, this brings on all many of stoned-related problems, quasi-paranoia-like problems (like how to say something and when). Even just having people talk through the trailers can set it off, because the people that are almost always yaking or moving around with ADD spasms for a 2 MINUTE TRAILER are almost always going to be the people who do something to piss You off while the actual film you are there to see is on. Most of the time I end up waiting, waiting, waiting and then finally just saying something to the effect of 'could you shut the fuck up'. Usually it works. One day I have no doubt this will cause an even bigger disruption, as someone will no doubt stand up and demand my blood. Depends on the flick, the theater, etc. Also, I find it is a very good thing to go out of Your way to arrive early enough to sit in the absolute back row, because if You have to say something like that to someone, You DO NOT want them sitting behind You, a vantage from which they can further ruin Your experience by throwing popcorn or kicking chairs.
    Lately most of my experiences have been great, but they've been few. I saw No Country for Old Men last night, and indeed, as Dezknife testified, it was AMAZING. What was even more amazing was for a film with pretty much NO music, and many silent, wind-swept passages, and a very nice, slow but unrelenting pace (and I mean that as a good thing) NO ONE talked. Not once. I feared it from at the start, but not one peep. And on top of it, when it ended, whereas I've heard some audiences have booed, there was an expectant collective inhale, and then actual fucking applause. APPLAUSE. I do not remember the last time that happened to me.
    • CommentAuthorShawn
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
     (227.19)
    Mark R - what about those goddamn nextel walkie talkie phones, that make that funky noise when they're in walkie mode or whatever. I hate those in everyday life but I swear, if I ever have that in a film, I'll get up and call the perp out.

    Incidentally, one time a friend of mine who did some stand up comedy for a while had an ignorant girl in the front row talking on her phone and after a while he reached down, snatched the device from her hands and told the person on the other end, 'she'll call you back'.
    Great, but then the boyfriend got involved and he almost had a gang of meatheads break his face

    Thought you'd appreciate that
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      CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
     (227.20)
    I'd pay to see that comedian do his act. Hell, I'd pay him to go to the movies with me.

    Thanks Shawn

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