The Top 5 Things Not to Do While Watching a Movie in Public

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I love going to watch movies. It’s something I look forward to each and every week. I’ve had a bad string of luck recently. Every movie has been plagued with people who don’t understand what is and isn’t socially appropriate to do while watching a movie in public. I constructed this list based on my past experiences.

1) Talking

Talking is the most annoying and obvious thing you shouldn’t do while in a theatre. If you want to talk, go to Starbucks. Everyone paid to see the movie, they didn’t pay to listen to you talk about yourself or problems.

2) Going to a Movie While You’re Sick

If you’re sick, don’t go to the theatre. The last thing people want to do is hear you cough or sniff for two hours. You’re subconsciously telling everyone else in the theatre that your enjoyment is more important than the other 200 people in the auditorium. A person can ask another person to put their phone away, or stop talking – but how do you tell a sick person to not be sick? You can’t. Telling someone they shouldn’t be at a theatre is A LOT different than telling them to please be quiet.

If you’re the type of person who goes to movies while sick, you probably also park in front of stores and block traffic. If you’ve ever called someone out for this, they will likely tell you that they only have to run into the store to grab a couple things. I almost feel like saying to these people, “So does everyone else. Now go park your car”.

3) Checking Your Phone

If you need to check your phone or send a text, leave the theatre. In a dark theatre your phone is pretty much a flashlight. Placing your phone below your seat or covering it with your body does not work. People can still see it.

4) Adding Your Own Commentary

Save the insights and remarks till the end of the film. If you think you’re adding to others enjoyment, you’re not. If your goal was to draw attention to yourself and away from the film, then congratulations you succeeded. Don’t spoil my movie because you feel the need to validate yourself in public.

5) Excessive Eating

I’ll eat food while watching movies. I will however not eat an entire meal. If you’re hungry enough to go to a buffet, then go to a buffet. Don’t bring the buffet into the theatre. If All I hear from you is munch, munch, munch or crunch, crunch, crunch you successfully ruined my movie.

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