The San Diego Reader has produced a list of twelve commandments for movie theater etiquette. For more on patron behavior, check out Christy Lemire’s recent article in the Chicago Sun-Times.
At the local amc in rockaway, sometimes the moviegoers can get rowdy, especially at the night showings. Good thing they have security on Saturdays.
I still remember attending a midnight showing of “The Warriors” at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA afew years ago, and the audience, mostly young college kids, was fairly rowdy, many of them drunk off of the a**es. What was more annoying, this woman in back of me, who was also drunk off of her butt, began kicking the back of my chair. Fortunately, a polite request for her to stop got some good results, and I was able to continue to enjoy the film.
I also might add that, while unacceptable behavior in movie theaters always has been a problem, the advent of cell phones and texting has definitely helped take unacceptable movie theater behavior to new and unprecedented levels.
It is longer an event to go to the movies,I got in on the tail end of that era,where on Saturday nights,people often dressed as if they were going to church.You know the kind of people you want to hang with; not some drunk that MPol wrote about.
I still consider it an event to go to a movie, if it’s one of the great, golden oldie-but-keeper classics, and, for me, especially if it’s West Side Story! I dress casually when I go to the movies; a clean, well-pressed pair of pants or shorts, depending on the weather, a clean, decent shirt or blouse, rather than a somewhat run-down T-Shirt.
When I go to see West Side Story, I always make sure to wear a red top, or, if not a red top, at least something with red in it.