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David Miller
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Posted: 27 October 2017 at 1:15pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Again, this is a theory I've developed that helps me enjoy movies. I started conceiving it as a way of enduring live theater, which I don't usually enjoy, but am often obligated to see plenty of.  
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Posted: 27 October 2017 at 1:20pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Okay, debate is always good so happy to explore this further.

If there was a film you really wanted to see and enjoy (let's imagine a deep/profound sci-fi movie or an atmospheric horror), and you wanted to fully concentrate on the plot and absorb all the art, how would you feel about sitting next to someone whose phone kept ringing? 
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Posted: 27 October 2017 at 1:25pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

What Regal's plan means is that if other theaters are showing the same film, Regal is going to have plenty of empty seats.

I don't go to movies nearly as often as I used to, and the prime reason is that tickets cost too much. 


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Posted: 27 October 2017 at 1:30pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

If they annoyed me, I'd tell them so. If they kept talking, it'd be like this: https://youtu.be/b-dtPr_c5Mw

I've noticed when aggrieved filmgoers launch into vigilante mode against somebody in their row, they almost inevitably extend their relatively minor inconvenience into a disruption for the entire audience as if they decided if someone texts next to them, they'd rather ruin the movie for everybody. 


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Well, I don't do that. I am discreet. If someone is getting really loud, I'll slip away and tell an employee (thus missing a scene). I don't believe in turning an inconvenience into something bigger.

I don't really think it is a minor inconvenience. Relatively speaking, it's a minor inconvenience when compared to having an operation or crashing a car; but totally within the context of a movie, it's nice to hear dialogue. And even scenes without dialogue. 
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A couple years ago a National Review writer wrote about how he was almost arrested for grabbing some woman's phone and throwing it across a theater. While I saw his point, I thought if I'd been struck by that fucking phone I would have pressed charges myself. 
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With only one exception, most of the times I've had issues in theaters, they all involved the presence of kids. The last time, we went to see FIFTY SHADES DARKER, and a couple brought a 3 or 4 year old with them. We talked to theater staff on the way out, and they said that if we had told them, they'd have thrown the people out.

The one incident that wasn't child related involved someone sitting in the same row who kept getting up from their seat to leave the theater and coming back. The theater was packed, so moving to get away from them wasn't an option, since the only free seats were garbage. (I can see getting up 2 to 3 times, but when you get up more than that....get the hell out.)

 


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