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    Strange happenings at the theater

    I don't know why this thought popped into my brain but while I was at work, I for some reason thought back to folks from a number of years ago bitching about how bad watching movies in the theaters were, may it be someone bringing a crying child into a movie, someone talking over it and a people doing shit that they should've waited to get home to do. It's this reason I've decided to make a thread where, if anyone has funny or strange stories that occurred while at a movie theater, we can discuss them and perhaps as a way to look back fondly at the movie going experience since COVID is more than like brutally murder it to death.

    I remember seeing Avatar the weekend it came out (The James Cameron movie, not to be confused with the cartoon series). The movie was going good as normal when, towards the middle act or so, someone in the backrow shouted "DON'T TOUCH ME, MAN!! DON'T FUCKING TOUCH ME!!" He kept yelling that over and over again even after an number of folks in the theater told him to shush. Eventually, he threw he 3d glasses at the screen and stormed out of the theater. I had no clue what transpired that caused him to do that. I saw the movie with my 2 older brothers and, as we were leaving the movie, I asked one of them what they thought of the movie. His response was "I think I'm gonna find who ever was yelling during the movie and kick his ass.".

    So that was my funny theater story. Any of you guys had anything funny/distracting/weird happen while you were at a movie theater?

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    I was in university at BYU in 2014 and the kick butt film was Captain America: Winter Soldier was released. I was with my cousin and his friend.

    It was summer time and the film moved from the main screen to the dollar theater.

    We decided to either watch that film or Godzilla. We chose to watch Winter Soldier.

    At the end of the film, some random guy yelled out: "IT'S TRUE! IT'S ALL TRUE! LOOK IT UP! IT'S THE UN (UNITED NATIONS)! THEY ARE SPYING ON YOU!"

    That was a very cringe thing.

    My cousins friend sank in seat saying: "I dont wanna get shot in a dollar theater"

    Fortunately, nothing happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmanmark08 View Post
    We decided to either watch that film or Godzilla. We chose to watch Winter Soldier.
    My disappointment has reached a level I didn't know was possible.

    Then again, that was one of the worst Godzilla movies (at least all the parts with forgettable people in it. The parts with Godzilla on-screen were great!).

    As for my own story...well the worst experience I can recall was watching Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark with my sister a year or two ago. I don't often go to the theater but we were huge fans of the book series and were curious about how it would be adapted to the silver screen. The movie was alright, similarly to Godzilla there was little focus on the subject matter and tons of characterization for the cast that nobody cared about. The problem was that we were seated right next to about 4 kids who absolutely WOULD NOT shut up. Their mom/babysitter was sitting right next to them too and was playing on her phone the entire time. I don't know if other states have this, but we were viewing the movie at a place called "The Movie Tavern" which is sort of a combo restaurant/theater. You get a big leather seat and a fold-down table. They have alcohol & decent food, not to mention that they are usually placed in affluent areas (i was living in a VERY expensive suburb of Philly at the time) so the clientele is usually comparatively respectful of the movie-going experience. We were just mega-unlucky I suppose to be seated next to these kids that were outright wrestling and running around despite being talked to by the staff & other patrons 5+ times.

    One experience that's a fonder memory is when I went to see the Haunted Mansion movie (Eddie Murphy, i think?) at the oldest theater in Pennsylvania. It looked a lot like a haunted mansion, really. the place has a single screen/room inside and the staff more or less locks up and turns out the lights after their single showing each evening. Well...my mom's wallet & keys had fallen out of her pocket at some point and by the time we got back to the car the lights were out & doors locked. Thankfully there actually were a few staff members cleaning up inside who heard us knocking out front and we got everything sorted out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    My disappointment has reached a level I didn't know was possible.

    Then again, that was one of the worst Godzilla movies (at least all the parts with forgettable people in it. The parts with Godzilla on-screen were great!).
    Yeah, 2014 Godzilla was trash.they tried to focus on the human characters, which is...dumb, but ok. But the problem there is that most of the characters are boring as hell. The main guy is so bland and generic, and hes in the film for far too long. Even ken Watanabe was shit.
    The only character that was decent was Bryan Cranston and
    they killed him off. Why????!!!

    Not to mention the 2 times they tease the fights and stop st the best parts. No one watches a Godzilla movie to see Goszilla from miles away or on a phone.
    Though when he ripped the MUTO's mouth open and flame breathable into his throat is incredibly bad ass.



    Enough ranting about that crappy GodIlla film.
    I have a similar experience to Zemekis. Ironically, in a similar type of theater. We have "Cinema Cafe" which is basically the same as Zemekis described. Booze, decent food, and nice leather seats. I dont remember what movie I was watching, but there were 3 young women behind us laughing and being extremely rude through another half the film. I think one of us eventually turned around and told them to shut the hell up. They looked rather pissed, but thankfully obliged.

    This isnt a strange happening, but it's one of the funniest.
    Again, with friends. I have no clue what the film was, but there was a preview for Legion. When the scene with the old lady jumps on the ceiling like she's in The Exorcist, one of my friends screamed "GRANDMA, NO!" and the entire theater burst out laughing.
    Best
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    There was also the time when my dead read the movie times wrong and we got tickets to see Big Fish when it was half over.
    That was pretty weird.
    I would love to know what the people around us thought as 3 people walked into the film half way through lol.


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    Oh I just remembered one! I used to go see the Paranormal Activity movies when they released on Halloween night. PA 2 is a bit of a special memory for me because it was the first place I ever drove alone after getting my driver's license. At the beginning of the movie, the man and woman are setting up a camera to film a sex tape or something and some guy in the theater says "Where's his bulge?" a little too loud and everyone laughed.
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    My first girlfriend was adventurous. I don't think I need to elaborate on that "theatre story", lol.

    I can't really think of anything else in particular. I'm probably just assuming, but I get the impression that US cinemas are much noisier. I don't remember anybody yelling like Starwind described. Maybe Brits are better at shutting the fuck up, but sometimes I'd beg to differ.

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    I didn't go out to watch movies all that much. The last one that was memorable for me was when myself, my friend, and her younger cousin went to see that Chainsaw Massacre movie remake. I think it came out in 2002 or 2003. Somewhere around there. The entire time her cousin was scared so I started making jokes about Chainsaw wanting to get laid. I had other people laughing. To be stupid and 16 again. lol

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