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Another Bad Movie Experience

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by unixfish, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    A bit ago, I posted about really young kids / babies in a movie theater.

    Yesterday, the Wife, the Boy, and I went to see the second Ant Man movie. I wrapped up work a bit early, and we headed out. Again, we had a bad experience.

    We had a group of women a few rows behind us that laughed - very loudly - at every line, whether it was funny or not, or meant to be funny or not. Even a drama scene line along the lines of "Hmmm, we need to go back to the lab and figure this out", and these women were "HA, HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!" We were all irritated - but we held our tongues. They were loud enough that the whole theater heard them.

    I thought they were elderly (you know how 70-somethings laugh), or maybe challenged in some way (what is the correct term here?). When the movie ended, we looked back, and it appeared to be a 30-something group of women. My guess is they had ladies' day (the movie started at 16:30 [4:30 PM]), and had been drinking heavily before it started. None of them appeared to be "challenged", but you never know for sure.

    Maybe we should have asked someone at the theater to intervene? I think there was only a handful of people working there (we paid for tickets, and there was nobody to take them; we just walked into the theater with the full tickets in pocket). I always fear an assistance home brings people to the theater for an outing, and we are reporting them for not being "normal" (however that is defined). This does not appear to be the case, but again - you never know.

    So, we are two for two in the "bad movie theater experience" category this summer. This is why we normally rent or stream, but we do - or at least used to - enjoy going to the theater.
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  2. 68tele

    68tele Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 26, 2003
    East Northport NY
    Let management know next time. No reason to suffer in silence.
  3. Unionjack515

    Unionjack515 Tele-Holic

    Jan 24, 2016
    Batavia, IL
    People are too big a variable. I generally only watch at home as well. Participating in any activity open to the public, paying or not, requires extremely low expectations. Expect the worst, be pleasantly surprised with anything better.
  4. PCollen

    PCollen Tele-Afflicted

    May 7, 2010
    Man of the World

    I would have stood up every time they did that, stretched out my arms and then scratched my ass, and farted (made a fart sound know). If they then complained about THAT, my excuse would be that they laughed every time I did it and so I thought they liked it.
  5. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    I almost hate to admit I am getting this way as well. I don't want to admit this is probably an age thing, but I am firmly middle aged now. Add drunk idiots stumbling around and spilling beer on you at a show, and it's a wonder I ever leave the house.
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  6. Billnchristy

    Billnchristy Tele-Holic

    Sep 21, 2017
    I honestly cannot stand being in public anymore, so many rude and self centered people who ruin other peoples experience with their ignorance.

    We left a show that was really good and would have been a great experience if it wasn’t for the a-holes attending it.

    It doesn’t happen enough to keep me from going to artists I enjoy but I probably won’t experiment with other genres because of that show.
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  7. EddieLocrian

    EddieLocrian Tele-Holic

    Feb 7, 2014
    Yup always a bit apprehensive when the movie is about to begin (waiting for all the 'screens' to go off and the people to shut up), else its confrontation time, who wants that?

    Was NEVER a thing back in the 70s/80s even 90s. People just knew how to behave. In the UK there is even a 5 min ad telling people to not-talk etc?

    Phones & Facebook have ruined the world, and whoever disagrees is wrong.

    (and because I have said this, you can know its true)

    Eddie HRH.
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  8. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    Well, maybe not ruined? I believe society was already headed that way, and phones and Facebook and social media just greased the skids to make this happen faster / more effectively.
  9. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    ...same sentiment, different root cause, same effect.
  10. Billnchristy

    Billnchristy Tele-Holic

    Sep 21, 2017
    I think technology as a whole has set us back considerably. Don't get me wrong, we advance every day but in ways we regress every day too.

    We watched a video on how the southern states changed 11,000 miles of railroad track gauge in 36 hours in the late 1800s. Imagine proposing such a feat today, it would take MONTHS.
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  11. notmyusualuserid

    notmyusualuserid Tele-Afflicted

    May 3, 2016
    In the South
    I've pretty much given up going to the movies. Large screen TV, hifi standard sound system, comfortable seats at our house. Don't have the hassle of sharing the space with a bunch of prats who don't know how to behave in public either.

    The added bonus is that the days of a movie only going to video/DVD months or years after its cinema run are over. Straight to streaming now within weeks. :)

    Sad thing is, live concerts are going the same way. That's a problem, I don't think my favourite artists are going to be persuaded to gig at ours...
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  12. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    Don't think I've related this here before....forgive me if I have.
    Thirty years ago, I worked with a young fellow. He and his wife often went to "late" movies, sometimes past midnight. One time, they were in a theater, sparse crowd, and there was one group of two men and one woman. They were somewhat spread out, one or two seats between them. They talked, loudly, throughout the film. Other patrons would "shush" them, to which they would reply rudely, and belligerently. Finally, after a little while (as the disruption escalated) another patron, who was there with his wife, stood up, turned toward the three, raised his badge and ID, and said in a LOUD voice, "Richland Hills P.D......out in the lobby.....NOW!!!!" He escorted them out to applause from the audience. The good guy came back after a while, (hopefully with a pocket full of movie passes) but the other three never returned. The theater even stopped the movie, and restarted it from the beginning......who says there's never a cop around when you need one????
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  13. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2007
    Same here. Loud people are always boorish but, I have to say, the WORST for me was a few years ago, when an upper-middle aged man seated behind me laughed at every little thing in a not particularly funny film, always followed by "I love it!" And I am not kidding: EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

    I've decided to impose some limitations on cinema going: it will either be 1) in a Dolby theater near opening weekend, with a packed audience when it is a "fun" sort of film that minimizes audience distractions (the Dolby seating helps prevent cellphone glare in lower rows from being an issue); or 2) small theaters showing independent/foreign films with a typically respectful audience.

    For example, this weekend, I will be going to see Coda, the new documentary about composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, at a tiny theater with poor accommodations and sound which is also sort of a hassle to get to, but it's the only place it is screening in town, and I seriously doubt there will be any yammerers in attendance.
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  14. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    never fun when people are annoying. my coping mechanism in traffic and in these situations is to remind myself 'they are not doing this to me, they don't know me. They are doing this because of reasons I do not know and may not understand.' Then I decide if I can continue or if I should adjust. If safety is an issue, I'll address it directly, but if it is just annoying, I'll walk away.

    Movies can be tricky. We try to go in 'off times' if we want it quiet... we've noticed that with the new way you buy theater seats, you can alleviate some of the pitfalls. the world is a crowded and frustrated place.
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  15. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2007
    Big D
    Was watching Infinity War with the family in one of those swanky leather recliner seat theater. Dude next to me fell asleep snoring in the middle of the movie. I looked over and he had gone full nite nite, at least he was a quiet snorer.
    He did wake up just as the climax was happening, I am sure his family filled him in on what he missed.
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  16. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    that coulda been me! My daughter took me to one of those 'bar movie theater' places north of Dallas last year... oh man... NOBODY like me should ever recline in a dark room... I totally fell asleep... I probs snored too... I think I was out for like 10 minutes... I cannot remember the film we saw... but, she liked it and we had fun... SORRY! I am famous for if I lay down or recline, I'm out... I don't think Ive ever gotten enough sleep...
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  17. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    This is one of the reasons I generally prefer quiet matinees, when a movies been out for sometime
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  18. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    That’s it!
    No more expensive, noisy, 1,500 trailer playing, smartphone lit, lout infested movie theaters for me.
    Y’all enjoy!
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2018
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  19. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2008
    The only constant in those two experiences is ...the OP.

    It’s a movie .

    People are imbeciles .

    Crap gets a lot worse.

    Someone in a fedora and wingtips made the same complaints to one of their coworkers over an actual water cooler at work in 1958 about a bunch of “Fonzie’s” being disruptive at a movie or a baby (who’s now 60) crying who should have been taken out/not brought in the first place.

    There is a certain amount of ego involved in any of us thinking “this is the end - how can social mores disintegrate any further than they already have ?”

    Tip : on-demand movies/streaming/taking a walk/Paxil...
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  20. bluesky1963

    bluesky1963 Tele-Holic

    Apr 1, 2011
    Glendale, AZ
    One of the good things about living in the Retirement Belt; we get lots of early morning weekday showings (like 10:30) of first-run movies for the retirees. And being that it's an older crowd they're usually quiet and into watching the film. The only drawback is that depending on when a move comes out; I may have to schedule a vacation day to see it. But that also makes take more care in deciding what we want to see.
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