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Old 08-20-04, 09:11 PM
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So teenage girls FORCED you to buy a bootleg. Sure.
Old 08-20-04, 09:14 PM
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I couldn't pay attention to the movie because i was telling them to be quiet, and no they didn't force me. I felt like it then I bought the Special Edition months later anyway.
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Typically I have good experiences, but bad ones do happen. I usually forget them, but a few stand out occasionally.

In the "STFU" category:
I was on a first date with a girl I was very interested in. We went to the movies and there was a group of 12/13 year old girls. About the middle of the movie, they started arguing with another group of younger girls in front of them. They kept going on and kept getting louder. People started yelling for them to shut up, and they'd quiet for maybe five minutes, then start in again. Eventually one of the older girls slapped one of the younger ones and some lady in the theater got up and went and gave them an ass chewing. After that they shut up for good.

In the "Ooo, ooo, that smell" category:
A group of friends and I went to see "The Others" at the local college theater. Crappy theater, but decent prices and only place in town showing the movie. Typically I've had no problems there, but this time as soon as we walk in, we can smell something. It smells like cleaner or bleach. By the time we got out of the movie, we all felt nauseous and had headaches from the fumes.
Old 08-20-04, 09:34 PM
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We went to see "Duplex" and the theater was packed with teens. During the movie, the fiancee actually got hit with a quarter in the head. I went out and chewed the manager a new hole and got our money back. Worst part is that the movie sucked too!
Old 08-20-04, 11:02 PM
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Mine was definitely the 2nd time I saw "Sixth Sense" with my wife (she hadn't seen it yet). It was at the ghetto theater in Greenbelt, MD (the closest movie theater near my college at the time).

The Greenbelt theater has patrons notorious for being obnoxious, and this was no exception. It was an afternoon showing, and maybe 10 people there, 4 or whom were together (a mom and 3 kids in their early teens).

These bastards friggin' talked through the whole movie, and I got up and said something to them, and then to a manager. The managers there sucked, and didn't do a darn thing.

I wanted to go over there and yank one of their cornrows out of their skull. ARGH!
Old 08-21-04, 02:22 AM
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I work at a movie theater part time for some extra money, so I have a couple stories. The only one I can remember right now is recently, during a showing of The Village, a woman comes out and complains that a man turned around and called her and her young children jackasses. She said that she didn't want her children to be subjected to that kind of language and demanded that the man be kicked out of the theater or she get a refund. So I go into the theater to tell the man to not use vulgarity, and come to find that the "children" are 16 and 17 years old. I ask the man to not use vulgar language and he says that the family had been extremely obnoxious and was talking through the whold movie. All of the people in the movie said something along the lines of "yeah". So we told the man that if he had a problem or would like a refund, to please come to an usher instead of taking it upon himself. I would rather he just punch the lady. After all of that, when they came out of the theater, this old woman was blasting on the family and looked as if she was about to fight them. The redneck father came up to me and said "we might have been annoying, but that does not justify vulgar language". I just stood there and did not say a single thing to him. The parents left and the kids stayed to go to the restroom and sure enough, they were cussing away.

Oh, we also have to do "patrols" every 30 minutes at my theater and we have to do at least 3. I am sorry to say that the kids do shut up when I come in, but I try to sneak around and listen to see if anyone is talking when they don't see me. Then I usually kick them out if they're being really disruptive.
Old 08-21-04, 02:40 AM
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This is inspired by Matthew Chmiel's reply in the Napolean Dynamite thread.
Awww. That makes me feel so warm on the inside. I had a thread inspired by me only because most of the people in Las Vegas are uncultured pricks! Yay! Go uncultured pricks!
Old 08-21-04, 11:28 AM
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If there is one thing I hate, it is teenagers who think they are the shit.

They come in the theatre acting like they are the only ones there.

Nu-uh. I'll snap your neck before you ruin my movie experience ---- that is if you don't shut up the first time I ask you.


AND I JUST TURNED 20. I have never acted like some of these teenagers you see today. I guess I act a lot older than my age.
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Originally posted by Puzznic
I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind at a sneak preview that was hosted by the local top 40 alt-rock radio station. Not suprisingly most of the people that showed up were expecting a slapstick Jim Carrey comedy and would not shut up about how much the movie "sucked". There were also some old people in front of us that said something along the lines of "what a weird waste of time" after the movie was over.
F**king morons.
Old 08-23-04, 09:19 AM
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Went to see Vanilla Sky with my wife. Now I was trying so hard to follow this movie and these women were talking the whole time and my wife asked them to quiet down. She had to ask a second and third time, finally one of them tells my wife to shut up. I turn around and tell her you shut up B**CH. Missed an important part and was lost the rest of the way. Why do you come to a movie to talk? I was a little surprised no one else said anything to them as they were talking pretty loudly.
Old 08-23-04, 10:07 AM
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After hearing some of these stories (and having a few myself), I don't see why movie theaters can't hire a full-time usher for each theater. It actually might get me to go out to the theater more often, instead of just staying home with my DVDs.
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I had a horrible experience over the weekend when I went to see Spiderman 2 (yes, it took me long enough). Anyway, I went to a 1pm showing, since I had to kill time before my gf got off work. So anyway after about 15 mintues, the dude behind me starts snoring.....not the super loud stuff, mostly the really loud breathing. Anyway, I ended up moving to the front of the theater after about half an hour. But up front, some parent let their child talk throughout most of the picture. Someone kept shushing them, but it didn't seem to do any good. Then another kid started at it also and the parent did nothing, too. I'm not the kind of person to stand up and yell at them or anything......and am too lazy to complain to the ticket window (mainly because I don't want any ladies seeing me asking for a refund - I think of it as using coupons on a date, for some reason). Anyway, the movie was really good, but the experience was probably the worst I've had.
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Ok,

This is an easy one for me. I went with my wife, and another friend to see a Midnight showing of the Exorcist when it was re-released a few years back. Now, i had been looking forward to this, and since it was a late showing, it was all the more special...

Anyway, after we sat down we were surprised that the theater was about 75% full....which was fine....BUT, out of those people there were several mothers with baby's so small that they just carried them in (under 1 year) and about 5 or so other mothers who brought strollers in. And to top that there were about 10 children under 10 - AT A MIDNIGHT SHOWING OF THE EXORCIST!!!!

Ok, this is just PRE-show.... haha. After the movie starts, the babies, of course, start crying and the toddlers are running around like it's a playground.... To top that, it seemed like EVERYBODY ELSE in the theater was talking during the entire movie and laughing at almost every scene as if it was a comedy.... Of course there were at least 2 cell phones ringing every10 minutes...and they would answer "hello" real LOUD, and evereyone would laugh at that to add to the disruption..... after about an hour we couldn't take it anymore. So we went to the manager and told him the problem -- he then asked which people it was so he could remove them - I then told him it was the ENTIRE theater..... he sighed and gave us our money back.... I haven't been back to that theater since.... (actually, I always avoided that theater, but it was close and playing the E. at midnight, so I figured I would give it a shot). So to end the story, about a week later, we went to another theater for a 10pm showing and it went great!

There you go,

Matt

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Old 09-01-04, 09:36 AM
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Some of the stories here make me WISH I had experiences like these so I could have the satisfaction of facing these fuckwads.
Old 09-01-04, 11:29 AM
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Originally posted by Rivero
Some of the stories here make me WISH I had experiences like these so I could have the satisfaction of facing these fuckwads.


I sort of have the same wish!
Old 09-01-04, 03:34 PM
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I was just sitting their minding my own business when Paul Ruebens came and sat down next to me...
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The first Friday that The Village was playing, I went to see it with a couple friends and the entire front section where all the seats were on the floor and nearer to the screen, were filled with teenagers. We couldn't believe this many teenagers were coming en masse to see a movie like this. But they just would not SHUT UP. The entire group of them, and there were a lot, just kept on talking, standing up, talking to people behind them. The roar of their collective chatter was one thing during all the trailers (which the theater played so loud you didn't hear the teens except between trailers) but once the movie started, the roar of chatter never subsided. One of my friends shouted, "SHUT UP!" and then other people in the upper seats shouted to the teens in the seats on the floor to shut up, and several of the teens shouted back to us to shut up. Eventually, ushers and managers and police officers came in to subside the crowd, and more than a few got kicked out during the movie. Which turned out good for them since the movie ended up blowing dog.

I know I missed some clues about the identity of the creatures at the beginning of the movie based on what I have read about the movie in other threads, but I won't watch it again.

I told my friends we are NEVER seeing a pg-13 movie on a Friday night again.
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I think I have you all beat. My wife and I were at a showing of "What Women Want" back in 2000. After the 20 minutes of trailers and the first five minutes of the film a group of people in their late teens or early twenties came in and sat in the row directly behind us. The group quickly realized that they had no interest in the film, so all the usual problems of talking, throwing food at each other, cell phones, etc. started happening. I started by turning around and giving them dirty looks and when it continued I asked them to be quiet. When they still continued and the guy behind my seat kicked my chair, I turned around and yelled: "Shut the f#@% up! As soon as I turned around he sucked a bunch of coke into his straw and spit it all over my wife and I. I quickly stood up and turned around to notice he was doing the same. Since the theater was stadium seating he was higher than me. I then grabbed him with both hands by the belt and his neck (I'm pretty big - 6'5" 280lbs) and I threw him down two rows in front of me. While he was collecting himself, I turned to the rest of the group and apparently no one else had anything to say to me so I started to look for the first guy. Seconds later, the theater was blinded by the daylight coming in through the exit door as he ran out.

The story ended with a long chat with the police and theater management. It was decided that I really didn't start it and the police left me alone, but I was asked by the theater management to never return.
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Originally posted by Marco1
Why do you come to a movie to talk? I
Or sit and tap text messages on your f'n phone throughout the movie? That bright neon glow of the cellphone is as annoying as chatter.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! I hate people.
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Originally posted by Green Jello
I think I have you all beat. My wife and I were at a showing of "What Women Want" back in 2000. After the 20 minutes of trailers and the first five minutes of the film a group of people in their late teens or early twenties came in and sat in the row directly behind us. The group quickly realized that they had no interest in the film, so all the usual problems of talking, throwing food at each other, cell phones, etc. started happening. I started by turning around and giving them dirty looks and when it continued I asked them to be quiet. When they still continued and the guy behind my seat kicked my chair, I turned around and yelled: "Shut the f#@% up! As soon as I turned around he sucked a bunch of coke into his straw and spit it all over my wife and I. I quickly stood up and turned around to notice he was doing the same. Since the theater was stadium seating he was higher than me. I then grabbed him with both hands by the belt and his neck (I'm pretty big - 6'5" 280lbs) and I threw him down two rows in front of me. While he was collecting himself, I turned to the rest of the group and apparently no one else had anything to say to me so I started to look for the first guy. Seconds later, the theater was blinded by the daylight coming in through the exit door as he ran out.

The story ended with a long chat with the police and theater management. It was decided that I really didn't start it and the police left me alone, but I was asked by the theater management to never return.

they should have given you a medal
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Originally posted by Green Jello
I think I have you all beat. My wife and I were at a showing of "What Women Want" back in 2000. After the 20 minutes of trailers and the first five minutes of the film a group of people in their late teens or early twenties came in and sat in the row directly behind us. The group quickly realized that they had no interest in the film, so all the usual problems of talking, throwing food at each other, cell phones, etc. started happening. I started by turning around and giving them dirty looks and when it continued I asked them to be quiet. When they still continued and the guy behind my seat kicked my chair, I turned around and yelled: "Shut the f#@% up! As soon as I turned around he sucked a bunch of coke into his straw and spit it all over my wife and I. I quickly stood up and turned around to notice he was doing the same. Since the theater was stadium seating he was higher than me. I then grabbed him with both hands by the belt and his neck (I'm pretty big - 6'5" 280lbs) and I threw him down two rows in front of me. While he was collecting himself, I turned to the rest of the group and apparently no one else had anything to say to me so I started to look for the first guy. Seconds later, the theater was blinded by the daylight coming in through the exit door as he ran out.

The story ended with a long chat with the police and theater management. It was decided that I really didn't start it and the police left me alone, but I was asked by the theater management to never return.
Can you and your wife come watch movies at my theater?
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I can think of 2...The wife and I went to see Jersey Girl in Ocala, FL and well I dont know if you know about Ocala, lets just say not one of the best 'burgs in the country. Well the people in front of me decided to continue to go back and forth to the concession stand and each time one would come back, the other would tell them what they missed. So after about 20 minutes of this, I stood up and told them to SHUT THE FUCK UP!! and well some more pleasantries back and forth and we were both escorted out. The next was this past weekend when I found out that a matinee in Astoria NY was $10.00 a shot...And I just realized how eerily similar my first experience was to yours Green Jello, and Im about the same size as you as well.
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This didn't happen to me, but it's a story my boss told me a few years back:

He was in Toronto, and having a few hours to kill, he decided to go see a movie. He was near the Carlton and ended up going to see Romance. He claimed that he had no idea what the movie was, he said he just decided to see the film with the nude girl on the poster.

He's the only one in the theater. It's a matinee. After the first ten minutes, various guys start coming in and sitting in the back rows. My boss gets really shocked (he's a fucking Mormon! for crying out loud) when the hardcore sex stuff starts happening, but he's even more shocked when he realizes that a bunch of the guys at the back are masturbating!

The strangest thing to me is that he apparantly sat there and watched the movie till the end anyways. He said that after the final sex scene, most of the guys got up and left. If that had been me in his place, I would have been worried about the Vice Squad busting in. I could just imagine him being dragged out in handcuffs protesting "I wasn't masturbating! Sure, everyone else was, but I wasn't!" Crazy.
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Ceiling collapse...

I was in a Carmike theater watching The Truman Show. It was raining that night and during the end of the film the audience section directly behind me began to jump out of their seats onto the side aisles. I thought, WTF?

Suddenly a piece of the ceiling fell down onto the chairs and bucket loads of water poured down. Obviously, the building/ceiling was suffering a terrible leak due to the rain and began to fall apart right there.

The ceiling piece was about 5x5 feet and about 1 foot thick. The material was hard and thick. If those audience members didn't move out of the way they probably could have been killed. The piece that fell dropped about 4 feet from where I sat.

Most of the people in the middle section had to watch the rest of the movie on the sidelines fearing that other parts of the ceiling would collapse.

It's good the collapse was detected during a quiet portion of the film. Had we watching the first destruction sequence of Armageddon with the surround sound speakers blaring, I'm certain someone's head would have been crushed that night.
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From the How many times will you watch TTT? thread:
Originally posted by RaMMaR
At least twice. i watched it today for the first time using movie cash and i've got one more to burn. i NEED to see it again. Here's why:
-Cell phones constantly went off
Honestly, cell phones or at the very least their batteries should be checked at the door. If you're expecting an important call, DON'T go to the friggin' movies!!!
-People behind me talked to each other & their kid during the movie (at one point, the mother talked on her cell ) This kind of caRp almost always happens to me when i go to the movies. God hates me....
-Somebody's baby cried intermitantly throught the film and the rat bastard parents never took the poop box out into the hallway!

... and to top off an already dismal experience at the movies (aka par for the course) *drumroll*
-Before the BIG battle scene where Saruman's minions attack Helms Deep, just after the first arrow fells an Orc, the fire/emergency lights went off, the house lights came on, and the pre-show ads began to play. The few of us that didn't follow the bewildered & disgruntled throng into the multi-plex hallway thought that it was some young punk getting his rocks off by pulling the fire alarm. It turns out that a power outage affecting half of Oahu apparently triggered the alarm. Several minutes later (i could've had a piss break, but i was too pissed to leave my seat and take a leak), the people in the hall filtered in and the movie played from the forced intermission.


i don't know when i'll be able to see it a second time - got relatives staying for 2 wks. next week.
The LOTR:TTT EE DVD can't come fast enough!

Oh... yeah... i gotta pee....
... it seems i got off easy compared to your theater experiences.

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