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Old 09-02-04, 09:48 AM
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Originally posted by cupon
Ceiling collapse...
Ha. Never saw it happen at a theater. But it happened at work once. There was a leak on the roof. The water just built above the drop-ceiling. It just broke loose and went everywhere. It was pretty cool to see happen. Unfortunately, I had to help clean it up. Ever try to clean up wet ceiling tiles?

Worst theater experience? Hmmm. About ten years ago, there was an article in the paper about a local guy (in Lancaster PA) who got stabbed through the seat during a movie. That's got to be pretty shitty.

I'm a very quiet guy during a show. I don't even buy food often because it makes too much noise. Recently, I noticed myself just not caring when a cell phone goes off, or some little kids (or more commonly, SENIORS) are talking. There's too much good stuff to cram into my life to be worrying about how someone else enjoys themself.

Not everyone is obsessed about watching a film. Movies aren't a big part of most people's lives. It's often more about being there and having fun with others.
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Originally posted by troystiffler
Worst theater experience? Hmmm. About ten years ago, there was an article in the paper about a local guy (in Lancaster PA) who got stabbed through the seat during a movie.
That's the kind of stuff I'm always worried about. What happened to the good ol' days when you could tell a teenage kid to shut the f%@# up without worrying about being shot?
Old 09-02-04, 01:39 PM
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Originally posted by troystiffler
Recently, I noticed myself just not caring when a cell phone goes off, or some little kids (or more commonly, SENIORS) are talking. There's too much good stuff to cram into my life to be worrying about how someone else enjoys themself.
Are you defending people who engage in this sort of behavior because they're enjoying themselves?

Not everyone is obsessed about watching a film. Movies aren't a big part of most people's lives. It's often more about being there and having fun with others.
Then why go to a movie? Save your money, go to a park, lay on the grass, watch the clouds go by, and talk with your friends to your hearts' content. At the very least, maybe you'll develope an appreciation of mother nature. Instead of ruining other people's appreciation for movies.
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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.
Very nice!
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Years ago, while watching RUTHLESS PEOPLE, some girl behind me would recite every bit of Bette Midler's dialogue everytime she was onscreen. It was like hearing an echo behind me. We asked the girl politely to be quiet, and she would simply mimic the dialogue quieter. It was damn annoying watching the movie with the added "surround sound" effect.
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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.

You are truly a hero among men.

You should have a street named after you.
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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.
Originally posted by UAIOE
You are truly a hero among men.

You should have a street named after you.
Your incident should be made into a Public Service Film to be shown before every movie!
Old 09-02-04, 03:18 PM
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Thanks. I only wished my wife found it as amusing as you all do.
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OK, here are a few for your scrapbook:

Way back when I was running a theater (Morton, IL) we were having a bad storm blowing in and the power flickered. I hurried back to the projection booths to make sure that the projectors were still running (we had 3 booths for 5 auditoriums). The first two were fine, but the last one had shut down. I quickly try to recycle everything, press the green button . . . and here the strangest sound that I have ever heard. My first thought was "What did I do?" At that moment I was thrown back down the booth stairs and covered with dust and debris. A tornado had just taken the roof off of two of the auditoriums and the booth. I really don't recall much after that (other than screaming at the owner on the phone because he didn't believe me) because the adrenaline kicked in and I had about 350 people (it was an afternoon matinee) to care for. Believe it or not, nobody was hurt.

Back in the summer of 1999 here in Springfield a gentleman had finally had enough of the loud mouth teenagers and incompetent management. On his way back from complaining to the do nothing staff he grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed the kids with it. A local folk hero was born!

As far as personal viewing though, I could go the same route as everybody else. But I would rather focus on the shoddy presentation that the theaters here in Springfield give us. Back when X-Men 2 was out I was treated to a MONO presentation. I went out and asked the teenage manager what sound they were running and he said "DTS 5.1." I told him he better go check it, because it didn't kick in. He went up and I could hear the audible pops as he fumbled trying to get the DTS to kick in. Eventually he just settled for over cranking the mono sound (which ended up giving us major headaches).

Example 2: Went and saw Alien vs. Predator the Saturday afternoon of opening weekend. I don't genereally go on opening weekend, but when I do it is because I want to see a pristine print. Now, I realize that prints absorb damage everytime that they are run. However, at the Saturday afternoon show, which by my calculations was at most the 5th time the print had run, the projectionist had managed to put a massive GREEN scratch into the entire second reel. Now anybody who has done projection work will recognize that a scratch is bad, a colored scratch is very bad, and a scratch that runs through an entire reel could be mean that the theater may have to pay Fox for the print.
Old 09-03-04, 02:19 PM
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My worst experience was seeing Spider-Man about 2 years ago. I sat down and as soon as the movie started a group of about 4 or 5 "home boys" sat down behind me. Naturally, they decided to provided everyone with a running commentary on the film. All night I heard; "Who's that?", "He's drunk!", "What's he doing?!", and my favorite "YO SPIDEY, DUCK!!". I mean these guys were so loud the whole theater could hear them. The worst part was that there's been a number of shootings at this particular theater so if I got up to complain there was no telling if these jokers were armed and would have taken a shot at me.

Another time at the same theater (Showcase Cinemas in North Haven, CT so you can all avoid it as best as possible) I was watching another film and I heard some clown in the back through the whole movie just mumbling. I just remember he saying "Ahhh baah mahh bah-bah maaah blahh". It was listening to Shaquille O'Neal all night.
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My worst theater experience was a few years ago when I went to watch The Ring.

It was a late night show, the theatre was fairly packed and we had good seats right on the middle, near the top. Then this couple (it was mostly the woman talking, but the "boyfriend" or "husband" seen to encourage her to talk) behind us start providing us with running commentary, trying to guess the plot of the movie and her theory about the ending of the movie, twenty minutes into the movie, in a real loud voice, WHILE THE MOVIE WAS PLAYING.

She went on for about 30 minutes more, while our whole section was giving her dirty looks and the "sshhhh" sound, which wasn't very useful. So I finally had enough of her chattering and very politely but firmly told her "that everyone will appreciate it if she be quiet and not try to talk while the movie was playing". Both of them gave me the evil eye but the mission was accomplished as they didn't say a word throughout the rest of the movie. Only wish I would said something sooner.
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I have no bad theater experiences.

Someone yelled out Dennis Hopper's fate in Speed at the beginning of the movie, but that didn't ruin it for me. And once I ran out of gas on the way home from the theater and had to walk the rest of the way.

/boring
Old 09-03-04, 04:30 PM
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i had some bitch give her other friend a running commentary during scary movie 1 (this was opening night, but she had seen it a couple of nights before) became irritating after a while since she'd ruin jokes before they happened
"ok now, this part is really gross, here's the centerfold joke..."
Old 09-03-04, 04:33 PM
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I don't have many experiences myself because of basically all the posts before this one. That's why i love being a manager at a theater. I just usually just call a couple of friends and tell them to meet me after i get off and we're closed so we can watch a film in an empty theater. Another good thing about that is if the film sucks(i.e. Catwoman or AVP) then we can do a MST3K thing and not annoy anyone.
But there has been a lot that has happened while i've been at work.
One of the worst is the first weekend when Passion opened, we had 2 or 3 big church groups in one house. Well we get a call that a man is having a heart attack. So I was running the booth so i get a call to stop the film, which i did. I ran down to see exactly what was going on. By the time i got downstairs they were wheeling the guy out. Well since the theater was 90% church groups i mentioned that we shouldn't have a problem with complaints about stopping the film. Well as soon as i said that half the theater came running out saying how dare we stop the film over some guy getting sick. We explained to them that it was a life or death situation and we had to do what we had to do.
The second was during Shrek 2 on a saturday night. We got a complaint that a teenage couple was just a base away from having sex in the top row. Well we went into the theater to see if it was true and ask the accused to stop. The problem was that the girls father coincidentally was in the same theater. So just as we are getting in there, the father has the kid around the throat. So we had to call the officer on duty in and seperate them and escort them out the theater.
I could probably fill a book with stories like this.
Old 09-03-04, 05:23 PM
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Originally posted by paradicelost
One of the worst is the first weekend when Passion opened, we had 2 or 3 big church groups in one house. Well we get a call that a man is having a heart attack. So I was running the booth so i get a call to stop the film, which i did. I ran down to see exactly what was going on. By the time i got downstairs they were wheeling the guy out. Well since the theater was 90% church groups i mentioned that we shouldn't have a problem with complaints about stopping the film. Well as soon as i said that half the theater came running out saying how dare we stop the film over some guy getting sick. We explained to them that it was a life or death situation and we had to do what we had to do.
That's not very Christian like behaviour. Who cares if the guy is having a heart attack, a movie about Jesus is much important


The second was during Shrek 2 on a saturday night. We got a complaint that a teenage couple was just a base away from having sex in the top row. Well we went into the theater to see if it was true and ask the accused to stop. The problem was that the girls father coincidentally was in the same theater. So just as we are getting in there, the father has the kid around the throat. So we had to call the officer on duty in and seperate them and escort them out the theater.
I could probably fill a book with stories like this.
LOL, either that kid is just unlucky or plain dumb.
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I've mentioned it in an earlier thread, but when I saw Star Wars Ep 2 in an IMAX theatre, some woman just couldn't handle the experience and barfed, twice, during the first 10 minutes of the film. Her and her boyfriend quickly left after that, but of course neglected to tell the staff about the incident, so the rest of us were treated to the occasional smell of regurgitated nachos. I was far enough away from "ground zero" to not be affected much (and the air conditioner/circulator certainly helped), but some people had been sitting pretty close to her, and none of them moved!! WTF.
lol@ground zero
Old 09-04-04, 12:13 PM
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I could probably fill a book with stories like this.
Please do.

It could be titled "Silence is Golden" and theaters could sell it (or give it away) in the lobby. Maybe then some of the yahoos we read about (and a lot of us experience) would finally get the message to shut up.

But I doubt it.
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Star Trek Nemesis.
It had been out for a few weeks, and it was very cold out, I think January. I was inline to get a ticket, and noticed this oaf-ish looking guy wondering around, in the 1970's style jogging shorts, t-shirt, chuck taylors, and a very loaded down plastic shopping bag. He would walk, stop, look around, continue on, etc.

Got my ticket, went in to the stadium seating, rounded the corner and saw about 3 or 4 people spread all over the small theather. I walk up the stairs, and a happy woman starts talking to me, there's another one, another fan going to see it. I blew her off gently, yeah, been trying to see it for awhile.
I take a seat in the empty top row.
I hear the door open, and then, I see the oaf-ish guy.
I start thinking to myself...
<don't come up here, don't sit by me>
<don't come up here, don't sit by me>
He's still doing the stop look around thing. He comes up the stairs. <NO! NO!>
He gets to the top of the stairs still carrying his bag, that I can now tell has a ton of canned sodas.
He eyes up the corner nearest me. <Noooo! Don't sit there! Please don't sit there.> He starts to walk by me <don't touch me.>
Then as he goes by, his bag clocks my soda out of the cup holder and all over the place. It's all over my coat in the seat next to me.
I asked him, what are you doing?!
He starts apologizing in his oaf-ish voice. I'm like, 'dude, you knocked my soda down.'
He offers to buy me a new one. I think that will work, err, no, wait, I wouldn't know what he would do to it... I say no.
He says I have $10, or $2. Do you want $10? I felt bad taking $10 from this guy for a $4 soda, so I take the $2. He continues to apologize.

So then during the movie, he becomes obvious man. Saying things like 'don't go in there' and the like.
He frequently mumbles "Star Wars is for kids." "Star Trek is for adults."

Oh, did I mention it was Star Trek Nemesis too?
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Man...I've never had any experiences like those in this thread before. Most people are pretty courteous in theaters on Guam where I grew up, and in Japan everyone is QUIET! In Los Angeles, where I went to school and where I am now, if there's someone being loud, there's ALWAYS someone in the crowd that tells them to shut up.
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I was at a free screening of Kull (which should have been punishment enough) when it first came out. Midway through the movie, two people down towards the front start talking loudly, then shouting at each other. Amid the crys of "shut the hell up" from the other patrons, one of the guys apparently pulls a gun. No shots were fired or anything - but he was acting like he was freakin' John Wayne or something.

The cops were called, the movie stopped, the lights were up for half an hour. It was the suck.
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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
Wow. You should be charged with assault and battery. Something to be real proud about, meathead!
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Wow. You should be charged with assault and battery. Something to be real proud about, meathead!
So what would you have done if some punk spit soda pop all over your woman? Tell your mommy?
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i would.
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So what would you have done if some punk spit soda pop all over your woman? Tell your mommy?
Well I would have to balance the desire to deck the guy with the knowledge that I could go to jail and/or get sued for battery.

Or even worse, the guys decide to pull out a knife or a gun to settle it themselves.
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I'd take that chance. It would be better than looking like a bitch.

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