A bad experience at the cinema can sometimes ruin the film you are seeing. People talking, using their phones or chewing loudly on popcorn have been things that have irritated me in the cinema.
As such, I feel like there should be stricter rules in place to make cinemas better. These are my rules for the cinema, and though other people might not agree, they would make cinema going a much better experience.
Of course cinemas have the ‘turn off your phones’ and piracy ads come up before the film starts, but there are some people who don’t abide. And just turning it on silent doesn’t count. People should turn off their phones and put them away, either in a pocket they can’t easily get to or their bag and if they don’t, they should be ejected from the screen. Not texting someone back is not the end of the world, and can wait for an hour or so. I hate sitting near someone who gets their phone out halfway through a screening, the bright light distracting me from the film.
I might be the only person in the world who hates having food in the cinema. I would say, if you have food, make sure it is eaten before the film starts, but even that I don’t care for. I recently went to the cinema and the guy next to me not only had loud crisps he was eating, he kept putting them away to eat later on, so in the climatic final scenes, all I could think about was this guy crunching his food next to me, and resisting the urge to knock it out of his hands. I must point out drinks are allowed, as long as you aren’t slurping.
I admit this is something I have done in the past, but if I am ever leaning over to talk to a friend I will at least whisper. I often watch films on my own (and there is nothing sad with that. Whoever thought being in the cinema, in the dark, watching a film and not chatting is a ‘social event’ is a bit of an idiot) and so get very annoyed when I hear someone next to me continuing to talk, pointing stuff out like, ‘He is going to take the watch cos it’s important.’ Shut up! We will find out why he has taken the watch and its importance in the next scenes, I don’t want to hear your exposition as well!
Thankfully this doesn’t happen often, and I can allow clapping when its at screening of a film and the filmmakers and cast are there too. But at a regular cinema, when it is just a bunch of regular cinema goers? No need for it at all. Even worse when you are clapping at a joke that happens in the film. Who are you clapping for? It just doesn’t make any sense.
This should be a no-brainer, but take your rubbish with you. I have had friends who have worked in cinemas, and the horror stories astound me. Of course it is never nice cleaning up vomit, but even the everyday task of sweeping up sticky popcorn sounds like a nightmare. (There is another reason for my No Food rule). If you have wrappers and drinks bottles or cups, its the polite thing to do to pick them up and put them in the bin.