Eating in the Cinema
While popcorn and bags of sweets have been available for a long time there are now full dinner options on offer at many multiplexes these days. As well as the burgers, hot dogs, chips and trays of nachos drizzled with melted cheese, I'm sure there will soon be curry, shepherd's pie and a roast dinner. And all will be slopped over seats and the floor for unsuspecting cinema-goers to stick to and slide in. There is something about lessening one of your senses that heightens the others so sitting in a darkened room will only make the food smells increase and nauseate those around you. And then there is the dreadfully repulsive cacophony of eating sounds to contend with. Theatre-goers don't bring their dinner with them so why is it necessary at the cinema?
We used to just complain about the wrappers on the boiled sweets but that seems so far down on the list of problems these days.
The occasional knee in the back of the chair can happen while people are getting settled before a film but why does it happen again and again throughout a movie? The old 'turn around and glare' trick doesn't seem to have any effect anymore and this general attitude of owning the place continues with a pair of feet often appearing over the seat as a footrest. This can worsen further if the offender has removed their shoes and you are now 'nose to toe' next to a smelly pair of socks.
Arrive on Time
As it's easy enough to find out when a film is on why do so many arrive late? This means they then have to find a seat in the dark and push through rows of seated cinema-goers to get to the end of the line on the far side. Then there are loud conversations about not being able to sit with their group and expecting others to move to accommodate them all. Again, when did we all start thinking we were better than everyone else?
Value for Money
Is a trip to the cinema good value anymore when it costs over £10 for a ticket in London's West End and the film's DVD is probably cheaper? With all the extra hassles from the rest of the audience there must be many who agree it's just not worth it these days and prefer the comfort of their home sofa and a steaming cup of tea on the coffee table.
Empire Magazine wrote this Cinema Etiquette Guide. What would you add to the list?
- Keep talking to a minimum; save the chat for after the film.
- Enjoy your treats quietly; keep rustling to a minimum.
- No PDA's; keep public displays of affection until after the film.
- No mobile phones; keep all mobile phone use until after the film including texting, social networking and internet surfing.
- Keep feet off chairs; remember your fellow cinema-goers have to sit in them.
- Don't disturb your fellow cinema goers; arrive on time/no getting up to go to the toilet.
- No removing of shoes; keep your foot odour confined to your shoes.
- No littering; take your leftovers with you and no popcorn fights.
- No plot spoilers; don't ruin the movie ending for others by posting on social media.
- Allocated seating; no sitting in other peoples pre-booked seats.