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I had a cell phone experience once where their phone rang, they answer it, actually talk for 20 seconds or so (I think they explained what movie they were at) and then hung up... Not 15 minutes later, the phone RANG AGAIN! Now, it's annoying the first time but you are beyond an idiot if you don't turn it off or put it on vibrate. I think she finally turned it off thankfully.
I forgot I hate to hear someone "Chomping on thier food"
Jonny "Me You" wrote: The worst experience I ever had at the movies was when I took in a screening of Ace Ventura 2. I was about 15 and with some friends, when these 2 11 year old girls kept flirting with us and wouldnt leave us alone. At 15 of course this is annoying to anyone. They went to the same showing as us, sat by us, kept calling us cute and making cooing noises at us, finally throwing popcorn to get our attention. It was a nightmare.

Ironically I'm hoping I see them again the next time I'm at the movies...hehehe
Always remember, dreams are free! Wink

I remember a couple taking their 5 year-old (I think he was that old). He was very well behaved but I could see them a number of times having to explain bits of the movie...
You wouldn't class Ace Ventura 2 as the worst movie experience also?
The worst experience I ever had at the movies was when I took in a screening of Ace Ventura 2. I was about 15 and with some friends, when these 2 11 year old girls kept flirting with us and wouldnt leave us alone. At 15 of course this is annoying to anyone. They went to the same showing as us, sat by us, kept calling us cute and making cooing noises at us, finally throwing popcorn to get our attention. It was a nightmare.

Ironically I'm hoping I see them again the next time I'm at the movies...hehehe
I can't stand it when people behind me constantly kick the back of my seat during a movie. I once got up and told some little sh*t that I'd bust his leg if he kicked it again. Thankfully he stopped and I didn't have to toss him down the stairs... I haven't had a cell phone experience yet, but as I type this I bet the next time I go I will.

When I went to see Narnia there was a baby there. I only heard a whimper once or twice so thankfully I had no complaints.
Gabe,

One of my worst experiences ever was during Pitch Black.  I was the only person in the theater until after the movie started.  Then, a young couple walked in with a toddler.  They let the toddler run through the aisle the entire movie (or at least until he wore himself out.)  That kid probably had nightmares for years.  I really felt like calling child services.  If you can't get a baby sitter, don't go to the movies and especially don't go to graphic R-rated horror movies at 10 pm!
stanton heck wrote:  Another thing.  I wish the box office and snack bar would have one line! I don't like it when its seperate windows.  Also I wish people would have there method of payment ready when it comes time to pay.

One of the theaters here is like that and I really hate it.  It takes way too long for me because I never by concessions.
i like your ideas. the commercials is the one that gets me the most. I hate the stupid cell phone people too,but they have recently put in cell-jamers in my local cinemas so its a thing of the past
That's the biggest difference between our 2 rating systems. The UK's 18 doesn't let people under that age (technically) into the show even if accompanied by an adult. I wouldn't be surprised if the BBFC brought this in line with the are rating though as they did by modifying the 12 Cert to a 12A.
So I went to see Final Destination 3 last night, and I was joined by not one, not two, not even three, but FIVE large families with CHILDREN ranging from probably 6-14. The kids were pretty well behaived actually, but who the f**k thinks it's OK to bring tiny children to an are rated horror flick. At one point one of the smaller kids started crying in fear and his or her parents told them to be quite, rather than leaving the F**KING THEATER. Oh, and, not kidding, one family was drinking cheap champagne that they had snuck in, the brown bagged bottle was sitting on the floor next to them when I left.
Another thing.  I wish the box office and snack bar would have one line! I don't like it when its seperate windows.  Also I wish people would have there method of payment ready when it comes time to pay.
Gabe Powers wrote: I just can't go to the theaters anymore. I never enjoy the film anymore, due to these and many other problems. I'm a prudish snob, I know, but I'm just sick of it all.

I'm kind of the same way.  I'll go to a matinee on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, rather than having to deal with "opening night idiots" as I like to call them.  Most moviegoers where I live are teenagers who have a tendency to forget that there are other people in the same room as them. LOL
The "older" crowd tends to go to the matinees now, and on top of that...it's cheaper!  LOL
Probably for the best. Then you can have a good blow out while they're out of the house at school.
I always go during the day when kids are at school and avoid the cinemas like the plague when they're on holiday, unless the films an 18.
You've just reminded me of another one.

Just as the film is about to start, on the cinema's policy logo, people jump up to go to the toilet, treading all over people as they go. They leap up like they've just remembered they'd left a cigarette lit somewhere.
One of my pet peeves is after 10-15 minutes of ads/trailers, when the movie finally starts, all I hear are people opening those candy boxes with the crinkling wrapping... I think that annoys me more than people talking, lol.
It's Cinema Manager's wet dreams to have a cinema without projectionists and they've been talking about it for years and they think they are in sniffing distance now with D-Cinema but it's not going to happen. There is always a gradual fall off of trained projectionist as they go back to college or do something else but just going digital doesn't mean that Managers know what goes into good presentation or how to acheive it. With digital you lose all the negatives relating to 35mm but you inherit all the problems of a PC. I've recently been on a 2 day training course for digital projection and while it's a lot more user friendly than it was 4 or 5 years ago, its still a potential nightmare for anyone not familar with it. Which is why there will always be the need for trained projectists as long as there are cinemas showing films.
BAD PROJECTION!  I mentioned this in another post.  We have a Regal Cinema within minutes of home, but when we want to see a movie we travel about 30-40 minutes away to a Cinemark.  Regal's managers and assistant managers are the projectionists and here are some of the problems I've encountered at Regal; a dim image on the screen, which means that a low watt bulb is in the projector (Jurassic Park III), low sound (What Lies Beneath), the wrong lens being used for a 70mm print (Mighty Joe Young), really bad scratches on a print (American Beauty), and the worst of all---a projector bulb that blew halfway through Cider House Rules and the manager on duty didn't know how to change it.  For a while I would complain and get free passes, but finally the grief and aggravation were too much and now when I want to see a film I go to Cinemark where most of the movies I've seen are digitally projected.
I think part of the problem is people don't take other people's feelings into consideration!  A friend of mine told me if he wants to see a movie that teens also want to see he goes on the last showing of the night on a Wednesday.  He said it works great.  
Chris wrote: Teenaged kids are the worst. They have too much disposable income. Why else would they spend £6 or more on a ticket then spend the whole film f**king around and causing problems for other cinema patrons? I've had many an argument with them Well, not argument, as they generally shut up after I've shouted at them.That reminds me. My friends went to the movies to see Big Momma's House 2 last week. They told me there were two teenage girls, and they got into a catfight supposedly, for one of them not shuting up.

Taking in account of me being a teen, I don't think I have done anything nothing wrong at the movies. I've seen people doing things (most recently, people making orgasm noises), and I've told them to shut the hell up, but I can't stand the theaters anymore. I catch them on DVD mostly, plus the movies are pretty expensive now-a-days.
I hate it when people talk about the movie during the movie. Just shut up and watch. Talk afterwards.
Your right!  The next time I will get a manager.  The guys next to me kept saying "this movie blows.."  There phone went of 3 times in like 20 minutes.  I took the phone away when he was about to call someone.  
I wouldn't try that with anyone older than 16 Wink
NO!!! I had the people behind me laughing and the oouple were shocked.  After words I gave them back the phone and they said "They didn't know I could hear them". The couple were like 16 year olds! It was durring the showing of "Cinderella Man"
And they didn't punch you in the face?
They can have 13 and over just for the opening weekend.  The can "try/test this" for a few months and see how it goes.  Abot cellphones in movie houses I took one person phone away that was siting next to me and told them you get it back after the movie.  
it's annoying when mobiles go off, but if someone has genuinely forgotten to turn theirs onto silent or whatever I'm more forgiving. If they proceede to pick the phone up and have a conversation I always pick them up on it.

Teenaged kids are the worst. They have too much disposable income. Why else would they spend £6 or more on a ticket then spend the whole film f**king around and causing problems for other cinema patrons? I've had many an argument with them Well, not argument, as they generally shut up after I've shouted at them.
stanton heck wrote: No the adults only theatre would work in a multi plex!  You see they only do this the first weekend a movie is released!  (THE FIRST WEEKEND MOST MULTI PLEX PLAY MOVIES ON MORE THAN 1 SCREEN. THEY CAN MAKE ONE SCREEN JUST FOR ADULTS)
Not without giving up revenue, and anyone company that voluntarily loses money is going to be out of business fairly quickly. There are costs associated with every single screening of a film and they aren't going to turn away from making a profit. What are they going to do if a teenager wants to see some PG-13 rated film and the 'All Ages' screening is sold out, but there are plenty of tickets available for the 'Adults Only' screening? Turn them away? Yeah, right...they want to fill as many seats during a screening as possbible and aren't going to impose any restriction above the film ratings system that would keep them from making a profit by turning away the largest demographic with disposable income, teens. There are more PG-13 films released now than any other rating for that very reason, and anyone that is in the marketing business should well know that as fact.
No the adults only theatre would work in a multi plex!  You see they only do this the first weekend a movie is released!  (THE FIRST WEEKEND MOST MULTI PLEX PLAY MOVIES ON MORE THAN 1 SCREEN. THEY CAN MAKE ONE SCREEN JUST FOR ADULTS)
Adults only would never happen at your average multiplex. Theatres are strapped right now as it is and are already supposed to be selling tickets based on age and the rating of a film. If most theatres had their way they'd let anyone see any movie they wanted, ratings system be damned. They're not going to self impose another restriction on themselves that dictates who they can sell tickets to for any particular screening and voluntarily turn away some teenager's or senior's cash.
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I have to agree about the old folks they are worse than the teens.  When we saw "million dollar baby" there were a group of old couples ( who I am sure today are now dead) and the women kept repeating the lines (loudly) to thier deaf husbands!  It was so bad.  Now what I say "adult" you must be an adult! That means 18.
stanton heck wrote: WOuld anybody on this post pay more if you were in "Adults Only" showing.

Only if it didn't include senior citizens.  I live in old folks land and there is nothing worse than a deaf couple trying to figure out a suspense thriller.  I still can hear the conversation of the couple in front of me during What Lies Beneath.

Je Ff wrote:  Define "adult".  I'm 15 and I'd be p**sed if I had to sit in a theatre with only teenagers who can't watch a movie.

You may be 15 and responsible Je, but you have to admit that most of the problems in theaters are caused by teenagers.  When they re-released The Exorcist to theaters, a friend and I went and we were impressed when there was an usher checking ids before you got into the actual theaters; however, the usher left right as the previews started and a group of 10-12 14 year old girls snuck in.  Nothing like the Exorcist with constant giggling.
From my experience going to the cinemas, lately I've been pretty lucky. Never had any of the problems listed above, except for late comers. Most of ads are from the owner of my local cinema chain - Greater Union Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas Australia, the owner is Amalgamated Holdings Limited. They also own a 3 star Hotel chain, Rydges. So basically most of the ads are hotel accommodation, travel, drinks, and local businesses. Movie trailers are good. I do agree however that ads and trailers are too long. Especially before those really long movies!
Define "adult".  I'm 15 and I'd be p**sed if I had to sit in a theatre with only teenagers who can't watch a movie.
WOuld anybody on this post pay more if you were in "Adults Only" showing.
We have always had adds down under - rememmber, it is a way to help the cinema jkeep the costs down - you could always ask the ticket agent when the feature is actually starting and miss the adds of course - great for the reserve seat system we hae in some theatres.
and cut off the left hand of people who let their phones ring - and their head if they answer it Rolling Eyes
I go strictly to twilight shows and am generally only joined by a few other patrons.  I have very few complaints.

I can't believe someone actually wants a theater to take cash only.  Making change for cash actually takes much longer than a credit card transaction.
I just can't go to the theaters anymore. I never enjoy the film anymore, due to these and many other problems. I'm a prudish snob, I know, but I'm just sick of it all.
From your list of complaints Stanton, you've got nothing to worry about. Try going to the cinema in the UK for a real test of patience. There are people over here who think it is there role in life to pay good money to go see a film, and talk the whole way through it. Never mind luxery screens, we seem to need screens without seats and just bar stools and tables so that those people can just stand around and talk. Oh, and there's a film on in the background if anyone is interested.
We had adds for 20 years in California but lately we have gone from 1-2 to 6 or 7.  Regal Cinemas is the #1 offender of this!
Ads are something we've had for years in the UK. You should count yourselves lucky in the US that you've got away with not having them for so long. I went to see Red Dragon in Florida when it was released and was amazed to see only trailers before the feature. I wasn't amazed the the aperture plate and lens were wrong (we were missing a fair portion of the picture down the soundtrack side) or that the film started late. That's just part of the modern multiplex experience.
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I am talking about regular commercials!  I hate that! Were paying money to stay away from TV ADDS
I also think it would be great if we could "plug in headphones" that way we can just hear the movie and not the cellphones!
Well, I agree for the most part, but I enjoy the trailers, even though I've seen most of them on apple.com.  I test myself and see how long it takes before I know what movie it is.  I know, I'm pathetic.  I hope you mean the actual comercials that can be seen on TV.  I do hate them.  My theatre used to have movie trivia slides before the previews, but now there's just food and videogame comercials.
Pet Peeves from movie Auidence
If you could set rules what would they be?
Mine are:
1) Have an audience "police" member.  They see the movie for free- and then the can boot people out whose cellphones go off!
2) Have an 16 and over "showing or theatre screen" of all movies on opening weekend. Movies like "King Kong" would benefit!
3) Have the Snack bar round things to a quarter.  Do not charge tax.
4) Have theatres go back to only taking cash only
5) If you buy your tickets on line IT Should not cost you more!
6) No comericals before the movie!
7) Do not sell tickets after a movie starts! Late comers distract!
8) Have the ticket prices be lower durring the week! Have a "bargain night" but still have a 16 and over screen!

I sound like an a****** I know but Everytime I see a movie someone's cell phone goes off! Those people tick me off!
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