Friday, April 22, 2005

What annoys me in theaters

Since becoming a father, I have significantly cut back on a favorite past time-- going to the movies. For one reason, I find it very difficult to take a toddler, much less justify paying for one. When I used to go almost every week, I now go maybe once every couple of month's ( My last trip to the movies was several weeks ago to see "Sin City"). What I've been thinking about is that there are some things about movie theaters that consistently annoy me (Ticket prices are too easy, they annoy everyone)

1. The concession stand guys trying to get me to "supersize" my popcorn and drink. They say for .50 more they can supersize my already big drink to a 60 oz drum. If I could actually drink all that, I would be going to the bathroom throughout the movie. Then they say that if I buy a extra large popcorn, I could get free refills. Even between two people, I would get really sick eating that much popcorn, much less desire a refill.

2. When you are running late , there are 5 theaters playing the same movie and you don't know which one is yours. Theaters put little signs up that say the times, but sometimes you still can't find the theater because there are so many. The only directions you get are from the usher that says "to your right". Half the time he doesn't know were the movie is either.

3. The floor of the theater. This is especially nasty if you go later on, after several audiences have been through. I usually have to take my shoes off when I get home because I have half melted Milk Duds stuck on them.

4. Those military recruiting commercials. If Hollywood really wants you to serve, they shouldn't show that guy hanging from a cliff while trying to scale a mountain, but more movies like "Top Gun". After seeing that movie, a lot of guys wanted to join the Navy.

5. Those ads that show millionaire celebraties asking you to give more money to a charity after you've just blown almost $25 for less than two hours of entertainment.

7 comments:

windarkwingod said...

What really annoys me in the movie theater is when there is a person who tries to be really quiet so they unwrap their little candy thing reeeaaaalllllyyyyy sslllooowwww and it sounds like a freakin' log-poppin' campfire...

GoldenSunrise said...

It annoys me when the person sitting behind me puts their feet on the back of my chair. They usually end up kicking me in the head or shoving me forward. Some people are so rude!

forrest said...

Complaint #3 shouldn't be a problem if sitting next to Darwin. Rumor has it he eats Milk Duds off the floor when he runs out of Gobstoppers.

Jadee said...
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Jadee said...

Been awhile since I have actually been in a movie theater...thanks for the preview. Guess I am not missing much!!! With two youngsters on my own...the closest I get to actually watching a movie is if its "cartoon characters"...ie. "The Incredibles" and "Sharktale" and don't forget "Finding Nemo"! All of which I love...but it was awesome to see "Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason" this weekend with T! Think I will kick off my shoes with the remote from now on!!! (that's right, Ladies, I get to 'hold the remote' myself) :-P

Dash said...

I've been getting annoyed with the commercials that they are showing now. Even the Matrix had a mountain Dew Ad. Now I'm not complaining about some mild product placement ... or even those cute little dancing soda and candy that they used to show at intermission; but if it's a made for TV commercial - LEAVE IT ON TV.

Speaking of dancing snacks, so you all remember the pornographic hot dogs at the drive in when we saw SWAT?

shakedust said...

I remember the hotdogs just a little too well.

Actually, though, I like the commercials prior to the movie to some degree because it provides at least some entertainment for those of us who show up to movies early. I just wish they would get a greater variety of commercials because if you go to the same (AMC) theater twice in the same three-month span you are all but guaranteed that you will see the exact same commercials.