8 Things that Would Make
the Cinema a Better Place
By Matthew Arcilla
Between portable media, home video and streaming services, it’s no wonder that more and more people are choosing to stay home rather than go to the cinema. Sure, no tablet, smartphone or giant size OLED TV can compare to the all enveloping presence of the big screen, but they also don’t come with “other people” and the various distractions they bring.
So let’s make the world a better place. Let’s make an agreement. Let’s resolve to keep these eight things in mind when we go to the movies. Let’s make the cinema a hush and profound experience once more.
8. Mind your children
Nothing sucks more than having the movies interrupted by a kid crying. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, whether it’s a spilled soda or a missed nap time. Yeah, parenting is hard, but you know best when your kids aren’t ready to behave. In the meantime save the movies for when you and your spouse have some “you time” when you leave the kids with a sitter or trusted loved one.
7. Eat discreetly
Sure, concession stand prices aren’t the best value for money, but they still can’t diminish the magic of a huge pile of snacks at the movies. What does diminish other people’s immersion is the sound of loud chewing, audible slurping and the crinkling of snack bags. There’s nothing wrong with pigging out. No one’s going to judge you in the dark where they can’t see you, but they don’t need to hear you either.
6. Talking to a minimum, please
Yes, going to the movies is best with a friend. But once the lights go down, it’s hush time. Most of us want to focus on the action happening on the screen. We don’t need to hear you crack wise about how the characters could be smarter or explain everything that’s going on. You can save the discussion for after the movie over drinks, food, smokes or whatever it is you like to do on a movie night.
5. Put your phone away
The only thing as equally obnoxious as talking so much during a movie is talking on your phone during a movie. We don’t care if it’s your mom, your spouse or your boss. They didn’t pay for a movie ticket, so they certainly don’t belong inside the cinema. Let people know via text if you’re going to be alone in the dark for two hours, but if you must take your calls, do it outside.