People have been going to the movies for more than 100 years, but in a world increasingly dominated by the streaming pleasures of Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and more, a trek to the local multiplex has become both more sacred (if you’re going to spend the big bucks, you want the experience to be perfect) and less important. With all the conveniences of streaming, it’s easy to forget that when you’re in a theater watching a movie, you’re in a theater watching a movie. With other people. Not in your house. In. Public.
Temporarily forgetting the real world is fine and all… until you realize you’re sitting dead center in the middle of a movie theater surrounded by 99 people who each laid down $50 — popcorn and soda ain’t cheap! — to take in the evening’s entertainment. You can do better. You can avoid a fistfight over the end credits. How? The Thrillist Entertainment writers have taken it upon themselves to provide you with a handy list of rules, regulations, and provisos that will help ensure you don’t wind up being the jackass who ruins a movie for everyone else.
- Just turn off your phone. Seriously. Not on silent. Off.
- Don’t bring your entire dinner into the theatre runs.
- Don’t pound booze out of a soda cup and get plastered
- Try to consume your food and drinks as quietly as possible
- Don’t hog the armrests
- Don’t pre-react to the “good parts” of a movie you’ve seen before
- Don’t explain the movie while in the actual movie, no matter how confusing it is
- Never spoil parts of the movie while waiting in line or in the lobby
- Never shush
- Don’t treat movie theatres like hands-off daycare
- Don’t hook up
- Don’t groom yourself
- Don’t relentlessly shift in your seat
- Never “save” a seat for someone who may or may not be coming
- Clean up after yourself
- Don’t go absolutely nuts laughing
- Don’t clap for moments of cinematic justice