Talking in Theaters and the Movie Experience

I went to my local movie theater the other day to see the new It movie (which was exceptional, by the way, and I’ll post about that soon) and I had a great time. It was one of those rare instances where the entire audience is on the same page. I got to thinking more about my experience, rather than the film itself, when I was watching Chris Stuckmann’s video A Rant on Annoying Moviegoers. He has two of these videos, and I will link his Youtube channel. He’s a fantastic film critic, please check him out. The two Rants truly hit home.

They reminded me of all of the mid-movie phone calls I’ve been forced to sit in on, the man in front of me that brought his own unopened jumbo bag of Cheetos to the theater, and the many other conversations that tend to go on right behind you. I could go on. It was the first movie I had seen in a theater since I went to see Wonder Woman. As a cinema-obsessed person, not getting to go to the movies as often as I used to has been a major challenge. Going from weekly theater visits, to once every three or four months has been rough. I stopped making time for theaters (and even at-home movie watching) because of school and work.

My experience at the theater last week when I went to see It was amazing. This was the greatest time I have ever had as part of an audience. Any talking was short, quiet whispers, so that the rest of the people weren’t disturbed, and the only times talking or raised voices occurred were when that was the proper reaction to what was going on in the film (It is a horror movie,after all), and I felt that there was a sort of unspoken camaraderie between us. We all put ourselves into this terrifying situation, so “Welcome to the Losers Club, asshole”.

I wish every movie-goers experience was like this. And I might just be thinking all this because a fellow audience member and I sang Sweet Caroline together when that cheesy Hyundai commercial was on, but I truly did have a fantastic time. Whoever reads this, let’s try and make theater experiences like this for everyone. Because in the wise words of Chris Stuckmann, “We’ve lost respect for the movie going experience, and we need to get it back.”

You can watch Chris Stuckmann’s videos here!

Thank you so much for reading my newest post on Box Office Poison! I’m pretty active on social media, and all of my links are here. Next Week: “It (2017) and the Horror Genre”.

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