When you go out to a movie theatre, or any other theatre for a nice, relaxing and entertaining night out, you want to be able to enjoy yourself as much as possible. There are certainly some things you should never do in a theatre, though, but far too many people are not paying attention to these things now.
Modern civility and culture have eroded the basic rules and expectations of so many things, including theatre-going. However, if you want to help get us all back on track, one person at a time, make sure you pay attention to these 7 things you should never do in a theatre, for any reason.
1. Don’t be late. Yes, you know what time the movie or show starts, but if you’re going to see the latest film release, you also know there are going to be previews. And previews. And plenty more previews. In fact, the actual start time of the movie could very well be 20 minutes after the listed start time.
That doesn’t mean you should stroll in whenever you feel like. It’s simply rude and it sets a bad precedent. Imagine people settling into their seats in front of you 5 minutes after the show started. Wouldn’t that be rude? There’s no difference with previews; some people actually do want to see them.
2. Don’t talk on your cell phone. This should almost be a no-brainer at this point in time, but it does need to be said. Make sure you’re not yapping away on your cell phone, either during the previews or the show itself.
It’s distracting to everyone around you and if you’re at a live show, you could really turn the ire of the actors. It can also be enough to get you removed from the theatre.
3. Don’t text. The same holds true when it comes to texting. It’s a good idea to either leave your cell phone in the car or turn it off before you go into the theatre. If somebody really needs to get a hold of you, tell them to call the theatre itself and have someone find you. Odds are no one will ever really need to get a hold of you during show time.
4. Don’t talk. There may be times during the show when something surprising happens, and you may want to mention something to your companion, but if you do, keep it short. A couple words and done. You can talk openly about it later.
5. Don’t take off your shoes. Yes, it’s more comfortable with your shoes off, but no one should have to be subject to your foul foot odor. Keep them on, then take them off when you get into the car.
6. Don’t drape your leg over the chair in front of you. There might not be anyone sitting there at the moment, but it’s rude to lounge like you own the theatre. Keep your feet on the ground. Be respectful.
7. Don’t kick the chair in front of you. If you are restless, you might shift around a lot. Most theatres today provide enough legroom that you’d only smack the chair in front of you on a rare occasion. If you’re constantly kneeing or kicking the chair in front of you, it’s incredibly annoying and distracting for that person sitting there. Make a concerted effort in the future to avoid this issue.
Written by G. T. Hedlund