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Do you ever "shush" someone in a movie theatre?

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Re: Do you ever "shush" someone in a movie theatre?

  • I wasn't directly involved, but once witnessed a near altercation in the aisle when I saw Crash. One patron answered and talked on their phone, and consequently was shushed by another theater patron who was of a different race than the phone user, and it escalated.  Awkward to say the least, particularly given the movie we were all watching. 

     

     

  • I rarely go to the movies and now I remember why! LOL.

    The last 3 movies we saw, it wasn't noise that was disruptive, it was the constant texting people were doing. Those screens are BRIGHT in a dark movie theatre and when it's right next to you and you hear Buzzzzzzz Buzzzzzzz every 10 seconds and the light come up it gets so annoying. I have kicked a chair nonstop during texting but I haven't ever told anyone to turn their phones off, just because I don't know the situation (maybe it's a babysitter with a problem?) But even then, I'd get up and text or call her from the lobby, not during a movie. 

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    I wasn't directly involved, but once witnessed a near altercation in the aisle when I saw Crash. One patron answered and talked on their phone, and consequently was shushed by another theater patron who was of a different race than the phone user, and it escalated.  Awkward to say the least, particularly given the movie we were all watching. 

     

     

    How ironic and somewhat hilarious.  I liked this story.

    I haven't shushed in a movie theater, but I shush kids at least 20 times a day at school.

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  • It makes my blood boil when people talk in the movies. I'll usually start with death glares, then I move to my passive aggressive "Gee, they are talking really loud over there" which I say really loudly. lol

    I've decided that I'm going to start keeping a piece of paper in my purse, and if people talk I'm going to throw balls of paper at them until they shut up.

    ETA: I once went to a movie where a lady was translating EVERYTHING that was said to her friend who apparently didn't understand English. ARGH!

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  • Are ushers like a big city thing or what? Because where I live the employees are never in the theater until afterwards when they clean up everyone's garbage. And I resent the idea of having to get up and go to the lobby and miss part of my movie because someone else is being an a$$...

    On a related note, if you eat food at the theater, do you just leave your garbage on the floor? I can't stand when people do that, it's so inconsiderate.

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  • At some of our theaters, the ushers will come in once or twice during the film and just stand there for a minute.  But more thank likely we won't see them until the end of the film.

    And I do my best to take my trash to the can.  I feel bad about leaving things on the floor in movie theaters, but not in football or basketball stands.  Maybe it's the atmosphere? 

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    Are ushers like a big city thing or what? Because where I live the employees are never in the theater until afterwards when they clean up everyone's garbage. And I resent the idea of having to get up and go to the lobby and miss part of my movie because someone else is being an a$$...

    No, it's the same for us...I especially hate it when the movie's out of focus or something is wrong with the sound -- they should at least have an usher in for the first 10 minutes of every movie. 

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  • I've been known to get up and tell the bratty kids that I paid to watch the movie and not their gossiping and cell phone conversations.

    I've even gone and got managment before.  I've only done that one time and sadly, it didn't work.  The brats kept being brats. 

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  • Yeah it does sometimes suck to have to leave the movie but I do it anyways.  You can usually spot the people who will be disruptive during the previews anyways.  Once the movie start I give them one chance.  If they continue to be disruptive I will walk out and look for a manager/ supervisor and give a good description of what the people look like and where they are sitting.  I also tell the employee how they are being disruptive and how unhappy  me and other guests in the theater are.  They will then say something to the rwody people and it is taken care of.  Never had to say something twice. 
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    If you want to talk before the previews fine but be quiet during the movies as I paid $11 to see it and would like to enjoy it.  

    I want to live where you live.  We went to a matinee a month ago that cost $17.

    Edit: To answer other questions, no I don't leave my trash in the theater OR a sporting event or anywhere else.  And similar to PPs, the ushers everywhere I've lived (small towns and bigger cities) stay there for a few minutes when the movie starts, and they come back 2-4 times during it.  They are always out in the hallway, though, if you want to go tattle on someone.

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  • We went to see super 8 and there was a row of teens at the top that was rowdy. One of them had a squeeky chair and everytime it got quiet during the previews he would make it squeek on purpose. It was still going on as the movie started so DH stands up, turns around and says "ok, who is doing that with their chair?" they all went silent. He continued that we all need to act like big boys and girls or he's going to go find their parents. There was not a peep for the rest of the movie. But for some reason everytime DH or I thought about it we'd crack up laughing.
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    We usually avoid this by going to the first showing of the day and not the weekend it comes out. 

    I'm more annoyed with texters lately.  It's like shining a flashlight in the eyes of the people behind you!  If you can't turn your phone off for 2 hours, then you shouldn't be at the movies.

    YES!!!! Yes

    This entire thread reminds me of exactly why I rarely go to the movies anymore... it sucks, but I refuse to pay so much money to be in a room full of people who are most likely going to do something that's going to annoy me. 

  • We do it occasionally, if they're really disruptive.  We try to sit in the very back, so that our seats do not get kicked, and we usually see a bunch of cell phones this way.  Either way, it's annoying!

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  • We had an altercation watching Chelsea Handler this last summer.  Me, DH, and 3 of my close girlfriends went to watch her perform live, and we were SO excited.  Spent over $100 per ticket, had a nice dinner beforehand, etc.

    Went to sit in our seats about 10 minutes before the show started, and everyone around us was chatting, laughing, having a good time.  Their were going to be 3 pre-comics, so the first one started and he was pretty funny.  Towards the end of the first guy's set, this group of 4 girls walked up and sat in the seats directly behind us, we could tell that they were really drunk, kind of annoyingly so, but whatever, we were all having fun.  In the middle of the 2nd comic's set, a group of 4 guys was walking up the aisle towards us, and as soon as we saw them, you could tell that these guys were WASTED drunk, yelling loudly, etc.   They were with the girls behing us, and as they were moving into their seats, they all roughly jostled us, just cause they were so drunk.  They sat down and were all literally talking at (or above) normal volume, like they were driving in a car or something, not like they were sitting in a quiet venue watching a show.  They were all about 21-22 years old, sooooo drunk, and really loud.

    Within about 5 minutes of the guys sitting down, I got up "to get a drink" and went and complained to the usher.  The ushers walked through, and of course the guys were quiet when they walked through.  Then the guys started telling the girls to yell random things like "I love Jared's penis" or "I'm so high" or whatever, just random obnoxious things.

    It was so awful because they were literally one row behind us, so it was like they were all yelling in my ears.  My 3 other friends also went to complain, as did many people around us.  Finally once the 3rd comic started, I had had enough and went down and asked that security please ask them to be quiet.  Well of course the security guy walked in literally right behind me and followed me to my seat.  He asked them to be quiet, and walked away.  As soon as he walked away one of the guys started talking about "the guy in the pink shirt".

    Now, my DH is a big dude, and he's been in a lot of fights when he was younger.  Now he's 30 and fat, and happened to be wearing a pink shirt and with 4 women, but still, he's not the guy you want to mouth off to at the bar, right?

    So my DH is sitting there calmly and not going to say anything, because he knows I don't want him getting in a fight or anything...

    The final straw for me was when the guy said "yeah that faggot in the pink shirt".

    So finally I've just had enough and I turned around and practically screamed "SERIOUSLY JUST SHUT THE FUUCK UP ALREADY".  The girls were completely shocked, but one of the guys had something smart to say back to me.  At that point, my DH stood up and turned around also, and I could see that things were starting to escalate, so my friend grabbed my DH and pulled him down the stairs, and they went and got security again.  I stood there screaming like a maniac at these idiots, and security came and I was like "this motherfuucker, and this one, and this one" and pointed all down the whole row (lol) at all of them.  Everyone sitting around us pointed out who was being loud and crazy, and security told them to "keep it down" after we had personally complained at least 5 times, they were calling us by homosexual slurs and threatening us to fight...

    So security escorts US out (wtf) and offers us nosebleed seats for the rest of the show.

    Chelsea Handler hadn't even STARTED yet.  Are you kidding me?

    My DH wasn't comfortable staying there, even sitting in nosebleed seats, because he knew that if we saw them again he'd punch them, and really didn't want to have a scene.

    So my 3 friends went and sat in nosebleed seats, and DH and I left, walked back to the parking garage, and drove home.

    I was LIVID and APPALLED by how security handled the whole situation.  And because of that, I will NEVER see another show at the Schnitzer concert hall in Portland.  That place can kiss my ass.

    Also, I meant to write a letter and ask for our money back, and every time I sat down to do it, I would get so pissed that I never did.  Ha.

    I'm shaking from typing this out, I was SO PISSED, and still am apparently!

    Oh and my friends stayed and said that they were still loud and obnoxious through the whole show, and that 2 of the girls and all 4 of the guys ended up getting kicked out towards the end of the show.

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  • I ask people to quiet down all the time. The teenagers actually usually listen while the adults continue to act like idiots.

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  • The_Jen, that is awful.
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  • I don't usually say anything, but I have gotten close a few times. However, I did witness a big blow out.

    When we went to see Pirates ( I think the last one?) The people sitting next to us ( middle aged man and two women with a boy) talked at normal volume through the entire pre-show and previews. It was annoying, but we figured they would stop when the movie started. When the movie started they kept talking. The guy in front of them asked them to be quiet.

    It immediately escalated. The talker told the guy and his date to STFU with a racial slur thrown in, so the guy threw his full large drink at the talker. The talker then started yelling that he was going to go get his gun and left the theater. My bf at the time went and got security who pulled both groups out of the theater.

    Ultimately, the family was kicked out. (I felt really bad for the kid.), but the couple came back. After the movie, we found a prescription bottle where the family had been sitting. Also, the guy that threw the drink apologized to us even though we didn't get wet really. 

    Over all it was very intense, but a cool story. After this experience, I just get an usher.  :)

  • I've never actually 'shushed' someone, but I have made my annoyance plain in other theatre situations.  When the first Lord of the Rings movie came out, my girlfriends and I were really excited and got to the theatre an hour early, found the perfect seats, and then once everyone else got seated, I noticed there were some seats being saved in front of us.  Right before the movie started, this man walks in with his girlfriend, and he's wearing the world's tallest cowboy hat.  I mean, I lived in a redneck part of the world, but most men take their hats off at a theatre, right?  Not this guy, and he sits right in front of me.  This hat is so big that I can't even see even a bit of the screen.  Finally, I say loudly "I would love to see the movie, but all I'm getting is a great view of this guy's cowboy hat."  His girlfriend turned around and gave me a scathing look, but he immediately pulled it off.  I *might* be slightly passive aggressive :)

    Another time, I was in a movie theatre, and a woman behind me continually kicked my seat, put her feet on it and rocked so that it was throwing my own chair forward, etc, and I put up with it for about 20 minutes before finally asking her to please stop.  She continued to do it, this time a little more violently, so instead of asking again, I rocked my seat back as hard as I could and apparently she must have been crossing her legs because my chair caught her knee solidly.  She yelled, "Oh my god you just hurt my knee!" So I turned around and said "Well maybe you'll listen next time."  She glared at me, shut her mouth, and didn't touch my seat again the entire movie.  After reading some of the other posts, I wonder if had I lived anywhere else in the US, this move may have secured me a black eye :)

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  • I have told someone in a packed theater to put away her effing cell phone (pretty much my exact words) as she was texting away next to me.  Pissed her off, but she did it.  A friend and I went to see a movie on a dead night - I believe it was Halloween II.  This woman came in with her two very small children (one she carried in), sat down right behind us.  Her kids were terrified from the beginning.  At one point, she actually answered her ringing cell phone and proceeded to have a conversation.  At that point, my friend turned around and pointed out that the rest of the theater was pretty much empty, if she wanted to have a conversation to go occupy another area.  She shut up and towards the end, we turned around to see she was long gone.
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    The_Jen, that is awful.

    Right?  It was by far the worst theater experience I've ever had.  I just couldn't believe that they weren't kicked out at the 2nd complaint.  Let alone 4,5+ complaints!

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  • My preference is to see a movie long after its premiere weekend so the theater won't be packed.  I think 99% of the people that do this also want to avoid the crowds and potential asssholes in the audience, so it's a nice experience overall.  If the 1% shows up, I usually just move my seat to another area and this works well.

    But growing up and living in NJ through the years, you see a lot of shenanigans.  I have told off people that talk during the movie a few times.  There was a woman who translated the entire 'The Passion of the Christ' movie into Spanish for an elderly man that could not hear well, so she would repeat the same sentence 2 or 3 times for every 1 sentence.

    Another gem was 'Brokeback Mountain' where 2 women were making fun of gay people and the theater had a fair amount of alternative lifestyle people in the audience.  They were sitting in the row in front of us and were shushed a few times by other people around them.  They initally ignored the shushing and kept commenting loudly.  Later, one of the women was shushed (the main loudmouth) and she lashed back and called the guy a derogatory name.  I lost it and screamed at her and said STFU, no one here paid good money to hear your moronic commentary on the movie and that you must have sh!t for brains if you think you're skipping out of this theater unscathed with your anti-gay slurs.  Our 2 rows then verbally piled on them, telling them to STFU, it was opening a floodgate.  They immediately left the theater on their own volition.  It was awesome.

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    I've never actually 'shushed' someone, but I have made my annoyance plain in other theatre situations.  When the first Lord of the Rings movie came out, my girlfriends and I were really excited and got to the theatre an hour early, found the perfect seats, and then once everyone else got seated, I noticed there were some seats being saved in front of us.  Right before the movie started, this man walks in with his girlfriend, and he's wearing the world's tallest cowboy hat.  I mean, I lived in a redneck part of the world, but most men take their hats off at a theatre, right?  Not this guy, and he sits right in front of me.  This hat is so big that I can't even see even a bit of the screen.  Finally, I say loudly "I would love to see the movie, but all I'm getting is a great view of this guy's cowboy hat."  His girlfriend turned around and gave me a scathing look, but he immediately pulled it off.  I *might* be slightly passive aggressive :)

    Another time, I was in a movie theatre, and a woman behind me continually kicked my seat, put her feet on it and rocked so that it was throwing my own chair forward, etc, and I put up with it for about 20 minutes before finally asking her to please stop.  She continued to do it, this time a little more violently, so instead of asking again, I rocked my seat back as hard as I could and apparently she must have been crossing her legs because my chair caught her knee solidly.  She yelled, "Oh my god you just hurt my knee!" So I turned around and said "Well maybe you'll listen next time."  She glared at me, shut her mouth, and didn't touch my seat again the entire movie.  After reading some of the other posts, I wonder if had I lived anywhere else in the US, this move may have secured me a black eye :)

    Both of your examples are almost exactly how I do it lol

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  • The PP story about the seat kicker reminded me of one incident..but kind of the opposite...

    Way back in high school, the guy I was dating had broken his leg and had a cast all the way up his thigh so it was pretty hard for him to get around. We went to a movie--and he was constantly adjusting his leg---and he kept accidentally hitting/kicking the guy's seat in front of him.

    The guy turned around and of course was PO'd at us and yelled at my BF asking him WTF his problem was and why he had to be the a-hole who kept kicking his chair...We just had these looks on our faces...My BF (who was pretty easy going) just said, "Ohhh..sorry guy, I don't mean to, but as you can see, I have a broken leg, ::points to leg and crutches::: I'm having a hard time getting situated."

    I think they both sort of felt bad..the guy turned around and was silent the rest of the time. My BF was pretty still the rest of the time..It definitely was NOT intentional to kick the guy's chair....I felt bad for my BF and his poor leg : / 

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    On a related note, if you eat food at the theater, do you just leave your garbage on the floor? I can't stand when people do that, it's so inconsiderate.

    I agree, I think that is NASTY.  Why is it ok to leave your trash on the floor for someone else to pick up? 

    They have opened up a movie theatre where you can't see a movie unless you are over 21 (restaurant movie theatre).  They serve alcohol, but I think the main draw is that you don't have to deal with teenagers.  I can't wait to go with DH, but I'm hoping that the adults are a problem.

  • I went to the ballet to see the Nutcracker with my sister.  We go every year and we expect the kids to be bored and rowdy sometimes, but the adults were horrible.  The dude next to us was texting the entire time and I said something to him finally.  There are actual people on stage performing and it is just so rude!

    I rarely, if ever, go to the movie theater.  I saw all the Harry Potter films in the theater and will sometimes see something action-y (like Sherlock Holmes).  We go to the adult seating upstairs.  It's more pricey for a ticket, for sure, but it's 21 and over and they serve alcohol.  I've never had a problem up there.  For someone who only goes 1 or 2 times a year it is ideal.  I will probably see the Hunger Games up there, too.

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  • I don't really shoosh strangers.  Usually they don't talk long enough for it to really matter.  I did shoosh some teenage boys once because they wouldn't stop talking.  They stopped. 

    I can't stand going to the movies with my mother, though.  She constantly talks through out the movie about the movie.  Asking questions.  Commenting on their outfits.  Stupid things.  I shoosh her with no problem.

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  • I got obnoxiously shushed after a whole 5 seconds of quiet whispering to my mother in the Dragon Tagoo movie ... the woman had to lean over 4 (empty) seats and was obviously trying to be bossy becuase she had to talk really loudly to make her point b/c the movie was so loud. Kinda killed her point.
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  • I've never shushed anyone, despite older women feeling the need to talk about the movie right next to me during a 100% packed Harry Potter movie. Arg.

    However, the last movie I went to was Breaking Dawn (yeup!) and the theater was mostly empty since it had been a few weeks. Some woman behind me didn't turn her phone off and it went off very noisely THREE TIMES. The first time....alright, I understand, everybody forgets sometimes. But THREE times?? So instead of saying anything (I'm a big wuss) I whipped out my own cell phone and started texting with my sister about what an annoying person I had behind me so the light from my phone would annoy her. Hopefully it worked....at least I know I am always annoyed when people in front of me look at their cell phones in the theater. The light is very distracting.

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