Loud talkers in movie theaters

Last Saturday, after a very hot trip up to the Greensgrow Farm Market in Kensington, we (friends Scott and Roz) were at a loss as to what to do next. It was too damn toasty to stay outside and we had spent the last two days furiously working in front of our computers, so no more computer time could be permitted.

A brilliant brainstorm swept us and we decided to head for the air-conditioned goodness that is the movies (the latest installment in the Harry Potter empire to be exact). Checking the times (and picking up another along the way), we headed for the Main Street theater in Manayunk because the Riverview is a painful place to see movies and we didn’t want to deal with the seat-assigned irritation that is the Bridge.

We were a little early, so we sat, ate some snacks and chatted waited for the movie to begin. When the lights went we down, we stopped talking. However, the group of teenage girls sitting behind us did not. They talked the entire movie (and there were a couple of other groups of talkers scattered throughout the theater).

Now, I have no qualms about asking people to be quiet in appropriate places (like movie theaters) and so twice I turned around and asked them politely to please stop talking (although the second time I was a little worried that one of the girls was going to reach out and smack me). But they just didn’t stop. The kicker was towards the end of the movie, when a cell phone rang. It belonged to one of the girls behind us. Instead of silencing it and returning the call after the movie ended, like most reasonable people, she opened that sucker up and said, “hello?” It was, to put it mildly, very frustrating.

The constant talking was one of the reasons we had skipped over Riverview and it seems that Manayunk is now just as bad. One member of my group wondered if it was because it was an afternoon showing of a recently opened movie. Has anyone else had an experience like this recently? How did you deal with it?

5 Comments so far

  1. Thad (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    We usually deal with it by going to watch movies at The Bridge. :-)

    So far, so good.

  2. Joe S (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

    Mostly I stopped going to movies except for the Ritz. Too many times the experience has been ruined by poor film management, such as sound and visual quality. But my biggest reason for not going to the movies are the imbecillic ill-mannered selfish people who believe the world revolves around their every uncontrolled impulse.
    I do not think it is my job to tell others to shut up. I am not at work when at the movies. Where is the management doing their jobs…creating a viewing atmosphere where people can see and hear a film in peace.
    But don’t get me started….
    Other then the Bridge and the Ritz are there other good places to watch a movie?

  3. Melyni (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 10:42 am

    After 2 times asking to be quiet, I will go get an employee of the theatre and that usualy does the trick. Sometimes I do nothing because the people can be aggressive. So I mostly rent movies, :)

  4. jen (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    i’m confused, i’ve never been assigned a seat at the bridge. however, someone i’m close to once asked a guy on his cell phone at the bridge to be quiet, and the cell phone yapper promptly flashed his gun.

    i, too, thought manayunk would be better than the riverview. nope. i’ve had the most luck at plymouth meeting and cherry hill.

    last night we went to see the potter 3d imax at king of prussia. there was a crying baby, kids kicking chairs and two chicks next to me making bad jokes, kissing noises, and talking way too loudly.

    i think you just can’t win. people are selfish and disrespectful. if you get the usher you miss part of the movie you grossly overpaid for.

    personally, i’m at the point where i will not go see a movie unless it’s something essential for the big screen experience (potter, transformers, star wars etc.). it’s expensive and people suck.

  5. Paul (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    As a big movie lover, and esp the communal theater experience, this has become quiet disheartening over the years. I WANT to sit in a big theater, with others- but can’t we all sit there pretty quietly? I’ve had to shush elderly ladies, who were having trouble following the plot line.

    I had to leave “Snow Falling on Cedars”, and the management gave me comp tickets.

    Now, I’m lucky enough to have a dollar theater, so I wait for the movie to arrive, and then only go after a week or so, when I’m guaranteed as few people as possible.
    And I make no bones about asking people to be quiet.
    I noticed this theater has now posted No Talking signs outside the doors to each theater..

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