Torment at the theater

Dec 12 2011 - 11:31am


Illustration by SHADE LEEDS/Roy High School/
Illustration by SHADE LEEDS/Roy High School/

What has sticky floors, noisy cell phones and an annoying little kid that keeps kicking your seat?

You guessed it -- it's a movie theater.

Everyone loves going to movies, but we are all secretly bugged, and driven insane, by the little annoyances we find there. Things like ...

Noisy food

Smack ... sip ... pop ... slurp. You hear it all around you. I find myself having a hard time even paying attention to the movie when all I can hear is people chewing, slurping and crunching their food. It doesn't exactly help when all that good food is sold right as you walk in. How can you not buy something to munch on during the show?

Noisy people

OK, ladies and gentlemen, you paid for the movie, so why aren't you watching it? I went to a movie a couple of months ago and two kids behind me didn't stop talking the whole time. It didn't make sense to me why they would spend two hours in the dark, with a movie playing, but not care to even see it.

Saving seats

Yes, I understand that sometimes your friend is running late, and you want to sit by him or her. What I don't understand is one person saving an entire row right in the middle of the theater and only using one seat. What are they doing? Saving seats for their entire neighborhood? Did everyone cancel?

Ringing phones

Ah yes, the famous plea that comes at the beginning of every movie. "Please turn off your cell phones. Be courteous to those around you. Take this time to silence your phones and electronic devices." No matter how they say it, or how many times, there will still be those two or three people that think they are exempt from the rules. Do they really have a need to call, text, tweet or update Facebook while watching a movie? Maybe theaters should have a separate screening just for people who don't know how to turn their phones off.

Crying babies

Ever heard of a baby sitter? There is nothing worse than getting to the most suspenseful part of a scary movie, and having a baby cry and ruin it. Even worse is when the parents refuse to take them outside. The noise is ruining the movie not only for everyone in the theater, but for the stubborn parents as well.

Second timers

I'll admit it, when I see a really good movie, I want to go back and see it again. I like to watch not only the movie, but people's reactions to it as well. However, there are people who go to a film a second time just to show off that they know what's going to happen. They give you a whole summary of the movie and what happens before the previews even start.

Kicking the seat

We have all sat in front of that little 8- or 9-year-old kid who feels it absolutely necessary to see how many times he can kick the seat before the movie ends. There is no stopping it. Trust me. The best thing to do is to move to a different seat.

Not funny

Sometimes people laugh at things that are not funny. This I don't get. Are they being serious? Do they really think it's funny? Are they just making fun of the acting? This spring, when I went to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," there was a group of boys behind me who laughed every time something sad happened. It ruined the movie for everybody.

No matter how many movies you go to, there will always be people who talk the whole time, use their cell phones and kick your seat. But despite all of my pet peeves, going to the movies is still one of my favorite things to do.

Jessica Heywood is a junior at Morgan High School. She enjoys painting, photography, and playing the piano, violin and guitar. Contact her at

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