Heated Opinions: Stop ruining my $10 movie theater experience.



This blog is inspired by this thread on Screened.com, which is a thread discussing various things that ruin your movie theater experience. Here's my beef with 2 major grievences. 
 

The First

I absolutely cannot stand people who applaud or cheer at the movies.

 
I don't have a problem when people laugh out loud when something is funny, or even have to do a knee-slap or single hand-clap when something is so insanely funny or shocking in an 'oh snap!' kind of manner. But when a full out cheering or applause occurs in the middle of the film or even at the end of the credits, it makes me lose faith in humanity. THE ACTORS CAN'T HEAR YOUR CHEER OR APPLAUD THEM IN THE THEATER. PLEASE STOP
 

The Second
Grown adults who cosplay at the theater for a specific movie.


I swear to god, I don't need to see someone dress up as a comic book character everytime I see a comic book related movie. I get it, you like Spiderman, and you own a Spiderman mask. I get it, Batman is a big deal and The Dark Knight is an instant blockbuster. I get it, you like Star Wars so much, you decided you need to own a Stormtrooper costume. But come on, I don't need you running around the aisles to further put the stereotype of nerds in an awkward and strange light in public. I didn't really want to list this grievence because I know it will put me in the position of being called an 'elitist nerd', and sure, maybe it's a character flaw of mine that I can't deal with something that I feel is strange or don't understand. But in all seriousness, I'd like to see anyone try to watch a movie that they were trying to really focus on when you've got a grown-adult stranger sitting right beside you donning a Batman cape and cowl the entire time. 

Am I the only person who hates these things? Just FYI, this is completely separate from people who just blurt out things or speak too loudly during a film. These are obviously other reasons to hate the theater experience, but the ones I noted above are unique to me, I think... unless other people here can prove me wrong. 
 
So anyways, go to that originating thread, sign up for a Screened.com account and put in your say as to what ruins movie theaters for you. Or if you're just lazy, have your say here.
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Posted by heatDrive88


This blog is inspired by this thread on Screened.com, which is a thread discussing various things that ruin your movie theater experience. Here's my beef with 2 major grievences. 
 

The First

I absolutely cannot stand people who applaud or cheer at the movies.

 
I don't have a problem when people laugh out loud when something is funny, or even have to do a knee-slap or single hand-clap when something is so insanely funny or shocking in an 'oh snap!' kind of manner. But when a full out cheering or applause occurs in the middle of the film or even at the end of the credits, it makes me lose faith in humanity. THE ACTORS CAN'T HEAR YOUR CHEER OR APPLAUD THEM IN THE THEATER. PLEASE STOP
 

The Second
Grown adults who cosplay at the theater for a specific movie.


I swear to god, I don't need to see someone dress up as a comic book character everytime I see a comic book related movie. I get it, you like Spiderman, and you own a Spiderman mask. I get it, Batman is a big deal and The Dark Knight is an instant blockbuster. I get it, you like Star Wars so much, you decided you need to own a Stormtrooper costume. But come on, I don't need you running around the aisles to further put the stereotype of nerds in an awkward and strange light in public. I didn't really want to list this grievence because I know it will put me in the position of being called an 'elitist nerd', and sure, maybe it's a character flaw of mine that I can't deal with something that I feel is strange or don't understand. But in all seriousness, I'd like to see anyone try to watch a movie that they were trying to really focus on when you've got a grown-adult stranger sitting right beside you donning a Batman cape and cowl the entire time. 

Am I the only person who hates these things? Just FYI, this is completely separate from people who just blurt out things or speak too loudly during a film. These are obviously other reasons to hate the theater experience, but the ones I noted above are unique to me, I think... unless other people here can prove me wrong. 
 
So anyways, go to that originating thread, sign up for a Screened.com account and put in your say as to what ruins movie theaters for you. Or if you're just lazy, have your say here.
Posted by sixghost

I don't really care if people cheer or applaud during the credits, but people who do this during the actual movie need to get thrown out of the theater. When I saw Return of the King in theaters it was full of assholes cheering every 5 minutes, and it was the awful.

Posted by Icemael

I completely agree with the first point. But the second? I've never, ever seen anyone cosplay for a movie. Except once, but those were employees promoting the movie, not customers sitting in the theatre.

Posted by Colin

These are the reasons I never go to a theater, I don't want to spend half the time hearing assholes laughing and something maybe a 4 year old would find funny or cheering like a turd.
Posted by TheHT

People cheer or applaud for the same reason you might clap once or slap your knee, except amplified.

Posted by sixghost
@TheHT said:
" People cheer or applaud for the same reason you might clap once or slap your knee, except amplified. "
The difference is that one of these actions ruins the movie for other people.
Posted by KarlPilkington

Loads of kids dressed up for the Harry Potter movies, you got a problem with that?

Posted by ThatFrood

The reason I don't like going to theaters is because uptight assholes like you take yourselves too seriously. 
Lose faith in humanity because someone's clapping? Christ.

Posted by heatDrive88
@Chabbs0 said:
"Loads of kids dressed up for the Harry Potter movies, you got a problem with that? "

If those kids were anywhere in the age bracket of 21 years old to 50 years old? I wouldn't maybe call it a problem, but I'll definetely call it a disturbing and awkward situation. FYI, note that I said "grown adults" in my blog.
Posted by sixghost
@heatDrive88 said:
" @Chabbs0 said:
"Loads of kids dressed up for the Harry Potter movies, you got a problem with that? "
If those kids were anywhere in the age bracket of 21 years old to 50 years old? I wouldn't maybe call it a problem, but I'll definetely call it a disturbing and awkward situation. FYI, note that I said "grown adults" in my blog. "
I don't see how any of that ruins your experience, unless they are pulling show Rocky Horror crap and getting up in front of the screen, who cares.
Posted by TheHT
@sixghost said:
" @TheHT said:
" People cheer or applaud for the same reason you might clap once or slap your knee, except amplified. "
The difference is that one of these actions ruins the movie for other people. "
Sure, but they don't do it to show thier appreciation to the actors.
Posted by heatDrive88
@ThatFrood:
To address this, I simply question who the applause is actually for. Are people applauding the actors that are 99.9999% for sure not in the same theater? Are they applauding the physical movie screen? I simply don't know. 
 
The most logical answer is an applause for the 'spirit of moment of a positive feeling form watching the movie', which still baffles me, as this doesn't seem like the correct reaction towards the situation. I for one, am not a 'clap-laugher'. Regardless of such, laughter doesn't illicit the same response as the positive emotional feeling that comes from the end of a good movie, so that doesn't connect a lot of dots. Yes, I'm maybe just flexing some synonyms by saying 'losing faith in humanity', but it still boggles my mind.
Posted by TheHT
@heatDrive88 said:
" @ThatFrood: The most logical answer is an applause for the 'spirit of moment of a positive feeling form watching the movie', which still baffles me, as this doesn't seem like the correct reaction towards the situation. I for one, am not a 'clap-laugher'. Regardless of such, laughter doesn't illicit the same response as the positive emotional feeling that comes from the end of a good movie, so that doesn't connect a lot of dots. Yes, I'm maybe just flexing some synonyms by saying 'losing faith in humanity', but it still boggles my mind. "
That's your problem right there.
Posted by Hot_Karl
@sixghost said:
" I don't really care if people cheer or applaud during the credits, but people who do this during the actual movie need to get thrown out of the theater. When I saw Return of the King in theaters it was full of assholes cheering every 5 minutes, and it was the awful. "
I agree. 
 
As for the second point, I ended up cosplaying (kinda) for Kick-Ass. I put on guyliner, painted my nails black, wore black and called myself "Emo Man". I got some attention, but I was dressing up for the fun of it more than anything. Also, it was a form of peacocking when I went out later that night.  
 
Here's a pro-tip for you all: Strippers love guyliner and ties.
Posted by S0ndor
@TheHT said:
" @heatDrive88 said:
" @ThatFrood: The most logical answer is an applause for the 'spirit of moment of a positive feeling form watching the movie', which still baffles me, as this doesn't seem like the correct reaction towards the situation. I for one, am not a 'clap-laugher'. Regardless of such, laughter doesn't illicit the same response as the positive emotional feeling that comes from the end of a good movie, so that doesn't connect a lot of dots. Yes, I'm maybe just flexing some synonyms by saying 'losing faith in humanity', but it still boggles my mind. "
That's your problem right there. "
Ouch.
Posted by mutha3

Who cares?

Posted by Rirobuge

So somebody dressed in costume that you see for a total of maybe 5 minutes before and after the movie completely ruins it for you? Don't sit near them if they bother you. Who the hell cares what somebody wants to dress as, gotta relax.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

I wholeheartedly agree, but would even go as far as cosplay anywhere is fucking stupid. Even at conventions, you're just embarrassing yourself. Fortunately the only experience I've had that came close to "cosplay" would be the dipshits that went into Revenge of the Sith with their own lightsabers.

Posted by Symphony

Different strokes for different folks, but I'll have to disagree with you on both points. Granted, cheering or obnoxiously loud laughter coming from one or two people in the theater can be weird, but if the whole theater is getting into it, I think that enhances the experience. 
 
As for cosplaying, I can only dream of having the courage to do what those people do -- geeking out to the extreme, knowing that other people will judge them in a negative light. Sure it's silly, but they're doing it for fun and for the love of their hobby, so all the power to them. As someone stated earlier -- as long as they're not pulling a Rocky Horror and getting up in front of the screen, I really don't see how this can ruin anyone else's experience.

Posted by Illmatic

I have to raise my hand and say I'm one of those people who'll join in on cheering during certain scenes. My entire theater was applauding and whistling when it was revealed that Commissioner Gordon was actually alive in The Dark Knight. Even great moments during crappy movies like the kick in the face to The Orphan got applause from the theater, including me. 
 
As for the cosplay, it doesn't bother me as long as they stay away from me.

Posted by ebritt

This is all trumped by people fucking eating!!!! movie time is not dinner time

Posted by Coolarman

Surprised you didn't mention those assholes who spoil a movie when they walk out of the theater and ruin the movie for so many people

Edited by Godlyawesomeguy

You know what I hate? PG-13 movies where everybody douchebag is texting and talking in a very distracting manner. That is one reason I only see R rated movies in theaters.
EDIT: I forgot about the people who yell dumb jokes during the movie that everyone can hear, it takes me right out of the movie, and it makes me want to find and murder them especially if the movie is good.

Edited by JeffGoldblum

Usually people only cosplay on opening night or at midnight showings. If it bothers you that much don't go on those nights. 
When I went to go see Indy 4 there was a guy in the theatre in full indy costume and it was probably the coolest part of the movie.

Edited by ryanwho

This is like complaining about traffic during rush hour. If you go in during peak hours, an entire audience full of people might just make the occasional noise. This isn't rocket science. I don't think I've ever raged over dudes applauding, I'm just like "whoa so that actually happened, people do that".

Posted by ch3burashka

I've never seen cosplayers.
 
As for #1, for sure. IMO, it's allowed at the end of the movie, but not in the middle.

Posted by Rhaknar

why would someone cosplaying "hurt your experience"? What the fuck does it matter to you? the cheering part sure

Posted by teh_destroyer

Its stupid that almost every other movie released so far has to be in 3d.

Posted by homewrecker

I watched Die Hard 4 and everyone was laughing at anything that could vaguely be considered a joke.

Edited by iAmJohn

I went to a movie last night (Robogeisha, in case you were wondering) where the entire movie had the audience laughing and cheering and going crazy at random parts.  And you know what?  It made the entire thing way more enjoyable.  Many movies are supposed to be communal experiences, and the reason you go to the theatre to see it is for that double experience of the film and the audience reaction to said film, whether it's laughter, cheering, making jokes about the film or shocked, stone-cold silence. 
 
In other words, get the hell away from my theatres, you antisocial cretin. >:| 
 
@teh_destroyer said: 

" Its stupid that almost every other movie released so far has to be in 3d. "

Now THIS is the issue we should all be rising up in unison against! >:|
Posted by Kolonel_Kool

When I went to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the crowd cheered when Megan Fox first appeared. I walked out. I have no problem with them cheering, but that movie fucking sucked.

Posted by get2sammyb

I've never known people to cheer during or after a movie in the cinema. Is that because I'm British?

Posted by scarycrayons

I'm British too, and have witnessed the annoyance of people cheering and clapping in a movie, mainly in 'huge franchise' movies like Harry Potter.   The other thing that bugs me (aside from everything that has already been said), is how everyone systematically gets up to leave the very second the movie looks like it's ended, before the credits even have a chance to show up.
 
I'd quite like to see the credits in some movies, mainly for the possibility of silly out-take clips or post-credits teaser, but unless you're sitting next to the wall on the far side of the theater, you're practically herded out of the cinema by everyone trying to leave and expecting you to stand up and leave too before they can get past.   
 
Far too often, I've seen the equivalent of musical chairs in those credits, where an out-take clip will appear and everyone standing will suddenly sit down on the nearest chair they can find.  The clip ends, everyone stands immediately and starts leaving again.... and then another out-take clip starts, and everyone rushes for a seat again.  Not that they actually get to see these clips of course, because their view (along with mine) is blocked by all the other people constantly pushing past other people in front of them!

Edited by schizogony

Movies would suck without cheering and cosplaying. You, sir, might want to look into being a hermit recluse.

Posted by JasonDaPsycho

I really didn't give a damn about the first point. Since we have subtitles on movies here in Hong Kong, so I don't see a problem. It isn't that annoying anyways.
 
As for the second one, never seen that. But it would've been annoying. Actually I never quite understood the cosplaying thing anyways.

Edited by PenguinDust

Well, I half agree with your first point.  I don't see an need to applaud at the end of a movie unless it was some sort of special screening and the actors or director is there presenting it.  I've been to a couple of those in my life and you kind of feel obliged to clap especially since they are waiting to speak again and thank everyone for turning out.  Cheering is something I quite enjoy in a movie, though even if I've never done it myself (I'm not a very vocal person).  When I saw Batman back in 1989 and the audience exploded when Michael Keaton said for the first time "I'm Batman", it left a lasting impression on me.  In my mind, this is what people talk about when they refer to the "movie going experience".   A group energy to laugh, cheer and maybe even mock the movie in unison.  
 
As for the costume thing, well, I've never actually seen that.  I don't go to opening night, prime time showings too often where I imagine such fans would gather.  Besides, I live in a small town so there isn't a lot of costuming to begin with even on Halloween.  For that I'd say "live and let live"...unless they have a giant hat that blocks my view.

Edited by Welding

I watched Inglorious Basterds in theaters on the first day it showed publically, and I had a *great* time. Everyone got into the spirit of the movie and propelled each other's enjoyment. (Yes, by clapping/cheering/cracking jokes). It was awesome, and the reason that I enjoy going to the cinema (going to the premiere of Twilight was a *blast*!).
 
If you dont like these things, I guess youre probably missing the point of going to the theater and enjoying a movie with some strangers. You should probably just wait for the DVD or BluRay and watch that on your own. (Granted, there are some movies where I'd rather just do that. I remember my enjoyment of Star Wars Ep. III being ruined on the premiere of that)
 
EDIT : Ps. yeah I cant stand cosplay in theaters, actually.

Posted by swamplord666

You take yourself waaaay too seriously. People applaud to show their appreciation for something. Whether the person can hear it is irrelevant. And also so what if people clapped at the end? Does it really ruin the already over film? Even during the film. Is it really a buzz killer if people clap for 5 seconds? People see something that they really enjoyed so they show their appreciation.  
As for cosplay, why do you care? these people are wearing it for FUN and because they're excited about the movie!  
Have fun and embrace it! People are all there to have fun.

Posted by Coonfish

Cosplay doesn't bother me.  If you want to dress up for the movie then go ahead and have your fun.  What bothers me is ignorant people who obviously aren't there to see the movie but instead to socialize and end up talking and joking through the whole thing.  The thing I hate most is constantly hearing "What did the say??  What just happened??"

Posted by Damodar

Can't say I've experienced cheering more than once or twice and never seen any Cosplaying. 
 
I guess it's an American thing? 
 
But yeah, fuck douchebags that are just texting the whole time and showing people shit on their phones.

Posted by MrSnow

I agree and add people who throw popcorn

Posted by frankfartmouth

I'm a pretty big stickler for people behaving themselves in the theater, but i think you might be taking it a bit too far. It all depends on the context. If I went to see the Tooth Fairy and everyone were laughing their asses off, I'd be annoyed, not by the expression itself but by its stupidity. But when I saw Borat in the theater, the mood would best be described as manic; people were literally losing control of themselves, which only amplified the experience for me. If I hated the movie or thought it was offensive, I would have been annoyed. I don't necessarily want people to not do that, I just don't want them to do it at movies I hate, which I try my best to avoid anyway.. 
 
As far as the rest, I agree with most everyone else here that I've never seen an adult man or woman dressed in cosplay at a theater. I've seen some kids and maybe late teens, but so what. The only time I can remember that happening is when I went to the midnight showings of the Star Wars prequels. And yes, everybody burst into cheering when the Star Wars title came up on the screen before the story crawl, including me. Give me a break. I'd waited 16 years for a new Star Wars movie (I didn't know it was going to suck quite yet).
 
I say you should leave the cheerers and the laughers and the (occasional) cosplayers alone and focus more on the people who  carry on cell phone conversations, text, and loudly talk about crap that has nothing to do with the movie. Now that shit's annoying.

Posted by PhatSeeJay

Hey if I can have a movie experience WITHOUT people "whispering" to each other or assholes that just can't figure out that a cell phone's glow IS disturbing even if it's silent; I would be  HAPPY to stand up applaud in the end credits just to compliment what a good audience the people have been.
 
Christ I don't give a fuck what people do after the movie is over or what they do during the movie so long they just shut the fuck up. That's my heated two cents.