Movie monsters

Theater Etiquette

For the first time in a long time, I watched a movie in an actual. movie. theatre. in. a. mall.

Yes, you read it right. My desire to watch a movie in a cinema sort of ended with the Harry Potter franchise. Besides, I prefer the TV series – you either patiently wait for an episode every week or wait with a high emotional IQ for one whole season to end and ask your suki DVD vendor for a blue-ray copy. (Nice!)

Anyway, like I said, I watched a movie and to my dismay I got a kid sitting right behind my seat. The issue is not the kid. My issue was her indifferent parents who didn’t care enough to brief their kid not to kick the seat in front of them when an actual person is seated there. Worse, there was this woman who was 2 seats away from me who took a phone call while the movie was running. It would’ve been okay if she took the phone call only to tell the person on the other line that she will call them back. Instead, she engaged in a conversation in a voice so loud that it bothered me. Best of all, there was a guy who managed to fall asleep before the movie began and snored away. Sosyal si Kuya. Nagbayad sa sinehan para lang matulog.

I asked myself if I was just being too sensitive about all of these or if I let them bother me until my brains blow out. Maybe I did, but I still can’t help but think that a lot of Filipinos still don’t know how to behave in a movie theatre. Such behaviour doesn’t need to be learned in a workshop or seminar or a course. I think some of us just can’t be bothered to be considerate of others. If only good manners and right conducts can be bought for the same price of a movie ticket.

I don’t want to sound preachy, so here’s a video from the Glove and Boots Youtube channel:

Hope you enjoy, nitpickers! ‘Til next time!


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