Young kids at PG-13 and R-rated movies, or at 11pm or later showings. I’m talking about the 12-year-olds at 1408 who talked throughout the first fifteen minutes of the movie and kept saying how scared they were, the 6-year-old that sat next to me at Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and insisted on asking who everyone was and was that really a dragon, and the crowds of pre-teens and young teens that somehow manage to get into R-rated movies every weekend.
The loud chewers. These people annoy me in any situation, but at the movies it’s particularly obnoxious. I know you paid $10 for that bag of popcorn and you feel the need to wolf down every last kernel, but I’d really appreciate it if you’d take the time to close your mouth while you’re chewing.
Large groups. Not only do they take up entire rows, but they talk louder than anyone else. They yell back and forth before the previews start, loudly crinkle massive popcorn bags, and generally just seem loud, even when they’re not talking.
People who bring their own food. I’ll admit it, I’m guilty of sneaking in a bagel on Saturday mornings, but I don’t show up with a plastic bag full of soda cans and M&M bags. Do you know how loud the pop of a soda can opening seems during a quiet part in a scary movie? How about the constant rustling of the plastic bag as you try hide your illicit food from employees? Either cough up the $4.00 for a small soda at the concession stand, or be considerate enough to sneak in soda bottles in a non-rustling bag. They’re much quieter.
Adults who should know better. If you’re over the age of 18, you shouldn’t talk in a movie theater. You shouldn’t kick the seat in front of you. You shouldn’t tap your feet on the disgustingly sticky floor. There will be no singing along with the songs in musicals. There should be no applause at the end of the movie (the director and actors can’t hear you, no matter how loud you clap). Clapping because you’re laughing so hard is also not acceptable. Stop talking. Stop acting like a child. Grow up.
I’m sure I’ve overlooked a few. Share your own movie theater annoyances in the comments!