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Poll: Bad Things that ruin seeing a movie

Yes, we all have our pet peeves. Some are things that happen about you when you go see a movie at the theater that just ruins seeing a movie. So what is yours? What ruins seeing a movie for you in the theater you see it in? Discuss it here.

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    Ben Burtt in WALL·E (2008)

    Trash and slippery spots on the floor. The movie I may be seeing may be garbage but I don't want to wade through trash to see it.
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    Portia de Rossi in Better Off Ted (2009)

    poorly cleaned and maintained restrooms
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    Chloë Grace Moretz and Asa Butterfield in Hugo (2011)

    Dirty, sticky or broken and uncomfortable seats
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    H.B. Halicki in Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

    No parking Who wants to hunt for a parking spot on a crowded busy night? Then walk a mile to the theater?
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    Michael J. Nelson in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

    People talking during the movie.
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    Taylor Momsen and Amanda Setton in Gossip Girl (2007)

    People telling you so much about the film that they basically give away the whole plot. Why see the movie after someone told you the whole story from beginning to end?
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    Austin O'Brien in Last Action Hero (1993)

    Stale popcorn
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar in Scream 2 (1997)

    People on their cell phones, ether talking or texting, during the movie. It isn't just the talking. Weather they are talking or not, it is the light from the cell phone too. Or it rings in the middle during an intense dramatic scene.
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    Rosario Dawson and Brian O'Halloran in Clerks II (2006)

    The management refusing to open an unused register to service customers standing waiting in a long line at the concessions counter during busy times at the theater. It is crowded at the concession counter with long lines and things are moving at a snail's pace. It is getting near the time your movie starts and you still have to find a seat. You see a register that is not being used in order to service more customers.
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    Kim Basinger and Gabriel Byrne in Cool World (1992)

    People bringing babies or children too young for the film. Normally, this isn't anybody else's business until the child starts crying or talking in the middle of the film to ask what is going on, or the parent realizes the film is too much for little kids and they get up and take the kid out of the theater while blocking the view of the film or disturbing the rest of the audience. This usually happens for mainly two reasons. 1) They couldn't get a babysitter. Or 2) They assumed it was suitable for children without checking into it and it's rating. Just because it looks like it is for kids doesn't mean it is for kids. Trust the rating system.
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    John Travolta in Blow Out (1981)

    Sound from the theater next door. The theater you are in has thin wall separating the auditoriums and the movie showing next to yours has a particularly loud soundtrack to which you hear while watching yours.
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    Brian Dennehy and Peter Sohn in Ratatouille (2007)

    Loud snacking.
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    Lorne Greene and John Elerick in Earthquake (1974)

    Earthquake. The shaking you feel in the theater is not a special effect of the movie.
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    Mélanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

    The film breaking, burning or a scratch in the film. (The machine pictured was used to both manually rewind film and to slice back together broken film.)
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    Brian O'Halloran in Clerks (1994)

    Customers not deciding what to buy BEFORE they get to the concession counter. This is another long line peeve. Most theaters have a bill of fare prominently displayed usually above the concession stand so that people can decide before they get to the counter what they want. But unfortunately, there has been a lot of times where, instead of deciding what they want while they were standing inline, they wait until they get to the counter to debate what they want. This rather discourteous and inconsiderate behavior holds up the line of the people behind them of which, for some, the starting time of their show is getting near.
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    Philippe Noiret in Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    A film projector with a bulb going out (which can cause the film to get brighter and then darker). Or an under powered bulb which causes the corners of the screen to be darker than the middle.
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    Salvatore Cascio and Philippe Noiret in Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    A film projector that isn't adjusted correctly, causing a flickering effect known as "shuttering." Or a projector that is out of focus and the projectionist focuses it while the film is running.
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    Michael J. Nelson in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

    Some adult sitting in front of a small child at a children's movie and blocking the kid's view. And usually the child with his family was there first. But the adult just had to sit in front of him. and the child loudly cries that he can't see. Please remember that not all Movie theaters have stadium seating. Also some parents forget to bring booster seats for the kids. Usually the theater will have a few. Remember some movies are for kids. (I'm sorry that I had used the same image twice but this does have the shadows of people blocking a view.)
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    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and The Beatles in Let It Be (1969)

    Outmoded sound system These tend to make the special effects and background noise, as well as the musical sound track, drown out the human speech in the film.
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    Dennis Quaid and Dash Mihok in The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

    Uncomfortable temperatures in the auditorium (or sound coming from the HVAC system). Ether it is too hot, or too cold in the auditorium and the air conditioning system too loud while coming on during the middle of the film.
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    Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941)

    Theater screens that are stained or covered with candies stuck to them
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    Being in a seat that does not give you the advantage of a strong sound system.
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    Bill Thompson in Alice in Wonderland (1951)

    People arriving late after the show starts.
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    Sean Connery and Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

    The person behind you kneeing or kicking your chair.
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    Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

    Line jumpers at the concession stand. We all have experienced that one.
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    Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, and Alison Doody in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

    The couple behind you making out in the theater. It never happened to me but I have heard others say it does happen.
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    The Darkness (2016)

    The power going out in the theater in the middle of the movie.
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    "The Great Race" Jack Lemmon, director Blake Edwards 1964 Warner Brothers

    People throwing popcorn or nuts at each other. Let's admit that some people don't have the greatest aim and food is not made to be thrown. Someone else always ends up getting hit. Besides, with great sarcasm, it is nice to see some people so rich that they can afford to waste food like that.
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    Joan Bennett and Michael Redgrave in Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)

    People opening the emergency Exit door to let others sneak in thus tripping the alarm system. Not only is this illegal and an insult to those who had paid for a ticket, the light from the open door disturbs the rest of the audience. But also, these days, in almost all cinemas, the emergency exit doors are tied into ether a fire alarm system or a security system. Therefore, opening that door usually triggers off an alarm that disturbs everyone watching a movie at that theater in all the auditoriums. It happen to me when I went to see "Brave".

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