Originally Posted by mecmec
oh, i hear you. I had one guy behind me literally yell into his phone " You have to speak up, I'm at the movie" to the person he was talking to on the phone. a family brought their kids to IT, the oldest could not have been more than five. We won't even discuss the time the one lady breast fed her kid and then burped her by beating the $h!t out the poor baby's back during (ironically enough) Baby Driver...
I forgot to mention the person listening to loud music on their smartphones with headphones on, at a level that could be heard around. Why is that person at the movies ? And of course they refused to turn it off when asked.
Then there are also others who bring their foreign relatives and try to translate the movie on the fly for them, too.
The best bet for us these days is to see a movie on the very last show on sunday night, after a movie has been playing for many weeks. More often than not, we are actually the only ones in the theater in that situation.
Of course, we can never know if it is the last week that a movie is playing ahead of time.
Edit: adding a special mention for horror movies. Never, ever go see one of those on opening night. Theater filled with loud kids, guaranteed. Often laughing and talking through the whole movie. Happened to us through the recent Annabelle followup movie. Would have been a watchable sequel if not for the audience. So many movies ruined by audiences. I really, really dread public theaters now. All incidents I mentioned so far in this thread were in the last 12 months.
I'm afraid if MoviePass really is going to keep their unlimited service at $10/month, there will only be more larger and more obnoxious broke audiences. No thanks.
Edit2: many local theaters have started selling alcohol in addition to sodas. This pretty much guarantees a movie-hostile audience.