Originally Posted by Schloob1
Next time they better think to get someone to "hold" seats for them that can actually speak up on their behalf. I'd be pissed to say the least and stated my case to an usher that I was not moving since nothing was said to you otherwise. While I would be miffed at someone holding that many seats as long as they said so right away I'd live with it and find something close by.
Yeah, I wasn't outraged or anything, but it ticked me off. The thing is, by that time the theater was filling up fast. I could have made a scene, but all it would have gotten me was an angry mob, an upset little girl, and anxious ushers. Taking the time to get an usher's attention would have meant that I'd lose an aisle seat which would have meant that I'd lose the ability to stretch my legs in a cramped theater, so in the end, it was probably the best move.
As far as seeing ushers move people, I've seen this at least twice before, but only for sold out shows where every seat has been sold, and I'm pretty sure they weren't friends with anyone they were ushering. There appeared to be an usher and a manager of some sort having people move down to make room for groups, and in the end they were forced to split late parties apart, so you had a kid sitting in one corner of the theater, and dad sitting in another.
The other thing I thought was sort of jacked up was that, you know how some theaters have a handicapped or wheelchair accessible row smack dab in the center of the theater? Well soon after I got my seat in the then half empty theater, I saw two perfectly healthy looking teens grab those seats, and though I never saw a handicapped person enter the theater, it kind of irked me that the ushers did nothing about it. Course, by the time they were ushering people they probably would have filled the seats anyways.
Oh well. I'm glad I have my own little home theater and don't have to deal with that nuttiness most of the time, but I'll be venturing out into that chaos when Prometheus hits. I'll have to plan accordingly.