Top Ten Worst Things About Movie Theatres

I love going out to see movies (duh), and that means movie theatres. And unfortunately, movie theatres don't always go out of their way to make your movie-going experience a pleasant one. This list compiles the ten things we hate most about movie theatres (especially big chains).

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1Concession stand prices

In Canada at least, it is very expensive to get even the smallest bag of popcorn and a small pop. Of course, most people want medium and large sizes, as well as candy, nachos, or those special "collectible" cup tops with the latest blockbuster movie character on them. Trust me, if you're buying tickets and snacks and paying for more than just yourself, you'll be spending over $50 easy. Oh, and now they charge an extra dollar for butter. It's evil. - BKAllmighty

People Think I'm A Terrorist When I Try To Bring My Own Snacks Come On I Can't Be The Only One Who Does This - FettiMC

You are far from being the only one. The only problem is that I can only hide it during the winter when I have a coat to conceal food in. During the summer there's nothing I can really do. - BKAllmighty

The cinema in my city gives free refills on pop and charges 50 cents on popcorn refills. I usually use this to my advantage and eat a TON of popcorn just because it's so yummy... - Turkeyasylum

It is a pet peeve, but you can get around the temptation by bringing in snacks and drinks from home or from the store before going to the nearby theater.

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2Ticket prices

Concession prices are worse, but the movie tickets, themselves, are still a pain to pay for. The big chains are complaining that fewer young people are coming to see movies these days and yet they're oblivious to why that is. I almost only ever go to theatres on Tuesdays since they're cheaper (currently around $6 for a regular ticket on Tuesdays while around $10 on a normal day). You know, theatres, you're only sending more potential customers to Netflix by being so dang expensive! Wake up! - BKAllmighty

3The staff

This is not always the case. The theatre that I frequent does a pretty decent job of having relatively friendly, understanding, and efficient staff members. But not every theatre does the same great job. It's not too uncommon to run into an employee who simply doesn't care that he/she just saw you walk into the theatre two minutes before you decided you had to use the washroom. They'll still demand for your ticket. There are dozens of other common issues that you can run into with workers at any establishment, but I'm not going to write a three-page comment. - BKAllmighty

4Sticky theatre floors

They always take forever to "clean" the theatre in between showings, don't they? And for what? There's always leftover pieces of popcorn, candy wrappers, and STICKY FLOORS! Yuck. Of course, this issue is magnified a thousand times in theatres playing the latest kids movie. - BKAllmighty

5Crowded washrooms

You'd think with a thousand people in the building on any given weekend you'd expect for them to have appropriately-sized washrooms. Nope. Guys don't even take that long and yet I'm still waiting all the time for a urinal. I can only imagine how bad it must be for women. Actually, I don't even want to think about it. - BKAllmighty

6Line ups

Why is it that on the busiest of nights there's only one register open when there should be four? It always happens. It doesn't matter if it's the ticket booth, the concession counter, or the whatever else counter, you'll just have to wait for twenty minutes. - BKAllmighty

7The manager

Don't even bother asking to speak with the manager because I guarantee you that they won't give a crap about whatever problem you have. Their just going to try to end it as quickly and painlessly as possible, whether or not it really benefits anyone. So, I guess they DO technically help, but you won't feel any more respected afterwards. - BKAllmighty

8The very front row

This isn't something that can really be improved or is something that we should resent a theatre for having, but those front seats that are usually separate from the bulk of the seats are REALLY TERRIBLE. Thankfully, I have never been forced to sit in them since I'm always at the theatre with enough time to get decent-great seats (a fact that I am proud to admit) but those poor slobs that are stuck with sitting in the VERY front section of seats have my pity (especially during a 3D movie). - BKAllmighty

I saw Skyfall on opening night, and these were the only seats left. I had an awful neckache the next day. - PetSounds

9When the projector breaks

Unfortunately, this is a frequent issue at one of my regular movie theatres. And, boy, is it annoying. Especially when it takes forty-five minutes for them to try and fix it three times before they tell the audience that they'll have to come back another day to see the movie. They may reimburse your ticket purchase, but the whole situation is a pain. - BKAllmighty

Before movies went fully digital it's something that happens on rare occasions, which can keep you from enjoying the movie all together

This almost never happen. I only had this happen once - Matt92647

10High cell phone tolerance

When I was about 21 or 22 I use to work at a movie theatre in San Diego, so this had to be in like 2001 or 2002. And this one Samoan lady came in, sat by the back exit and began talking loudly and obnoxiously on her phone. In the first 10 minutes of her being their 5 or 6 different people already came complained to me about her. So I ended up having to approach her and asking her politely to please take her phone calls some places and to be more considerable of the people around her. The lady ended up firing up into complete rage and telling me I was a horrible employee and that I wasn't doing my job correctly. I was really upset and embarrassed because in my year and a half of working their I have never felt so hurt and in pain. My manager then came out from hearing all of the noise and then told the lady to get the hell out and to never come back. As the lady was storming out of the theatre, she took some old man's popcorn out of his hand and proceeded to throw the whole bucket at ...more

There once was a lady sitting in front of me using her phone during a movie. Towards the end, she steps out of the theatre to call someone. And, my mom noticed she kept looking at ME, like I was on my bloody phone! And of course, you have those trailers about putting away your cell phones, which people need to follow more - kaitlynrad11

They need to come up with some sort of mobile signal tracker (or something like that) that will disable people's cell phones during movie viewings since there's always "that guy" or, more typically, "girl" that won't put her bloody phone away that sits right in front of you. - BKAllmighty

The Contenders

11Crying Kids

Parents, don't bring your 1 year old to a movie theater. Wait until they're AT LEAST 5 or 6, or until they learn to be quiet - kaitlynrad11

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Unfortunately one of my close friends is one of these. In the MIDDLE of Jurassic World he asked me to explain the difference between a brontosaurus and a brachiosaurus! - higgsboson2142

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13The movie can't pause during restroom break

It's your fault that you had to go to the bathroom... - Turkeyasylum

14No intermission

Why can't this be in cinemas. My mum told me they used to have them in the 70s - Harri666

15They take away food that isn't from the cinema

I haven't seen that happen where I live yet. But it's not like the staff cares enough anyways to try and take outside food away from consumers.

I think this was banned in Britain. It hasn't happened for a few years at Apollo Cinema. However Vue has taken over - Harri666

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16People who spoil the movie.V1 Comment
17Someone who gets angry at you for no reason

If the movie sucks they hate you

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