Movie Theater Experiences

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#901 Post by MongooseCmr » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:54 pm

So I guess after that above post and my experience at The Rider where the sobbing of the woman in front of me nearly became contagious I was due for the pendulum of audiences to swing the other way. I had to walk out of Hereditary after less than 20 minutes due to the cacophony of food noise. It’s the most boring complaint, but never in life have I heard such deafening ambient noise. Granted I spent the day with kindergarteners so my patience may be thin, but there’s no excuse for one man lifting and smacking down Schrodinger’s soda cup for the entire time, sounding completely empty but somehow still full enough to keep trying to drink.

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#902 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:01 pm

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Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:04 am
During Let the Sunshine In an elderly woman who got into the theater in what looked like her nightie gasped and launched in Etta James “At Last” when the first notes started. She came in way too early with the first line and then had to repeat each verse after Etta did.
I'm not sure I would've appreciated this. Reminds of the time I went to see Brian Wilson perform Pet Sounds and a fan five feet away from me decided to belt out every word to "God Only Knows" because that's exactly what everyone came here for after dropping a good deal of cash and waiting a long time on the pavement - to hear his nasally off-tune karaoke act of the best song off the album instead of the guy who actually composed it. (To be fair, Brian Wilson's voice isn't what it used to be but still...)

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#903 Post by MongooseCmr » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:06 pm

I was pretty cold on the film so by that point it was kind of refreshing. I agree with you for concerts, but it was amusing to see it happen in a closed room, and so badly done to boot.

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#904 Post by black&huge » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:08 pm

MongooseCmr wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:54 pm
So I guess after that above post and my experience at The Rider where the sobbing of the woman in front of me nearly became contagious I was due for the pendulum of audiences to swing the other way. I had to walk out of Hereditary after less than 20 minutes due to the cacophony of food noise. It’s the most boring complaint, but never in life have I heard such deafening ambient noise. Granted I spent the day with kindergarteners so my patience may be thin, but there’s no excuse for one man lifting and smacking down Schrodinger’s soda cup for the entire time, sounding completely empty but somehow still full enough to keep trying to drink.
When I saw Infinity War the first time the person sitting right next to me kept sucking his tongue against his teeth making that click/smacking sound as if to get something out from in between. He munched on popcorn before the movie even started. I was passive about it. He stopped after 20 minutes then would do it every now and then. In my own mind that is something you're well aware of doing and the sound it makes so I give no benefit of the doubt that the guy wasn't doing it to be rude.

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#905 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:16 pm

The loud mouth noise people get on my nerves. There have been a few screenings where the soundtrack goes dead quiet for a while...but it's interrupted by the sound of one person making weird loud sounds with their mouth. A real JFC moment - could you at least wait until something happens that'll drown out whatever the hell it is that you're doing in your mouth?

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#906 Post by Cremildo » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:52 pm

While watching The Last Jedi, an old lady sitting next to me - after munching a ginormous bucket of popcorn for about two hours straight, a feat that astonished me -, began to loudly suck the remaining kernels. She kept at it uninterrupted until the movie ended. It could be heard even during action scenes, and it was as distracting as it was puzzling. Not being an experienced popcorn eater myself, I actually didn't understand what the disgusting tongue/mouth noise was until I related the "incident" to my mother later, who explained it to me.

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#907 Post by theflirtydozen » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:37 pm

MongooseCmr wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:54 pm
So I guess after that above post and my experience at The Rider where the sobbing of the woman in front of me nearly became contagious I was due for the pendulum of audiences to swing the other way. I had to walk out of Hereditary after less than 20 minutes due to the cacophony of food noise. It’s the most boring complaint, but never in life have I heard such deafening ambient noise. Granted I spent the day with kindergarteners so my patience may be thin, but there’s no excuse for one man lifting and smacking down Schrodinger’s soda cup for the entire time, sounding completely empty but somehow still full enough to keep trying to drink.
On the topic of Hereditary and mouth noises,
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someone or multiple people in my theater last night kept making the mouth clicking noise, essentially butting into some of the better choices in its sound design
Some of my friends who were in different screenings said the same thing happened for them. I really envy the person in the dedicated thread who got a whole theater alone for it...

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#908 Post by bottled spider » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:58 pm

On a recent visit to Chicago I caught Crucified Lovers and Sansho at the Gene Siskel. The respectful near silence of the audiences both nights is a memory of America I will treasure for the rest of my life. Better than the Skydeck!

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#909 Post by Brian C » Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:19 pm

Yeah I don’t usually have trouble with audiences at the Siskel. For awhile there was a regular who would routinely fall asleep and loudly snore, but I don’t remember seeing him for a few years.

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#910 Post by domino harvey » Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:39 pm

So that's what happened to Barmy!

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