Cinema Etiquette Tips


January 30, 2013 by Craig Sutherland

”A visit to a cinema is a little outing in itself. It breaks the monotony of an afternoon or evening; it gives a change from the surroundings of home, however pleasant. Ivor Novello
People go to the cinema to be taken away from things for a few hours, while you are in the screen it’s not a ‘Social’ experience, that come after. Please be mindful of the other people around you, here’s a few handy hints…
  • Arrive at the Cinema BEFORE the film starts, watch the trailers, chill out before the film starts.
  • Go to the toilet before the film starts, that limits the amount of times you have to get up.
  • Turn your phone off, don’t text, don’t wave your illuminated phone around in a dark screen, it’s kind of annoying.
  • Don’t talk during the film, just enjoy it, go to pub and have a chat about it later.
  • Don’t put your feet up on the seat in front of you.
  • When the film ends there’s a minute or so until the house lights come on, when they come on then you can get up.

Cinema’s have to help out a little bit as well…

  • Regular screen checks, not a quick look up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Not selling tickets after the trailers have ended, If you are twenty minutes late, you don’t get in.
  • Only selling tickets to 90% capacity if the screen isn’t being allocated.

Cinemas in the UK have seen arguments, and even blows traded over antisocial behavior, it has not reached the level of the Latvia, where one cinema-goer shot his neighbor dead for complaining about the volume he was eating his popcorn. Let’s just be respectful of everyone else around us…


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