Oscar worthy movie theater etiquette0
As we approach Oscar night in February, many people are currently visiting theaters to see their favorite films. Here are a few etiquette tips to ensure everyone has a courteous stress free theater visit.
- Listen and follow the theater short-clip-trailer asking patrons to please: Turn off cell phones, no talking during the movie, and no taking pictures, those are a must-do.
- Keep hands, arms and legs in your seating space. If you have to share arm space, use only one side, leaving one arm space for someone else. “Share”
- Purchase snacks and drinks before the movie and be mindful to not snack loudly. For example, chewing, drinking and handling snacks during the movie, must be done very quietly.
- Enter the row facing the seated patrons. Your backside should be away from them, and whisper excuse me.
- If you take frequent restroom breaks, choose an “end” seat closest to the exit location.
- Be on time. If the movie started, ask the attendant to help find you a seat. Attendants’ usually have a “dimed” theater flash light that is theater appropriate.
There are many theater pet-peeves, but if we all consider others around us, and bring our manners to the theater, it will make the movie experience enjoyable for all, and may the best picture win!
~ By Lisa Lutz, Ettiquette of Ventura County