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A Small Matter of Courtesy…

the entrance to a movie theater with a sign saying MOVIE

A Small Matter of Courtesy to Your Fellow Citizens

So I went to the theater for a movie, Mission Impossible – Fallout, if you must know. And like the good girl I am, I was in plenty of time for the movie. Being jobless of course we went for the matinee show at 2PM. I settled into my seat, remembered I needed popcorn (what’s a movie without popcorn anyway) and urged my husband to go get me some. He was back before the movie started. Lights dimmed and the screen flashed some messages as I munched my popcorn.

Movie Time!

Tom Cruise’s handsome mug flashed on the screen and I started daydreaming about him. (Story for another day!) His famous self-destructing mission thingamajig started playing…

Then it started, fellow citizens coming in late. So okay you’re late that’s fine, just find your seat. But no, that wasn’t it at all. It was dark inside the theater and the latecomers very smartly turned on their mobile phone flashlights. Thank God for modern technology. Hurray!

Genius right?

Hi-Tech Flashlights

Yes, BUT dear citizen those hi-tech flashlights were flashing into our eyes. Pray tell me, my good man/woman/fellow citizen, what do you see in my face? Your future perhaps? Shouldn’t you flash the light onto the pathway?

And on it went, people kept coming in for the next fifteen minutes after the movie started (what did they understand so late into the movie with the thingamajig self-destructed!?) and every single one of them flashed their mobile lights into our faces. Sitting in the back row (ahem, always a backbencher) you get to see and be annoyed by all the latecomers.

Being Courteous

When will we learn to be courteous by being on time for the movie? So okay you have a valid excuse for that right – traffic, your boss pinned you down, the cat bit your leg, and so on. As I was saying, so you’re late, at least turn the mobile flashlight down so you can see where you are going. I don’t need to see the different types of bright lights modern mobile phones have, do I?

I guess next time I should take a mirror to reflect it back at these kind citizens. Sounds like a good idea, something to think about.

There! Rant Over!

Thanks for reading and being on time for the next movie. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a mirror with you!

And please, if you are late do the rest of us the courtesy of holding your mobile phone down on the path and out of our eyes.

Thank you.

PS: The movie was really good, but then I like every movie I watch in a movie theater! (Popcorn always makes them good)

food snack popcorn movie theater
What’s a movie without Popcorn!?

44 thoughts on “A Small Matter of Courtesy…”

  1. I totally share your sentiments. It is really frustrating how some people come in late and then block the view of others who are already seated in time to watch the movie. Also, I am a major fan of popcorn. Just cannot enter a movie hall without it 😀

  2. A movie without popcorns is a total waste. I always go to theatres to eat popcorns and if the movie turns out to be good then it’s a win-win situation.

  3. Oh you are so right and then there are so many other annoying habits… Talking loudly… Taking phone calls.. Taking along small children for violent movies where they cry and cry and cry… Seriously we in indians need to learn mannera

  4. I could understand your sentiments very well dear and I know it feels really annoying when someone come late and spoil your mood..loved the idea of mirror. really funny and hilarious solution of that problem.

  5. Hahaha !!! Perfecttt solution, from now I will make sure to keep mirror in my bag before moving out for a movie, been so many times in such situation when flash lights of mobile of latecomers spoiled the mood of movie , and yup my fav popcorn.

  6. Haha! I can completely identify with what you have said here. Basic human courtesy is often forgotten! I liked Mission Impossible: Fallout too, and not just because of the popcorn!

  7. Lol :). I am sure writing this post mush have been a cathartic experience for you after all the torture you had to undergo (on a lighter note ). Additionally all i can say is that after buying the tickets, many of us assume it to be their prerogative to enter the theatre as and when they wish to and in a manner they deem fit 🙂

    Hoping all of us could learn to be courteous to our fellow audience!

  8. Haha. I loved your post but the sad part is not many people understand this and they think it is their birth right to do things without seeing how it affects the others. Like your idea of mirror and i think you must take it the next time 🙂

  9. I can so relate with your sentiments .We are also always the first one to enter the theatre no matter what and it’s really annoying when someone steps on your leg or flashes light onto your face. Witty post!!

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