Sunday, September 16, 2007

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

I have come to expect that I will have to put up with certain forms of obnoxious behavior when I go to see movies at the Majestic Theatre, such as teenagers talking out loud throughout the entirety of Superbad. However, there is a new breed of obnoxious theatergoer that I have witnessed that is beyond all realm of acceptability. During an afternoon showing of 3:10 to Yuma, some punk-ass MF's decided it would be funny to sneak into the theater, yell something unintelligible then haul ass out the door, laughing all the way. I think it's time to look to Singapore for ways to deal with these types of delinquents.

In addition, I think the theater should play the into from Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters prior to every film. (CAUTION: not exactly G rated.)

Also...

- For all the MoCo income and property taxes we pay, you'd think we could at least stand on "county property" without getting hassled by Silver Spring brownshirts redshirts. From the Conversations With Mud blog:

We had only been off the sidewalk for thirty seconds when the woman came over. She was wearing a red polo shirt with the official Silver Spring logo on it. Where had she come from so fast?

Then she told us, "Well, you have to leave, this is county property. You can't be on county property."

We stepped back onto the sidewalk and walked away. MFM turned around about two minutes later and the woman was still watching us.
- Wait, is the old firehouse going to be a Hook & Ladder Brewing Co. restaurant or something called "Matchbox Pizza"?



20 comments:

firejimbowden said...

I would assume if there is any truth to this Matchbox rumor, then it would be a second location of the Matchbox near MCI Center.

Hardly a "chain," IMO.

Anonymous said...

We stopped going to Majestic for the same reasons. It is really a shame that we have to drive to mazza gallery to see movies that play 1.5 miles from us!

Anonymous said...

Ditto. As long as young Bethesda audiences continue to behave more civilly than young SS audiences, we don't bother with the majestic.

Anonymous said...

have you noticed who causes the majority of problems at the majestic? the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice. after complaining for the forth time about my movie being interupted, the manager on duty (an african-american guy) told me that "we respect how different cultures act." I guess this is a lame way of saying "we don't want blacks made at us, so we let them act how they want." i refuse to go to the majestic. unfortunately, the same is most for most theaters in the dc area. i now only go to the AFI, E Street Cinema, Georgetown, or the movie theater by the Columbia Mall.

Sligo said...

"We respect how different cultures act."

That's classic- as if it were a constitutional right or something. I guess the First Amendment covers freedom of speech in movie theaters. Just knowing that the management believes that it is okay to talk during movies makes me want to start boycotting the theater. The problem is that because it is so convenient, I keep going back.

(Also, for what it's worth, it was a large group of white teenagers talking through Superbad.)

Anonymous said...

Matchbox is a great all purpose pizzeria and bar in Chinatown. It is not a chain, but a great restaurant.

rtsind said...

I stopped going to movie theatres along time ago for the reasons mentioned in these comments.

I have had situations in which cell phone go off and the owner starts talking throughou the movie describing the movie, I have had stuff thrown at me when I have complained- although the majority of the incivil behavior is black, I have had my share of rude whites and hispanic.

This country is losing its civility and no one will speak up about the problem.

We have uncivil car drivers, clerks, movie goers and more-- I am glad I do not have any children- I fear what the future holds for them.

Sligo said...

rtsind,

Just don't give yourself Mohawk haircut and storm the theater...

Anonymous said...

The last 2 movies I saw at the Majestic were Casino Royale and the The Bourne Ultimatum. In each one, there were "parents" who brought their babies along. In both cases the parents were very young. Of course, in each case the babies started crying when things got loud. I don't go there anymore, AFI or Bethesda.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

The solution is to have the movie theater staff eject persons who interfere with the enjoyment of the movie for the greater audience.
This happens in MANY theaters.
If the staff isn't willing (or feel empowered) to do this, we, the audience, should speak loudly and clearly to the management and demand that civil behavior be enforced.
We have become victims of rude behavior that shouldn't be tolerated.

David said...

Maybe the solution is for Hollywood to produce more movies that keep people entranced so they forget to talk to their friend or yell at the screen. So much of what gets shoiwn at the Majestic and other multiplexes is garbage. The studios know it and the audience knows it too--and it can be entertaining to see films that are self conciously bad. Still, if the box office pays no respect for the intelligence of the audience, is it really surprising that the auidence responds in kind?

Simon Burke said...

I wish that were rue David but truth be told you put on the equivalent of the first Spiderman or Schindlers List and you will always get uncivil muppets.
Majestic is bad but in general so are a ton of other theatres , including those in my home country of England. I like the AFI - usually a more respectful audience there. The MAjestic is rarely ever clean - take a look over the side of the 'kitchen' area on a Saturday evening - popcorn everywhere. Its disgusting. People who cant shut off cell phones for a film should be banned, and if they feel the need to chat on the phones they should be shot.

Capt. Jack Sparrow said...

Sligo-

Thanks for writing about mentioning my blog entry.

It happened soon after returning from vacation--a nice "welcome home." I thought to myself, "I can't believe how much I pay in taxes, only to be treated like some sort of horrible undesirable for stepping into a county parking lot." I didn't see any signs saying no-one was allowed there....

-Capt. Jack

nate said...

The odd thing about that redshirt story is that the redshirts don't work for the county, they're private employees. Why would they even care about people standing on "county property"?

Also, I must just have supernatural good luck, but I haven't ever had an experience at Majestic that was as bad as every experience you have at Majestic seems to be. I'm guessing that it's because I rarely go to films on their opening weekend (or even opening 2 weeks), and obviously one shouldn't have to delay seeing movies in order to have a decent experience ... I'm just pointing out that it's possible.

Sligo said...

I actually thought 3:10 to Yuma might be free of disturbances, which it was until someone who wasn't even seeing that movie came in and yelled just for the purpose of disturbing those who were.

Anonymous said...

Seeing movies in Silver Spring is annoying, but not as bad as the theatres in PG County- it's like you're walking into somebody's open house party that just happens to have a movie playing in the background.

Dan Reed said...

I went to the Majestic to see the 9:25 showing of Across the Universe tonight (it is Friday). As the movie started, a few people were talking on one side, but a huge wave of "shh!"s overpowered them. Nobody talked for the rest of the movie.

I think all of the commenters have hit on accurate points - that better movies keep the audience quiet; that more assertive staff are necessary; and that moviegoers need to be better educated on the proper etiquette. But I'm frankly disgusted at some of the racial comments that appear below. You should be ashamed of yourself.

The Majestic is our local theater and should be patronized as you would a local establishment (though, of course, it is part of a chain.) If you don't like rude patrons, do something about it. Complain. Call B.S. where it exists to be called. But don't give up and go to Chevy Chase. That just makes it worse for the people who decide to stay.

Anonymous said...

That might work at "Across the Universe", which based on the previews is the whitest movie ever made, but try it at other movies and you're liable to get threatened.

Dan, with regard to racial comments, what is your opinion of the fact that the manager of the theater told someone that "we respect how different cultures act" in response to poor behavior by African-Americans in the theater?

rtsind said...

Perhaps movie houses should have two rooms.

One room will be for those who wish to watch movies in peace-- no talking, no cell phones.

The other viewing room will advertise itself as an interactive room- while the movie is playing, people may talk to each other, shout to each other and talk on their cell phones.

How long will it be before people get fed up with all the talking and noise-- someone should give it a try.