How's the saying go? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me repeatedly…
Why do I keep subjecting myself to the potential annoyance that is the movie viewing experience at the Majestic – which now amazingly costs over $10 per ticket? I guess the convenience of the location continues to trump the risk.
So I go to see the 9:45 show of Iron Man on Saturday night, thinking that maybe since it's been out long enough, the kiddies have already seen it. When I first entered the theater I scanned the audience and was relieved to see that it was a predominately adult audience. After I sit down, however, I see a family come in with their three kids – one of whom must be no older than four…at a 9:45 show, mind you. But hey, if you want to take your kids to a late movie, then I guess that's your right, provided you make sure they keep their pieholes shut while I watch two dudes in power armor battle it out. At least it wasn't an R-rated movie. I've seen plenty of kids - babies even - at those over the years.
But those kids ended up being quiet, unlike the kids that came in immediately after them. The group of six or so kids didn't find seats that next to each other, so some of them sat across the isle from me while the remainder sat a few rows up. The fact that they weren't seated adjacent to one another didn't prevent them from carrying on a conversation. This spacial impediment to communication can clearly be overcome by yelling loud enough. They also carried on conversations at full volume with those seated directly next to them (in between cellphone calls).What they really need at the Majestic (in addition to wireless alert devices and cellphone jammers, of course) is ushers in each theater armed with tasers and the authority to use them. I'd be willing to pay an extra $5 per ticket for that.
Of course, this is nothing compared to what one commenter claims to have witnessed at a weekend showing of Sex And The City. At that show, two kids were actually having sex in the theater before the movie and had to be expelled (and hopefully tased) by the police. I don't know which is more surprising – that they thought they could get away with this or that someone actually did something about it.