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Helping Underage Teens Get Into the Movie

Movie #81 of the year, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
Paranormal Activity Ghost DimensionGrowing up in Michigan the movie theaters really didn’t care if you were under the suggested age limits for movies. I remember seeing plenty of R-rated movies without nice being asked for ID or having to wave at my mom in the car to come in and give her consent. Of course teens these days are annoying with their cell phones that they have to check every five minutes, so I actually don’t mind that they check IDs… except when they keep asking me for mine.
PA6Anyway, we arrived early to see the last Paranormal Activity movie and three teen girls asked if we could help them buy tickets. I had already bought ours ahead of time, and we had time so Jeremy said sure. Of course Jeremy was black and they were white, possibly Jewish, girls so the cashier said no bueno because the adult with them had to be a guardian. Jeremy persisted, talking to a manager and eventually they relented and the three girls all got their tickets. For safety we went up to the ticket taker with them and they got in no problem. And best of all they didn’t check their cellphones the entire time… something the stupid teen girl in front of me didn’t do.

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Funny Old Man

Movie #73 of the year, 99 Homes.
99 HomesI arrived fifteen minutes early for the movie, and found the middle four rows to be mostly empty, despite when purchasing my ticket those four rows were all filled. And of course, the end of the row seat that I took had people already there in the seats next to it, an older couple. As I sat down the old man tried to play a joke saying, “This seat is taken,” referring to my seat. I joked back, “Yeah, by me,” but I don’t think either of them heard, because a few seconds later his wife said, “Yeah, it’s taken by him,” (referring to me.) I smiled and laughed back and then the old man tried another joke saying, “They don’t turn off those lights” pointing to the lights above me. I smiled and replied, “Good, because I’m scared of the dark.”

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Guy with a Dog Sitting Next to Me

Movie #94 of the year, Foxcatcher.
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As the previews played and the patrons filed into their seats I was expecting to have the seat next to me open since the lady next to that seat on the other side set her purse in it. But then in walks a man with a small white dog, a Bischon Frise. That’s odd, but nothing I haven’t seen before. And then he sits next to me and has the dog sit on his lap. This dog had some sort of vest on — like for a seeing eye dog — only this dog clearly wasn’t a seeing eye dog. No one really did anything weird, and the dog didn’t make any noise, not even after a shushing fight broke out 2/3 of the way through the movie.

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Complaining Woman Gets Kicked Out

Movie #26 of the year, Godzilla.
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About a third or so into the movie a woman a few rows to the right behind us started yelling at people around her to stop talking or quit being rude. Well, they didn’t. So she stormed out of the theater and came back moments later with a theater employee. More talking, and then the employee and lady left in a huff. The reason for such vagueness is because I could fortunately barely hear what they were saying since the movie was so loud.

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Guy Threatening to Beat Up Another Guy

Movie #5 of the year, The Lego Movie.
TheLegoMovieI went to a night time screening of the PG-rated movie because I thought it’d be safe from interruptions from loud, obnoxious kids that scream or belt out their thoughts that typically accompany earlier showings of  a family friendly movie. I was wrong.
lego-movieHalfway through the building blocks movie that is aimed toward younger movie goers a middle-aged man gets to his feet, turns around and shouts at another patron (slightly younger, probably in his 30s), telling him if he doesn’t shut up he’ll make him. And he wasn’t afraid to take it outside. Now the movie was loud, plus the practically full auditorium was booming with laughter so it seemed hard to hear if any were talking, let alone talking smack. But apparently that guy did. There was no response, mostly shock from everybody within the nearest three rows. Then the guy sat back down and everyone returned to enjoying the movie as if nothing happened. If this were a more conservative state, this story may have ended with somebody being shot, but fortunately that didn’t happen.

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Loud Clapper

Movie #54 of the year, The Lone Ranger
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Going to the movies in the morning is often a quieter experience; the crowd skews a little older, is usually still waking up, and they aren’t the die-hard fans because if they were eager to see the movie, they would have seen it the night (or two) before. Plus the theater usually isn’t as full and everyone is able to have their own space and keep to themselves. So when there are big moments in films the crowd’s reaction typically isn’t as roaring than premiere night. It appeared to be the same with the auditorium that I walked into; there were more gray-hairs than not  and more empty seats than occupied ones.
lone-ranger-super-bowlBut then, during the movie, there was an older gentleman sitting in the front of the middle section who wildly clapped the first time something funny happened. He applauded loudly throughout the entire two and a half hour movie whenever something funny happened or whenever the heroes were heroic, right up until the end credits. As annoying as it was, the clapping at least kept me awake the entire time.

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Weird Man in a Bike Helmet

Movie #46 of the year, This is the End.this-is-the-end-poster-404x600Randomly in the middle of movie, one of the patrons walks down the aisle to the front of the theater. He’s a fairly tall man who, for some unknown reason, is wearing a bicycle helmet despite the fact that he was indoors and not on a bike. He then walks directly across the front row, his head blocking the lower potion of the screen as he passed. And then he went out the exit at the front of the theater. There’s always something going on in the Santa Monica theaters…

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