How to Go to the Movies

Going to the movies is a great way to spend a rainy or hot day, but a successful movie-going experience takes a little forethought. Here are some tips to make any trip to the movies magical.


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    Decide on what to watch. Choose something you think you'll enjoy to avoid getting bored.
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    Know how to get the tickets. You may have to buy them in advance at an online site, or go to the box office early to make sure it's not sold out.
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    The movie schedule must be at your fingertips. Normally, theater lobbies will be jam-packed with people on weekends, so allow 20-30 minutes to get your tickets, get snacks, and then get good seats. Allow extra time for blockbusters, like a Harry Potter film or The Hunger Games.
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    Buy snacks and be prepared to pay more. If you have kids with you, limit how many extra items they can have. Try not to buy a lot of snacks: the movie seats are generally small, and you won´t focus in the movie if you have to rescue that falling super-size stack of candy.
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    Most movie theaters like it if you buy food from them, but they normally don't enforce the rule. A great way to save money on snacks is if you put a box of candy in your purse and pockets. Buy drinks at the theater; if you put them in your bag, they may leak.
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    If you're bringing your own snacks, wear cargo pants - it's far easier to stash snacks in cargo pockets (just don't stuff them to the gills). No theater in their right mind is going to ask to search your pants pocket for snacks - too much risk of a sexual harassment lawsuit.
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    Pick your seats. If you planned ahead and arrived early, you might be able to sit at a desirable seat. The best seats in most cinemas are at the back of the room because you won´t have those annoying seat-kickers, or in the middle as you will have the best view there. Try not to arrive late, or these seats might be occupied by people.
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    Discuss the film. After you have watched the movie, you can discuss the movie with friends or family that you went with.


  • Remember, this is supposed to be fun! A relaxed attitude means you'll enjoy yourself more!
  • Also, try not to comment on the movie while you are watching. Even those whispers will distract the people around you.
  • Try not to sit on the front rows. It is hard and annoying to have to look up at the screen.
  • Try inviting your friends to the movie. If you are a friend of someone, you probably share the same taste for movies. Besides, when the movie ends, you will end up having a subject of conversation.
  • When choosing a movie to see, you should take a look at movie reviews on a variety of websites.
  • Be considerate of others and turn off your cell phone or pager when inside the movie theater.
  • If someone behind you is kicking the seat, turn around and nicely ask them to stop.
  • Don't be rude and keep getting up -- it's distracting and inappropriate.
  • Don't go late to an opening day movie. It will be hard to find seats, there will be a huge line, and all the fun stuff you're supposed to do won't be as fun.
  • Go to the washroom before the movie starts.
  • If your theater allows it, try bringing blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals!
  • If you are planning to go to the movies with your friend ask if the film interests them and if not ask another friend otherwise it will not be as much fun.
  • Purchase your ticket online if possible. You won't have to wait in a long line later.


  • Keep your small children near you. They should be seated where you can easily keep an eye on them.
  • Never ever talk during the movie, it's very annoying and very disrespectful to people in the front, back, or next to you.
  • Don't test the movie coordinator's patience. Never talk or throw things to other people. It'll ruin the movie for other viewers, and may get you kicked out.
  • Do not bring babies to the movie. Consider making arrangements for children who are too young and/or rambunctious to sit through a movie. They can get bored easily, cry or even walk around. This will disturb other viewers.

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