Worst Movie Theater Experiences
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The Forest (2016)
This is hands down, the worst theater experience I've had so far. I made the unfortunate mistake of going to see this film on Friday night. The theater was packed with mostly teenagers, and having seen hundreds of movies in theaters, I can guarantee you that teenagers are the worst acting people in a movie theater. I was sitting almost at the top of the theater, when the film started. All throughout the movie, this group of teenagers behind me, would laugh, and scream and talk to each other and talk to the screen (one of the idiots screamed out "Show us your boobs!" to the main character at one point). It got so bad, that two-thirds of the way in the movie, I actually got up out of my seat, and went down to the bottom and sat down there, and even though I could still hear some of the people talking, I could actually drown them out and actually pay attention to the movie. This is the first and so far only time I've actually moved to a different seat in an effort to escape people talking.
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Most of the crowd wasn't too bad, but there were a group of teenagers sitting right behind me, who talked to each other a lot during this movie (the girls of the group, at the very least, were trying to shut the guys up). I did at several points think about getting a manager to get them to shut up, but I eventually just let it go.
The Avengers (2012)
A couple had brought a young baby to a screening of this film. The baby constantly cried, the entire time. Every 5 minutes or so, one of the couple would leave to calm the baby down, and they'd be gone for a couple of minutes, they'd come back, and a minute later, the baby would cry again and the other person would take the baby out to calm it down again. This happened throughout the entire film.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
I went to one of those "classic screenings," where a theater will once a week show a different old-fashioned movie, for this film. About 20 minutes into the film, the fire alarm went off. It turned out to be a false alarm, so we were able to stay in the theater, but it took them 5 minutes to turn the alarm off, and then another 10 minutes for them to rewind and start the movie back up.
When the movie started, they forgot to turn off the radio that plays music before the movie started, so the first 10 minutes had the radio playing through the speakers instead of the dialogue. The theater couldn't rewind the movie, so we had to go to the next showing (which thankfully was only about 30 minutes or so).
A cricket had somehow found it's way into the theater and was chirping throughout the entire first 45 minutes. A woman apparently found it and swung her purse to kill it, and when that didn't work, she poured her soda all over it. That's the only time I've been reimbursed for my ticket.
The Boxtrolls (2014)
This screening was actually just me and 2 other people, a mother and her young son. The son was so terrified by the film, that he started crying hysterically at a few points. Eventually, the mother finally took him out of the theater, and they did not return.
These are not the worst movies I've seen in theaters; this is a list of the worst actual experiences I had in a movie theater, whether it be because of the people around me, or because of the technical problems the theater was having.
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