12 Rules of Movie Theater Etiquette That Everyone Should Follow

Going to the cinema is something that all of us have done at least once in their lives. But, have you ever thought that there is an etiquette according to which you should behave at the cinema? Well, today we’re going to touch on a couple of etiquette rules that you should respect once you buy tickets to your favorite movie.

Rule no.1: Always be on time

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Being on time is an essential part of respecting people and events. And, yes, I know that some people just have it as a habit to be late for everything, and it is a hard thing to change. And, that is why cinemas and theatres have the starts of the shows when commercials and trailers begin which can be up to 20 minutes earlier. This can also act as some buffer time for the ones that are always late. Make sure that you enter on time so that you don’t bother other people that have gone to see the movie.

Rule no.2: The Armrests

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When a place is full of audiences, people tend to declare ownership of everything including cup holders and armrests, and luckily there’s an unwritten rule about that. Diane Gottsman is an etiquette expert, and she spoke to us and told us that you should turn your attention to the body language of the person next to you. She says that there is not a right or wrong way of settling about this. But, you should make sure that you’re not taking up both of the armrests.

Rule no.3: Snack Decision

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The important thing about this rule is the fact that the cinema or the theatre has more shows on display at different times. It’s important to note that even if you have the time to think about your snacks when you get to the snack bar, the person behind you might have only 30 seconds or less to get to their movie. So, the best thing you can do is to decide what you’re going to snack on during the film on the way to the snack bar and not hold up the line. Also, a good practice for when you get in line is to have your credit card or cash ready to pay.

Rule no.4: Using the 3D glasses

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Yes, most of the time your 3D glasses will come in plastic, but this doesn’t mean that they haven’t been used before and that they’re completely clean. Most theatres and cinemas usually take the used ones, re-seal them in a new plastic cover and land them to the next customer so that they can use them. The best thing you can do is bringing alcohol pads with you and cleaning the glasses before you put them on and after you’re finished with the movie. Or, you could also head to the bathroom and clean the 3D glasses with soap and water.

Rule no.5: Speaking and Phones

You already probably know that it’s not okay talking or using your smartphone while you are at the cinema. If you’re one of those annoying people that continuously talk during the movies, or if you are on your phone, then why have you decided to go to the cinema? You can take a cup of coffee somewhere and talk to your friends there. People know that it’s rude to do this, and yet they still do it and annoy everybody that paid to watch the movie and make it a bad experience for everybody else.