Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Great Equalizer

The movie theater is the great equalizer. No matter how rich or poor you are, if you arrive too late to a crowded movie, your seat is going to suck. I was reminded of that today. My neck hurts.

I have to say, it's kind of lame that they make seats that are that bad. I mean, the front seats in any theater are pretty ridiculously bad. There's almost no point in seeing the movie at all if that's going to be your seat.

I remember a few years ago, I went to the movies with three of my friends. It was some really popular Blockbuster movie, and we only got there twenty minutes early, so we got kind of screwed in the seat department.

We located four seats together sort of near the front. The seats were close to the front, but I didn't think it was that bad. So we took the seats.

One of my friends decided to look around and see if there were any better seats somewhere. She did manage to locate a single seat at a preferable vantage point in the theater, and decided to sit there instead of with us.

I have to say, that always irked me a bit. I can't imagine how bad a seat would have to be that I'd want to sit between strangers rather than with friends. Granted, you don't really talk during movies. But you can laugh together, exchange knowing looks, and maybe make jerk off motions when appropriate.


  1. No allocated seating where you are?

  2. I love going to the movies either by myself or with friends, but when I got with friends it is expressly because I want to spend some time with them. It would bother me too if a friend did that.

    However, I will confess that this past summer I went to a concert with my best friend, her girlfriend and a handful of her coworkers. It was for my favorite band so I wanted to be early to wait in line and get a good spot inside. They wanted to go eat dinner at Mellow Mushroom and show up around the time the doors opened. I had no compunction about the fact I ditched them, waited, and had an awesome vantage point for the show.

  3. I totally agree with you! It seems kind of rude that she would just leave the group! However, I do have to admit I get motion sickness VERY easily, and I found out that if I sit in the first or second rows of a movie theater at a super action packed (where the camera moves around very fast) type movie I end up being so nauseated after the movie that I am pretty much no fun for any after movie hijinks. So ... maybe that happened to your friend too?

  4. Wait, you mean you were only pretending to jerk off at the movies when we went out? Well, uh, I was, um, pretending, too. You know, that scene in "Diner," with the popcorn...

  5. I think it depends on if you are used to going to movies alone or not and if there is space for everyone in your party. I go a fair bit alone - i'm used to sitting alone. But with friends is a lot more fun and abandoning a group is uncool. And there clearly was space

  6. Um, where do you live that no movie seats are available? I live in LA (lower Alabama) and there is NEVER a problem with seating! Even on opening nights!