Is This Theater Chair Design The End To The Battle Over The Armrest?

Is This Theater Chair Design The End To The Battle Over The Armrest?

I don’t know about you, but when I go to a crowded movie, I prefer to sit on the aisle; not to allow me easy access to concessions or the men’s room or to expedite my exit during the credits, but because it guarantees that I have at least one armrest that I won’t need to worry about hogging (or be quietly angry at the person sitting next to me for hogging). But could the War of the Bumping Elbows be ended by changing the design of theater seats? [More]

Movie Theater Owners Might Lower Ticket Prices One Day A Week To Boost Attendance

Movie Theater Owners Might Lower Ticket Prices One Day A Week To Boost Attendance

I often find myself thinking, “Oh, I really want to see that movie.” But do I go to the movie theater? No, more often than not I wait for the desired flick’s rental release because who wants to spend that kind of money on a single theater ticket? I’m not alone — movie attendance is down across the country, prompting theater owners to mull making tickets cheaper one day a week to bring in audiences. [More]

(CBS Baltimore)

Add “Setting Off Firecrackers” To List Of Things Never To Do In A Crowded Movie Theater

We all know not to even yell “fire!” in a movie theater — but to actually create an explosion by setting off homemade firecrackers, especially in light of deadly movie theater shootings in recent years, that’s just really an awful thing to do. [More]

Theater Owners Ask Movie Studios To Keep Trailers To Just Two Minutes

Theater Owners Ask Movie Studios To Keep Trailers To Just Two Minutes

It used to be that movie trailers were no more than 30 seconds or a minute in length. In recent years, many sneak previews for upcoming movies have stretched to two-and-a-half minutes. That’s fine if it’s just for one, highly anticipated movie, but when a theater runs several long trailers in a row, it pushes a film’s start time (and moviegoers’ patience) to the limit. [More]

Man Wearing Google Glass Claims Movie Theater Called FBI To Arrest Him For Piracy

Man Wearing Google Glass Claims Movie Theater Called FBI To Arrest Him For Piracy

UPDATE: A spokesman for AMC Theatres responded to Consumerist’s request for comment, saying the company takes movie theft “very seriously,” which is why the feds got involved. [More]


Report: Two Shot During Altercation Over Texting During Previews At Tampa Movie Theater

Sad news out of Tampa Bay, Fla. this afternoon: Local news outlets there are reporting that two people were shot inside a movie theater today during a screening of Lone Survivor. It appears there was some kind of dispute between two couples, with at least one report saying that a man was upset at the noise made by the victims while texting during the previews. [More]


Why Is Popcorn Such A Popular Snack At The Movies?

It’s buttered, it’s salted, it’s plain but it’s always hot and delicious (or it should be) — but why do we all hanker for popcorn at the movies, and pop it when we watch at home? Popcorn itself has been around for nigh on 8,000 years since corn was first cultivated, but it’s been a movie theater staple for far less time. [More]


Blogger Admits He Maybe Overreacted By Calling 9-1-1 To Report Cell Phone Use In Theater

Your head is on fire. A spaceship spewing bug-eyed aliens just landed in the backyard, and they look mean. Someone in the movie theater is using a cell phone, but the staff doesn’t seem to care. The neighbors have turned into ravenous zombies intent on noshing on your brains. Three of the aforementioned scenarios are all emergency situations and thus warrant calling 9-1-1 for help, while one is not. Let’s take a guess which is an inappropriate reason to get emergency responders involved. [More]

"There's really no good that can come of this," said a local police captain of the publicity stunt.

Before last summer’s horrific fatal shootings at The Dark Knight Rises screening in Colorado, hiring costumed “gunmen” to walk into a crowded movie theater as a marketing stunt would have merely been a bad idea that might have made the local news. Post-Aurora, it’s the kind of idiotically ill-advised idea that results in multiple 9-1-1 calls and the theater having to apologize to outraged customers. [Reddit via Gawker]


Suspected Peeping Toms Crash Through Ceiling Of Women’s Bathroom At Movie Theater

Here’s the thing: If you don’t want people to suspect you of being a peeping Tom, don’t crawl around in the ceiling above a women’s bathroom. But if you do happen to fall through such a ceiling, like two men did in Georgia? Cops will probably accuse you of spying on ladies. Which is what happened just recently. [More]

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Game Of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin Buys Local Movie Theater Rather Than See It Go To Waste

It’s not exactly breaking the siege of Storm’s End or winning the Battle of the Trident, but A Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is undertaking a small-scale heroic effort of his own, buying a beloved local theater that has been dark for years. [More]


Couple Facing Felony Theft Charges After Admitting Skipping Out On Movie Tickets Before

The first rule of getting caught doing something bad is, or should be, “shut up.” Not that we condone stealing snacks from your employer or sneaking into movies, of course. As such, a husband and wife team were nabbed without tickets to a movie and are now facing felony theft charges after saying this wasn’t their first time at the ticket-skipping rodeo. [More]

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Ed Asner & Manager Of Struggling Movie Theater Equally Surprised To Hear He’d Pledged To Help

In a scenario prime for the movies its theater shows, a struggling movie theater in Pittsburgh needs to raise $75,000 to afford the switchover to digital projectors, and as such, is facing extinction at the end of the year. But then in a move that surprised the theater’s manager, legendary actor Ed Asner, he of the lovable grumpy roles, stepped in to save the day with a Facebook campaign dedicated to fundraising efforts! Except he didn’t, not really. [More]

(Associated Press)

Victims’ Families Call Invite To Aurora Theater Re-Opening A “Ridiculously Offensive” Publicity Stunt

Almost six months after alleged gunman James Holmes opened fire on a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 people, the victims’ families are calling an invitation to the re-opening of that same theater — dubbed a special evening of remembrance” by  the Century Aurora 16 theater — a “ridiculously offensive” publicity stunt. Nine of the families have issued a letter expressing their pain over the invitation, as well as asking others to join them in a boycott. [More]

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Alamo Drafthouse Giving Everyone Chance To Make Their Own “Shut Up, Stop Texting & Watch The Movie” PSA

The Alamo Drafthouse chain of movie theaters has long had a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to texting and talking on the phone during a film, as commemorated in maybe the greatest anti-texting PSA ever. Now the company is asking you to unleash that annoyed auteur that’s dying to get out and tell people to shut the &*#( up. [More]


Movie Theater Shows Kids How Different ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ Is From ‘Madagascar 3’

A theater full of kids got quite a shock over in Britain recently, when a mistake at a movie theater had the opening scenes of Paranormal Activity 4 beaming into young eyeballs instead of family-friendly animated film Madagascar 3.  Let’s just say the opening scene did not feature a band of ragtag animals with funny voices.  [More]


Man Pulled Down $70K A Week By Crawling On Movie Theater Floors To Steal Credit Cards

Anyone carrying a bag into the movies knows there’s basically only one thing you can do with it: you place that purse/man bag/tote/shopping bag/whathaveyou on the ground and no one drops their soda on the ground nearby. A Connecticut man saw all those bags as a way to make some easy money, crawling around on movie theater floors to steal up to $70,000 a week. [More]


Without Discount Passes, AMC’s Rewards Program Is A Lot Less Rewarding

Amy thought that the AMC Stubs rewards program was pretty great, back when the discount passes that she bought at Costco counted toward earning rewards. The Stubs program isn’t free (it costs $12 a year) and she was exchanging money for movie tickets and perhaps buying some snacks, after all. Then AMC suddenly stopped counting Gold and Silver passes toward the program. [More]