Post # 1
Okay, so this aftenoon I went to see Mamma Mia! (really cute, plus it has to do with weddings!) with my sister at the movie theater. We got there 45 minutes before it started because we really wanted to get a good seat—medium high and middle of the row.
Anyways, the place gets kinda crowded but not super crowded and our row is completely full except for a seat beside me and one next to my sister. The movie is starting by this point, and these people come up to us asking to move over. I’ll be honest, I was truly comfy in my seat, the movie was on the opening scene, and I had no desire to move.
In the most gentle way possible I said, "Um, I’m really sorry but we’ve been here since 3:15 and we’re pretty settled in our seats"
The lady scoffed and made a huge scene….but my sister and I stayed put.
I mean honestly, was I being rude?? Don’t you think that if you come to a movie on the opening scene you should be prepared to have a crappy seat????
Post # 3
You had every right to stay in your seat! I would have done the exact same thing! Sounds like she made herself look like a drama queen! I just saw that movie last night! Perfect to get info the wedding spirit!
Post # 4
i think you’re perfectly entitled to do (or not do) whatever you want.
with that being said, it is also my opinion that moving one seat over probably wouldn’t have changed your view too much or inconvenienced you and your sister in a significant way.
Post # 5
i agree that you had a right to stay put, but everyone goes to the movies to have a good time. Even though you were there early and they came late, it probably would have been "nice" to move over. It doesn’t sound like it would have taken much on your part to have all four of you happy. I’m always appreciative when someone does that for us and I am more than happy to do that for someone else too. Pay it forward? 🙂
Post # 6
Sorry, I am the minorty here and I do think it’s a bit rude. Moving over one seat is defnitely not going to make much of a difference to your view and it’s not hard to do so I don’t know why you couldn’t have been a bit more accomodating. I really think it’s just a matter of "common courtesy". I know it’s somewhat annoying to have to move, and I feel annoyed when someone asks me the same thing, but I still do it anyway. I don’t want karma to get me next time!
Post # 7
I think you should have accommodated the other ticketholders by moving. Arriving early does not give you the right to keep 2 people from getting a seat. I think you failed to be civil. Sorry, I recently had the opposite problem, someone near me would NOT move to accommodate a couple, I thought they were rude. An usher would have forced them to.
Post # 8
you weren’t in the wrong by not moving, especially if there were other decent seats available. that said, it would have been polite to accommodate the people. of course, that just reinforces the behavior – show up late, make a scene and score prime seats.
Post # 9
If you’ve never been on the other end of this one, good for you, but you should be more considerate of the other people. Theaters often fill up quick and people often arrive late. There have been several times when I’ve asked people to move over to allow me to sit with my friend/date. I’ve never had anyone refuse to do this. And in return, I’ve moved seats when requested. It’s just common courtesy when you’re at the movie theater, because most people know that it sucks to have to sit by yourself across the theater from your friend/date.
Post # 10
If people arrive late, they should be prepared to sit in the seats that are still available. I think that asking you to movie during the movie was really rude. You were in the right…
I feel like to need to write an article on movie theater manners. I feel like people have gotten so rude at the movies in the last few years.
1- Don’t talk during the movie. I don’t care how witty your comment is.
2- Don’t text during the movie! Despite what you might think, the world will not end if you don’t LOL at something your friend sent.
3- If you are late to the movie, you sit where you can! Don’t bug people who had the good sense to arrive early. Go sit in the front row.
**Stepping down from my soapbox now**
Post # 11
if the theater was truly packed, then I would say you should move…but if they just didn’t want nose bleed seats, you are right, but *I probably still would’ve moved
Post # 12
Psh, I don’t care how full the theater is- you put in the effort to be able to sit where you wanted, it obviously didn’t matter to them, therefore they have to live with what’s left. You didn’t get there early in order to play musical chairs.
Sure it would have been "nice"… but it would have been nicer if they had gotten there on time. And, unfortunately, sometimes "nice" is really another way to say "spineless". That perfect seat obviously means something to your movie experience (I feel ya, I’m the same way); why give it up for someone rude enough to arrive late and be disruptive?
Post # 13
Ummm…I’m gonna have go with it is ok to be moderately annoyed with the situation, but anything less than moving over a seat is just rude. I mean, only one of you had to move. When you sat down there was no one there, so who’s to say you woudn’t have ended up in those seats anyway.
Oh and believe me…I count the number of rows up and the seats in so I love me a good movie experience too…but still…I really think you should rethink that next time.