by Timothy Long
Why do people talk during movies?
As the credits begin to roll, the realization sets in that the time has finally come. The future has arrived at last. The movie will start very soon. Tuned in to the screen, the rest of the theater disappears. Vision locked to the screen, mind engaged.
All of a sudden, noise appears. Is it talking? Perhaps it is the movie. No. Well, what is it? Seriously, the movie is starting. Silence is crucial.
Look to the left, look to the right. The answer to the question of the noise comes to the forefront.
A couple just feet away have apparently forgotten that talking creates a frustrating atmosphere in a theater setting. Common sense would seem to seep into the minds of a normal moviegoer. Unfortunately, these individuals must lack the intelligence needed to attend a movie in the first place.
If people have the dying sensation to talk during a film, then the best place to watch a movie would be their house. Movie tickets do not come cheap. Respect and decency should follow a person no matter where they venture.
A happy theater should not contain cell phones, talking, or crying children in an R-rated film (actually no children at all). Money does not come easy, and many people cannot afford for it to be wasted.
Whispering during the previews commonly takes place in every theater as people chatter about wanting to see the movie that belongs to the trailer playing. Once the production symbols make themselves visible on the screen and the credits come forward, all talking and noise should cease.
The pure of enjoyment of a movie comes from being able to place one’s self in the film. The feeling that we are in the movie makes seeing it an utter delight. No person has the right to ruin the viewing experience of another. Conversation needs to be halted for the few hours of the movie’s playing time.
The only talking that should occur in a theater during a movie is that of actors and actresses on the screen. Take the ridiculous giggling, laughing, talking, texting and narrating outside the theater or stay home.
No one wants to be the one to get up and tell on a theatre culprit. Then again, they should not be put in a position where they have to awkwardly exit the theater, missing minutes of the film.
Interruptions should lead to dismissal. As an avid movie lover, this reporter has a sheer lack of patience for those who want to make the theater their living room. The first one out the door to find a manager to escort a talker out is the one who happens to enjoy movies the most–me.