Hey, RHU! New girl here, been lurking a while. Call me Projectionista. I work at a small movie theatre. I wanted to share some advice on how to be a better moviegoer:
1. Don't complain to us about concession prices! Firstly, we don't decide them and we can't change them, so I don't know what you hope to accomplish by whining about it to the guys scooping your popcorn. Second, we understand how you feel. $4.50 for a large popcorn is a lot (never mind the fact that it costs $8+ at the nearest Regal). But there's a reason we have to charge $3 for a Twix bar--movie theatres make next to NOTHING off of ticket sales. The studios take a giant percentage out of it that we barely even get to see in our till before it's gone. The only way we can stay in business and pay our staff is to charge more for the things that studios can't take a cut from.
2. Don't get upset when you realize 3D movies cost more. I don't know if
this is just because we're in a small town, but it amazes me how many people
are surprised when they find out that tickets for a 3D movie are $9 instead of
$7 (which, again, is SO MUCH CHEAPER than any other theatre in our area, but I
digress). The equipment and the glasses cost money, and we are REQUIRED BY THE
STUDIOS to charge a MINIMUM of $2 extra per ticket for 3D films--money that,
once again, we see for a second and then it's gone. We are literally charging
you as little as we are able.
3. Don't stay for the entire credits (at least for movies that obviously won't have something at the end--this doesn't apply to Iron Man, Avengers, etc). We want to do our job and clean. On Fridays and Saturdays, we have people waiting in our lobby to be let in for the late show. You're holding everyone up. What is there to see? Your brother's friend's aunt's cousin was a gaffer for Something's Gotta Give? Stop pretending to care. Once the main cast credits are through, there's really nothing more to see. And if you really need to know something--that's what Google is for. Do us a favor and leave so we can clean up the popcorn that somehow managed to fall in a 3 foot square space around your seat.
4. If you must sneak food in, please have the decency to throw out the
evidence. I have picked up Burger King droppings, juice boxes, Heineken
bottles, full-size Oreo packages, you name it. I understand why you sneak stuff
in--I get it, I probably couldn't afford to buy a popcorn, soda and candy,
either. But at least throw your stuff out. You don't need to rub it in our
faces that you got away with it, and that you're hurting our business. If this
were a Regal, it may be a different story--they can afford to lose a few
hundred customers and they would be fine. But we can't. So if you're going to
do it, please find your common courtesy and throw your junk in the 3 different
garbage cans you pass on your way out.
I'm sure I could come up with a bunch more of these. I love my job, but damn am I losing my patience for people fast lately. Next time you go to see a movie, please think of the minimum wage workers that depend on your business and courtesy for their paychecks--and know that even though it's their job to clean up after you, that doesn't mean they're doing it with smiles and rainbows all the time.
All the best, and may your film stay in focus,