My friend Travelpro and I have discovered that every Wednesday, our local "seconds" theater does what they call Weird Wednesday. They play a really old, really horrible movie and admission is free.
The first night that we went, we took a handful of friends with us, and we had a blast. The movie was MST3K-quality horrible, so the natural inclination was to make fun of it. There were maybe 30 other people watching this film, and most people seemed to be enjoying the experience - they were also making fun of the film, and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
Unfortunately, some people did not feel the same way, and a few of them complained about the atmosphere in the theater. So the manager came in and went row to row, asking people not to talk during the film. We remained relatively quiet after that. Though the rest of the film was not as amusing, we made good friends with the people sitting in front of us, and have spent every Weird Wednesday with them since.
I should like to note that we're pretty good theater custies. We don't normally talk during movies. We don't make a huge mess, and we make sure to buy our refreshments from the concession stand. I mean, come on - it's a free movie, the least we could do was buy pizza, candy and soda from them, right?
There were significantly less people at the theater the following week. We bought our refreshments and sat down to watch our crappy movie. There are usually 8 of us, and that time there were little scatterings of couples, but fewer people overall - less than 20 total, including us. We were respectful and said almost nothing during the film, which was terrible and could have used that commentary. But others didn't want us to do so, and we remained quiet, waiting until we were outside to laugh at it and crack our jokes.
This week we actually discovered that we were sitting in front of the people who had complained that first week. Travelpro being the good-natured person she is, cheerfully - jokingly - told Complainer that she was free to tell us to shut up before the movie started. Complainer replied that she was okay with the occasional comment but that the MST3K stuff "wasn't cool." Okay.
We sat. We watched. We were quiet. There was one point where I couldn't help it and remarked "That was the worst fake Mexican ever." Everyone laughed, Complainer included. A few seconds later, my friend made a comment and again, everyone laughed including Complainer. Just for kicks, I've been checking to see if any of these movies was actually done by MST3K. Yep, I found one.
It was the 8 of us, three in Complainer's party, and I think another couple. The audience has been dwindling steadily each week. Maybe that first movie was really popular, which is why the crowd was bigger to begin with. Maybe the crowd got smaller after that first film because they didn't like us. But I can't help but wonder if fewer people might be coming each week because Complainer ruined the atmosphere.
Maybe she won't be there next week,