Proper Movie Theater Etiquette

Don’t steal the show with your poor manners. Enjoy a great time at the movies, with these three tips.

Richie Frieman
4-minute read
Episode #145

Like most every other person on earth, I am a huge Seinfeld fan and after recently watching the episode where George does the opposite of his usual impulse, I realized there was a Modern Manners Guy article in there. No, I’m not going to do the opposite and tell everyone to drop all sense of manners and start littering, cursing, and picking fights in public--but there is one thing that George Costanza did that made me want to stand up and applaud him. In one scene in this episode, he’s at the movies and a rowdy group of thugs behind kick his seat and throw popcorn at him and his date. Rather than cowering, he stands up for himself. And I couldn’t agree with him more. That’s why today’s article is devoted to proper movie theater etiquette.

What Is Proper Movie Theater Etiquette?

This is one of those Modern Manners Guy topics where it’s hard to pick where to start or how to limit myself to only one article. I mean, I could make a list of one hundred and just throw a dart. I picked the three biggest etiquette breakers I could think of, but since I love hearing from all of you, I hope you will comment on this list I created and add to it.

So here are my top three tips on how to show the proper movie theater etiquette.

Movie Theater Etiquette Tip #1: Don’t Hold Up The Line

Am I the only one who is shocked to find that people waiting in line to get food at the movies act like they have never been faced with this decision before? First of all, you’ve probably been in line for at least five minutes—why are you waiting until you’re at the front to decide what you want. Plus, it’s a movie theater! Unless you are from Mars, you know what they have: popcorn, candy, soda, hotdogs, etc. Avoid this cash-register scenario at all costs:

 “What was that you wanted? A large? So you and Billy want a large popcorn?… Or a small? Oh, candy? So you want candy instead? Okay so you and Emily will share a box of candy? Is that all you want?” Then turning to the cashier they say, “So, what kind of candy do you have here?” My God, it makes me want to scream!

Here’s the deal folks, when waiting in line, use your time wisely by looking into what you want before you get up the register. Save us all some frustration.