Going to the Movies, Part One

Reprinted with permission from How to Act Like a Grown-Up (http://actlikeagrownup.com/category/interactions/page/2/).

Watching movies at home is one thing. But once you go into a movie theater, the rules change. (Trust me on this—I’m a film professor and I know about all this stuff!)

Watching movies is a group experience. It’s a whole different animal than watching at home. Don’t let that slip away from you, both for your sake and the sake of everyone else in the theater.

So….

Keep your mouth closed (in general). Quietly during previews is OK, but quietly. Intro credits—settle in and close down the conversation. We don’t come to a movie theater to hear you talk. And once the movie starts, only a whispered comment a couple of times is cool. The public whisper is nearly a lost art—try to resurrect it.

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About Mark DuPré

Full-time (associate) pastor at a Christian church. Part-time film professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Husband for 40 years to the lovely and talented Diane. Father to three children and father-in-law to three more amazing people. I preach, teach, counsel, write and plan in my real job. I teach a subject I love at RIT in my "other job," which is a lot of fun most of the time.... I play piano for our local college choir, and sing and play at church occasionally. I also have a film-related website at www.film-prof.com.
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