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.


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.

About Mark DuPré

Retired (associate) pastor at a Christian church. Retired film professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Husband for 48+ years to the lovely and talented Diane. Father to three children and father-in-law to three more amazing people. I continue some ministry duties even though retired from the pastoral position. Right now I'm co-writing a book, working on a documentary (screenwriter and assistant director), and creating a serious musical drama (I am writing the book and lyrics).
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