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09/04/2007 03:27 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Movie Theater Etiquette

This is me ranting about the little things in movie theaters that PISS ME OFF!!!

It's not enough to just turn your cellphone on silent. PUT IT THE FUCK AWAY. Don't look at it during the movie. It's like someone turning on a flashlight in a dark room. It's distracting. Don't do it! And don't text message.

Don't bring a baby. EVER. Can't get a sitter? STAY HOME. I also blame theater owners for this one. Don't allow babies. A young cretin couple brings their one year old to see HOSTEL and you sell them tickets, you should be the one dipped in a boiling vat of canola oil.

Don't wear a hat. Unless you're Diana Ross or Don King. This goes for baseball caps with the bills up. Just because you're balding doesn't mean you can annoy other people.

In a fairly empty theater don't take a seat right in front of me. Especially when there are twenty seats on either side you could choose instead.

Realize when you buy those nachos with the plastic cheese sauce that you are repulsing everyone within two rows.

Put your sweater on or keep it off. Don't keep changing your mind during the film.

Don't throw your big honking coat over the back of your seat so that it's completely in my lap.

Don't yell, "Turn it up!" during the THX announcement. It's not funny... and hasn't been funny for ten years.

If you're still yelling "Focus!" in the middle of the movie, it's YOU!

Don't save fifteen seats for your stupid late friends.

When you come in late and the movie has already started, don't yell the name of your friend... over... and over... and over.

Scream in your boyfriend's ear, not mine.

When you drape your feet over the row in front of you, you are kicking the seats of everyone in that row.

Don't pay for one Goddamn box of Milk Duds with a credit card.

Don't talk back to the screen. This may come as a shock to your morons but THE ACTORS CAN'T HEAR YOU.

I'm sure you have others. Have at it in the comments section.

You can read more from Ken at kenlevine.blogspot.com