It isn’t just the quality of the film that makes a trip to the cinema memorable – there’s also the shared experience with your companions or the rest of the audience, the overpriced but necessary snacks and the six-minute wait to check that the director hasn’t snuck in an important teaser after the credits. Comedy writer, Siobhan Thompson acknowledged this simple truth with a question.
What was your favorite movie theatre/cinema experience?
Mine was in the scene in Vanilla Sky where the car goes off the bridge and it’s completely silent. One woman loudly said “gosh!”, we all cracked up, and from that point on everything in the film was hilarious. Perfect.
— Siobhan Thompson (@vornietom) March 14, 2019
The whole thread is full of gems, so we’ve collected our favourites.
A friend was at The Exorcist in NY. When she projectile vomits and there’s the stunned silence after, a droll voice said “Just the name would’ve done.”
— Guy Pratt ?? (@guypratt) March 15, 2019
At Braveheart, when Mel Gibson gets tortured, old fella behind said loudly to his wife: “Ah, the rack! This could be nasty!” https://t.co/FDMWBTMw61
— Michael Hann (@MichaelAHann) March 16, 2019
A ‘vintage’ showing of Blue Velvet. Almost empty, just me & my film buddy, bloke at the back, & four oldsters (in their 70s?). We sit through sex, drugs, violence, sadomasochism, voyeurism… As they leave at the end, one old lady turns to me: “We had come to see Harry Potter”.
— Sumarumi (@sumarumi) March 16, 2019
When I went to see Blair Witch. Just as the film reached its shocking climax and most of the audience gasped, an Irish bloke behind me, stood up, put his coat on, clapped his hands once and announced – “WELL, THAT WAS A MASSIVE PILE OF SHITE.” Pissed myself laughing
— El Hijo Del Santo (@iamsammypanther) March 15, 2019
“Attack of the Clones.” The Yoda vs Count Dooku scene.
Guy yells “Kick his ass Yoda!” and everyone laughs.
2nd guy yells “You man the man Yoda!” and a few people kind of chuckle.
3rd guy starts to say something and the whole audience cuts him off and in unison yells “Shut up!” https://t.co/r9iYiZRLiB
— Geoff (@SuttonGL) March 15, 2019
In the cinema with @claire_coady. A trailer plays for a kids’ animation. I’m not paying attention, but suddenly I hear the film’s name: “HELP! I’M A FISH! It breaks me. I giggle hysterically for 20 mins, crying & wheezing. I miss the film we’ve paid to see https://t.co/EhS44UVNda
— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) March 15, 2019
Seeing Withnail & I at the last film showing at Leicester’s old arts cinema before it closed down. Just a solid movie’s worth of everyone quoting every word in time with the film, and a standing ovation at the end. 300 people shouting ‘Monty, you terrible cunt!’ at full volume. https://t.co/RU28g7X0zr
— Doug (@das_munch) March 16, 2019
It’s my forth viewing of The Phantom Menace.
When Obi-Wan cuts Darth Maul in half, this dude stands up and yells “light that motherfucker up!”
I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. https://t.co/ABeK6VHLF2
— Eric (@uncannykarloff) March 16, 2019
I saw Moulin Rouge with my bf at the time – a doctor, and all his other doctor friends.
When the word ‘consumption’ first appeared, woman in front of us turns to her boyfriend and says, ‘what’s consumption?’
And the row of doctors all loudly said in perfect unison, ‘TB’
— Tits McGee (@Scientits) March 16, 2019
During a particularly tense moment in Don’t Breathe, a women jumped out of her seat, lost her popcorn, tripped, and then fell forward underneath the railing on the front row, all while screaming. Oh, and she also had to be helped up by a friend because she was partially stuck.
— Michael Marley Jr (@MarleyToGo) March 14, 2019
went to see the woman in black and daniel radcliffe’s character was eerily walking down a dark corridor and the whole cinema was pure tense and someone shouted “GET YER WAND OUT BIG MAN” https://t.co/Wwu4aTEfsG
— Grian? (@AnGalGreine) March 15, 2019
i went to a packed viewing of the force awakens and sat next to some elderly ladies, at the end when the lights came up one fondly said “oh, it was nice to see luke again” https://t.co/1iBfAaFkap
— chuck ?❄️ (@charlubby) March 15, 2019
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