Guys at the Movies

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    Feb 15, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    I just got back from the movie theater and watching 'Friday the 13th' - which was semi-okay, not as good as the 'Halloween' remake, but that's a whole different topic. (I mean Jason running?! WTF is that?!) Anyway, going to the movies on my lonesome isn't something I do often and certainly haven't done recently until today.

    So I get there a half hour early. I'm the first one there, listening to the music, reading the trivia, chowing down on my "gourmet pretzel". (I know, I'm bad for that) I'm watching people stroll in - a straight couple here, a couple of straight couples there, a trio of high school or college age girls, a mother and her pre-teen sonicon_eek.gif

    Then, I start noticing the guys sitting around. Another single guy sitting a couple seats down from me (way hot, by the way). Another guy (club-look cute) sits behind us a couple rows back. I don't know if he turned out to be single or not, but he came in alone. A couple of guys sat a few rows ahead of me...and another couple of guys sat a few rows ahead of them.

    Now, these two pairings were what got me curious. They came in together, but both pairs sat with a seat between them. They put their drinks in their armrests but put their popcorn and snacks in the middle seat. Now, my question is, is this really how guys go to the movies together?

    Of course, I didn't speak to any of these guys, so I don't have a hint as to what their orientation is, except for one pair of guys who left with a pair of girls who were waiting for them in the lobby. Apparently, the girls must have wanted to see a chick flick and their guys didn't.

    But what about the other pair? Also straight? Are straight guys afraid to sit next to another at the theater? Friends, gay or straight, who are more comfortable having a seat to hold their snacks rather than themselves?

    Just a curious question into the insight of the male mind: How do you watch a movie when someone else is with you? icon_smile.gif
  • txsin

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    Feb 15, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    yep it's one of those unwritten man rules...
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 15, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
    I think it's more about space. I prefer to slouch down into my chair and in doing so, I hog up the arm rest and then some. It's better to do that when no one is in the next seat.

    But a lot of str8 men do that for the gay factor. It's a juvenile thing they haven't grown out of yet.
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    Feb 15, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    Well, when I'm with my straight friends we tend to sit with spaces in between. But there are instance where we sit next to each other without the space (when the movie theater is jam packed). icon_eek.gif Since we have a space in between, I tend to move the arm rest in between up and sit with my butt on one seat and my lounge legs on the other. So the space in between is somewhat compromised with my legs lounging which isnt unusual to them, now. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 15, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Good question. Sometimes it's a space thing. Sometimes the guy is sort of homophobic IMO.
  • stevarino7

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    Feb 15, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    I don't know if other foreign countries are this way, but one strange fact about Spain is when you go to the movies, you have assigned seating. So if you bought tickets that were a seat apart, you run the chance of having a complete stranger right there in between the two of you.
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    Feb 15, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    Last fall, I went to one of those jam-packed movies with some friends.
    Chest workout earlier in the day.
    About halfway through the movie, frozen into the sardine-packing order, I suddenly got the most massive pec cramps I've ever experienced.
    My friends seriously thought I was having a heart attack.
    I had to go back and stand in the doorway stretching for the rest of the movie.
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    Feb 15, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    stevarino7 saidI don't know if other foreign countries are this way, but one strange fact about Spain is when you go to the movies, you have assigned seating. So if you bought tickets that were a seat apart, you run the chance of having a complete stranger right there in between the two of you.


    Wow, umm, yeah, that doesn't happen in the States, hehe I feel for you guys over there now. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 15, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    I think it's stupid.
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    Feb 15, 2009 11:45 PM GMT
    Have the assigned seating deal in New Zealand as well. Best thing ever. No standing in line to rush for seats, or showing up an hour early for the chance at a good seat. Both things I hate about movies. Now if we can only find a way to get rid of screaming teenage girls.
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    Feb 15, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    I sit with a seat in between. it's nice to stretch

    This thread reminds me that I need to get my Watchmen tickets in IMAX soon
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    Feb 16, 2009 12:13 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidI sit with a seat in between. it's nice to stretch

    This thread reminds me that I need to get my Watchmen tickets in IMAX soon


    Watchmen looks awesome! It's not too far off either...03-06-09!
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    Feb 16, 2009 12:17 AM GMT
    i've never sat with a space btwn seats when i've been out wiht my straight guy friends....unless there was a need to have a seat btwn us (usually because of a large amnt of shopping bags) but most of the time, we sit on adjacent seats and even lean on one another when the movie's long.
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    Feb 16, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    But then again...ppl for some reason dont mind getting physically close to me or affectionate with me. Its just one of those things.
  • pcsean28

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    Feb 16, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    Arjay369 said
    stevarino7 saidI don't know if other foreign countries are this way, but one strange fact about Spain is when you go to the movies, you have assigned seating. So if you bought tickets that were a seat apart, you run the chance of having a complete stranger right there in between the two of you.


    Wow, umm, yeah, that doesn't happen in the States, hehe I feel for you guys over there now. icon_lol.gif


    There's a couple fancy theaters in LA that do this. The kind with a bar and a real life announcer. It's fun! We do movies right in LA... obviously.
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    Feb 16, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    Wow, I've never seen this. That's mindboggling!

    The assigned seating is a good idea - I've always wondered why they don't do it. I mean, they'd have to have preferences to choose from for those that like to sit low, high, or in the middle height-wise but it's a good idea.
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    Feb 16, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    pcsean28 said
    Arjay369 said
    stevarino7 saidI don't know if other foreign countries are this way, but one strange fact about Spain is when you go to the movies, you have assigned seating. So if you bought tickets that were a seat apart, you run the chance of having a complete stranger right there in between the two of you.


    Wow, umm, yeah, that doesn't happen in the States, hehe I feel for you guys over there now. icon_lol.gif


    There's a couple fancy theaters in LA that do this. The kind with a bar and a real life announcer. It's fun! We do movies right in LA... obviously.


    Oh, yeah? I've never been to a movie theater with a bar or announcer. Been to one with a early Hollywood glamour type of look to it with a really nice chandelier and twin stairs leading up to the screening rooms, but that's about it. LOL
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    Feb 16, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    We have several with bars and the seatbacks have ledges to rest your beer/pizza/etc. They tend to be more scruffy bohemian places with couches and beanbags up front, instead of seats.

    They've got to come up with something to make the experience better. Otherwise, I'd rather wait for the DVD and watch in the comforts of home.
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    Feb 16, 2009 5:01 AM GMT
    I have met at least one person that does this. I have also met someone who HAS to have the seat next to the aisle but never gets up during. Actually they may have been the same person. I don't remember. To me the whole thing is just weird.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 16, 2009 9:35 AM GMT
    Did you notice their height?. I like to sit in the isle so I can stretch my legs. Same deal on a plane unless it's 1st class.
  • Aries5452

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    Feb 16, 2009 9:48 AM GMT
    I know that when ever me and any of my straight buddies go to the movies... unless its more than 2 of us... we sit a seat apart. No particular reason I dont think.. its just something we do. That said... its something Im used to because I have all of well... 0 gay friends that I would go to a movie alone with and I have never been to a movie with another gay man other than my ex... and we obviously sat next to each other in case the movie got real boring!
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    Feb 16, 2009 9:57 AM GMT
    I always put a seat between me and whoever I'm with.. I like my space too much. I guess that's why I'd rather download the movie illegally and watch it wherever on the laptop icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 16, 2009 10:01 AM GMT
    Oh, that's a total guy thing. I see it all the time between straight men, usually not gay ones.

    However, if I go to a movie with a straight guy we usually sit next together because I make it that way.

    Same thing as two straight men sharing a hotel room. One invariably will sleep on the floor rather than share the bed.
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    Feb 16, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    it must be a north american thing. You and your "space" icon_biggrin.gif

    If I went to the movies with DancerJack (even virtual movies) we´d sit next to each other with no space in the middle as long as he promised not to grope me in the dark.

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  • JayneCobb

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    Feb 16, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
    Never heard of that before in my life.. Maybe they were saying the seat for someone else?

    I know when my friends and I go to the movies we always sit right next to each other, even if we're the only ones in the theater..