With the plethora of problems that moviegoers have to put up with nowadays, from talking and texting to the extra loud consumption of food, there is one frequent annoyance that doesn’t seem to get quite as much attention: late arrivals. It never fails that five or ten minutes into a film, a group of stragglers will barge through the door, whispering loudly to each other and stumbling over other people as they try to find a seat. It can be pretty distracting. I think this has only gotten worse in recent years, partially because there are so many trailers before movies, but also because people seem to assume that the first few minutes of a movie are unimportant (which is obviously not true).
This week the Alamo Drafthouse have announced a new policy where they will no longer seat people who arrive once the movie has started. They will still allow people to get up and go to the bathroom, however, because it’s not quite as annoying for others if you return already knowing where your seat is. It sounds good in theory, but it does potentially force moviegoers to sit through all of the trailers, and it will also force theatre staff to turn away paying customers. What do you think? Is it inconsiderate to arrive fashionably late to a movie? Would you welcome a restriction like this at your local multiplex? Do you care if you miss the first five minutes of a movie? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.