What’s your biggest movie theater pet peeve? Tell us and win!

Tribute Pet Peeve Contest pageIt’s Saturday evening. The perfect time to unwind. So, naturally, you’re going to go see Bridget Jones’s Diary at your local theater (don’t deny it, you know you’re dying to know what ol’ Bridget is up to). You’ve got your extra-buttery popcorn, large Coke, and Maltesers. And to your surprise, you find a pretty decent seat in the middle of the row, not too close to the screen. You’re ready for some movie goodness.

Suddenly, as the Universal Pictures logo starts to appear on screen, you hear the extraordinarily loud crinkling of a Skittles wrapper, a sound which seems to have no end, and is only worsened by the equally loud chewing of the tiny devil-candies. OK, you can handle this. It’ll be over by the time the good stuff begins.

But no, this stupendous human (who is sitting directly in front of you) then decides to ask the person next to them, “When was the last Bridget Jones movie? I can’t remember.” Great. So they’re a chewer and a chatter. It’s literally the worst thing that could happen in that moment. But because you’re not willing to waste the $11.50 you forked over, you endure the symphony of candy mastication and endless color commentary throughout the entire Who’s Your Daddy? saga. After it’s all over, you swear to yourself to never put up with it again.

We’ve all been through it. And in fact, we’ve created a pretty epic CONTEST to hear all about it.

Tell us your biggest movie theatre PET PEEVE and you could win a gift card for dinner for two! The rules are simple — like this Facebook post, like our Tribute Facebook page, and then feel free to rant to your heart’s desire!

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  1. Gwen Collins • September 17, 2016 @ 8:19 PM

    It is very annoying when people are reminded on screen to turn their cell phones off or to turn them to silent. I actually got out of my seat once to tell a guy who was continually getting text messages that he was to turn it off or take it out. Next time he got a notice, he left the theatre to check it out. I loved when we were only available at home or the office to answer a message!

  2. Shannon • September 17, 2016 @ 8:59 PM

    super tall people in front of short people like me, people who talk, rowdy teens in large groups, and most of all people with small bladders who sit in the middle of the aisle and have to crawl over 10 people to get out and then back two or more times during the show – these are a few of my least favourite things.

  3. anonymous2 • September 17, 2016 @ 9:09 PM

    My first pet peeve is companies wanting me to join Facebook and like their page to enter their contest.My second pet peeve is crying babies and children at the movies.

  4. Patricia • September 17, 2016 @ 9:47 PM

    Commercial ads on the screen. It’s not what I paid for!

  5. Deadpool • September 17, 2016 @ 9:47 PM

    when couples kissing next or front of you i mean if they want to make out she should make out with everyone or not at all ahahaha but in all seriouness stop kissing and watch the movie

  6. Ellie • September 17, 2016 @ 11:20 PM

    My biggest problem with local cinemas is that they only play Hollywood product. I want to see challenging, innovative films from independent and foreign filmmakers, but local exhibitors are as risk-adverse as the Hollywood studios are. I’d like to see movies from filmmakers like Lars von Trier, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Takashi Miike. If I want to see these films I have to make a long and expensive trip to the big city. My local multiplex plays crap exclusively. SMURFS 2 played for two whole months and that illogical p.o.s. GRAVITY played for five months! It seems that no one cares about quality cinema anymore. It’s all about the money. 🙁

  7. Debbie • September 18, 2016 @ 1:02 AM

    I was at the city centre theatre, and a teenage guy and girl were together. Probably an ex boyfriend came in and started yelling at the couple. Another teenager did something else annoying,like throwing up or something, but I forget. I don’t know where the ushers were, but I mentioned it on the way out to the staff. Not a pleasant experience.

  8. MacD • September 18, 2016 @ 1:50 AM

    People who text .

  9. Katarina Gratton • September 18, 2016 @ 3:30 AM

    Yeah, the cell phone light is the worst, totally distracting. I don’t understand why people bother coming to watch a movie, and then spend half the time on their stupid phone.

  10. Mary • September 18, 2016 @ 3:33 AM

    I agree with anonymous2. Why is this contest only open to Facebook users? It should be on Tribute’s contest page or this one. Not everyone has or wants a social media account. This contest unnecessarily excludes those people. I also agree with Ellie’s comment. We need more variety at the movies than just Hollywood bile. There’s no nutrition in cinematic junk food.

  11. Wendy • September 18, 2016 @ 10:54 AM

    if we have to see commercials at the theatre, they should be entertaining & definitely not the ones we see on TV at home.

  12. Ariel C • September 18, 2016 @ 5:28 PM

    when people keep whispering to each other!

  13. kay • September 19, 2016 @ 9:47 AM

    people and/or kids that talk steady through out the whole movie.

  14. Frozzie • September 19, 2016 @ 11:39 AM

    People wo pushes your seat from behind with their legs…..that dries me nuts

  15. CDubya • September 19, 2016 @ 11:56 AM

    I have too many to list. People that kick the back of your seat! People that just can’t stop talking. I don’t care if they talk during the commercial part, but previews and the movie, I dislike. And the commercials!!!! If I wanted to see commercials, I’d wait till the movie came out on tv then watch it. And people who put gum on the seat for you to sit in. That’s always great.

  16. tristan • September 19, 2016 @ 8:32 PM

    I am going with commercials, kids in groups yapping through out the movie and people talking on phones during the movie. But the thing that confuses me the most is when an usher flashes the flashlight in your face to check your ticket to see if you are in the right seat….especially when there are only 4 people in the theater!!!! C’Mon Man!

  17. Ariel C • September 19, 2016 @ 10:28 PM

    people chewing their popcorn loudly

  18. Ariel C • September 20, 2016 @ 10:16 PM

    when people whisper through the whole movie!

  19. Ariel C • September 22, 2016 @ 10:13 PM

    when people eat popcorn loudly

  20. Ariel C • September 23, 2016 @ 10:24 PM

    when people talk during the movie

  21. Ariel C • September 24, 2016 @ 7:02 PM

    when people don’t turn off their phone

  22. Ariel C • September 25, 2016 @ 10:18 PM

    when people look at the phone and you can see the screen lit up

  23. Ariel C • September 26, 2016 @ 10:15 PM

    when people whisper during a movie

  24. Ariel C • September 27, 2016 @ 5:41 PM

    when people drop popcorn everywhere

  25. Bruce Lamesse • December 15, 2016 @ 3:35 PM

    Inconsiderate people. That covers: people who talk as if they’re in their own living room; commentators who comment on everything that happens; people who repeat lines out loud; people who keep asking what was said, or what’s happening; people who bring children, but don’t take them out when they get noisy; people who lean back as far as the seats allow, crushing your knees; people who keep kicking your seat from behind; phone users; loud eaters; people who show up 5 minutes before the movie and expect everybody to accommodate them by moving over so they can sit together (Actually, Miss Manners supports not moving, on the grounds that you arrived at a time to get the seats that you wanted, whereas these people did not, so they should not expect anybody to move.).

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  27. Cheryl MacDonald • December 4, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

    Inconsiderate people that talk too much, chew too loud, keep pushing the back of the seat or worse put their foot up on top the the seat beside me that is emply 🙁

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