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Tuesday 21 August 2012, 12:17

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Some weeks back I asked you if the weather made any difference to your cinema going. Here is a summary of your meteorological musings...

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    FEWER people!

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    Comment number 2.

    The last time i went to the cinema was the day the dark knight rises opened...it was horrible. There was people behind me talking , infront there was a family of two adults and three four year olds which ment more talking.... only in high pitch! Then there was the gang of 7 years olds on the front row running around and chaseing eachother. Totally ruining the quiet and emotional scenes. Its put me off going to the cinema altogether. It dosnt matter about the weather outside when you have idiots to sit with for 3 hours. I would have rather watched it outside, on my own....in a storm!

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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 4.

    Toffy

    There's a simple solution to screaming kids and teenagers talking. Go to see films which have little or no appeal to children or families in general, like foreign films or art house films. As for mainstream fair, go to a slightly more expensive cinema, people with families are always gonna go for the cheapest option.

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    Comment number 5.

    I always loved going to the cinema on hot sunny days... it is lovely to go from the uncomfortable noise of bright sunshine into the dark cool of the cinema... and if it is still sunny outside after the film, you rather expect it to be dark outside and I have a few moments of delicious disorientation - which rather feels nice.

    It does help that I don't like sunny days of course. On the coast they tend to be horribly humid and I have light sensitive eyes. Great for a Clint Eastwood squint, but little else joy to give.

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    Comment number 6.

    Harry limes shadow

    i agree that going to a more expensive cinema tends to keep the disrespectful out but it hurts me to think that i have to go and find another cinema that costs more all because people cant shut up. People talking on there mobiles whilst the films playing!!! I really cant stand that, there must be a way of keeping them out.

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    Comment number 7.

    So, a future Sherlock Holmes film title will be "No S**t, Sherlock".

    Sorry, I couldn't resist the sarcasm!!

    I, too, try to attend a screening that minimises numbers!

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    Comment number 8.

    Hi Mark
    I'm really glad you did a response to the weather blog you posted, but you havn't yet responded to your 'End is Nigh' post, which was done before the weather one!
    Would you please make a response to this your next blog post? And could you please make it a full blog post please with lots of detail as the topic was very interesting.
    As Brits we love to talk about the weather, but its not every day we get to employ our nihilism to its greatest extent in a full blown end of the world discussion!

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    Comment number 9.

    I enjoyed those responses from people. I'd say I don't like going to the cinema during the daylight so the weather is less an issue, only so long as it's (well) after dark. Although longer darker, colder days in the Northern Hemisphere definitely promote cinema in my eyes. Finally, not a fan of chain restaurants or multiplexes, prefer family-run restaurants and independent cinemas. Taking the pint into the picture also helps, I guess.

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    Comment number 10.

    Hello there mark. Wheres the responses to. .great films with worst acting in them?? I was looking forward to that one.

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    Comment number 11.

    Weather is irrelevant to me. It's the quality of the film that determines my attendance.

    BTW, I watched Slade In Flame ages ago, and waiting to offer my response.

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    Comment number 12.

    Here in Aus summer is a HUGE cinema going season, because it gets so hot and everyone flees into the cool relief of an air conditioned space. That's when I say "What are all you people doing here? You've wanted summer for so long.. here it is; go get it". I'm a winter bunny and will go to the calm darkened comfort of a cinema any time.

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    Comment number 13.

    Preferring a near (if not totally) empty theater, I had thought I was just being anti social.

    Good to see I am not alone.

    Although in fact, it is those who insist on using the cinema as a restaurant/chat room/telephone booth are being the anti-social ones. Lovers making use of the back row don't bother me that much, provided they keep the noise down.

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    Comment number 14.

    Yeah, I like to get the place to myself too. But picking less commercial films doesnt always help.
    I went to see Kid With A Bike on a wet Tuesday afternoon and had just got comfortable when about 40 pensioners trooped in and surrounded me like in that Father Ted episode.
    I was mortified. But shame on me though cos i thought theyd be talking all the way through it but they were completely silent, totally absorbed by the film. And when it ended I overhead one one of them go " hmm art house eh "

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    Comment number 15.

    1:32 peek-a-boo!

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    Comment number 16.

    There was comment you received , the guy saying he had the cinema to himself and it did not get much better than that....Just wondering, noisy distraction apart,do you think we generally would like to watch a film in an empty cinema?

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    Comment number 17.

    Hi repmar. That was me who wrote that. I find that cinema is usually a shared audience experience, especially for comedy or action films. It's interesting also to see how others react to the same film. Then again if I'm watching a drama or an art house film it doesn't really matter if i'm alone or not. But ultimately I'm getting a bit sick of people needing to use their cell phones and checking their messages at the cinema distracting me from the screen. Specially when I sometimes pay for a movie ticket to get away from the noise of the outside world.

    I think in future they'll have a cinema boutique just for those who want to watch the movie without the cell phone interruption.

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    Comment number 18.

    As said, I don't like multiplexes or chain restaurants, there's something not right about them (cue Fiver in Watership Down). Even empty they are even worse imo.

    I like the crowd in an independent cinema, it's smaller number of people and generally I get the impression these people are there to engage with the film instead of "switch-off", their disposition seems conducive to watching the film with (similar experience during film festivals in fact. Never seem bothered by interruptions or the like even when there are interruptions and the like, odd as it sounds, yet in multiplexes people scruffling & scrunching away seems like a busy crowd experience. The noise is all different.

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    Comment number 19.

    I don't like people talking loudly in cinemas, or messing around with their mobile phones either. I do like afternoon showings, and I would dearly have loved to see 'Ted' or 'The Wedding Video' when I was on holiday in Scarborough, but the only cinemas there had 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 3' and 'Brave' on at 8 pm!

    Oh, I forgot the Stephen Joseph Theatre had 'Prometheus' on, but again it was at 8 pm and my mum doesn't like sci-fi. Bridlington's Forum cinema had 'The Wedding Video' at 8 pm, but it was a long way to trail.

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    Comment number 20.

    To all those people who prefer going to the cinema on sunny days because it's quieter. I would argue that a good audience is part of the movie-experience. There have been times when I have enjoyed a movie a lot more than I should have because of the reaction of the audience I was with.
    Laughter is infectious, so for example certain comedies could end up appearing more entertaining. And when it comes to horror, there is a certain pleasure in seeing the people next to you jumping off their seat.
    And finally I still remember the warm feeling of not being alone while watching E.T. in the cinema: I was surrounded by so many people sniffling and crying and it made my crying even more unstoppable.
    The audience should be part of the cinema experience, whatever the weather!

 

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