"Don't Spoil the Movie..."
By Cassandra D
"...by adding your own soundtrack."
So goes the admonishment by AMC Theatres prior to every movie, right after they give you surround-sound reminders of annoying noises, such as cell phones ringing, babies crying, and people gabbing. Conspicuously absent (for obvious financial reasons) from their selection of examples are the sounds of people digging through popcorn bags and chomping on handfuls, and the shaking and swilling sounds of colas being consumed.
Unlike Chase, I don't get to go out to the movies that often these days. I did manage to hit the theater this weekend, though, to see The Illusionist. The movie itself wasn't so great, but I went primarily for the theater-going experience, anyway. Perhaps it was because the movie was kind of quiet, or because I am out of practice in being part of the audience, but my theater row-mate's popcorn consumption was making me nauseated. Fingernails-on-a-chalkboard irritated.
I was left with no alternative but to chomp popcorn myself, to drown him out. Ah, the sacrifices one must make to enjoy a movie in the theater these days!