I’m Blinded but Pass the Popcorn

by Joy Donovan on August 31, 2010


So I drive to one of those swanky movie theaters, the kind where you don’t even have to go up to the counter for your popcorn. It’s one of those where the smiling popcorn boy brings it to you at the light of a buzzer. That and a glass of wine, and I’m set.

And happy, very happy for what should be an enjoyable few hours. I’m all relaxed in the comfy, spacious leather lounge chair. The theater goes dark, the credits roll. Julia Roberts spends more than two hours eating, praying and loving, but I can’t pay attention.

Wanna know why?

Smart phones, I tell you! The equivalent of a hand-sized flashlight keeps shining in my eyes. Not once, not twice but multiple times by multiple people.

How to deal with this rudeness…how to correct what is becoming epidemic…how to make it stop.

For some of the Gen Y-ers who can’t make it for less than two-and-a-half hours without the stupid phone, could we have a separate theater? Could I get them to pay me on a pro-rated basis the parts of the movie I miss because of their flashes of light? Could I bring my own flashlight and just point them out?

Which brings me to another question. Do movie theater ushers exist any more? They could have job security with this movie light problem, and if they’d straighten it out, I might even reach into my pocketbook for a tip like I gave popcorn boy.

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