Sinning at the cinema

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To The Editor:

I went to the Alpine to see “Forbidden Kingdom” with Jackie Chan and Jet Li recently and while it was an entertaining film, it was marred in part by the behavior of seven or so youths sitting in the right of the room.

They seemingly had a scam going where one or two initially bought tickets, but let in the rest of them through the exit door.

So having not paid for their tickets, they exhibited all the symptoms of not appreciating the value of the tickets, as they shouted at each other, answered cell phones, moved rows to change seats, stood up to hi-five and even parrot-mocked a nearby baby, as well as the Chinese accents in the film.

As the film neared it’s end, the shouting and talking got even worse!

My question is why were they even there if they weren’t going to enjoy the film? Do us all a favor and find somewhere else to chat.

I saw a couple of people move away from the noise and change seats, including a young couple, and it made me sad. Sad at potential situations like, what if it was the couple’s only date-night for the week? They managed to get a baby-sitter, have a nice meal, then go to see a film, only to have it possibly ruined by a few kids.

Just say one couple was so upset, it argued on the way home.

People in the cinema did yell at the kids to shut up, but to no avail. The careless “who gives a toss?” attitude exhibited was appalling. I had much higher expectations of our great community in Bay Ridge.

I just hope those who desperately needed the entertainment – entertainment that gives respite from our day to day problems – actually enjoyed the film and had a good time regardless.

Name Withheld

Upon Request

Updated 3:46 pm, October 19, 2011
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