Below are some of the most recent examples of some ill-behaved audiences. If you have found yourself guilty of behavior like this, shame on you!
Recently I saw Killers in the $ theaters...a fine silly action/romantic comedy, but oh goodness the audience was just so darn annoying (and I was even at the Sandy $ theater too!) There were many: OMG's!!! Ooooooh's! and Ow Ow's!!! Everyone was freaking out over everything, and I just couldn't figure out for the life of me why. (I mean....I did freak out at seeing the glorious locations of Nice, France and it only made me more excited to visit that country...just look at the freaking picture) How is it that so many stupid, annoying people can congregate together by chance (and perhaps more frighteningly, what does that say about me that I'm with them??) What is the factor drawing these people? Is it location? Price? Content?
You might be tempted to say "You get what you pay for.." but that's not necessarily true either. The truth is you run into these stupid audiences everywhere. Even seeing Inception for the first time there was a group of annoying teens cracking up randomly during incredibly serious scenes. In the case of that, the film was more powerful and I still remained captivated by the film albeit momentarily annoyed. But in other cases sometimes the audience experience is what comes to define your experience with the film as a whole.
But I hate to give up the theater experience. Honestly, it's probably my favorite hobby, so I'll always take my chances. However, there are some decent alternatives.. Empty matinees are always good (but kind of sad too...because when your audience is good and you're all on the same page then it makes the movie more fun) Drive-ins are a fun too because then the audience is solely who you're with inside your car and that becomes the experience. Then one of the most magnificent viewing options are home theaters. My dad has one in Texas, and soon his house in Salt Lake too. Watching movies that way is simply glorious. The sound system is great...and like a drive in you can bring in any food you want, but the seating is comfier! However, I could never wait til all new releases to watch every movie in that style. Besides...when the audience is just right, theaters are my favorite way to view a film!