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Fight in the cinema 🥺

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Usernamqwerty · 25/01/2023 22:11

I just left a cinema film a few minutes early because a fight broke out between two women. One of them kept getting her phone out and a woman behind her got very upset, got up and said she was complaining to the manager to get her removed if she didn't put it away. Another woman stood up and said she was going to punch the 'complaining' woman in the face and then went for her! I grabbed my coat and ran out... I had a traumatic upbringing and can't be around violence. I am still shaking...

Anyone else had this happen? Cinema is in a rough area about 30 minutes drive from home. Been there with DH loads of times but during the day 😣.

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MummytoA · 25/01/2023 22:13

Hope you're okay x

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Princesspollyyy · 25/01/2023 22:16

Hope you're ok.

I wouldn't go to cinema in a rough area, day or night.

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Usernamqwerty · 25/01/2023 22:19

Thank you! It's put me off going back there 😬🤦

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custardbear · 25/01/2023 22:22

WTAF is wrong with people!
No you did the right thing, perhaps email the cinema and explain, they may give you a discount or free ticket

Sone people are ducking idiots

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Dacadactyl · 25/01/2023 22:23

It makes me sad how some people have no idea how to behave properly.

Just vile and classless people, who are no good to anyone.

I hope you're ok.

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Usernamqwerty · 25/01/2023 22:26

Thank you for your support ☺️. I didn't pay anything as I am a member but I am feeling very shaken up!

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GCAcademic · 25/01/2023 22:26

I no longer go to the cinema. The last time I went, it was to a Picturehouse cinema in a fairly upmarket location and there was a group of teens clearly off their heads on something who were running around shouting, and then abusing members of the audience who told them to sit down and be quiet. The staff didn’t deal with the situation for nearly an hour. I found the whole experience very intimidating.

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PicklesAndTequila · 25/01/2023 22:28

Bloody hell, I always go to quiet showings.
Phone woman would have annoyed me but not that much!

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crazycatladyof6 · 25/01/2023 22:29

My husband and I went to the cinema on Sunday evening. Long story short, a man threatened to kick my husbands ‘[email protected]@@ing head in’. It was a horrid experience and like you j had a traumatic childhood and anything like this really affects me.
it’s unbelievable that going to the cinema can result in this

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Usernamqwerty · 25/01/2023 22:33

Cat lady, that's utterly horrendous... I am so sorry that happened to you 😔. Are you and DH ok? 💐🍫

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Usernamqwerty · 25/01/2023 22:35

I don't particularly mind phones (just put my hand up to keep them out of my vision) but any kind of fight kicking off, I am out of there... 🏃‍♀️

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girlfriend44 · 25/01/2023 22:51

The complaining women should have got the staff to deal with it.

Don't understand why people need to play with their phone in the cinema don't they go to see the film.

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EmmaEmerald · 25/01/2023 22:59

girlfriend44 · 25/01/2023 22:51

The complaining women should have got the staff to deal with it.

Don't understand why people need to play with their phone in the cinema don't they go to see the film.

There's often no staff.

OP I hope you are okay. I admit I have told someone to put her laptop away but she did so immediately. I suppose I would have walked out if she had kicked off.

cat jeez. I'm guessing something like he thought your DH was looking at him or some such?

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pompomdaisy · 25/01/2023 23:02

I never go to one particular cinema chain now. If I go to the cinema I pay a bit more and avoid the rough families.

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Usernamqwerty · 25/01/2023 23:03

I have politely asked people to put their phone away before and they did.

As I was leaving, the fight had spilled out into the foyer and staff were everywhere trying to talk everyone down.

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StPaulandTheBrokenBones · 25/01/2023 23:04

Two men had a fight when I went to see Peter Kay in Nottingham a few years ago. What is wrong with people? I’m sorry to hear this OP but I’m not surprised to be honest.

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ouch321 · 25/01/2023 23:04

Well I hope the woman who got punched is all right...

I do hope someone tried to help her.

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Blinky21 · 25/01/2023 23:05

Years ago I was at the cinema and some lads came in and started talking really loudly over the start of the film, my partner asked them to be quiet and they got agressive. We got up and left and told the staff why we'd walked out. They refunded us and gave us a voucher to go back and see the film for free another time. They ejected the lads from the cinema and in the lobby the lads started kicking off and threatening us. Ended up with security escorting us to our car to make sure we didn't get attacked in the car park! I don't bother with the cinema anymore, why let random members of the public spoil films that you can now just watch at home

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middleager · 25/01/2023 23:07

We had a terrible experience at the packed cinema last time we went, thanks to a large and unruly family who ruined the film, spread over three rows, that clearly weren't all their seats, talking, feet up and kids moved to the seats right next to me playing up throughout, throwing popcorn, toilet every few mins. It was a 3hr film, 12A and not suitable for 3 year olds at 7pm!
The adults were also talking throughout and swapping seats. I complained, but ended up missing half hour of the filn and even after the staff member asked the family to stop talking, they continued.
It is also in a rough area and the last few visits have been spoilt. Haven't been to the cinema since.

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EineReiseDurchDieZeit · 25/01/2023 23:10

As a long term big cinema goer, I get so riled by the increase in disruption to others, people who know how to behave but just won't.

I had someone behind me in Empire Of Light and I badly wanted to say to her "if you can't go to cinema without providing a running commentary, don't come" but I didn't because no one knows these days what the consequences could be.

I knew someone as well, who thinks it's ok to get her phone out and sit on it if she isn't personally into the film. I tried to explain otherwise but she is a rigid, inflexible I'm Always Right Type.

There should be something like a contract you have to sign and keep on your phone to be admitted I think

Sorry about your experience

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Changechangychange · 25/01/2023 23:12

DH went to a Picturehouse to watch something like Hurt Locker (obviously a while ago), and three drunken presumably ex-forces men were in there - one yelling racist abuse whenever somebody Arabic appeared on screen, the second loudly critiquing the military hardware (“oh that’s the X3 model, that had been decommissioned by 1991, no way would they have had that model on this tour of duty”), and one mostly asleep but occasionally waking up and threatening to lamp everyone around him for “looking at him”.

Various people told them to shut up, they all got progressively drunker and more abusive, and it ended up with two police vans turning up. Choosing a “nice” cinema doesn’t insulate you from this unfortunately.

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determinedtomakethiswork · 25/01/2023 23:13

The other day, there was a similar thread to this, and a woman was in the cinema with her laptop!

I'm with you, OP, at the first sign of aggression or violence, I am off.

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Usernamqwerty · 25/01/2023 23:19

Laptop?! Good grief. It's a cinema not a Costa! 🤦

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SaturdayGiraffe · 25/01/2023 23:20

In supermarkets and GP surgeries, at train stations and airports, the signs are there: “We will not tolerate abusive behaviour towards our employees or customers” (or words similar).
Perhaps it’s time for the same in cinemas?

I was at Cineworld Enfield many years ago when teens laughing at a road traffic accident prevention advert triggered a man to threaten them.

People have got worse since then. I do generally feel as if the basic rules of society are starting to break down.

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Usernamqwerty · 25/01/2023 23:20

I'll go next time with my 6 foot 2 DH - no one bothers me then 😁

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