It's been FAR TOO LONG since we've been able to go to the movies. In fact, I believe the last film I saw in theaters was the film from DC Comics "Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn". That came out on my wife's birthday (February 7th) of 2020. I loved it, but for a birthday movie, I don't think she was too thrilled. I said, don't worry, next time a chick flick comes out to the theater, we'll go see that one. I had no idea it'd be over a year later before my wife would be able to cash that rain check & I'd be able to see a movie on the big screen.

Now with Yakima currently in Phase 2 of opening back up, that means we have our regular Yakima Theaters open, as well as our 21+ Orion back, and the theater in Sunnyside is finally Re-Opening! A year has been a long time, and perhaps we've forgotten how to properly behave. Maybe we forgot our theater etiquette! Well, I'm here to give you a little refresher of how to act during a movie in a theater!

1: Masks - Yes, it's the state of the world right now. I hope it won't be forever, but if we want to keep our theaters, we have to abide by this rule. So just change the way you think. Look at them as less of masks, but more as popcorn troughs, or a gummy bear feed bag! If it's good enough for a horse, it's good enough for you!

2: Talking During A Movie - DON'T! Just plain don't! If you're on a first date and you want to learn more about your partner... WHY DID YOU BRING THEM TO A MOVIE?!?! Picnic in a park, go someplace where you can talk! Not the movies! Now there are two times when it is okay to talk. In the beginning during the trailers. No one paid to see the trailers (not since 1989's Batman). If you do talk during the trailer, it's best to only do it between trailers and that's to lean next to your friend and say "That looks good". The other exception is during the credits. Movie is over, you are free. Unless it's a superhero movie! If that's the case, you better keep quite because you never know of a mid-credit scene. Side note: If it's a really sad scene, or a build up of emotions... don't be that douche who laughs really loud during a memorable death scene. Just because you're too immature to handle feelings doesn't mean you have to ruin it for everyone else, like the a-holes that were in the same theater as me during Marvel's Avengers: Endgame!


3: Feet on the Furniture - You don't go to your friends house and put your dirty shoes on their couch do you? If you do, then you're a horrible human being. We finally get our theaters back, don't risk breaking a chair because you want to sit cool.

4: Garbage - Last but not least, pick up after yourself. It's not your house, treat it with respect. If you have the attitude of "people get paid to clean-up", true, but do you really enjoy when someone comes to your work place and makes more work for you? There's a big difference between accidentally dropping some popcorn on the ground and leaving your soda cup when you leave. Don't be that guy.

If you can't follow these simple rules, then by all means, watch movies at home and leave the theaters for people who love & respect them! It's been so long since we've enjoyed the the giant boob tubes, I now look at them as our community parks, we all need to help keep them safe & clean!

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