Would you sit next to someone in an empty theater?
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Make a new friend at the movies
There are two types of people: those who prefer reserved seat in movie theaterand those who appreciate old fashioned way choose your seat when you arrive at the theatre.
These two seat styles come with risks. If you arrive too late for a popular new movie with free seats, you might be stuck with a front row seat. However, if you book a seat in an empty theater, a stranger might reserve a seat right next to you. And then it’s just you two, awkwardly watching a movie together in an empty alley. This last situation has become a meme.
“About to make a new friend“, writer Natalie Marlin tweeted this week, with a screenshot of an empty projection by David Cronenberg Future Crimes and the selection on a sit next to the only reserved seat at the theatre. He received more than 400 tweet quotes and 100,000 likes.
“A lot of people assume that I’m actually [picked] this seat for real instead of just picking this up for a joke and sitting away from this person come on now,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet. The Twitter account of Variance Movies posted a similar joke. And another person posted a combination Wordle and “about to make a new friend at the cinema” same.
In February, a claimed TikToker a seeing person Spider-Man: No Coming Home “need[ed] a friend” and chose the seat right next to them. The video invited people’s outrage who said the situation would make them uncomfortable and force them to move.
In case you think no one actually does, Twitter and Reddit is full of stories of people who pretend someone sat next to them in a empty theater.
It seems that most people prefer have space between others in an empty theater. But this meme offers a warning: if you’re the first person to book a seat in an empty theater, you might unwittingly acquiring a movie buff friend.
— Tiffany Kelly
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*First published: June 10, 2022, 12:00 p.m. CDT
Andrew Wyrich is the Daily Dot’s newsletter editor. He previously served as associate technical writer. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).
Tiffany Kelly is the culture editor of Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. His writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.
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