Have you ever had a bad experience at a movie theater?

A time that was so bad it made you question if you ever wanted to go back again?

Well, we’re about to read a whole bunch of stories from people who had really bad movie theater experiences.

Y’all ready for this?

Let’s dive into some stories from AskReddit users about their worst movie theater experiences.

1. Gross.

“I was watching the My Little Pony movie with my little sister and a few of her friends. We watched the whole movie with no problems. Until we had to get up and leave.

My sister and her friends wanted to dance to the music in the credits and I needed the use the bathroom. My mom told me to meet her in front of the theater. But when I got up, I slipped. In a puddle of pee! And I starfish style fell too.

It was in my hair on my clothes and in my mouth. So yeah that was nice.”

2. This is insane.

“When I was about 5, I went to see Frozen for the bajillionth time.

As we walked in, the theater was packed. No biggie, it was Frozen after all. Halfway through the movie, right during Let it Go, I heard a loud moan. I thought somebody was like singing it horribly because everybody loved Let it Go and Frozen to my 5 year old mind.

But it was a woman and her husband getting it on down on the floor, right next to the wheelchair section. I whispered to my parents, asking them what the heck those people were doing naked. My mom stormed off to give them a piece of her mind while my dad went to talk to the usher. Just imagine. Two people having s*x in a theater full of little kids.

It still makes me gag, and I refuse to sit anywhere near the isle or the wheelchair section, or really anywhere with a flat area, to this day in a movie theater.”

3. Why would someone do this?

“Only ones in the theater.

A group comes in, sit in the seats directly behind us, then talks and eats loudly non-stop.”

4. Sticky and annoyed.

“I was watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Before the movie someone kicked my foot as I was sipping on my Slurpee and it spilled onto my lap.

So I had to sit through the movie sticky, annoyed, and to top it off, the movie was terrible.”

5. Wrong movie.

“When I was about 7 years old, my mother took me and my older brother to see Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” I had already seen the movie on a field trip at summer camp.

Now, back then, when movie trailers were shown in theaters, they would show specific ones that were associated with the film company of the movie. I already knew something was wrong when a trailer for “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” came on instead of “Jack.” Then, instead of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” “Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood” came on instead. “Mommy, they put on the wrong movie!” I whispered.

Mom assured me it was just a preview. It wasn’t . I was crying and getting grossed out because a man was holding out a heart. Thankfully, at this point, we were ushered out of the theater room and taken to the Bordello of Blood’s room instead.

Apparently, they would show “Bordello of Blood” in the “Hunchback” room late at night and somebody forgot to take the film out that morning.

After that experience, I became rather wary of whether the right movie would be shown whenever I went to that theater with my parents.”

6. It’s alive!

“1963, I was 10, Jason And The Argonauts at the Essoldo, Stretford, UK

It got to the part where that big statue comes alive and chases Hercules and his friend and I dragged my little sister up the aisle saying in a LOUD voice how she was frightened and couldn’t take it and I had to take her home.

She was LOUDLY complaining because she was enjoying the film. I didn’t see the whole film till about forty years later but that bit still freaks me out.

The whole memory is so embarrassing! I’ve always been a wimp…”

7. Whoa!

“This will totally date me… My friends and I had the whole theater to ourselves for “The Secret of My Success.” We were in high school, giggly, crushing on Michael J Fox. Suddenly our row of seats started shaking. Hard.

There was no one else there! So, being goofy high school girls, we convinced ourselves the theater was haunted. We thrououghly freaked ourselves out. Made a ton of noise. Probably pissed the theater crew off. Turns out it was an earthquake.

In INDIANA! (Not an earthquake hot spot for those who don’t know). Not a terrible experience. Just the most interesting one for me!”

8. That’s not good!

“Was at an IMAX film, some guy a few rows in front started having a heart attack.

Film stopped, lights came on, the cliche “is anybody a doctor” was called out.

Got our money back, so obviously it was worse for the guy than for me.”

9. Where should I start?

“Boy… where to start?!

1) Was, I guess, a MCU-movie, so, loud, fast and full of action set pieces. The movie didn’t even started yet as we’ve heard a crying young child… or shall I say toddler… maybe 2 or 3 y.o. Fortunately (more for the kid then us) they’ve left the theater early when movie just started.

2) Guy next to me texting all the time. Me patiently waiting to say anything until start of the movie… he, of course, did not care at all and continued hitting his brain drenching device. As I’ve asked him firm but polite to stop he looked pissed but quit his habit for the next 2 hours

3) Couple behind us talking over the whole movie… she explains what just had happened on screen. Every effin scene! Turned around to ask to be silent (as she was having a high pitched, loud voice) for the rest of the movie… guess what who didn’t care about it for a second. Tried it, getting annoyed a bit more each time, several times but she kept going. 20 minutes later she got booed out by the rest of attendees!

Bonus: not to mention the people who get calls, answering them and don’t giving a sh*t about the rest of us who want to enjoy the movie, not their private business.”

10. Gross!

“I was with my best friend watching a random movie and a rat crawled into her blouse. It was terrifying for her and she stripped right there.

Thankfully it was dark and I had a spare jacket to give her. We couldn’t finish the movie because she was hysterical and creeped out so we left immediately.”

11. Annoying.

“The movie I saw wasn’t really bad. But the people made it crappy. I hated Zootopia for literally the next 2 months.

So I was sitting and trying to watch Judy say, “Blood, blood, and…death!” But this idiot brat was behind me using my chair as a punching bag! So the whole movie I was being jolted back and forth. And you know movie chairs. They, like, snap you in half if you’re kicked.

Then, the mom (she’s a Karen). Saw her yelling at concession people because they gave her daughter less popcorn than the person in front of them. The person had ordered the jumbo, she ordered the large.) got out some candy.

“Yay, candy!”

“No! I want those M&Ms, not these ones! These are crumpled!” (I’m not making this up)

Finally she stops whining and get her M&Ms. And these people are the loudest candy eaters of all time. They suck. Its so loud how the crumple the packet and THROW IT ONTO OUR SEATS!!!

Then they get out some Subway (How did you get Subway into the movie theater?) and for 10 minutes everything is quiet. Then the mom gets a call from her friend, the dad legit starts streaming football, the kid starts kicking my chair and the girls goes on about how if she went to Zootopia she’d be a princess.”

12. The bully.

“I ran into the kid that keeps bullying me at school and every time my parents looked away he would THROW HANDFULS OF POPCORN AT ME.

Finally my parents caught him and he and his parents were told to control their child or leave. Complete silence and I got to enjoy Mulan in peace.”

13. Take it outside.

“Was watching Aquaman with my sister and there was a couple behind us. The girl was clearly unaware of superhero films.

During the fight scenes she asked him very loudly where Ironman was. And when it was the intermission, she asked him angrily when Spiderman was making an appearance.

Turns out she was into Tom Holland and her boyfriend told her he was in Aquaman to get her to come along. They fought for a while.”

14. Sounds like a great film.

“Saw Cats.

My friend group decided that we’d see it as a joke and Jesus Christ I swear we left within the first five minutes.

We wanted to gouge out our eyes.”

15. Not a pleasant viewing experience.

“I was watching “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” with my mum and sister. To make the movie viewable to most audiences, my city’s censor board had cut off scenes.

So all the throat slashing was cut off and it was annoying as hell. They replaced those scenes with random shots from the same scene. So the lip syncing was off at most places. They didn’t even show any blood.

And sitting a little away from us was a group of young teens who got annoyed every time a song began. They would tut and make sounds and ask things like “why are there so many songs” or “another song?” and my sister at one time was so frustrated that she yelled back saying “It’s called a musical for a reason.””

16. At least you got paid off.

“It was in the middle of the movie, people starting yelling at some guy for sneezing to loud and the person above me turned around too fast and spilled a bunch of pop on my head.

I finished the movie and they guy gave me money to get something because he felt bad.

Best worst day ever.”

17. Are you still together?

“First time at the cinema with my boyfriend – he talked more to the stranger next to him than to me – before, during AND after the movie.

Sh*tty experience for me… If I hadn’t been in a foreign country I would’ve gotten up and left before the movie even started!”

18. Oops!

“I was on a first date with a guy I really liked. Towards the last quarter of the movie, I had to pee very badly.

So I get up and start trotting towards the exit, but when I’m halfway across the theatre, LITERALLY FRONT ROW CENTRE, the heel of one of my shoes broke.

I went sprawling face first onto the floor. In front of the ENTIRE (pretty packed) movie theatre. There was no second date.”

19. Uncomfortable.

“As a teen, I went on a double date with this guy who kept asking me out. My sister’s BF insisted that he’s really a nice guy when you get to know him.

We saw “Shampoo” the Warren Beatty film. It was really raunchy and inappropriate for teens. Adults were walking out indignantly with their young children (you guessed it, there were no warnings then or rating system).

I was mortified because he kept laughing at the worst times, and slapping his knees and all that. My sis and I wanted to leave, so we ended up leaving early.

Needless to say, I never went out with this guy again.”


“Once I went to a movie with my sister and my friend. We were seated next to a woman and her ex-husband.

She spent almost the entire movie complaining to him about how he never posted anything on Facebook about her anymore, and that he always tagged his new girlfriend in his posts. The poor guy stayed pretty quiet the entire time while she cried and whined.

I’m not surprised he divorced her.”

21. Fire hazard.

“Years back sitting in the theater and saw a flicker of light off to my right in the row behind me. Guy had tossed his cigarette butt and it rapidly took off in the theater floor litter.

Everyone got out OK but it was exciting for a bit.

Seems weird now but people used to smoke everywhere.”

22. What is wrong with people?

“I was in a movie theater once with my family and little nephew and we were watching Monsters Inc.

Around 20 minutes into the movie, we started hearing some strange noises that were reminiscent of moans. We tried to ignore it but they became louder and I got up to see what was happening when someone yelled “OH GOD YES”.

Needless to say when I got down there I discovered a man and a woman, engaging in s*xual intercourse in the middle of a children’s movie.

Mike and Sully did not approve and we never visited the theater again…”

23. Drive-in.

“I was 15 and dating a guy whose family collected vintage cars and drove them in parades etc. He picked me up in a Model T pickup truck.

It was cool and exciting. He took me to the drive-in where we watched Deliverance. Midway through the movie, my date absolutely freaked out, went hysterical, thrashed around and finally jumped out of the vehicle, leaving me totally confused and clueless.

I’m like “WHAT??” and he finally gasped out “SPIDER!” Yeah, first date was last date…”

24. Total bummer.

“It was my first time in a movie theatre (not counting those crappy ones that schools say are movies) and I was with my friends. It was a new film and we were all really pumped to see it.

Well… Turns out it was a 3D movie and we had to wear those glasses. Which is fine, except for one flaw… I wore glasses myself and those 3D ones did not fit so I had to sit in a movie theatre with one hand holding my glasses up to see the actual screen.

Then someone bumped into me while I was holding a Slushee (I think) and it spilled. Aaaaand then there was a thunderstorm so the power went out for half an hour.”

Okay, now it’s time for YOU to entertain US.

In the comments, share your absolute worst movie theater experience.

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