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Feb 19, 2009

When is the Best Time to see a Movie in Theater?

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When is the Best Time to see a Movie in Theater? The best time to see a movie in theater is dependent upon if you want peace and quite or if you are looking for the crowd effect. I personally like peace and quite when I see a film for the first time. For peace and quite, the best time to see a movie is the last showing on Monday through Wednesday night at a movie theater, assuming no holiday falls on those days. People with mainstream jobs are at home because they have to go to bed early to be able to get up for work the next day. Because of this, their young children are most-likely home as well.

During this time period, you do not have to wait in line for a ticket and you do not have to worry about finding a seat. You can seat back, relax, put your feet up on the seat in front of you, if you are so inclined, belch and even flatulate (if you have to) openly. Everything is “easy peezy, japanezy.” –Brookes Hatlen, The Shawshank Redemption. If you crave the crowd effect: cheering, laughter, possibly people talking, Friday matinee through Sunday afternoon would be your best bet.

If all depends on what you are in the mood for, what you are seeing and what your annoyance tolerance is. What is your favorite time to see a movie?

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  • http://www.movieguys.org/ 790

    latley I’ve been able to go to see new films during the daytime.
    For blockbusters the absolute best time is the Monday after the big weekend around mid-day. The theatre is usually void of humans… Ahhhhhh
    ^

  • http://www.movieguys.org 790

    latley I’ve been able to go to see new films during the daytime.
    For blockbusters the absolute best time is the Monday after the big weekend around mid-day. The theatre is usually void of humans… Ahhhhhh
    ^

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    “The theatre is usually void of humans”

    I like it when its like that. No distractions.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    “The theatre is usually void of humans”

    I like it when its like that. No distractions.

  • http://gritfx.blogspot.com/ Manz

    I’m with reader “790”… I like going to the Monday matinee!

  • http://gritfx.blogspot.com Manz

    I’m with reader “790”… I like going to the Monday matinee!

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    Cheaper movie tickets at the matinée, obviously, but there may be more people than you would get at the 10pm showing that day.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    Cheaper movie tickets at the matinée, obviously, but there may be more people than you would get at the 10pm showing that day.

  • http://gritfx.blogspot.com/ Manz

    True. But you have to be a bit of a “night owl” to totally enjoy it.

    And I don’t think we get cheaper tickets here (Australia) just because it’s a matinée – some cinemas might run an offer… but I can’t remember ever getting in cheaper.

    As long as it’s not school holidays, the matinée is a good one to go to here.

    Manzs last blog post..What’s the Stench in Dubai?

  • http://gritfx.blogspot.com Manz

    True. But you have to be a bit of a “night owl” to totally enjoy it.

    And I don’t think we get cheaper tickets here (Australia) just because it’s a matinée – some cinemas might run an offer… but I can’t remember ever getting in cheaper.

    As long as it’s not school holidays, the matinée is a good one to go to here.

    Manzs last blog post..What’s the Stench in Dubai?

  • Metallicat79

    I am a big fan of weekday maintnees if i can. Just about the right mixture of crowd and quiet

  • Metallicat79

    I am a big fan of weekday maintnees if i can. Just about the right mixture of crowd and quiet

  • http://www.movieguys.org/ Stan-Lee

    Having worked in a theater for a number of years, until moving on to bigger and better things, I feel obligated to chime in here.

    For the most part, a lot of this depends on the area where you live, and what type of film it is.

    If the film in question is a childrens film, avoid matinees at all cost. Also avoid any of the early, nightly showings. In general the last show Sunday night, through thursday night are your best bet, but even on the weekends the latest show of the evening will most likely be nearly empty.

    As far as the more adult oriented films go, matinees are your best bet. Preferably Monday-Friday if you are luck enough to live in an area that has daily matinees (many of the smaller theaters have phased out daily matinees, just weekends). The late showings Sunday-Thursday would be the second slowest time, not completely empty, but pretty darn close. If the weekend is your only choice for seeing the film though, definitely go to the earliest, or latest possible. It is the showings in between that are absolutely packed.

    Another tip is wait for the film to be out for a week or so. In general theaters are locked in a contract for at least 2 weeks, normally 4, so go for the second week, there are always more seats available than opening week.

    Also, if going to the late shows. Wait until there are only one or 2 teenagers running the concession stand, and wait until you are their only customer. Shoot the breeze with them a bit and you may score yourself some free popcorn. :)

    Stan-Lees last blog post..The Losers are coming to a theater near you!

  • http://www.movieguys.org Stan-Lee

    Having worked in a theater for a number of years, until moving on to bigger and better things, I feel obligated to chime in here.

    For the most part, a lot of this depends on the area where you live, and what type of film it is.

    If the film in question is a childrens film, avoid matinees at all cost. Also avoid any of the early, nightly showings. In general the last show Sunday night, through thursday night are your best bet, but even on the weekends the latest show of the evening will most likely be nearly empty.

    As far as the more adult oriented films go, matinees are your best bet. Preferably Monday-Friday if you are luck enough to live in an area that has daily matinees (many of the smaller theaters have phased out daily matinees, just weekends). The late showings Sunday-Thursday would be the second slowest time, not completely empty, but pretty darn close. If the weekend is your only choice for seeing the film though, definitely go to the earliest, or latest possible. It is the showings in between that are absolutely packed.

    Another tip is wait for the film to be out for a week or so. In general theaters are locked in a contract for at least 2 weeks, normally 4, so go for the second week, there are always more seats available than opening week.

    Also, if going to the late shows. Wait until there are only one or 2 teenagers running the concession stand, and wait until you are their only customer. Shoot the breeze with them a bit and you may score yourself some free popcorn. :)

    Stan-Lees last blog post..The Losers are coming to a theater near you!

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    @ Manz. I am.

    @ Stan-Lee. Thanks for dropping by Stan and for the experienced perspective from your theater years. I think everyone who reads this post will benefit from it.

    I guess I will have to start checking out matinées Monday through Thursday.

    I did know about the contract and that the movie studio get a large percentage of the take the first few weeks.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    @ Manz. I am.

    @ Stan-Lee. Thanks for dropping by Stan and for the experienced perspective from your theater years. I think everyone who reads this post will benefit from it.

    I guess I will have to start checking out matinées Monday through Thursday.

    I did know about the contract and that the movie studio get a large percentage of the take the first few weeks.

  • http://www.movieguys.org/ Stan-Lee

    lol, a large take? try a huge take. like 70-90% it was so bad in 07 that several chains were refusing to play some of the big blockbuster.

  • http://www.movieguys.org Stan-Lee

    lol, a large take? try a huge take. like 70-90% it was so bad in 07 that several chains were refusing to play some of the big blockbuster.

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    I heard it was 90% the first two weeks then less and less as the film’s run continued.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    I heard it was 90% the first two weeks then less and less as the film’s run continued.

  • http://jadedviewer.com/ the jaded viewer

    I saw Friday the 13th at a matinee. I knew this film would be attended my Gen Yers and millenials hooping and hollerin like they just saw a slasher masterpiece if I saw this on the actual Friday it came out.

    the jaded viewers last blog post..Most Anticipated Exploitation/Grindhouse Movies of 2009

  • http://jadedviewer.com the jaded viewer

    I saw Friday the 13th at a matinee. I knew this film would be attended my Gen Yers and millenials hooping and hollerin like they just saw a slasher masterpiece if I saw this on the actual Friday it came out.

    the jaded viewers last blog post..Most Anticipated Exploitation/Grindhouse Movies of 2009

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    I saw it Saturday the 14th at 7:30pm. Packed. One guy was texting next to me and another was talking to his friend during the film. It made a sub-par film even worse.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    I saw it Saturday the 14th at 7:30pm. Packed. One guy was texting next to me and another was talking to his friend during the film. It made a sub-par film even worse.

  • http://www.movieguys.org/ Stan-Lee

    Cell phones area a sure fire way to ruin a movie for me. For some reason that will irritate me more than 20 kids with laser pointers.

    Stan-Lees last blog post..Film Independent’s, “Spirit Awards” follow up

  • http://www.movieguys.org Stan-Lee

    Cell phones area a sure fire way to ruin a movie for me. For some reason that will irritate me more than 20 kids with laser pointers.

    Stan-Lees last blog post..Film Independent’s, “Spirit Awards” follow up

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    Every time the guy opened his phone to text, I could see the glow from it out of the corner of my eye. Annoying to say the least.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    Every time the guy opened his phone to text, I could see the glow from it out of the corner of my eye. Annoying to say the least.

  • http://www.movieguys.org/ Jon Stephens

    I hate having kids ruin movies for me, even though I have two myself and I understand how hard it can be for some parents to keep them quite during a whole movie. That’s why I’ll try to go, if at all possible, at the latest possible showing to minimize child interference. Either that, or super early on a week day so kids will be in school. I have to get there early too, especially if it’s a movie I’ve never seen before. If it’s a first time viewing, I absolutely have to see it from the top row in the middle seat. I don’t know why, it just feels like more fun. Having to sit in the middle can ruin my mood. I’m kind of tempermental that way.

    And don’t even get me started on cell phones. I can’t stand it when people leave their phones on. That is the worst!

    Jon Stephenss last blog post..Weekly Rundown – 2/22/2009

  • http://www.movieguys.org Jon Stephens

    I hate having kids ruin movies for me, even though I have two myself and I understand how hard it can be for some parents to keep them quite during a whole movie. That’s why I’ll try to go, if at all possible, at the latest possible showing to minimize child interference. Either that, or super early on a week day so kids will be in school. I have to get there early too, especially if it’s a movie I’ve never seen before. If it’s a first time viewing, I absolutely have to see it from the top row in the middle seat. I don’t know why, it just feels like more fun. Having to sit in the middle can ruin my mood. I’m kind of tempermental that way.

    And don’t even get me started on cell phones. I can’t stand it when people leave their phones on. That is the worst!

    Jon Stephenss last blog post..Weekly Rundown – 2/22/2009

  • metallicat79

    I had the horrible expierence with parents bringing their kids to movies, don’t get me wrong, its ok if its a kids flick. However Because i am anal when it comes to being on time for a movie, i arrived to claim my usual and favirite seat if it was available, about midway through the trailers and this family of six, 4 kids and 2 parents comes barelling in and plopped themselves next to me. The kids ranged from an infant to age 6 ish. The movie happened to be LOTR: Return of the king. it was 3.5 hours of constant interuption, i could not focuus on the film as much as I wanted to.

    This also brings up a small pet peeve of mine, and i really wish there was some sort if rule. But it drives me crazy me crazy when people show up late for movies and after the lights go down. Arrggg It pisses me off, if you are going to be late don’t show up or pick a different show time.

  • metallicat79

    I had the horrible expierence with parents bringing their kids to movies, don’t get me wrong, its ok if its a kids flick. However Because i am anal when it comes to being on time for a movie, i arrived to claim my usual and favirite seat if it was available, about midway through the trailers and this family of six, 4 kids and 2 parents comes barelling in and plopped themselves next to me. The kids ranged from an infant to age 6 ish. The movie happened to be LOTR: Return of the king. it was 3.5 hours of constant interuption, i could not focuus on the film as much as I wanted to.

    This also brings up a small pet peeve of mine, and i really wish there was some sort if rule. But it drives me crazy me crazy when people show up late for movies and after the lights go down. Arrggg It pisses me off, if you are going to be late don’t show up or pick a different show time.

  • http://read2know.com/ Read 2 Know

    I usually watch films when I want to. It all depends on my mood. Doesn’t matter whether the movie is good or bad! :)

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  • http://read2know.com Read 2 Know

    I usually watch films when I want to. It all depends on my mood. Doesn’t matter whether the movie is good or bad! :)

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  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    @ metallicat79. I had a guy on his cellphone behind me talking about selling a boat through LOTR: Return of the King. Practically ruined the whole experience for me.
    @Read 2 Know. You’re a brave man.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    @ metallicat79. I had a guy on his cellphone behind me talking about selling a boat through LOTR: Return of the King. Practically ruined the whole experience for me.
    @Read 2 Know. You’re a brave man.

  • Metallicat79

    I really think that there should be, even though this is a bit extreme, but movie theater Etiquette classes available. I hate going to see a movie I am stoked about and have the complete expierence ruined by some asshole with a cell phone, or stupid apathetic teenagers. Families are ok, as long as its a family film, not LOTR or something else

  • Metallicat79

    I really think that there should be, even though this is a bit extreme, but movie theater Etiquette classes available. I hate going to see a movie I am stoked about and have the complete expierence ruined by some asshole with a cell phone, or stupid apathetic teenagers. Families are ok, as long as its a family film, not LOTR or something else

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    That is why you have to go at the special times highlighted above.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    That is why you have to go at the special times highlighted above.

  • Lew1

    I don’t go to the movies that often and on Sunday it was the first time I have been in about 1 to 2 years. And it was not busy at all even though it was a 9.00pm viewing time. But I have to say Im not a fan of going. Mayby if it was closer to where I live but it costs £8.50 a ticket when It would be Cheaper just to wait for it to come out on DvD. The best time to go must be during a week day while everyone is at school and work. You will always get teenagers mucking around at the pictures I know i did. so I tend not to worry about it that much but I do know where you are coming from. In the pictures I go to they will not let teenagers sit in the back row so they can not throw stuff. If you work during the day though its hard becuase you can only go to the pictures at the busy times and the midnight showings leave you naked the next day.

  • Lewis

    I don’t go to the movies that often and on Sunday it was the first time I have been in about 1 to 2 years. And it was not busy at all even though it was a 9.00pm viewing time. But I have to say Im not a fan of going. Mayby if it was closer to where I live but it costs £8.50 a ticket when It would be Cheaper just to wait for it to come out on DvD. The best time to go must be during a week day while everyone is at school and work. You will always get teenagers mucking around at the pictures I know i did. so I tend not to worry about it that much but I do know where you are coming from. In the pictures I go to they will not let teenagers sit in the back row so they can not throw stuff. If you work during the day though its hard becuase you can only go to the pictures at the busy times and the midnight showings leave you naked the next day.

  • Lew1

    Sorry not naked knacked

  • Lewis

    Sorry not naked knacked

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    9pm Sunday. Of course it was not busy. Most people have to get up to work the next day.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    9pm Sunday. Of course it was not busy. Most people have to get up to work the next day.

  • Lew1

    Yeah but if you work during the day you don’t really have a choice but to go to the late shows well I don’t. But tahts not all bad because there are no young kids about and its never that busy.
    P.S a good time to meet the ladys as well.

  • Lewis

    Yeah but if you work during the day you don’t really have a choice but to go to the late shows well I don’t. But tahts not all bad because there are no young kids about and its never that busy.
    P.S a good time to meet the ladys as well.

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    The ladies are VERY important.

    Late shows during Mon -Thur are your best bet.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    The ladies are VERY important.

    Late shows during Mon -Thur are your best bet.

  • IreneColdman

    Cell-phones with loud ring tones can prove to be very irritating indeed. I remember once that a guy's cell phone rang for 5 times before people started trying entire bags of popcorn at his head. After that he put his phone on silent mode. Smart of him: we had juice bottles prepared for the next round of “shootings”.
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  • Meouch88

    There is NEVER a time when it is OK to PUT YOUR FEET UP ON THE SEAT IN FRONT OF YOU! That is a freakin’ disgusting, rude, unsanitary habit that has got to stop! I don’t care if you are the only person in the theatre, please don’t put your dirty, maloderous feet on a place where my head could be for ninety minutes! Why are people so stupid! Is it okay for someone to put their feet on your pillow for an hour and half just because you’re not using it?! Gross!

  • http://film-book.com/ Film-Book.com

    I never thought of that. Good point. I will consider it the next time I am inclined to put my feet up in the theater.