Arrive on time
Showing up on time for anything is just common courtesy for everyone around you—and the movie theater is no different. Luckily for people who are habitually late, most theaters list their showtimes for when the commercials and trailers begin—up to 20 minutes before the actual feature film starts. This gives you plenty of time to arrive to the auditorium, find your seats, and grab concessions without missing any of the movie—or annoy everyone by walking in after the lights go down. If you’re going to a very popular film and you know it’s going to be full of people, show up about 20 minutes before showtime to find the best seat in the house.
Sharing the armrest
When an auditorium is full of patrons, it’s tough to declare ownership on an armrest and cup holder when you’re sharing it with a complete stranger. Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Texas, told Reader’s Digest: “Watch the body language of the guest next to you. There is not a right or wrong way, you just don’t want to take over both sides.” If someone is using the armrest, sharing will be tricky. But if your neighbor removes his or her arm for more than a few minutes, you can claim it for yourself for as long as you’re comfortable. Learn the 13 secrets that movie theater employees won’t tell you.