Figured it might be a good idea to give this its own thread since it's not about specific movies but theater going experiences. It's my feeling that the theater going experience has severly declined in the past couple decades with the rise of cell phones. There have always been assholes, but our current social media addicted culture seems to have mutated people's good sense and caused an epidemic of asshole. Or maybe it's just that we've grown less tolerant of stuff. Either way, going to the movies has become more of a crapshoot these days, with quality going downhill and ticket prices going uphill. On the flip side, some of people's most emotionally positive experiences have happened at the movies. Where the crowd is well behaved and the movie kicked ass. One such experience for me was seeing The Matrix the first time. I remember it pretty well. It's hard to believe now, but the hype for it wasn't that high. I went to a Friday matinee, first show, at theater not far from my house. The trailer was cool but I don't think people were able to reconcile the Keanu factor, who's blank expression and stoic acting weren't super impressive at the time. Anyway, I and the few people who were there (it was not very busy) were completely and utterly blown away by the experience. The Matrix is in my top 5 theater going experiences and quite possibly might be number one. I feel like I walked in one person and walked out another. It was just completely mind blowing from beginning to end. IMO the perfect movie and I honestly have not seen a sci-fi movie as good since. I was so hyped for it I told all my friends and went again the next night, but to a different theater (the now defunct General Cinema). By this time the word had gotten out and it wa a packed house. I felt like I was in on this great secret as I watched everyone file into the theater having no idea what they were about to witness. There were oohs and aaahs galore. Cheers and claps. The film was even better the second time. Everyone was perfectly behaved and just sat there in awe. Honestly I haven't had very many bad theater experiences. Occasionally there would be the kid who wouldn't shut up, the crying baby, but it would usually get taken care of pretty quickly. I'm fortunate in that I live (and work) near an Alamo Drafthouse cinema and we have a strict no talking texting policy, or we show you the door. Any negative or positive experiences are welcome.