Results: Cinema behaviour that annoys us most

You just can't beat watching a film on a giant screen with booming sound effects at the cinema – or can you?

People talking, fiddling with their mobile phones, rustling popcorn, slurping drinks and even kissing are just some of the things we seem to find annoying about going to the cinema.

That is according to a survey released today, which has found that 52pc are most annoyed by people talking during films and 15pc cite the biggest problem as public displays of affection once the lights have gone down.

However, 66pc of people said they were too polite to tell fellow cinema-goers off for bad behaviour, so Empire Cinemas, which organised the poll, has launched an etiquette guide for cinema-goers.

We ran our own poll at www.eveningnews24.co.uk yesterday and it seems the people of Norwich think similarly.


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People talking during a film topped our poll with 36pc, ahead of noisy consumption of snacks and drinks with 24pc and people using their mobile phones with 16pc. Just 5pc voted for people putting their feet on chairs and 8pc were annoyed by 'heavy petting' from couples, with 11pc opting to vote for being disturbed by people going to the toilet, or arriving late and leaving early.

Norwich's Cinema City, in St Andrews Street, runs a 'popcorn-free' screening, usually early on Tuesday evenings.

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Jack Thompson, Cinema City's general manager, said: 'Cinema etiquette is a big thing here at Cinema City. It's not uncommon for us to receive letters and emails about the rustling of sweet bags or popcorn, which is why we introduced the popcorn-free screening – though we have had people ask us if this means they get free popcorn with the screening!

'The next biggest issue is the behaviour of other patrons, putting feet up on seats, being noisy during a screening etc, for which we usually give one warning then remove them from the screen if they persist.

'When working at a cinema in Clapham (London) I once got a round of applause from a sold-out screen for removing a particularly noisy group. It absolutely terrified the group in question – there's nothing stronger than people power!'

However, Trevor Wicks, director of Hollywood Cinemas, which has a cinema in Anglia Square, says behaviour in cinemas is a lot better than it used to be.

Mr Wicks said: 'Behaviour is a lot better now than it was in the 50s, 60s and 70s, when in the rougher areas people would be really badly behaved.

'I want people to come to the cinema and enjoy it and not spoil the enjoyment of others. But as far as 'public displays of affection' go, that's been going on for years, it's part of the fun isn't it?!'

- What do you think? Leave a comment below, write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

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