Taking yourself to see a film in a movie theater is entertainment guaranteed. And it’s not because the film turns out to be top notch—oftentimes it’s quite the contrary—but rather because when you get 200 random people staring at a big screen, things can go from funny to hysterically comical in a sec. You see, just because people are not on the comfort of their couch doesn’t mean they don’t have a thing or two to comment.

So when a guy named Mike Ginn tweeted “the thing I miss most about movie theaters is overhearing someone say the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever heard before the previews start,” it surely rang a bell to many. People started sharing the funny things they overheard in cinema theaters and the Twitter thread soon went viral with 341.4k likes and 33.7k retweets.

Because there are few things more amusing than sitting through ¾ of Benjamin Button only to overhear someone saying “oh, he’s getting younger!”

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postboredom
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2 months ago

Potterheads ahoy!!!!

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postboredom
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2 months ago

BAHAHAHAHAHH

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Charlotte A.
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2 months ago

I'd cry too. I cry at everything. Especially in animated movies! :)

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Since the start of the pandemic, the film industry has been in free fall. The Guardian reported that around 120,000 people are out of work in Hollywood, while in the UK, it is estimated that 50,000 freelancers will lose their jobs. Crowded movie theaters are now viewed as notorious petri dishes for the virus to spread and the entertainment industry has been forced to shut its doors to the public for the unforeseeable future.

As a result, two movie industries have collided. With theaters closing down, streaming services are booming, with more and more people crashing sites for their Netflix fix. And this is not just a metaphor. Netflix, which has been laying the grounds for a direct-to-streaming world since 2015, has added a whopping 10.1 million subscribers since March.

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Sounds like you were sat 4 rows away from a tiny little psychopath

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Bob Belcher
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2 months ago

Apparently she's never seen a Quinton Tarantino movie.

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Alex K
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2 months ago

he should get his number and take him to more movies

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Many movie theater owners are now worrying that studios will be shifting away from the theatrical model to the in-house movie market. This is what happened with Tom Hanks' new film Greyhound, which steered its US$50 million budget directly to port on Apple TV+.

The prognosis for the movie theater business remains gloomy. “This was going to be the worst year in movie theater history before the coronavirus hit,” says Richard Greenfield, a media analyst at LightShed partners. “This is like pouring lighter fluid on the fire.”

TIME reported that movie theaters fared better the weekend after September 11 than they are faring now. As if that wasn’t enough, the box office hit a 20-year low, down 60% from a year ago. Meanwhile, the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) has been asking for help from the federal government. It requested a bailout to support the 150,000 people who work at and for movie theaters during the pandemic.

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

I so love it when Freddie sings "Tommy used to work on the dock" etc.

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Kesam
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2 months ago

If meant as a joke: bloody genius!

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Kisses4Katie
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2 months ago

No, just for 127 hours.

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Alonso Victoria
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2 months ago

Hahaha the same happened to me, some dude says it and everyone laught

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

This is adorable! He thought Smeagol was cute!

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Dan Buczynski
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2 months ago

I am 100% with your husband on this one.

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postboredom
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2 months ago

Am I the only one who loves subtitles?

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Laugh or not
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2 months ago

My cousin, 4 or 5 years old, asked my grandmother where she lived when dinosaurs were alive.

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David K
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2 months ago

And that someone was f***n right :-)

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Comedy gold

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Charlotte A.
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2 months ago

Trainspotting comes to mind...

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AntiNutjob
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2 months ago

Wow, scar your kids for life crazy woman

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Truth Monster
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2 months ago

To be fair, I'm not sure the graphic designers on the film knew what a rhino looks like

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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2 months ago

don't let cher know!!! she's not going to be pleased.

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postboredom
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2 months ago

Mind blown

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

I hate people shouting out at the movies. If I wanted shouting I'd have gone to a football match

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Xandra, The Little Hufflepuff
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2 months ago

Fairytales are really messed up, I own the complete grimm's brother and Hans Christian Anderson Set

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postboredom
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2 months ago (edited)

I'd rather go alone with a buttload of popcorn and soda

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Viviane
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2 months ago

Someone should teach those old whippersnappers some manners.

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Meyer Weinstock
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2 months ago

on behalf of all my fellow English teachers...*SMH* & sobs

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David K
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2 months ago

Well, nevermind

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Flopsy
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2 months ago

Rob Schneider was a an animal. Then he was a woman. And now Rob Schneider is ... a stapler!

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Kathryn Bain
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2 months ago

Same except it was Rocketman and the woman kept calling John Reid Eltons "Friend" 😣

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kjorn
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2 months ago

so people go to Watch a movie and have no idea what they are in for?

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