Cinema Rules

16 07 2009

Egyptians crowd outside the movie theater at Green Plaza Mall in Alexandria

Egyptians crowd outside the movie theater at Green Plaza Mall in Alexandria

We went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tonight at Green Plaza Mall in Alexandria. The theater was packed. And as with so many other things in Egypt, going to the movies is an exercise in patience.

Some ground rules:

Turning off cell phones is optional. In fact, it’s not encouraged at all. Keep your ringer turned up high to show off that adorable ring tone.

When you do get a call during the film, by all means, answer it. Be sure to wait at least three rings before picking up. Speak to the caller at normal volumes, even if it’s  during a quiet scene with tricky dialogue. Thinking of cutting the call short because you’re in a movie theater? Don’t be ridiculous.

Let’s say you’re sick of rude disruptions. There’s just one thing to do: shush loudly and repeatedly, some good, spit-spraying shushes. If the offender ignores your shushing, which surely he will, suck your teeth and huff. Results may vary.

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