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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 9, 2010

Time for a refresher course on movie etiquette


By Dave Dondoneau
TGIF Editor

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

After three extensions (ha!), "Hair" is ending one of the most successful runs in Manoa Valley Theatre history.

Manoa Valley Theatre

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As we look at spring films in today's issue, one thing we need to address on behalf of all moviegoers is movie etiquette.

It's real, and it's needed. If you go to many movies, you know movie etiquette seems to be a lost art. And when you mix in the rising costs $17 for an IMAX show, $14.50 for 3-D and $4 for an oversized, underfilled box of Skittles having somebody kicking the back of your seat as Perseus is trying to take out the Kraken in "Clash of the Titans" becomes all the more annoying.

Going to a movie isn't like popping in a DVD. Others are there to enjoy the film, so here's a primer of what you can do to avoid getting the dreaded "look" from others in the theater:

• Don't kick the back of the person's chair in front of you. If you need to stretch, exit to the lobby.

• Close your mouth when you chew. Please. Nobody wants to hear you eat while Tina Fey and Steve Carell are having a "Date Night" this weekend. What's more, don't play with the food wrapper throughout the flick. That added sound effect of crackling wrapper isn't needed or wanted.

• Turning off the phone means no texting, Bejeweled Blitz or Words with Friends, too. It can all wait.

Simple rules that will make your movie experience that much better.

Congrats to Waimanalo resident Renee Williams, who won $4,500 in a marble game on "Let's Make a Deal" during a recent trip to Las Vegas. The episode she was on aired Tuesday. Had she picked what was behind the curtain instead of keeping the cash, she would have driven away with a 2010 Chevy Cobalt that gets 37 mpg and retails for about $15,000. Free tickets to "Let's Make a Deal," which is hosted by Wayne Brady, are available at www.cbs.com/daytime/lets_make_a_deal. As with the original "Let's Make a Deal,"hosted by Monty Hall, dressing up in a crazy costume increases your chance of getting to deal. One out of every 18 audience members is a contestant. Tickets are available at the Tropicana Hotel ticket office or by phoning 888-706-8767.

Three extensions later, Manoa Valley Theatre's "Hair" ends its magical run this weekend. MVT spokeswoman Aubrey Hawk said the musical that centers around "The Age of Aquarius" ranks in the top three in revenue and top five for number of performances (32) for Manoa Valley Theatre, which opened in 1969.

"We have had a full house and a standing ovation for every single performance to date,"she said.