The Moviegoer's Bill of Rights sign now


We, the undersigned moviegoing public, hold these truths to be self-evident, that all paying moviegoers are endowed by their ticket stubs with certain unalienable rights. Anything less is a violation of the contract between the paying moviegoer and the exhibitor.


The paying moviegoer has the right to not hear other moviegoers speaking or conversing during the movie's exhibition. We hold that the exhibitor has the duty and responsibility of ensuring that silence prevails during a movie, so that other paying moviegoers are not disturbed during the viewing of the entertainment they've purchased. Violations of silence we affirm to be most offense and common in movie theaters are audible conversations, cellular phones, and babies crying.


The moviegoer has the right to enjoy the moments before the movie begins free of commercial and advertisement slide shows accompanied by music packaged specifically for the captive audience awaiting for a movie to begin. It is our belief that these slide shows and music packages annoy the paying moviegoer and degrade the moviegoing experience. Especially when slides encourage talking, shouting, clapping, or noisemaking. (e.g. "Shout if you like Coca Cola!")


The paying moviegoer has the right to not experience commercials played in front of feature films. Unlike television, the moviegoer cannot change the channel, or mute the volume, and is therefore forced to experience these advertisements. It is our belief that when the moviegoer purchases admission to the film, they are purchasing the experience of the film and the film only, and we affirm that commercials and advertisements are not part of the purchased entertainment. Trailers for upcoming films are tolerable in that they've been an engrained movie theater tradition since the advent of cinema.


The paying moviegoer has the right to enjoy the end credits of a movie without having the house lights on. It is our belief that many exhibitors turn on the house lights during the end credits to clear the theater of people as quickly as possible. We believe that by turning on the lights during the end credits, the exhibitor degrades a significant part of the entertainment purchased by the moviegoer.

We, the signers of this petition, do hereby submit these grievances to the Exhibitors listed below. We agree to boycott the Exhibitors and theater chains below, and will demand full refunds each time we've paid for a movie and have not enjoyed the full basic rights enumerated above. Furthermore, if the Exhibitors choose to continue to ignore their basic responsibilities to their paying customers, we agree to completely boycott movie theaters until such basic rights are respected and upheld by the Exhibitors.

Allen Theatres, AMC Theatres, Apex Cinemas, Carmike Cinemas, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theaters, CinemaStar Luxury Theaters, Inc., City Cinema Corporation, Clearview Cinemas, Dickinson Theatres, Eastern Federal Theatres, Edwards Cinemas, Entertainment Cinemas, General Cinema, GKC Theatres, Jack Loeks Theatres / Celebration! Cinema, Kerasotes Theatres, Inc., Krikorian Premiere Theatres, Landmark Theatres, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Mann Theatres, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements, Inc., O'Neil Theatres, Reel Entertainment, Inc., The Reel Theatre, Schulman Theatres, Star Theatres, Starplex Cinemas, United Artists Theaters, Village Theatres, Wehrenberg Theatres, Westates Theaters, and any other unmentioned major theater chain who chooses to sell an inferior theatergoing experience by violating the moviegoer's rights listed above.

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  • 11 December 2015900. Robert W
    Im sick of rushing to be ontime for a damn add City, State, ZIP Queensbury, New York, 12804 # of Movies Watched Per Month 4-5 once a week unless new releases are close
  • 10 December 2015899. Robert C
    This behavior was not tolerated in the past. Ushers (remember them?) used to tell people to be quiet or they would be kicked out. This behavior wasn't tolerated in the past and shouldn't be now. Theater owners/operators you've failed! When I pay the price
  • 09 December 2015898. Matthew Deanh
    I agree with the provisions and statements set forth in this petition.
  • 09 December 2015897. Robert K
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015896. Jason R
    Right on City, State, ZIP 95051 # of Movies Watched Per Month 1
  • 06 December 2015895. Elizabeth Ct
    I support this petition
  • 05 December 2015894. K S
    I support this petition
  • 04 December 2015893. Eric A
    I support this petition
  • 04 December 2015892. James G
    I have already begun to visit the theater less because of the ads. It is simply easier to rent the movie later. City, State, ZIP Greensboro, NC 27407 # of Movies Watched Per Month 1-2
  • 04 December 2015891. Bradley P
    I don't mind local ads before previews, but I am not going to go out, grab a coke, and go buy a Ford truck when the movie is over!!! This is terrible! It used to be you got to see 15 minutes of trailers before the films, but now all I see is rappers and S
  • 02 December 2015890. David Mb
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2015889. Marie C
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015888. Jamie T
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015887. John N
    When I see the same commercial week after week, I get annoyed, STOP IT! City, State, ZIP college station, tx, 77840 # of Movies Watched Per Month 10
  • 22 November 2015886. Mark A
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 2015885. Aviva J
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 2015884. Anarchy Morse
    I support this petition
  • 18 November 2015883. Ben R
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015882. Aaron L
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015881. Gregg M
    I support this petition
  • 14 November 2015880. Tami W
    I support this petition
  • 13 November 2015879. Mitch B
    NO MORE COMMERCIALS City, State, ZIP Sterling, IL 61081 # of Movies Watched Per Month 3
  • 11 November 2015878. Jarod R
    I support this petition
  • 11 November 2015877. Dennis D
    I support this petition
  • 03 November 2015876. Patty D
    don't like pre-movie ads and will stop going until theatres stop showing them City, State, ZIP Cumming GA 30040 # of Movies Watched Per Month 1
  • 02 November 2015875. Heidi F
    End commercials........... City, State, ZIP Trenton, MI 48183 # of Movies Watched Per Month 5
  • 31 October 2015874. Chris M
    Commercials and Slides are ok with me, as long as they don't affect the film's scheduled start time AT ALL (ie: before scheduled show time). The previews and/or film should start at the scheduled time. City, State, ZIP MA

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Movie Exhibitors and Theater Chains Across America


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