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Kebabs at Dendy

By 2 April 2012 35

Not having been to Dendy for a while – I tend to go to the cinema on the other side of town – I went to a movie there on Wednesday evening.  

After the movie started, a woman sat down next to me, took a kebab out of her bag, noisily unpeeled the wrapper and chomped away, while also talking to her friend!!  

I wasn’t sure if this was acceptable Dendy etiquette, but the eating, drinking noise and smell of food was absolutely gross – this experience ruined the movie for me and my overseas visitor, but never was I so thankful for such an enormous seat!

I assume that allowing anti social behaviour in the cinema is why Dendy’s seats are so large!  

Back to the southside for me – with regular seats, choc tops and popcorn, and where people eat their kebabs BEFORE they go to the cinema and have their glass of wine AFTER…

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35 Responses to
Kebabs at Dendy
Tetranitrate 9:26 am
02 Apr 12
#1

Yeah, some people are indeed pigs.

johnboy 9:29 am
02 Apr 12
#2

As a former cinema worker can I say this on behalf of the industry:

If there is anything about your cinema experience you are not enjoying please find a staff member and let them know.

Out of focus, let them know. Person eating a kebab, let them know. Sound too loud, let them know.

More often than not they’ll fix it.

Skidd Marx 9:46 am
02 Apr 12
#3

Does the fact that your visitor is a foreigner add some additional relevance to this story?

Also, I think you need to do some revision on the meaning of anti-social behaviour. Since you’re clearly a proud Southsider, may I suggest a sociolgical field-trip Lanyon Maccas at 2am on a Sunday as a good starting point?

Finally, your username really has me wondering if I’ve indeed been trolled. If so, fair play – you got me.

Bennop 9:47 am
02 Apr 12
#4

Cmonnnnn, who doesn’t love the smell of a greasy Kebab?! Methinks you didn’t have enough to eat before hand and were just jealous!

Keijidosha 9:50 am
02 Apr 12
#5

Inconsiderate people in cinemas are almost as annoying as people who use the internet to passively vent about something they could have actively resolved.

Little_Green_Bag 10:04 am
02 Apr 12
#6

The thing that annoys me most is people opening chip packets. They do it really slowly thinking they are minimising the noise but it makes the same loud noise and it lasts longer.

Mysteryman 10:33 am
02 Apr 12
#7

johnboy said :

As a former cinema worker can I say this on behalf of the industry:

If there is anything about your cinema experience you are not enjoying please find a staff member and let them know.

Out of focus, let them know. Person eating a kebab, let them know. Sound too loud, let them know.

More often than not they’ll fix it.

+1. I haven’t worked at a cinema but I have made issues known to staff plenty of times before – 9 times out of 10 they have taken care of it. I’ve also been the person to tell others to shut the hell up if they are talking through a movie. That usually results in a brief round of applause from other cinema goers.

Some people don’t understand cinema etiquette.

Onceler 10:37 am
02 Apr 12
#8

The only solution is to go yakuza on their ass. Just watch the opening scene of Juzo Itami’s movie “Tampopo”. I think you’ll enjoy it.

aceofspades 11:54 am
02 Apr 12
#9

I always think the most annoying people anywhere are those that seem to find entertainment in searching for any reason whatsoever to have a cry and a whinge about anything that anybody else might be doing in their vicinity. Why don’t they do us all a favor and stay at home.

gospeedygo 12:15 pm
02 Apr 12
#10

I’ve noticed that you can now talk all you like in cinemas, completely unabated.

zorro29 12:17 pm
02 Apr 12
#11

hmm yes, i went to dendy on the weekend, 38 bucks later, a cinema full of people eating noisily and the movie flickering with horrible lines making it almost unwatchable, i wasn’t impressed

i get what johnboy is saying about alerting the attendants, but that means missing some of the movie…which isn’t ideal either.

how about for the $$ we’re being charged, they check what the screen is like a few times!

wait, this had not much to do with the topic…but i agree with you, disgusting behaviour and would drive me crazy!

chewy14 12:19 pm
02 Apr 12
#12

Next time pay for the premium showing.

PS. Anyone that thinks the smell of a kebab is gross has an extremely strange sense of smell.

New Yeah 12:24 pm
02 Apr 12
#13

Good thing you didn’t go postal on the poor lass, otherwise it might have turned into a screening of “She Died With a Felafel in Her Hand”.

EvanJames 12:24 pm
02 Apr 12
#14

One of the many reasons why I do not go to cinemas any more. The way people behave in them is foul, it’s like there’s no concept of consideration for the people who are in there to actually watch the film.

Eating, why is it necessary to eat constantly while watching a film? Many people nowadays seem to have the table manners of Americans (ie, none), sharing the contents of their mouths with everyone within earshot (and sight, if they’re really unlucky). There seems to be a competition these days to see who can fill their mouths with the most food and then talk through it.

Talking. Shut the f up! You know it’s rude and ignorant. I don’t care how important it is. Ditto mobile phones, everyone hates it when someone starts up in a cinema, so why not turn it off? Even better are the people who’ve seen the film, and have to tell their companions what is happening, or what happens next.

Feet up on the seats in front. Even more delightful when they take their shoes off. Dear god.

Children. No. Just, no. Unless it’s a kiddy film, wtf are they doing in an adults film? Making a racket, usually. Especially babies. And how nice if their considerate parents bring toys for them to play with during the film. More opportunity to make noise.

I’m glad they invented home theatre.

GardeningGirl 12:39 pm
02 Apr 12
#15

EvanJames said :

One of the many reasons why I do not go to cinemas any more. The way people behave in them is foul, it’s like there’s no concept of consideration for the people who are in there to actually watch the film.

Same. Haven’t been in years.

c_c 12:41 pm
02 Apr 12
#16

lol, episode of Becker yesterday on Eleven was actually the bad cinema behaviour episode. Where Dr Becker tries to see a movie repeatedly, each time encountering people talking, eating or using a phone.

My advice would be to either spend a bit more and go for the Premium Lounge, or sneak in a bag of cheap supermarket popcorn and cover the seats in a radius around you, a la Becker.

niknak 1:04 pm
02 Apr 12
#17

Do you really expect the masses to sit quietly for approximately 2 hours; further that they should refrain from shovelling fatty, greasy frankenfood into their gaping maws?

That’s terribly unrealistic and you should be ashamed for visiting your outlandish, outdated social expectations on others.

jsm2090 1:27 pm
02 Apr 12
#18

I saw the film The Artist at Dendy, and during one completely silent scene that lasts about 30 seconds, the whole theatre was dead silent. Not a cough, rustle, or a snort. It was quite an amazing experience. One that I’m sure will never happen again……..

Holden Caulfield 2:28 pm
02 Apr 12
#19

aceofspades said :

I always think the most annoying people anywhere are those that seem to find entertainment in searching for any reason whatsoever to have a cry and a whinge about anything that anybody else might be doing in their vicinity. Why don’t they do us all a favor and stay at home.

Was your kebab nice? Where’d you get it?

Kerryhemsley 2:33 pm
02 Apr 12
#20

What about the post kebab burp and fart?

aceofspades 3:07 pm
02 Apr 12
#21

Holden Caulfield said :

aceofspades said :

I always think the most annoying people anywhere are those that seem to find entertainment in searching for any reason whatsoever to have a cry and a whinge about anything that anybody else might be doing in their vicinity. Why don’t they do us all a favor and stay at home.

Was your kebab nice? Where’d you get it?

Sadly, I have never been to Dendy but let me get this straight, OP goes to cinema that advertises “full in-seat dining and bar service” and then wants to complain because somebody is eating. If it was me she complained to then I would probably find it more enjoyable to use my kebab to fill her obviously over sized mouth.

qbngeek 3:21 pm
02 Apr 12
#22

gospeedygo said :

I’ve noticed that you can now talk all you like in cinemas, completely unabated.

And if you do it while I am there I will not hesitate to tell you to STFU. Don’t care if you are next to me or on the other side of the cinema, if you want to have a conversation frack off to a cafe or pub.

Holden Caulfield 3:38 pm
02 Apr 12
#23

aceofspades said :

Holden Caulfield said :

aceofspades said :

I always think the most annoying people anywhere are those that seem to find entertainment in searching for any reason whatsoever to have a cry and a whinge about anything that anybody else might be doing in their vicinity. Why don’t they do us all a favor and stay at home.

Was your kebab nice? Where’d you get it?

Sadly, I have never been to Dendy but let me get this straight, OP goes to cinema that advertises “full in-seat dining and bar service” and then wants to complain because somebody is eating. If it was me she complained to then I would probably find it more enjoyable to use my kebab to fill her obviously over sized mouth.

I might be wrong, but I don’t think the OP went to a Premium cinema, just a regular one which doesn’t feature in-seat dining.

Personally, I could probably handle the kebab, although I would find it a little strange. But ongoing talking during the movie would definitely piss me off.

sarahsarah 3:50 pm
02 Apr 12
#24

aceofspades said :

Holden Caulfield said :

aceofspades said :

I always think the most annoying people anywhere are those that seem to find entertainment in searching for any reason whatsoever to have a cry and a whinge about anything that anybody else might be doing in their vicinity. Why don’t they do us all a favor and stay at home.

Was your kebab nice? Where’d you get it?

Sadly, I have never been to Dendy but let me get this straight, OP goes to cinema that advertises “full in-seat dining and bar service” and then wants to complain because somebody is eating. If it was me she complained to then I would probably find it more enjoyable to use my kebab to fill her obviously over sized mouth.

Sounds to me like it was in the regular cinemas – the fancy $30 a ticket cinemas are the only ones that let you buy their “cafe food” and bring it to your seat. They are only 6 (or is it 8?) seats across with an aisle in between every two seats. Plenty of buffer between you and the person across the way. Pretty sure kebabs aren’t on the menu though!

Personally I don’t have much of an issue with people bringing/eating in food (I myself am a traditionalist with popcorn and soft drink) but I don’t really think kebabs are appropriate movie food as it’s so messy! Surely it would just end up down her front and in her lap! The talking would have peeved me though. Went and saw The Hunger Games last Tuesday and there was a bloke a couple of rows in front who talked most of the way through with his mate and then took a call in the middle of the movie and put it on speaker – WTH? Why pay to go to the movies if you aren’t going to actually watch anything? :\

Mysteryman 4:20 pm
02 Apr 12
#25

aceofspades said :

I always think the most annoying people anywhere are those that seem to find entertainment in searching for any reason whatsoever to have a cry and a whinge about anything that anybody else might be doing in their vicinity. Why don’t they do us all a favor and stay at home.

You sounds like the kind of person who thinks that societal standards don’t apply to you.

jessieduck 4:22 pm
02 Apr 12
#26

I don’t have an issue with people eating but I do think hot food is pushing the limits of what is socially acceptable. Hot food smells more and really lingers. I’m too cheap to buy popcorn or icecream from the cinema so I usually bring something from home or grab a quick takeaway like sushi rolls.

zorro29 4:51 pm
02 Apr 12
#27

EvanJames said :

One of the many reasons why I do not go to cinemas any more. The way people behave in them is foul, it’s like there’s no concept of consideration for the people who are in there to actually watch the film.

Eating, why is it necessary to eat constantly while watching a film? Many people nowadays seem to have the table manners of Americans (ie, none), sharing the contents of their mouths with everyone within earshot (and sight, if they’re really unlucky). There seems to be a competition these days to see who can fill their mouths with the most food and then talk through it.

Talking. Shut the f up! You know it’s rude and ignorant. I don’t care how important it is. Ditto mobile phones, everyone hates it when someone starts up in a cinema, so why not turn it off? Even better are the people who’ve seen the film, and have to tell their companions what is happening, or what happens next.

Feet up on the seats in front. Even more delightful when they take their shoes off. Dear god.

Children. No. Just, no. Unless it’s a kiddy film, wtf are they doing in an adults film? Making a racket, usually. Especially babies. And how nice if their considerate parents bring toys for them to play with during the film. More opportunity to make noise.

I’m glad they invented home theatre.

marry me…seriously…

FioBla 4:52 pm
02 Apr 12
#28

I should bring some laksa into the cinema hall next time. Slurp slurp wipe wipe.

c_c 4:54 pm
02 Apr 12
#29

Start slicing up a durian, that will learn them.

aceofspades 5:07 pm
02 Apr 12
#30

Mysteryman said :

aceofspades said :

I always think the most annoying people anywhere are those that seem to find entertainment in searching for any reason whatsoever to have a cry and a whinge about anything that anybody else might be doing in their vicinity. Why don’t they do us all a favor and stay at home.

You sounds like the kind of person who thinks that societal standards don’t apply to you.

No, just the kind of person who can sit, shut up, be tolerant and watch the f’ing movie without making a fuss, cry and whinge over whatever anybody else is doing. I am sure some people actually enjoy finding something they can be upset about and they are twice as annoying as anything else in the cinema. The smell of food, big f’ing deal!!!

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