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Dan_DeColumna's avatar

At a movie theater which arm rest is yours? Why?

Asked by Dan_DeColumna (2425 points ) February 15th, 2010

Enough said.

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chyna's avatar

Both. Because I said so.
Seriously though, the guy usually hogs the armrest.

rangerr's avatar

Both.
Because I’m a bitch.

phoebusg's avatar

The one next to the wall, or side – because no one else can have it.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

The one on the end of the aisle, because that’s where I always sit. There is no battle for possession of that one.

@phoebusg jinx.

simone54's avatar

It depends. If you are on the left (facing the screen) side the section yours it the left one and vice versa. This way everyone has an arm rest and the people on the ends don’t get two. You there is an odd number of seats in a row the person dead center gets two.

drhat77's avatar

it seems that no august members of the UN are wasting their time tonight on fluther. or maybe they are.

SeventhSense's avatar

The one that’s not being used.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

I generally am the first to sit down in an aisle so the right one, unless someone strange is sitting there. If that’s the case I got the left one cause someone I know is sitting in that seat and they don’t mind if we cuddle.

chyna's avatar

@SeventhSense In other words, if you can get your arm on the armrest before your date, it is yours.

Dan_DeColumna's avatar

First come, first serve? Is there some sort of social rule to this? Can a stranger get upset if you “steal” his armrest mid-movie?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Whichever one is available.If none are,I will start to flap my arms like a chicken until someone makes the right choice.If they are slow to catch on,I will add in the chicken noises…loud chicken noises.I refuse to be cooped up at the theatre!

ragingloli's avatar

The Vulcan Science Directorate has determined that both belong to me.
Mainly because I come early and spill fizzy drink on both neighbouring seats.

drhat77's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille i want to give you more than one GA but i can’t. So I’ll go to your account and GA some previous answers of yours others have unfortunately overlooked.

fireinthepriory's avatar

I want the one on the right, and will put my arm on it even if your arm is already there. Couldn’t care less about the one on the left, feel free to use it if we ever go to the movies together.

drhat77's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille there you go, i think three extra should do.

PhillyCheese's avatar

The theatres here (not the cheap ones that play old movies) have 2 arm rests per chair :)

Finley's avatar

I take the back of the persons chair in front of me for a foot rest. that is all. occasionally I’ll use the right armrest, I am right handed.

Adagio's avatar

I’ve never considered this before, you’ve got me thinking now, good question Dan.
I wouldn’t be surprised if quite unconsciously I hog both armrests, mea culpa. Apologies to anyone who was sitting next to me at the time, next time don’t be so polite.

ChaosCross's avatar

The right, easier access to the drink.

chyna's avatar

@Adagio So that was you? Stop hogging the armrests!

Facade's avatar

Both.

JONESGH's avatar

Am I the only person who doesn’t use either?

shadling21's avatar

Whichever is comfortable and allows me to keep out of someone’s personal space.
@JONESGH Frequently that means neither.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@drhat77 -Ah say,thank you!said in the voice of Foghorn Leghorn:))

SeventhSense's avatar

@chyna
yes… like the remote…

chyna's avatar

@SeventhSense Of course…

davidbetterman's avatar

The Vulcan Science Directorate has informed me they both belong to ragingloli. Besides, I’m not even sitting next to her in that sticky seat.

iphigeneia's avatar

They’re both mine, unless someone else get one first. And if they do, well I just take off my shoes, put my feet on the chair and rest my arms on my knees. I can’t very well let just one arm have the arm rest, can I?

Symbeline's avatar

Both. The seat next to me is mine too, I use it to put my stuff on.

YARNLADY's avatar

I rarely go to theaters to see movies, but when I do, I go early enough to choose a seat where there is no one next to me, and I keep it that way, if possible.

AstroChuck's avatar

Whichever one my wife and daughter don’t use (I’m generally in the middle). Sometimes that means neither.

aprilsimnel's avatar

None. I put my arms/hands in my lap.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Both
Let it be known that if someone even dares to touch my arm rest, he/she shall receive the sharp elbow of doom in his/her stomach.

thriftymaid's avatar

Both of them. I only would sit on the end of the row.

mcbealer's avatar

I prefer to rest my elbow on the left one, with my right arm relaxed at my side… but really it’s no biggie.
As long as I don’t have someone kicking the back of my seat I’m happy.

Judi's avatar

I get the one between me and my husband. That way he can fend off the strangers.

forestGeek's avatar

I hold the popcorn with my right hand, so the one to the left is mine to rest my popcorn shovel.

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