Qataris should be banned from entering Cinema

MBP
By MBP

I am a Qatari and I hate to say this BUT enough is enough!! Qataris should be banned from entering cinemas or should go to their own! YES I am generalizing, including me! - talk about Qatarization - Qatarize the darn Movie theaters too!
I have never enjoyed a single movie here in Doha since I can remember! What the eff are some of us thinking? like they own the theaters?

Why is it always a bunch of bedouin, uneducated MATURE QATARIS have to ruin it for me EVERY TIME!! No matter how much I change my seat, I always find someone who kick the hell out of my seat and rock the entire row!

And only when I start to focus, I hear a ringtone and the @#$%#$ answers and speaks out loud! I shush him, he keeps on phone, I asked civilly to turn it off or at least keep it quite (WHAT ARE YOU A FRIGGIN’ DOCTOR???) Why do I have to suffer!!

I change my seat again, here I sit beside this quite one who doesn’t talk with his friends nor on the phone but he only texts! Awww how sweet! I can handle that but it comes to a point where the phone backlight is so distracting and can’t focus anymore! Let’s don’t forget the movie commentators and the out-loud laughers, who force themselves to laugh so some other idiots in the first rows hear them and laugh back and here the laugh conversation and whistling begin..

I step out, ask the asian guy outside if he can do anything! Of course he cannot and I understand “it is THEIR COUNTRY THEIR CINEMA THEIR MALL”. So I go to the management office, demand a refund and get outta there!

My friends recommend to download the movies off the internet and spare myself the torture, the thing is some pictures MUST be seen on big screens! Why the hell we should be thinking of alternatives for this? It’s just pathetic! They should teach a Theater Etiquette class at schools, seriously!

I tried other movie theaters like Royal Plaza’s. Has anybody been there? Don’t bother! Oh the noise from some machine it’s like a helicopter hovering above and the decor is just so 80s, they meant it to be that way, they think its glamorous! ;/
It’s summer, the freaks will conquer the malls, so I don’t see any hope. It’s a cultural thing it’s family it’s education..

God help us.. hmph ;x

P.S This post is not meant to offend anybody!

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

Amoud - I am not concerned about you at all, your title of the other thread did concern me though, that's all.

By Amoud• 14 years 3 months ago.
Amoud

Scotia, I am not angry, just a bit perplexed houw we as expats have been jumped on for being hater, hypocrites and all the lot for generalizing and this post has been answered by locals and expats and not a boo.

I am not so sure why you are so concerned with me anyway...

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

hmmmm

i go 2 the Cinema at CC like all the time ..

and nope

never happened to me ..

max people sitting are the ones wearing WHITE ..

they laugh out loud are funny scenes but so do i ..

thats bout it ...

never mess'd up a movie for me ...

Royal plaza . Crappy .

the mall . Crappy seats ..

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

amoud - I saw the the original post, and the fact that someone would generalize their own nationality like that says more than I have to about them. Would you like a cookie? You seem angry.

andrew - Help themselves from what? From not commenting on others ignorance and stupidity?

janeyjaney - Yes their mentality is very similar to Hitler's. When you blindly hate people of a certain race/ethnicity and blame them with everything wrong in society that is not very different from what Hitler did to the Jews of Germany. Maybe it's just me and what Hitler wrote was actually constructive criticism, right?

By janeyjaney• 14 years 3 months ago.
janeyjaney

And will be comparing you to Nazis.

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By andrew11121• 14 years 3 months ago.
andrew11121

Give it time, Amoud. Some people can't help themselves. They'll be here soon enough.

By Amoud• 14 years 3 months ago.
Amoud

How come the usual bunch havent jumped on this... you know, the whole hypocryte, racists, spiteful usual stuff. I am baffled, we as expats are accused of bashing for faaar less than this.

Am I in the matrix?

By andrew11121• 14 years 3 months ago.
andrew11121

Generally I am usually sad that I don't speak too much Arabic, but when I'm in the cinema I am grateful that I only have rudimentary language skills.

I could think of nothing worse than being able to understand all that muttering and name calling that goes on and on in the cinema. At least when it's another language you can sort of block it out.

In my experience, the worst offenders haven't been the boys, but the girls, who sit up the back in the family area and just talk, at full volume, all the way through the movie.

I go to the cinema with Qatari friends who sit in silence and dutifully switch their mobile to silent and behave, so I know that they aren't all that uncivilised, but you do have to wonder why some people behave this way in a cinema.

It's either arrogance (they believe that they don't have to be polite and shut up)

or

It's ignorance (they believe that they actually aren't annoying and no one really minds).

Either way it really ruins the movie for the rest of us.

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

emergency calls? Some people might refrain from going to the cinemas if they were to block all signals...what do you say?

Life is Beautiful...Indeed!

By alligator360• 14 years 3 months ago.
alligator360

I know there is some technology out there to jam or block wireless communications.

I think, if the cinema theaters can implement this inside the movie theaters, usage of cell phones gradually diminish.

By Withnail• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Withnail

of course it is not only qataris, but if you go to a movie in canada most people respect others.

i don't know who else is doing it, but many qataris are pretty annoying in the cinema - although in my experience it's usually the younger ones. i guess teenagers are the same all over.

they have announcements to turn off mobiles before every movie and that doesn't do a damn thing.

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By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
anonymous

But I don't think the problem to be so acute as to resort to banning a particular nationality from entering cinemas here. The solution is simple - everyone needs to be made aware of the rules and regulations while in a cinema - a simple set of do's and don'ts and the management needs to enforce it gradually. I'am sure Qataris are great hosts and they are sensitive to the feelings of expatriates in their country. After all it reflects poor on their image too.

Just my two cents.

Life is Beautiful...Indeed!

By paipu123• 14 years 3 months ago.
paipu123

Dear Formatted soul..you forgot

Coughing, commenting, questioning,exclaiming, shuffling, unwrapping, slurping, chewing, gnashing, choking, grinding and phone calls and of course farting loud. disgusting disgusting.....

By Jut• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
Jut

I don't blame Qatari's in the cinema...it's wrong to single out a single race. It's people in general who are ruining movies, the Dukhan cinema is the same and I think you will find few Qatari's there.

I personally blame the cinema management for allowing this to happen.

If they really gave a damn they would do the following

1)before each movie show a short "please show respect to others in the cinema" clip, highlighting expectations.

2)station ushers in the cinema to look out for and remove persistantly disruptive people.

If anything cinemas must be loosing money due to people not attending due to the behaviour found inside.

By yasar• 14 years 3 months ago.
yasar

Well well well..

That was a good cinema story..

But I wonder if you are really a Qatari?????

By Renee• 14 years 3 months ago.
Renee

They probably would drive their land cruises into the cinemas if they could lol

Just like they drive their land cruises around the alleyways in the old city of Damascus almost tearing down the pathways – it is just so cool.

By Qatari1• 14 years 3 months ago.
Qatari1

lol amnesia

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Thanks Qatar!!

By baldrick2dogs• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
baldrick2dogs

In Kuwaiti cinemas it's all cell phones - pepole phoning their freinds to tell them they are in the cinema!!! They also all take laser pointer and cover the screen with red dots.

...and yet in Bahrain, they are sooooo civilized in the cinema.

MBP - I have an 84inch projection screen and fast download - home cinema is by far the best way - besides, you can have a beer with your movie that way :o)

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By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
anonymous

Actually some of the Qataries think as this is their own country all the places in Doha are also owned by them so they do these kind of foolish acts..

But I have got some of the Qatari friends who r very decent..They dont do these type of acts..

By amnesia• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
amnesia

yes we drive our land cruisers straight into the cinema.

*rolls eyes*

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By SonOfPrince• 14 years 3 months ago.
SonOfPrince

i bet they all drive them damn land crusiers to!

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

Step one: Don't brush teeth that day and eat item heavily laced with garlic and onion. Breathe freely and heavily.

Step Two: Look at neighbors and smile often. (Jaws style)

Step three: Before the previews begin start whispering in a high voice while rocking back and forth in seat. (Make sure to make heavy eye contact periodically and don't forget to smile and breathe heavily.

Step Four: Bring stuffed animal or barbie doll and hold up in front of self and scold. Make sure to twist head of doll, make frequent eye contact with difficult neighbors...

Step Five: Once movie begins if noise and rudeness continues begin to whimper in whiney voice. Stare at offending cell phone or person while rocking faster and biting head of doll. Sure to have clear area for the rest of the picture.

By shiva87• 14 years 3 months ago.
shiva87

I couldn't agree more with the post, someone's gonna get into an arabic movie and spoil the fun for these buggers!

By bleu• 14 years 3 months ago.
bleu

Qatari1, I went with a friend to a horror movie (18+, lots of blood and gore), this complete family was there, mom, dad and 5 kids aged 2 to 14 (guessing).

The boy aged around 5 was crying most of the time, they were telling him to shut up and be a man. :(

By Qatari1• 14 years 3 months ago.
Qatari1

I am surprise, why Cinema administration allowed teens and kids (Under 18) entering the adult movie. Not only Qatari should be banned, but also some other nationalities. I hate those guys who kick the seat during movie show and when he/she got scared in horror movie he/she start kicking the seat a lot lol.

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Thanks Qatar!!

By Oryx• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
Oryx

This is worse when it is a live concert...

absolutely awful...

this is one of the reasons Roberta Flack stormed off stage.

One thing is disturbing the audience but the artist!

It is so rude.

By amnesia• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
amnesia

Thank you nadt, you just said what I was going to.

My site is called I Love Qatar but I talk about many negative issues too.

You should try READING my blog for once.

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By poolplan• 14 years 3 months ago.
poolplan

Very informative. But I can't really say I'm suprised. I don't think I'll bother going to the cinema here, I can wait till I get home.

By nadt• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
nadt

Amenesia and Renee, you both have very good points but Renee,you need to give Amenesia credit, have you seen his iloveqatar website, he raises lots of positive and negative issues about Qatar, and does a lot to change things within his power..

By Renee• 14 years 3 months ago.
Renee

Seems like you comment on everything I say – can’t keep your fingers away from the keyboard?

Where have I said I hated Qatari’s? Where have I said you’re not entitled to an opinion? Funny you say this as you’re the one who has hissy fits anytime anyone says anything negative about Qatar. You say that you can’t stand people living in Qatar being racist towards Qataris.....LOOK AROUND YOU AMNESIA, ARE YOU REALLY THAT BLIND. Or am I missing something?

It comes across that anytime anything negative is said about Qatar, you accuse people of being hateful, racist, or ignorant. You need to realize that everyone IS entitled to their opinion and this is a forum where people like to express their thoughts, vent and yes sometimes talk about the locals. IT doesn’t mean they are racist or hateful. I think it’s you who needs to realise that everyone is entitled to an opinion as your always the one accusing people of generalizing and have even asked mods to step in as you couldn’t handle the trash talk.

Sometimes Amnesia I think we are all living in a different Qatar to you.

The reality is that things suck for the majority of people here so a discussion is healthy - I mean do you really want to see positive changes in Qatar or what?

By amnesia• 14 years 3 months ago.
amnesia

@Renee, it must be so hard for you trying to keep your fingers away from the keyboard and feeling you have to comment on everything I say.

"In one of your posts you referred to an “Indian” security guy? Why did you have to say he is “Indian”?"

If I mention race it's to indentify the fact that it's not a race thing when someone is an 'as shole'. It's an as shole thing. You know what I'm talking about.

"Your living in a country where race mean’s everything, so why do you think people blame race?"

1) Means nothing to me.

2) You should be better than everyone else.

I don't need to know where you're from to know that you argue for the sake of arguing.

We get it, you hate Qatar, you hate Qataris, we're all the same and none of us are entitled to an opinion. HAPPY?

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By Arabian73• 14 years 3 months ago.
Arabian73

Like the is a major life issue. :)

Sorry for you! ;)

By anonymous• 14 years 4 months ago.
anonymous

Do crazy people know they are crazy? Loud movie-goers don't know they are annoying? Does this line of reasoning apply to the nationals in general? An interesting thread that did walk this way a few months ago did OK (balanced between the likes of Britexpat, Tweetybird, Gumby, DiamondGirl, Owen, Brandylady).

Like Bastook, I go to the cinema in the early afternoon before the nuts come. But only ONE movie was worthy enough to see in the cinema: Mission Impossible 3. I saw that on a Tues 1:30 show. The cinema was empty except for quiet couple sitting in the back.

Other than that, I download movies from torrents online.

By Renee• 14 years 4 months ago.
Renee

It must be so hard being you having to justify every negative comment on here.

There are so many here that want to blame race. Get it in to your head. EVERYONE IS THEIR OWN PERSON.

In one of your posts you referred to an “Indian” security guy? Why did you have to say he is “Indian”?

Your living in a country where race mean’s everything, so why do you think people blame race?

Until everyone is considered equal and people stop looking down at other races in Qatar expect people to blame race.

By amnesia• 14 years 4 months ago.
amnesia

@formatted soul,

No MBP didn't claim that. It was MY comment. Just as I can say "hmm the sky isn't very blue today" without the sky claiming to be blue.

Does it freaking make sense for a national to say that Qatari's IN QATAR should be banned from their OWN cinemas? Is that an intelligent solution?

How about saying "Idiots who disrupt other's entertainment be banned." Isn't that a better statement?

@renee, What is it with me? I am free to post what I feel just as YOU feel you are free to post garbage and shi t stir.

You say 90% of Qatari's act like that. GIVE ME FREAKING EVIDENCE. I was in the cinema two days ago and there were TWO Qatari's acting like idiots. In that case ANOTHER Qatari said "you keep talking and I'll smash your face in". The rest of the cinema was silent.

By my count that's around 1-2%

Now if YOU want to compare, what the hell does driving skills have to do with cinema?

I'm not desperate at ALL to make people think of Qatari's. I'm desperate to show everyone that it's unbelievable that there are those in Qatar who are racist towards Qataris.

Stop generalizing, stop being racist, stop thinking that Qatari's are all in the same boat because we're not. We all act different and we're not in a club.

I've seen as shole Qatari's that I've argued with. OMG! A Qatari angry with a Qatari? I've never seen a national get angry at his own national.

Why do I always need to have footers on my posts to satisfy people like my sweet Renee?

Now I shall explain because the fire inside you covers the truth.

My post implied that it would be more intelligent to get rid of ALL people who do not act courteously. (We don't need to look at skin color, sex, or race). I gave an example to indicate that as much as people want to think that only Qatari's act nicely in the cinema there are other countries too.

There are so many here that want to blame race. Get it in to your head. EVERYONE IS THEIR OWN PERSON.

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By nadt• 14 years 4 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
nadt

I think in cinemas they should implement what the airlines do before a flight. Have two attendants instructing how to behave in the cinemas and if they dont, they can point them to the nearest exit..Also instead of having breathing masks they can have gagging masks to shut the people up who still talk during the movie..so glad i dont go to the movies anymore, if its this bad...

By slave_diva_in_heaven• 14 years 4 months ago.
slave_diva_in_heaven

been there. but not much. cuz of those qatari men who dnt respect any place as if it's their own :s

U can stop my Dream from Happening, But U cant make me stop dreaming. People will never appreciate U unless U appreciate yourself. God has created the man kind Free, why do we Enslave ourselves?. Only God can Judge me. Never mess with me unless you'r Ready to bleed

By Renee• 14 years 4 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
Renee

Amnesia what is with you constantly comparing? Let's compare then.

The fact of the matter is that you might get say two Brits maybe three Germans carrying on at the movies BUT then you will get say 30 Qataris’ in the same day carrying on and much worse. You can’t compare the two and doing so only show’s how desperate you are that people think only good of Qatari’s. There are many useless people in my home country and I am the first to admit it - it's important to openly discuss these matters so that progression can start.

Two British men got into a fight...wow....90% of Qataris drive to kill and the majority of Qatari’s act like twats in the movies...But hear that everyone, two British men got into a fight. Oh but now I'm...what was it....generalising...

By dragonfly212• 14 years 4 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
dragonfly212

they are just bunch of immature person. thats all i think

Live, Laugh, Love and Get Laid.

By citygirl• 14 years 4 months ago.
citygirl

LOL, maybe I am one of a few who doesn't think they are so bad? Then again I tend not to go to the cinema during peak times....

Planning my next holiday- any ideas?

By Bastook• 14 years 4 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
Bastook

I agree with most of what aboodi said.

my husband and I usually go to the first show of the day which is around 11sh on weekends, and I go by my self or with a friend to the 2-4 pm shows on weekdays.

and we go to the ones who are worth going to in the theaters and the rest we enjoy them at home, where you can pause for toilet break or to order a pizza without missing any of it,.

In the Cookies of Life, FRIENDS are the Chocolate Chips

www.bastook.com

http://www.freewebs.com/alayam/

By bleu• 14 years 4 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
bleu

I like to go to city center cinemas at 3-4PM,much less crowded, less !@#*$% (from all nationalities). I hate cinemas at peak times (after 7PM)...

By aboodi83• 14 years 4 months ago.
aboodi83

MBP just join me and my x-roommate from the state .. we found a way to enjoy the movie in the theater ... its eather we go in week days where it is not really packed or we split with other friends who appreciats and enjoy watching movies quitely and we just buy all the tickets of the small theater for one show and see the movie with no body bothering us .. plus we dont go to all the movies we just go to the major nice movies the rest we buy the movies and we watch them at my x-roomates brother theater at home .. his brother is a movie freak and he built his own theater at his house.. a theater where you can smock if you are a smoker ..

By Formatted Soul• 14 years 4 months ago.
Formatted Soul

Did MBP claim that he is a very intelligent Qatari?

What he mentioned in his post is 90% true. As you said its NOT ONLY Qatari's who are annoying others in the Theatre.

From his writing he is obviously not an ignorant Qatari.

By luvtodrive• 14 years 4 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
luvtodrive

hey man you stole my thoughts , walla I'm 10000000% with you .. this is what i was trying to issue in a news paper but stopped Bcoz cinemas are not only for me .. but i agree with you .. One thing i must appreciate , you are a QATARI too and you are so honest ,, so appreciable ... well you take carezz

yalla ma-salam

 

 

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By Bastook• 14 years 4 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Bastook

well I am Qatari and I am not like that.

I usually go to cinema on afternoons when no one usually goes.

and when the film is almost going to leave the theaters.

In the Cookies of Life, FRIENDS are the Chocolate Chips

www.bastook.com

http://www.freewebs.com/alayam/

By amnesia• 14 years 4 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
amnesia

You're obviously not a very inteliigent Qatari.

yes I've seen some very rude Qataris but not all the time. I've also seen OTHER nationalities. I've even seen two brits go have a fist fight because one wouldn't shut up.

Now, you as a "Qatari", have the solution of BANNING yourself?

*sighs*.

Ah well, anyone can be a politician these days so you should try? Maybe you'll be able to be the President of the US one day.

Anyway, MY solution is to have mobile phone jammers in the cinema. Problem solved (or at least most of the problem)

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By SouthLand• 14 years 5 months ago.
SouthLand

Glad you gotta laugh :)

By MBP• 14 years 5 months ago.
MBP

Heero, Exactly!!

PhillyEagels1007, ROFL!!

By PhillyEagles2007• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
PhillyEagles2007

Ok MBP I'll give you some lessons. First you have to look the part. Make sure you wear some really baggy jeans, a shirt 20 sizes too big, and some corn rows like your in a rap video or some wanna be in the City Center. Don't forget the dew rag preferably red or blue. Secondly you have to develop what we call back home the ICE GRILL. This is a look that lets him know that you're a stone faced killer. If you can't fight, then make sure you pretend to rush him and have some of your boys grab you and start shoutin "Let me go! You're lucky my friends are holdin me back." As you yell make sure you flail your arms as wildly as you can. Try not to hit your friends or they might let you go and you'll be exposed for the fraud you really are. Lastly, you need a few tough lines to intimidate him (see Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp fiction when he shook down Brent. Classic scene). If all of that fails, tell him your uncle is a big shaikh and he'll have you thrown in jail.

SO go forth young man / woman and enjoy your movie experience. May the force be with you.

"I don't think so. Homey don't play dat."

Homey Da Clown

By heero_yuy2• 14 years 5 months ago.
heero_yuy2

Here's another issue in cinemas around here...

"Everything in this book may be wrong." Illusions: The Adventures of The Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

By Weasel• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Weasel

Wow. I've never been to a movie in Qatar. And, after reading this, I don't think I ever will. It's so much better back home, where I can have the whole theatre to myself for the movies I like (no, I don't watch Bollywood).

Here in Qatar I just download (buzz off MPAA/RIAA) and watch them in my very own personal cinema. Bobcorn and all.

By MBP• 14 years 5 months ago.
MBP

Southland, just checked it. Funny :)

By someonenew• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
someonenew

they're used around military areas and sometimes near airports also.

I dream of a better tomorrow where Chickens can cross the Road without having their motives questioned - Unknown

By aaahmed81• 14 years 5 months ago.
aaahmed81

someonenew>>> ok then... jammers.... sorry i ain't that good with the really high tech definitions...

thanks anyway...

By someonenew• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
someonenew

aaahmed81 they are caled jammers.

I dream of a better tomorrow where Chickens can cross the Road without having their motives questioned - Unknown

By aaahmed81• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
aaahmed81

i think holding hands is ok, but making out! u'll get arrested i think, unless of course u are all alone in the cinema and u're sitting at the back..

hahhahahahahaa

By Vegas• 14 years 5 months ago.
Vegas

Forgiveness is life...:)

By aaahmed81• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
aaahmed81

well actually there is a better suggestion, in egpyt (i'm egyptian but lived all my life here) they have a special machine in the cinemas, which actually causes all mobiles to loose their network signals inside and the phones don't work.. (they have those at some mosques here too)....

By SouthLand• 14 years 5 months ago.
SouthLand

You all were supposed to click on the You Tube link to watch the Eddie Murphy skit about Italians and the film Rocky. Oh well, your loss.

By thexonic• 14 years 5 months ago.
thexonic

Cannot agree more, u know what i do is, I go after 2 weeks, when everyone saw the movie and no one is in the cinema. It's much better.

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You know, that you are screwed, when ur phone rings, while you sneak into your own house like a thief and your wife is asleep at 3 am in the morning... Perhaps that would be the last time you enter your own house lol.

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By Dracula• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Dracula

only locals!

expatriates or ppl NOTFROMHERE are not allowed! :P

By anonymous• 14 years 5 months ago.
anonymous

See, i told you there aren't any good movies here! :-P

By Dracula• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Dracula

"War in QL" - new movie today!

Free entry!

By charmed charm• 14 years 5 months ago.
charmed charm

if this Qatari complain about the Qataris, how much more for us?

By anonymous• 14 years 5 months ago.
anonymous

Hi Scarlett, how are things in TX?

Me too, the rare times I go to the movies here are in the early afternoons when hardly anyone's there.

Do like the assigned seats too, have kind of gotten used to them. A couple of summers ago, took my kids to the movies in Calif, I think it was the Pirates of the Carib movie, and it was the first or second day. Well, we got there about 10 minutes before it started. I had completely forgotten that it would be a madhouse. Which it was. Couldn't find 3 seats together, got stuck sitting way up front, so we just went back out and exchanged our tickets for a later show, No Problem.

I'm not sure they would do that here?

Count me in for the afternoon movie group! :-)

By Scarlett• 14 years 5 months ago.
Scarlett

yep...seems there are good things in all countries...now if we could just put all those good things together and implement them in ALL theatres, just think how wonderful watching movies would be!

Tell you what...we need to start an Early Afternoon Movie Group on QL. At least we might be able to watch movies in peace!!

Ohh the mention of refunds reminded me..was in a theater in North Carolina and the fire alarm went off..so everyone evacuated..we all stood outside for 15 minutes, then went back to resume the movie...on the way in, we received coupons for another free movie and free candy!! Some folks just know how to run a business and get repeat customers!! Ohh and the alarm went off due to the popcorn machine overheating and causing a bit of smoke.., so no fire!!

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked,the good fortune to run into the ones I do,and the eyesight to tell the difference.

By MBP• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
MBP

Tell me about it, Scarlett!! I was in England last month, we were at the movies watching QUIETLY a movie - DUH!- when some gangsta wannabe teenagers entered and start screaming and making some minor damages so some of the audience left and obviously reported it to the management.I stayed. It only took the police 5 min to intervene, they asked a cpl of qs, the management apologized and they both left.. I had to watch the rest of the movie AND here's the best part WE GOT REFUNDED! I mean the chaos lasted for only 2 mins before the kids ran away through the exit doors! I was watching the movie during all this - being Qatari so I am used to such incidents- How cool was that? :D

By Scarlett• 14 years 5 months ago.
Scarlett

thank you!! reading your thread made me laugh. The ONLY time I go to the movies in the evenings in Doha is with the Movie group, and the reason is I like the people in that group! I usually go to the earliest showing in the afternoon just so I don't have to deal with the issues you posted!

I love the fact there are assigned seats!! In the States, its just random seating and it can be quite a chore to get enough seats for even just two people together..especially when you have inconsiderate folks that won't move over a seat...so, trust me, its not just Qataris that can be that way!

Do have to say tho, in the States, if someone is on their phone, talking, kids being rambuctious, texting, whatever is annoying another customer...the management WILL haul their azz out the door immediately, with no refund. Wish they'd do that in Doha! One night I was out watching movie and felt like I had one of those massage chairs at the pedicure stations...the ADULT behind me was kicking and moving my seat so much I wanted to just haul off and knock him silly...saying something to him was useless because he just stared back like he didn't understand a word I said..but he did because I heard him speak English to his partner...oh well...there's some jerks in all nationalities!!

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked,the good fortune to run into the ones I do,and the eyesight to tell the difference.

By MBP• 14 years 5 months ago.
MBP

Thank you all for your comments and sorry for replying late, just got home from work..

PhilyEagles07 Puhleaaaaaaaaaaase teach me how to threaten!

Kellyhorses, hmmmmmm how to prove such a thing online! let's iChat and ill show you my Qatari ID ;p

Eco-Savvy, thanks for the article.. It should be printed in arabic and posted all over the place really.

problem is those inconsiderate people they neither read the "switch off your cell phone" signs nor read Qatarliving.com because they don't speak English. So I am thinking of starting an arabic language blog so I can spread the word and hopefully they will learn something! Actually I have been thinking of that regardless those incidents, it's just about time..

By spanky1423• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
spanky1423

that a qatari commented an issue like this...sadly.., it's not only qatari's are like that...it only happened that your countrymen are here to stay and we expats came here which is the reason we are behaving much better...try to bring some of your fellow countrymen to other country and they will never do such thing like that...your fingers in one hand dont have the same size... but you're right when it comes to management, cinema management should implement strict adherence on etiquette to ensure all patrons will enjoy their viewing... i admire you for being true...good day....

ROBIN!!! To The Batcave!!!

By spicemom• 14 years 5 months ago.
spicemom

is it like in Kungfu Panda??so who is da panda here?

life's too short so make the most of it, you only live but once.......

By anonymous• 14 years 5 months ago.
anonymous

Look out QLers, Khanan and KSA know Kung Fu!!!!

By Khanan• 14 years 5 months ago.
Khanan

its Forbidden Kingdom...

not "Forbidden"...:)

me and KSA were having good time as usual..and learning some Kug Fu....

____________________________________________________

If you look at what you do not have in life;

You don't have anything.

If you look at what you have in life;

You have everything.

By anonymous• 14 years 5 months ago.
anonymous

in the cinema, or atleast use block the signal of mobile phones...

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./`I don't wanna waste another day-Keepin it inside, it's killing me./`

By omz• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
omz

Heh simple,, just go to the first show on Friday noon..

There will be the least number of people, since most are still in the process of waking up, the least hassle and no little to no people traffic! ;)

By anonymous• 14 years 5 months ago.
anonymous

There are never any good movies here anyway, so no big loss.

And Khanan and KSA, what exactly WERE you two up to at the movies? Sounds kind of creepy :-P

By anonymous• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
anonymous

sms, blogs, do a write up in Arraya/sharq dailies. You will definately change attitude of few

Audience niceties

Arrive Early ~ Plan your time carefully. You should anticipate and expect there will be traffic and crowds as others arrive for the show. Overestimate the time it will take you to arrive. Include time to find your seats, check your coats, visit the facilities and settle in well before the curtain is scheduled to rise.

Do Make Way ~ If you are closer to the aisle, do not get too comfortable if your row is still vacant. The easiest method to make way is to exit the row and allow others to enter. If that is not feasible, at least rise and fold in your chair so that others may pass. Given the spacing in many theaters, merely moving your legs to one side does not allocate enough room for most adults to pass without touching. When you are the one entering, do face the stage while edging down the row into your seat.

Observe Your Space ~ Clearly space is at a premium in most theaters. Do your best to keep all of your belongings and your body well within your real estate. If you have not checked your coat, your coat should not hang over the back of your chair into the aisle behind where you are sitting. Any packages and bags should be placed under your seat, not in the aisle. The allocation comes down to one armrest per customer.

No-no Noise ~ Your cell phone should be off, your jewelry should be silent and you will need to wait until intermission to open that hard candy. Even when you know every word to every song, you will need to save it for the shower. All distracting noises should be avoided so that the action from the stage can be heard.

Eat Outside ~ Plan ahead to have dinner first so that you are not starving during the performance. Or, have a snack before you come to the show if you plan on dining afterwards. Your neighbors should not be subjected to your chomping and chewing snacks or entrees during the show.

Watch Those Whispers ~ Theaters are designed for sound to carry. Do you best to keep your comments to yourself. Whispering to your neighbor distracts your neighbor as well as those around you. Your whispers may even distract the performers.

Polite Pictures ~ It is distracting and can be downright dangerous to see flashes from cameras during the show. Look for the theater policy. Most productions are lenient about snapping shots during the curtain calls. Video taping professional productions is never allowed.

Applaud Appropriately ~ At the end of acts, arias and certain songs, it is quite appropriate for the audience to show their appreciation. Clapping and even shouts of "bravo" are the usual demonstrations. Standing on your chair while whooping and whistling should be saved for sporting events.

Wait & Walk ~ As the show ends, take your time. The entire auditorium will need to empty. There will be those who move slowly and pushing will only make matters worse. You may stay in your seat and read the playbill, providing you allow your row-mates to pass, or you may turn on your cell phone and check your messages if waiting is too difficult for you. Once you enter the throngs streaming from the theater, do be sure to keep moving upon exiting. Stopping once you hit the street only creates

By Kanu08• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Kanu08

in fact not only in cinemas...everyday in our lives we should respect others as Qatar has grown to a multi national country from all walks of life. While driving, queuing in counter, etc, all these area will be pleasant if good manners are to be impart.

Yes this country belongs to Qataris but do not forget we share the same sun and moon together.

Once I had troubled conversation with the Traffic Dept in one of the counter, a gentleman wearing full white arabic dress(I presumed to be Qatari)intervenes and mediates between me and the staff. He speaks good english too. The incidents really make my day and changed my view towards Qatar. Thanks bro....

By Mayasunil• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
Mayasunil

Qataris are sort of addicted to cell fones.. whn they walk,drive,shop.. always ..

By ksarat16• 14 years 5 months ago.
ksarat16

Alright, now that you have agreed lets get back to the main topic pls...LOL!!!

By pykester• 14 years 5 months ago.
pykester

banning them is next to impossible. hehehe

I do hope that someone can educate them....

pykester

 

By Formatted Soul• 14 years 5 months ago.
Formatted Soul

Okayyy..now stop hijacking MBP's thread..lolz

By KellysHeroes• 14 years 5 months ago.
KellysHeroes

Am just pointing at the fact that he posted a potentially interesting thread and disappeard. And this thread is the old thread he started or participated in.

Come on. We do not need his ID. Just utilize your skills and get us the news.

 

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By ksarat16• 14 years 5 months ago.
ksarat16

Come on...who gave you this wrong piece of info...yeah right I was screamin...that is so untrue...false...I plea defence your honour...!!!NOT GUILTY IS THE VERDICT>>>LOL!!!

So hell yeah girl, I'm sitting next to you...infact you and that kiddo (he's on holidays anyways) should jjoin us for the movie next week...say whaT?

By Formatted Soul• 14 years 5 months ago.
Formatted Soul

Do you need a copy of his ID card? He posted this last night ..Let him wake up and give you some proof..lol

KSA.... nah am not sitting next to you. heard that you were screaming for that horror movie...LOLz

By KellysHeroes• 14 years 5 months ago.
KellysHeroes

What is the proof.

Our friend created this thread and disappeared.

 

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By ksarat16• 14 years 5 months ago.
ksarat16

Well then Girl, with all those in mind, I must say, we should catch up for a movie soon and I m sitting right next to you, no doubts...LOL! And I love BEBSI, BOBCORN...LOL!!!

By janeyjaney• 14 years 5 months ago.
janeyjaney

Torrents are the way to go if you want to watch movies! I am done with going to cinemas here in Qatar. What a waste of time and money!

By Formatted Soul• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
Formatted Soul

Very true, but Qataris are not the only people who do that. Irrespective of nationality there are a bunch of morons who are born to annoy others with such behavior. I wish I could tell them straight on their face to shut their **** up and watch the movie. . lolz

There is nothing more annoying than being sat watching a film that you've been looking forward to and some inconsiderate moron sitting behind you slurping his or her drink, rustling through their popcorn, opening sweets, whispering loudly, and then to top it all their phone rings. What gets me is they seem to think it's okay and everybody does this. They should be made to leave the theatre with a spot light on them as they walk out. LOL

Coughing, commenting, questioning,exclaiming, shuffling, unwrapping, slurping, chewing, gnashing, choking, grinding and phone calls are all unacceptable alternatives to just sitting still and quietly watching a movie.

By DaRuDe• 14 years 5 months ago.
DaRuDe

Check this out :D

http://www.qatarliving.com/node/133170

 

 

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By Khanan• 14 years 5 months ago.
Khanan

i like comedies...

but anyway....i prefer any movie my QL gana and M&M's...

____________________________________________________

If you look at what you do not have in life;

You don't have anything.

If you look at what you have in life;

You have everything.

By ksarat16• 14 years 5 months ago.
ksarat16

Done lets do HULK...alright...who is going to come out with the thread...on for the QLMG

By DaRuDe• 14 years 5 months ago.
DaRuDe

Fine choose a movie then i say Hulk :D or some horror what do you say NO DRAMA NO ROMANTIC NO LUNATIC LAUGH SHOW.

 

 

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By ksarat16• 14 years 5 months ago.
ksarat16

YES...lets do it Paaji, have we ever told you NO for anything DaRuLing!!!

By DaRuDe• 14 years 5 months ago.
DaRuDe

Well what do you say we arrange for a movie night.next tuesday or monday. because Irrysa is leaving this friday so we can do it right.

 

 

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By ksarat16• 14 years 5 months ago.
ksarat16

Ofcourse but trust me thats just for a little giggle and wiggle during the movie mate...

But trust me, if we go to a serious movie, then expect me to NOT KNOW YOU till the end of the movie...my friend...try MESSENGERS for instance...LOL!!!

But yes Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, ooo fcku I tell ya, other than that song (o yes you know which song I'm talking about...LOL!) not a single place i spoke, i was more dumbstruck with the choice of movie that i landed in...

By Khanan• 14 years 5 months ago.
Khanan

i m afraid you might be the culprit here also...

last time we saw the movie together (Forbidden).....:)....

____________________________________________________

If you look at what you do not have in life;

You don't have anything.

If you look at what you have in life;

You have everything.

By ksarat16• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
ksarat16

It is indeed quite annoying and trust me it can get very bad when they actually put their feet up on the seat in front of them, so fcking disgusting i say, a bunch of rogues if i may add...some of them i m sure who are arrogantly equipped , infact well equipped, you just feel like standing up and beating the crap out of these little arrogant kids,.,

I'm pretty sure however, the more elegantly dressed, the more mature and older Qataris are more decent...

O well, fcku them i say, try and stay calm and watch the damn movie,

And TRUST ME, the freaking stupid Indians arent any better...LOL...at Doha Cinema for a nice movie, they have their stupid kids running all around the theatre like a freaking Relay Race or a Hurdle Race or a stroll in the park, and what do the parents do nothing just sit their azzes there...I say, come on folks, if your kid isnt ready to go to the Movies, then you need to get a babysitter, or sacrifice the movie, but dont come to the theatres and wreck others i say...LOL!!!

By Dracula• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Dracula

any new movie this good morning?

By SouthLand• 14 years 5 months ago.
SouthLand

Obviously public etiquette is always in need, theaters are no exception. Here in Qatar it's no different, but I do notice an aire of indifference coming from the locals that attend the theaters and have personally had this frustrating experience.

Eddie Murphy - Raw (Italians & Rocky)

Beware of foul language ;)

By KellysHeroes• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
KellysHeroes

You can watch mvies in the grave yard.

Should you opt to go to the cinema, then you will need a sponsor. AND. Cannot walk/fly out without exit permit.

 

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By KellysHeroes• 14 years 5 months ago.
KellysHeroes

I do not know how cinema looks like here. anticipated such things. should not generalize and also should not ignore what other nationalities do. specially the kids and teenagers. You should note the way the act inside malls which indicates the way they act inside theaters.

 

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By PhillyEagles2007• 14 years 5 months ago.
PhillyEagles2007

I also hate it when they go to horror films, get scared and start acting stupid to cover the fact they're scared. It's so damn annoying.

By PhillyEagles2007• 14 years 5 months ago.
PhillyEagles2007

Well when ever "Jassim" starts actin up, I threaten him once and he seems to get the message. Feel free to use my method anytime you like.

By qatarisun• 14 years 5 months ago.
qatarisun

By Dracula• 14 years 5 months ago.
Dracula

damn..shhhh all

The reporter is here!

2morow buy QT pag.70

By harsha• 14 years 5 months ago.
harsha

so very true..

By Dracula• 14 years 5 months ago.
Dracula

coffin...knock twice

By spicemom• 14 years 5 months ago.
spicemom

yr most welcome drac, now just stick to yr batcave

life's too short so make the most of it, you only live but once.......

By Dracula• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
Dracula

uhhh, thanks for advice spicy!

i am so scared now!

then...i cant get visa for cinema! damn me!

By spicemom• 14 years 5 months ago.
spicemom

no bats in cinemas pls -thank you

life's too short so make the most of it,you only live but once......

.

By Dracula• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Dracula

what's means " cinema "?

.

i need visa for entering there?

.

By kellysnake2003• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
kellysnake2003

kellysnake

I think our people need some more time to get civilised, & respect other.

By owen• 14 years 5 months ago.
owen

darn it QS... why not? coz this is their country and they can do anything they want?....wth???...

so the thought of banning them is indeed in our dreams...wishful thinking...

ok then, another option, there should have a separate movie houses where only qataris can go in ONLY..and let them have a party inside arguing/complaining to one another bout rocking the seat, phone backlights, phone ringing, laughing out loud, talking out loud...what you say?

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By qatarisun• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
qatarisun

the idea is if some other nationality is doing it, the cinema attendant is not going to hesitate asking the violator to follow the rules, or even to withdraw him/her from the floor..but they for sure will never do it against qataris...

By HAPPYDAY• 14 years 5 months ago.
HAPPYDAY

How can the ybring small kids and babies to movies!!! i go to get away from kids! not to listen to someone elses kids crying!!

By flanostu• 14 years 5 months ago.
flanostu

the phone backlight is so fuuuuuccccking annoying.

By owen• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
owen

ditto.. not only Qataris... i have experienced from every nation who happens to be unaware of some ethics during watching movies inside a theater..

[img_assist|nid=12867|link=none|align=left|width=|height=0]Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

By spicemom• 14 years 5 months ago.
spicemom

MBP - thank you for bringing this topic up and agree with you all the way......

life's too short so make the most of it, you only live but once.......

By qatarisun• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
qatarisun

since you started it... sure.. i stopped going to cinema in qatar.. it is disaster... you just cannot enjoy any movie. they are talking on the phone, coming and leaving in the middle of the film.. but worst of all when teens gathering in mixed groups gals/guys, and talking and joking and laughing during entire movie!

I cannot forget when i came to watch "Kingdom", this very deep, actually tragic movie, and this bunch of… had no interest to the movie whatsoever and kept laughing and talking on the phones and making noise by unwrapping their chocolate and whatever...they even couldn't sit properly, standing up, moving, changing seats constantly... it was disgusting! I almost was going about to leave.. how can you watch some serious film, since somebody is chatting and laughing nonstop??

I just don’t understand, why you have to enter the theatre with no any intention to watch the movie?? Mall is big, find some coffee shop, or some other recreational place and chat and laugh to death!

By Aisha-Taweela• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Aisha-Taweela

I understand your fustration and am happy you brought this up. You are Qatariu and complain about it. Good for you. We all feel the same and that is why I do not go to the cinema. I watch at home where I can put up the sound as loud as I want and if anybody wants to talk to me, I either pauze or tell them to come back later. Now my tv is not like the screen in the cinema, but a large screen is nice too.

As for the education of the Qataris in the cinema I recommend you write to the management of the cinemas or the cultural ministry that they ban the mobiles from entering the cinemas like they do for the ladies side of a wedding.

You could start a petition and I am sure many QLers will sign cos all of us are fedup with this messaging, calling practice that so many of your country men & ladies are practicing without regard for the other people.

Aisha-Taweela

By HAPPYDAY• 14 years 5 months ago.
HAPPYDAY

Got to agree with u on this one!

By heero_yuy2• 14 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
heero_yuy2

...to locals, but with such manners of not sitting in cinemas properly, I'm losing some of respect to them...

"Everything in this book may be wrong." Illusions: The Adventures of The Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

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