My First Movie in China

I have been living in China for over 2 years and I have not been to a movie theater yet. I know very strange right?  It has been about 2.5 years since I saw A movie and that was back in the US!  Basically the only reason that I never went to the movies here is that no one asked me to go to the movies. They would talk to me about seeing the newest Western and Chinese movies. but never included me in any plans. It is awkward to invite yourself to a movie.

So when my bestest Chinese male friend asked me to see Cinderella, I was so stoked!!’ Finally someone thought of me first, I was literally ready to cry. Sadly my buddy LiBoe is moving to Fuzhou. So I we will have a long distance friendship.

A Chinese movie theater is a bit different than an American movie theater. Everything is in Chinese so unless you know the language and read Chinese you are lost. I am always lost here in China. 

In China there is a app for everything that has discounts and there was one for getting tickets. I don’t know if Liboe used it or not because I was busy taking photos of everything. 

After the tickets were bought the ticket clerk pointed to a seating chart and asked us where we would like to sit. WTF hold up wait a minute!!! Yes they have seating charts and you pick where you want to sit and you get a ticket for that exact seat! This I find very weird.  In the US it is totally different you buy a ticket and you choose where you want to sit. Simple. If you come in late you are out of luck and have to sit in the front row. When I told LiBoe this he thought it was strange. I still can’t get over this. I had to sit next to someone and there were tons of empty seats.

I had to get popcorn and me being the fool asked Liboe where was the butter. He was like there is no butter it was stirred in the popcorn. I was trying to explain the buttery goodness of movie theater popcorn but he looked at me like I had 3 heads. 

We took the elevator up to our movie theater. While watching the previews , I tasted the popcorn. It was sweet!!!! No no, I feel so wronged!!!! I want my buttery salty popcorn and Milk Duds.  The best part of a movie is the popcorn.  China you have wronged me again.

The movie was ok good sound. I preferred  the “Ever After” version starring Drew Barrymore over this one. If there was only a sword fight. true to China people were taking pictures of the movie screen and on Weixin during the movie. There was no message to turn your cellphones on mute and someone’s cell was ringing!

All in all, I am so glad that I popped my Chinese movie theater cherry, though it took 2 bloody years. Next time I need to take the initiative and invite my friends out more often.