Redditors Share Horror Stories In Response To Photo Of Trashed Movie Theater

Redditors have come together to share their worst movie theater horror stories after one user shared a photo of the completely-trashed theater they were responsible for cleaning.

In a now-viral post on Reddit's r/mildlyinfuriating, a movie theater employee expressed their frustration with having to clean up after moviegoers and showed the subreddit's 76.3K members what type of sticky messes recent patrons left behind — including a photo of garbage strewn about multiple rows of seats and a theater floor covered in spilled soda and popcorn. This, u/Key-Disaster-3682 said, happens all of the time.

"I work at a movie theatre and this is a regular occurrence," they captioned the original post.

u/Key-Disaster-3682's post comes on the heels of one of the biggest weekends in recent movie theater history, as Spider-Man: No Way Home hit theaters on Friday, December 17.

According to Box Office Mojo, the third installment in the Tom Holland-led franchise racked up $260 million in domestic sales in its first weekend, good for the second biggest opening weekend ever, sliding in behind Avengers: Endgame, which earned more than $350 million during its opening weekend in 2019.

u/Key-Disaster-3682 specified that the photo of the theater littered with popcorn and soda was from a Spider-Man: No Way Home showing. Other Redditors used the original post, which has received 56.3K votes and nearly 5,000 comments, as an opportunity to share some of their worst movie theater experiences as both moviegoers and movie theater employees.

Popcorn on theater floor
Popcorn spilled across a movie theater floor. Leonard Mc Lane/Getty Images/Digital Vision

Explaining that they had seen Spider-Man: No Way Home over the weekend, u/Dramatic_______Pause detailed a similarly messy theater experience, and said that even the fanciest of movie theaters end up trashed.

"I went to go see NWH at a fancy theater, where they'll bring you booze and food to your seat while watching the movie," they explained in a comment, adding that it was nice to eat a burger and mozzarella sticks during the movie. "But when it was done, everyone just got up and left all their sh** all over the place. Plastic disposable trays of chicken wing bones, and sauce cups, and half eaten fries, everything... It was disgusting."

Another Redditor who said they used to work at a movie theater echoed the original poster.

"Used to work at a theatre myself," u/mcv612 wrote. "Most ppl only clean when they have to. And knowing the fact that there is theater cleaners, it's more incentive to leave the trash there, even if there is a big garbage bin right before you exit the theater AND A big garbage bin when you reach the hallway."

Movie theater covered in popcorn & soda
A movie theater covered in soda and popcorn following a recent showing of 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Reddit/u/Key-Disaster-3682

The debate over movie theater etiquette and whether or not moviegoers are responsible for cleaning up after themselves has raged on for some time now, and according to an additional pair of commenters, the movie theater messes found in 2021 are the same as they have been for the last five decades.

"I worked in a movie theater in 1975 and it was the same then," u/birdman122459 wrote.

"I worked in one circa 2005 and it was the same then, too," u/OverByThere_Innit added.