I can count the number of times I’ve been to the cinema in China on my left hand. It’s probably been 3 years or something since the last time. So yesterday when we were out walking, and realized that a cinema was showing “Inception” in English, we decided to go for it. Only to once again be reminded why one should stick to 8 rmb DVD:s when in China.
Overall, the cinema looked OK. Enough leg room (kind of like an airplane). Comfy seats. There are small things such as bad air-conditioning system, but at the same time, if the air-con would have been on full blast that would have been bad too. So not going to complain about that. What was not so nice, however, was the fact that the whole cinema salon smelled like fish. In Sweden you bring a bag of candy/crisps and maybe a soda when going to the movies. In China you bring dried fish snacks.
Then there was the talking. I felt really old when I turned to my “neighbour” and asked her (a mom and her grown-up daughter) to please stop talking during the movie. It’s definitely OK to react, to scream or to laugh when at the cinema, but to constantly sit and talk? It got a little bit better when I told them (they were quiet for 10 minutes) but then they started again, and eventually they both left when there was still 30 minutes left of the movie.
Another thing worth pointing out: the amount of people bringing whole junk food set meals to the cinema! I almost felt inspired, especially considering how cheap a meal of Maccas is in Shanghai. Also, way better than all that dried fish, regardless of the constant bag sound.