the opening of any popular movie and you’ll see people who’ve been waiting in line scramble Lord-of-the-Flies-style to get good seats once the theater doors are opened. And latecomers even do laps- running up and down aisles in the hopes of finding two or more seats together before giving up and settling for the front row. One definitely earns that 90-minute sit-down movie rest time.
With change always difficult, especially with time and the phenomenon of path dependency, I doubt the system will be upgraded anytime soon. I guess I’ll either have to suck it up, or simply not catch anything on opening weekend. Maybe if enough people do the latter, theater chains will sit up and take notice.