There's nothing quite like going out and seeing a movie in theaters. Yes, streaming services such as Netflix make it easier and often more fun to stay in. Plus, there are all sorts of ways to further enjoy those streaming services you may not even know about. But experiencing the atmosphere and ambiance of a theater still can't be beat. Even though it can come with its own risks.
Movie theaters used to be straight-up disgusting. Moviegoers had no compassion whatsoever and made an absolute mess of the place. God forbid you should ever wear sandals and let your bare skin make contact with the floor in one of these trashed, sticky nightmares.
Current theaters have gotten absolutely fancy af. Before, you used to need to know theater hacks to improve your experience. Now, many of them are kept more clean, have reclining chairs and offer full menus.
While this sounds like fun, it can lead to issues. Have you ever ordered nachos from the concession stand and had a hard time consuming them in the dark? Well, imagine trying to get a beer bottle open while essentially flying blind.
A 29 year-old man had just such an issue. Unfortunately for him (and soon for everyone else), he didn't have a bottle opener. So instead, he tried prying open his bottle of beer using... wait for it... a canister of pepper spray.
The pepper spray exploded out and covered the entire theater in a mist. This would have been bad news even in an empty, middle-of-the-afternoon showing. But this happened to occur in a packed house of over 200 people.
The staff of the theater did everything they could to help. Everyone was luckily let out in a timely manner without any serious injuries caused by the panic. They also opened all the windows, hoping to air the space out.
The theater also offered free beverages to all the moviegoers. This was certainly a nice gesture. However, a few of the patrons must have been a bit hesitant, seeing as it was a drink that started this whole mess in the first place.
So, 30 minutes later, everyone was let back in and the film was restarted. There are some truly magical theaters in the world. But when you get pepper sprayed and want to immediately return, that has to be the most special place of all.