I finally made my way over to the new Mann theatre in Plymouth a couple weeks ago. I was a little cautious about going because Mann Plymouth has overly comfy seats and I don’t like being in danger of falling asleep in the theatre, but I was surprised to find that the chairs weren’t even the most frustrating part of the experience (though they may limit my return visits). During the final scene of the film, about 10-15 seconds before the credits started to scroll, the lights were turned on. Not even a fade. The theatre just went from mostly dark to totally bright. Mann Plymouth sent me a signal that I should leave the theatre before the credits even started. This might be the most pretentious thing I’ll ever write in the Trojan Tribune (and that’s saying a lot), but I wholeheartedly believe that you shouldn’t leave the theatre until the credits are over, and that movie theatres should respect the movies that they show.
First off, the credits are part of the movie. You paid money to watch the whole movie, not part of it. If credits bother you so much, why don’t you skip the opening credits as well? Just as the opening credits help set the mood for the film, the closing credits help bring finality to the film. It takes some time to come back from the world that the movie brought you into, and the closing credits are the perfect time to readjust to reality. Often times, the songs in the credits were either made for the film or reflect an important theme of the movie that you can take away from it. Personally, I love to watch the credits because they give me an opportunity to reflect on the movie I just watched and form an opinion of it, and I know that I’m not alone.
Not to mention that leaving before the credits are over is just kind of rude. When you go to see a theatrical performance, do you leave before the actors bow? No, you wait for the lights to go up (and those who leave early are trying to beat the crowds – an excuse moviegoers don’t have). This fact makes things all the more disappointing when movie theatres turn on the lights before the credits are over. I don’t care if you think it’s okay because the filmmakers aren’t in the room, there are other people in the theatre. When you leave early you’re not only disrespecting the filmmakers, you’re disrespecting the people you saw the film with. You came to the theatre to relax, so relax. You can get back to worrying about homework soon, but right now you’re busy getting cultured
Some people say that the credits are boring. These people are wrong. I find that I learn a lot by reading credits. That might have to do with my interest in the film industry, but a large portion of films also have easter eggs or other entertaining elements during the credits. Even if they don’t, I’m positive you’ll find some aspect of the experience to be interesting. Plus, the credits aren’t exactly that long. They take up a couple of minutes and go by a lot faster than you would expect.
At the end of the day, staying to watch the credits leads to a much more fulfilling experience. Watching a movie isn’t just something you have to get over with. I don’t understand how people can run out of the theatre and not be disoriented. Credits exist for much more than legal reasons. Even if the movie isn’t good, you stayed for the end of the plot, now stay for the end of the movie.