An audience member’s senses come alive the moment they enter a movie theater. The smell of the food, the sounds from the arcade, the sweet taste of a cold soda, the greasy feeling of butter on one’s popcorn, and the movie itself are just a few of the things that will manipulate one’s senses. The lines may irk a person, but once they are inside it is well worth it. The theater is a happening place to be for people of all ages. The feeling of all of one’s senses being used is invigorating which promotes the theater’s popularity.
The voice of the man behind the long counter of food saying, “Can I help you?” Zaps, bangs, booms, and boisterous cheers can be heard from the arcade. The sound of laughter and talking that seems to float throughout the theater. These are just a few of the sounds that one may hear. As one waits in line one may hear the popcorn popping as if to be little firecrackers. One can hear people talking about what they are going to get or about the movie that they are about to see. The sound of a small child slurping on a soda that they have just purchased may also be heard.
Depending on the movie there may be uncouth dialog which sometimes is hard to tolerate. Most of the movies have very little vulgarity, so if one can avoid R rated movies one can avert uncouth dialog. The distinct smell of popcorn and other snacks from behind the counter linger throughout the theater. A sweet sugary smell hovers around the soda dispenser.
This is a poetry explication of the third stanza of Alexander Pope's "Sound and Sense". Alexander Pope clams in his poem "Sound and Sense" that "The sound must seem an echo to the sense"; he then illustrates this principle in lines 9-12: "When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line, too, labours and the words move slow. Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er the ...
The smell is very pleasant. One smell that everyone will recognize is the smell of greasy, salty popcorn. This scent goes along with the theater. Finally, the sweet smelling chocolate and sugary scent of other candy draws many into the line for food like a moth to a lamp. The theater is a jungle of different smells. The feel of the smooth soft candy and the greasy feel of the popcorn are just a few of the things you may feel while in the theater.
The popcorn is smooth because of the greasy butter that is put on it and yet still has a bumpy texture due to the salt that is sprinkled on it. Many people enjoy the soft feeling of the candy even though it melts between their fingertips causing them to have sticky fingers. Condensation on the outside of one’s soda is cold and causes one’s cup to become slippery. The condensation is also a refreshing feeling and cleans off the sugars on one’s fingers which caused them to be sticky. As one enters the theater they feel a cool draft which runs throughout the theater. When seated, the feel of the soft chair relaxes the body.
While sitting in the theater waiting for the movie to start one may watch the trailers, and sample what they purchased at the concession stand. The trailers may cause some to want to come back to the theater in the future to see a movie that appears to be good. As the trailers end, the lights dim, and people shut off their cell phones and pagers, preparing for the feature film. As the movie begins the some patrons may eat candy that is bursting with flavor, or eat a piece of buttery popcorn.
Some may become thirsty and a sip a soda. As the movie ends, the lights come back on and people begin to leave the theater. Walking down the isle one may see a split bucket of popcorn being cleaned up by an usher or a spilt soda. Approaching the trashcan patrons try to finish what food ever they have left over.
The theater is place of many sights and tastes. The theater is a place that will manipulate all of one’s senses. The smells, sights, sounds, feelings, and tastes will overwhelm the senses and yet keep patrons returning for more. The theater is an experience that everyone should have. It is a very social and very interactive place to be.
Environmental Effects There are many different environmental factors which determine how a movie is perceived by any one individual. These effects include, but are not limited to, location of movie viewing and with whom the movie is viewed with. These effects can differ dramatically and are the most potent of which can affect the comfort level of an individual viewing a specific film. The first ...
It is an appropriate location for a large social event or with a small intimate group. No matter how one attends the theater, it is a guarantee that all the senses will be utilized in one way or another.