The Hazards of Moviegoing
By John Langan
From College Writing Skills with Readings
|Introductory |I am a movie fanatic. When friends want to know what picture won the Oscar in 1980 or who played the | |paragraph |police chief in Jaws, they ask me. My friends, though, have stopped asking me if I want to go out to the| |(Thesis) |movies. The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are| | |all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. | |First supporting |First of all, just getting to the theater presents difficulties. Leaving a home equipped with a TV and a| |paragraph |video recorder isn't an attractive idea on a humid, cold, or rainy night. Even if the weather | | |cooperates, there is still a thirty-minute drive to the theater down a congested highway, followed by | | |the hassle of looking for a parking space. And then there are the lines. After hooking yourself to the | | |end of a human chain, you worry about whether there will be enough tickets, whether you will get seats | | |together, and whether many people will sneak into the line ahead of you. | |Second supporting |Once you have made it to the box office and gotten your tickets, you are confronted with the problems of| |paragraph |the theater itself. If you are in one of the run-down older theaters, you must adjust to the musty smell| | |of seldom-cleaned carpets. Escaped springs lurk in the faded plush or cracked leather seats, and half | | |the seats you sit in seem loose or tilted so that you sit at a strange angle. The newer twin and quad | | |theaters offer their own problems. Sitting in an area only one-quarter the size of a regular theater, |...
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