Created By: DrNoPuma on June 1, 2017 Last Edited By: AHI-3000 on October 30, 2017
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Movie Theater Episode

An episode in which the characters go to see a movie in theaters. Often, Hilarity Ensues.

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If you want your series to have a Show Within a Show, you may achieve this by having an episode where the characters go to a movie theater. Oftentimes, they will go through many mishaps. They may have trouble getting tickets, finding good seats, buying snacks, and more.

This also includes cases where the characters go to a drive-in theater, where they may have troubles such as finding a place to park.

Examples

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    Fan Works 
  • Tommy Pickles Vs The Terrible Twos is a fanfic set one year after the events of Rugrats. In the chapter, "Tommy Talks", the Finster and Deville families take their children, as well as Tommy and Dil to see a Goober the Gopher movie. Not wanting to see the movie due to his dislike of Goober, Tommy sneaks out to see a Reptar movie. When Kira finds Tommy, Tommy tells her that he wants to see the Reptar movie, and when she refuses to let him see it, he throws a tantrum that results in the Finster and Deville families having to leave the theater early.

    Literature 
  • Weenies: The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies had a story in which a kid sneaks into a movie theater to watch a horror movie. But when he learns there's a new feature that lets the audience feel the same physical pain as the characters in the movie, he gets more than he bargained for.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Middle had an episode where the Hecks realize they've never taken Brick to the movies.
  • An episode of Mr. Bean has him and his girlfriend go to a theatre to watch a horror flick. He brings a big bucket of popcorn only for himself and a rubber knife in attempt to scare his girlfriend. Hijinks ensue when the movie starts, and he Screams Like a Little Girl at every Scare Chord. He tries to bail out, but the others watching the movie prevents him from doing so; he tries to cover his head with a sweater, which promptly scares his girlfriend; then he uses the bucket that he emptied from the constant shaking, which succeeds from scaring him out while his girlfriend and the others did so. After the movie, both he and his girlfriend were scared out of their wits when he thought that there was no hand from her jacket.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Curtis and his little brother Barry routinely take in a feature in the neighborhood movie theater. Curtis has a fondness for the horror genre, and a knack for smuggling in foodstuffs unavailable at the concessionary.

    Stand-up Comedy 
  • One skit by Cheech and Chong has their characters Pablo De Paco and Man visit a drive-in theater, while smuggling some extra dudes in the trunk. Being hopeless stoners, nothing about their visit goes smoothly.

    Web Animation 

    Web Video 

    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs: In "Potty Emergency", Wakko has a Potty Emergency while watching a movie with his siblings. He leaves the theater as he frantically looks for a bathroom. In the end, he goes back to the theater and into the movie screen to use the bathroom there.
  • In The Boondocks episode "...Or Die Trying", Robert takes Huey, Riley, and Jazmine to the local cinema to watch Soul Plane 2: The Blackjacking (a fictitious in-universe sequel to Soul Plane). However, because Robert is a miserly cheapskate, he and the kids sneak into the theater without paying for the tickets. Naturally, problems arise due to Robert's illegal actions, and how he's throwing childish temper-tantrums over popcorn; Jazmine feeling intense guilt by association, due to being an accomplice to 'theft'; and Huey only going along reluctantly, and not actually wanting to see the movie in the first place.
  • In the Rugrats episode, "At the Movies, the parents take the kids to see The Dummi Bears in the Land Without Smiles. While the adults are engaged in the movie (save for Grandpa, who hates the movie's saccharine tone), the babies wander off to see a Reptar movie, making a mess of the snack bar and the projection room along the way.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode, "Popcorn Pandemonium", Rocko and Heffer treat Mr. Bighead's big-screen TV like a drive-in. After they inadvertently destroy the TV, they go to another theater, where every movie playing is Lethal Odor IX. Along the way, they try to find a good viewing room, and watch trailers for upcoming movies, including The Little Poots, Garbage Strike: The Musical, and Dracula: Done to Death.
  • We Bare Bears had an episode where the bears go to a movie theater and try to keep the audience in each room quiet.
  • In the Codename: Kids Next Door episode, "Operation: M.O.V.I.E.", Numbuh 4 is sick of having to see the Rainbow Monkeys double feature, so he tries to sneak into an R-Rated movie called Violence: The Movie. When he finally does, he finds out that R-Rated movies are really places for top secret supervillain meetings.
  • In the Sniz and Fondue episode, "Celluloid Sins", when the two title characters go to the movie theater, Sniz takes up "plexing", wherein he sees movies without paying or being caught, even going as far as to become a superhero called the "Multi-Plexer". Fondue unwillingly takes the blame for Sniz's actions, until Sniz sees a movie that shows him the error of his ways.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Cinemaniacs!", Buster and Babs visit the ACME Cinema, where they see three movie spoofs; SuperBabs, Duck Trek, and Pasadena Jones. Along the way, Montana Max, who is working as a movie usher, tries to stop them from "theater-hopping" (which consists of them literally hopping through the halls from theater to theater).
  • The Tom and Jerry cartoon "Cruise Cat" has Tom chase Jerry aboard a luxury cruise ship. The ship has a theater, so the cat and mouse scurry into it, where they stop to watch the cartoon "Texas Tom," which is an earlier Tom and Jerry short.


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Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • June 1, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Western Animation
    • In the Rugrats episode, "At the Movies, the parents take the kids to see The Dummi Bears in the Land Without Smiles. While the adults are engaged in the movie (save for Grandpa, who hates the movie's saccharine tone), the babies wander off to see a Reptar movie, making a mess of the snack bar and the projection room along the way.
    • In the Rockos Modern Life episode, "Popcorn Pandemonium", Rocko and Heffer treat Mr. Bighead's big-screen TV like a drive-in. After they inadvertently destroy the TV, they go to another theater, where every movie playing is Lethal Odor IX. Along the way, they try to find a good viewing room, and watch trailers for upcoming movies, including The Little Poots, Garbage Strike: The Musical, and Dracula: Done to Death.
  • June 1, 2017
    BKelly95
    Does it count if they go to a drive-in?
  • June 1, 2017
    DrNoPuma
    ^ I don't see why not. I'll add that to the description.
  • June 1, 2017
    Byzarru
    This could possibly be expanded to "A Day At The Theater" (or theatre, if you prefer) to encompass stage performances as well (where the mishaps and adventures associated with this trope extend to theatre itself (or theater, if you prefer)).

    This could also possibly extend to episodes where all the characters do are watch movies and TV shows at home, possibly framed by a viewing party (or a party in general).
  • June 2, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Western Animation
    • In the Codename Kids Next Door episode, "Operation: M.O.V.I.E.", Numbuh 4 is sick of having to see the Rainbow Monkeys double feature, so he tries to sneak into an R-Rated movie called Violence: The Movie. When he finally does, he finds out that R-Rated movies are really places for top secret supervillain meetings.
    • In the Sniz and Fondue episode, "Celluloid Sins", when the two title characters go to the movie theater, Sniz takes up "plexing", wherein he sees movies without paying or being caught, even going as far as to become a superhero called the "Multi-Plexer". Fondue unwillingly takes the blame for Sniz's actions, until Sniz sees a movie that shows him the error of his ways.
    • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Cinemaniacs!", Buster and Babs visit the ACME Cinema, where they see three movie spoofs; SuperBabs, Duck Trek, and Pasadena Jones. Along the way, Montana Max, who is working as a movie usher, tries to stop them from "theater-hopping" (which consists of them literally hopping through the halls from theater to theater).
    Web Video
  • June 2, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The Tom And Jerry cartoon "Cruise Cat" has Tom chase Jerry aboard a luxury cruise ship. The ship has a theater, so the cat and mouse scurry into it, where they stop to watch the cartoon "Texas Tom," which is an earlier Tom And Jerry short.

    Stand Up Comedy
    • One skit by Cheech And Chong has their characters Pablo De Paco and Man visit a drive-in theater, while smuggling some extra dudes in the trunk. Being hopeless stoners, nothing about their visit goes smoothly.

    Newspaper Comics
    • Curtis and his little brother Barry routinely take in a feature in the neighborhood movie theater. Curtis has a fondness for the horror genre, and a knack for smuggling in foodstuffs unavailable at the concessionary.
  • June 2, 2017
    DrNoPuma
    ^^^ Do you think this could possibly be split into both of those? I like both ideas.
  • June 2, 2017
    TonyG
    • The Big Bang Theory
      • In "The Pancake Batter Anomaly", Leonard skips taking care of a sick Sheldon to go see a Planet Of The Apes movie marathon.
      • In "the 21 Second Excitacion", the gang goes to see a screening of Raiders Of The Lost Ark and have to deal with a long line.
      • In "The White Asparagus Triangulation", Leonard and Girl Of The Week Stephanie go to the movies. Sheldon tags along and looks for the best seat by making weird noises to test the acoustics.
      • In "The Opening Night Excitation", Leonard, Howard and Raj attend the premiere of The Force Awakens, intercut with Sheldon and Amy having sex for the first time.
      • In "The Solder Excursion", Leonard and Howard attend a preview screening of Suicide Squad when they should be getting supplies for the girls.
    • In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Box Office Bunny", a multiplex is built over Bugs' burrow, and he has to deal with usher Elmer Fudd trying to kick him out, complicated by Daffy Duck sneaking into the theater.
  • June 2, 2017
    Byzarru
    ^ I don't see a reason to split film, theatre, and home theater into separate tropes, as long as the events play out more or less the same. Everyone goes to the theater (for film and theatre)/some place (for drive-in and home viewing) to watch a show, has problems getting refreshments and finding a seat, and either utterly enjoy the time or completely hate it. In this case, it would be either Theater Episode to reflect the current name or A Day At The Theater as I previously suggested. Events going completely awry at the theater and opera (and maybe even a movie theater, I wouldn't know any examples) would be more apt to be a different trope (Murder At The Theater is my idea for a name if said trope comes to fruition).

    I also have an example for you: Web Animation
    • OnlyLeigh's collaboration videos with How It Should Have Ended feature her and her friend Kent as they go to the theater. Leigh picks apart every trope associated with whatever genre movie they are watching.
  • June 2, 2017
    TBTabby
    The Strong Bad Email "the movies" has Strong Bad complaining about the people who ruin his moviegoing experience. Coach Z can't resist loudly answering the trivia questions shown before the movie, Strong Sad lists the filmography of every actor, The Cheat and the King of Town loudly eat their snacks (The King's is an all-you-can-eat fajita he hid in a Milk Duds box), and Homestar is...Homestar. They annoy Strong Bad so much that he blows up the theater with a bazooka.
  • June 2, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Live Action TV
    • The B-Plot of the Good Luck Charlie episode, "Blankie Go Bye-Bye" involves Gabe taking Bob and Amy to the movie theater to see Star Exploders 2: Kickin' Asteroids for their anniversary while Teddy and P.J. throw them a Moroccan feast and Teddy searches for Charlie's missing blanket. Gabe and Bob are more interested in seeing Star Exploders 2, while Amy is more interested in seeing The Willow Weeps Tomorrow.
  • June 2, 2017
    Malady
    A Certain Magical Index: Hamazura is dragged by Kinuhata Saiai to see B-Movies with her at some point.

    Web Original:

    Whateley Universe: Some of the couples go to the Dunwich mocie theater to catch a movie, like Bladedancer and Chain Lightning.

    VideoGame.A Very Long Rope To The Top Of The Sky: Before the timeskip, Mint leads the party to watch a play called Helios and Terra, while after the timeskip, it is possible to see it again, with different music and actors, if the prerequisites are fulfilled.
  • June 2, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    • Looney Tunes
      • The 1933 short Bosko's Picture Show features Bosko running a theater and showing the viewer a newsreel, a Haurel & Lardy short, and the main feature.
      • The 1937 short She Was an Acrobat's Daughter features antics in a movie theater.
      • The 1946 short Bacall to Arms has a similar premise, with the main feature being a spoof of To Have And Have Not. It even reuses footage from the previous short.
    • Mighty Mouse The New Adventures: The episode "Scrappy's Playhouse" features Scrappy going to a theater to watch some old Mighty Mouse cartoons, but some bully mice break into the projection room and cobble together clips from other Terrytoon shorts. Scrappy makes snappy remarks about the cartoons MST 3 K-style until he's thrown out for taking too much.
    • The Powerpuff Girls: In "Silent Treatment", the Professor takes the girls to a theater that runs silent films. He then gets kidnapped by the movie's villain so he can steal his voice, and the girls make their way into the movie to save him.
    • Two Stupid Dogs: The short "At the Drive-In" has the dogs going to a drive-in.
  • June 2, 2017
    BKelly95
    Live Action Television
    • One episode of Cheers has Norm find out that a drive-in theater they used to go to is about to close, so he, Cliff, Woody, and Frasier go to the final showing, a Godzilla marathon.
  • June 3, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Video Games
  • June 15, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Web Video
    • Another Super Mario Logan example: In "Jeffy Sneaks Out!", Bowser Junior asks Jeffy if he can go to the movies with him. Jeffy asks Mario for his permission, and when Mario tells him "Not today", Jeffy has a swearing fit that results in Mario grounding him for two weeks. Jeffy creates a clone of himself out of his Play-Doh (It Makes Sense In Context) to take his place while he and Junior sneak out to go to the movie theater. While Play-Doh Jeffy causes havoc at Mario's house, Junior and Jeffy see Hot Dog Man at the movie theater.
  • June 15, 2017
    NightShade96
    • In the beginning of the Animorphs novel The Alien, the titular group goes to watch a movie in order to help Ax learn more about human culture. Ax proceeds to go crazy and try to grab and eat toffees, and also to point out how the aliens in the movie are similar to the ones Andalites have encountered.
  • June 15, 2017
    SquirrelGuy
    Western Animation: Played with in The Flintstones. Starting from the 3rd season, the opening sequence had Fred getting off of work at the quarry, driving home to pick up the family, then taking them all to a drive-in theater. (The way the camera zooms in on the screen, it's half implied that they are watching the episode we're about to see, although a sign at the drive-in entrance clearly identified the movie as "The Monster".) They put a movie speaker in the car (a mammoth tusk with a wire wrapped around), and Dino sticks his head through the Flintmobile roof — and put the kids on Dino's head to get a good view, after they make their respective appearances in the series. The closing sequence had them leaving the drive-in and heading home, but not before stopping at a different kind of drive-in for some bronto-ribs.

    Note: in syndication, at least until the early 2000s or so when the lost footage was found, that familiar opening sequence was used in ALL seasons.
  • June 21, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Live Action TV
    • In the Yes Dear episode, "Natural Born Delinquents", the Warner and Hughes families go to the movie theater, when Dominic and Logan fight over a bag of Cheetos and spill them all over Greg's car. While Kim, Jimmy, Christine, Sammy, and Emily go see the movie and go to the arcade afterwards, Greg stays behind to discipline Dominic and Logan, telling them they can't see the movie until after they pick up the Cheetos. Dominic and Logan miss the movie and the arcade, but find much more enjoyment in torturing Greg.
  • June 23, 2017
    darkemyst
    • In Danny Phantom episode "What You Want" Danny and Trucker trying to go see a movie is interrupted by a ghost genie causing havoc by granting wishes in the theater.
  • July 24, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Films Animated
    • Shirley and Fowlmouth's sub-plot in Tiny Toon Adventures How I Spent My Vacation involves Fowlmouth inviting Shirley to a date at the movie theater to see Skunknophobia, a movie he has seen a hundred times before, and will not shut up through. Fowlmouth is very pushy and rude in movie theaters, cutting in line in front of the other customers and having them spill their food on him. He eventually gets his comeuppance when he gets tossed into the movie by the other customers and the actors in the movie scold him for his actions, and later toss him out of the theater. This sub-plot also includes the THUD sound system promo ("The Audience is Now Deaf"), and a commercial for the Acme Gazette (complete with cameos by Buster and Babs Bunny floating by on a picnic table from their own sub-plot).
  • July 24, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    • An episode of Mr Bean has him and his girlfriend go to a theatre to watch a horror flick. He brings a big bucket of popcorn only for himself and a rubber knife in attempt to scare his girlfriend. Hijinks ensue when the movie stars, and he Screams Like A Little Girl at every Scare Chord. He tries to bail out, but the others watching the movie prevents him from doing so; he tries to cover his head with a sweater, which promptly scares his girlfriend; then he uses the bucket that he emptied from the constant shaking, which succeeds from scaring him out while his girlfriend and the others did so. After the movie, both he and his girlfriend were scared out of their wits when he thought that there was no hand from her jacket.
  • July 25, 2017
    MetaFour
    Does it count if the episode's plot revolves around trying to see a movie at the theater, but it's a Shaggy Dog Story and they never actually get to there?

    Web Original:
    • Scootertrix The Abridged, Episode 16, revolves around the main six trying to go to the theater to watch the acclaimed new movie, The Snack. But tickets for the movie are completely sold out, so the two Fourth Wall Observers in the cast resort to pulling six tickets out of a plot hole. And then Princess Celestia—who has an intense rivalry with The Snack's director—bombs every theater in Equestria, so the main six never make it to their movie anyway.
  • July 25, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    ^ If it does, then the Yes Dear example is a semi-example of that. Kim, Sammy, Emily, Jimmy, and Christine see the movie, but Greg, Dominic, and Logan don't.
  • July 26, 2017
    NESBoy
    • The following examples come from The Simpsons:
      • In "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie", Bart wants to go see the eponymous movie, but fails to keep an eye on his baby sister Maggie, allowing her to get into wacky hijinks. Homer punishes Bart by banning him from seeing the movie. Bart ends up not getting to see the film in its entire eight-month run.
      • In the beginning of the episode "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner", Homer has to take Bart, Lisa, and Ned Flanders's kids to see the movies. However, every family-friendly movie was sold out, and Homer can't see a raunchy teen comedy that Ned wouldn't let his sons watch, leaving Homer no choice but to take the kids to "The Re-Deadening", a horror movie about a living doll on a killing spree (at the recommendation of Homer's friend Lenny, who has a small part in it as one of the doll's victims). The trauma Bart and Lisa get from the movie sets up the rest of the episode, when they hear Marge's old boyfriend Artie Ziff hiding in their attic and assume it's a monster.
  • July 25, 2017
    YouFiredtheGraniteGuy
    On The Middle "Hecks at a Movie", the family takes Brick to see his first movie in the theater. He is seriously distraught when he sees a preview for his favorite book series, Planet Nowhere, and learns that the movie adaptation strays from the original storyline.

    On Raising Hope "It's a Hopeful Life", the family goes to the movies and sees a preview for a movie based on their lives, depicting them in a less than flattering light.

    On 2 Broke Girls "And the Hold-Up", Max & Caroline attempt to sneak into the theater and end up running into Han.
  • July 29, 2017
    DrNoPuma
    ^^^^ I'm not sure. Maybe it would be a Played With example.
  • August 1, 2017
    SquirrelGuy
    In The Brady Bunch episode "The Big Bet", Greg and Bobby make a bet over who can do more chin-ups. The loser has to be the winner's slave for a week. Bobby won, and Greg ended up having to take Bobby along on a drive-in movie date. Bobby makes a real jerkass of himself there, repeatedly demanding food from the snack stand, and eventually gouging a hole in the convertible top with an umbrella!
  • August 16, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Live Action TV
    • Another Yes Dear example; In the episode, "Walk Like a Man", Greg tries to prove to Sammy that he can be a Papa Wolf so that Sammy will see him more as a manly father than his wimpy older brother. At one point, the Warner and Hughes families go to the movie theater, where Greg gets into a scuffle with a talkative and much larger man and is apprehensive about fighting it out. When Greg sees Sammy about to eat a candy bar with peanuts in it, Greg punches the man to rush over to his son, knowing that Sammy is allergic to peanuts. In The Stinger, it is revealed that Sammy was fully aware of what was going on, and deliberately tried to eat the candy bar so that Greg would see what was happening, man up, and score a win.
  • August 16, 2017
    Omeganian
    RWBY Chibi, Season 2 Episode 11. The characters intend to go to the theater, but due to their different tastes, never manage to agree on a movie before it closes.
  • October 28, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Fan Works
    • Tommy Pickles Vs The Terrible Twos is a fanfic set one year after the events of Rugrats. In the chapter, "Tommy Talks", the Finster and Deville families take their children, as well as Tommy and Dil to see a Goober the Gopher movie. Not wanting to see the movie due to his dislike of Goober, Tommy sneaks out to see a Reptar movie. When Kira finds Tommy, Tommy tells her that he wants to see the Reptar movie, and when she refuses to let him see it, he throws a tantrum that results in the Finster and Deville families having to leave the theater early.
  • October 30, 2017
    AHI-3000
    • In The Boondocks episode "...Or Die Trying", Robert takes Huey, Riley, and Jazmine to the local cinema to watch Soul Plane 2: The Blackjacking (a fictitious in-universe sequel to Soul Plane). However, because Robert is a miserly cheapskate, he and the kids sneak into the theater without paying for the tickets. Naturally, problems arise due to Robert's illegal actions, and how he's throwing childish temper-tantrums over popcorn; Jazmine feeling intense guilt by association, due to being an accomplice to 'theft'; and Huey only going along reluctantly, and not actually wanting to see the movie in the first place.
  • October 29, 2017
    henke37
  • October 30, 2017
    GirlofMassDeconstruction
    • In one episode of Milo Murphys Law, Milo, his sister Sara, and his friends Zack and Melissa attempt to go see a Doctor Zone film. Sara spends most of the day trying to counter Milo's bad luck while Zach and Melissa learn about the show and make theories.
  • October 30, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    Does the Angela Anaconda short at the start of Digimon The Movie count? View this here.
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