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AliceAndBob go to the theater, and there, thanks to the dark...

* ''Version A'': The feeling is reciprocal already, so the two start grabbing hands. Especially in front of a romantic movie.
* ''Version B'': Bob (because the one doing the first step is AlwaysMale) makes an attempt to lay his hand on Alice's hand/put his arm around her shoulders. She can protest loudly (slap him sometimes) and even go back home suddenly, or let him do while blushing. Romantic movies help that too.
* ''Version C'': Thanks to Bob's shyness, hands contact was totally accidental, as both reach for popcorn for instance. It fits especially with couples who think they are LikeBrotherAndSister.

If Bob has pervert's instincts he may try bosom or knee instead. And if Alice likes it, it can go further with a kiss or even more.

Compare with GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: That choice of movies is when the male character would rather have the girl thrown in his arms.

Probably a UndeadHorseTrope: SeenItAMillionTimes but often subverted:

* Bob grabs the wrong hand. (Add bonus points if it's a big, badass guy. Extra points if he seems to like it.)
* The lights went on before he has the time to do it.
* Friends came with, and start to mock them, as MomentKiller.
* The popcorn/coke glass is suddenly spilled to kill the attempt. When it's coke, Alice frequently quits to go to the restroom (and not come back before the end of movie) while Bob is thinking "WhatAnIdiot!" (especially if his clumsiness ruined Alice's favorite clothes).
* Bob makes a mistake and grabs his AbhorrentAdmirer instead.
* He watches the RomanticFalseLead embrace Alice. Those two things can overlap to add tension, or in the contrary lead to PairTheSpares.
* It can be Alice's point of view, and she can discover that it's somebody else (the big guy for instance, or a serial murderer like in ''Film/{{Scream 2}}'') that is embracing her.
* Sometimes at the beginning of scenes, arguments can happen for who gets to sit next to Alice (if she came with more than one boy)

Overlap with UnresolvedSexualTension and WillTheyOrWontThey. Often a first step in a RelationshipUpgrade. Sister trope to YawnAndReach, except that for reach the excuse PassThePopcorn is more used in theaters.
A variant can happen in front of a TV, [[http://allison-now.deviantart.com/art/Silent-Kiss-33097055 just like in this Bra/Goten fanart]].
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!!Examples

!!!Type A

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[[folder:Film]]
* ''{{Lolita}}'' - Humbert is sitting between Lolita and Mrs. Hayes, her mother, at a drive-in movie (Hammer's ''CurseOfFrankenstein''). At a scary scene, both women grab each of Humbert's hands. He withdraws his hand from Mrs. Hayes' and places it over Lolita's. Another jolt, Lolita puts her other hand over his, then Mrs. Hayes puts her hand on ''hers'', feels around...then everyone withdraws their hands.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* DJ and her boyfriend in ''FullHouse'', except an employee comes and breaks their kissing moment.
* ''{{Angel}}''. While attending the ballet, Wesley and Gunn are sitting on either side of Winifred Burkle, whom [[LoveTriangle both are interested in]]. Each slowly reach over to touch her (causing the audience to anticipate either a very startled Winifred or a hilarious accidental-gay joke) when she suddenly says that Angel and Cordy have been gone too long and they'd better go look for them.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* VampireKisses: Raven and Alexander's first kiss occurs in front of a television.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', there's no cinema due to the low technology civilisation, but there's regular theaters, in "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers The Ember Island Players]]". Sokka has his arm around Suki most of the time, but they were a OfficialCouple already.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Ray Photographer Man ray]] tells in a biography his first date with model [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Prin Kiki]] in a theater: "I was searching for Kiki's hand in the dark."
* Countless actual dates in cinemas and theatres [[OmnipresentTrope the world over]] for [[OlderThanFeudalism as long as there have been such places]] have involved handsplay.
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!!!Type B

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* A subversion in that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36kEgDe3q0Y Rolo ad]] as the girl is attacked.
* Averted with this one: [[http://www.culturepub.fr/videos/breast-fest-festival-de-films-cancer-du-sein-feel-up there's a mistake on the owner's hand]]
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''RanmaOneHalf'': When [[GenderBender Ranma]] has to be pretend to be in love with [[IronButtMonkey Kuno]] (long story), this trope gets lampshaded.
--> '''Kuno:''' But, my love, holding hands in a theater will be the proof of our love!
--> '''Ranma:''' Let's not push it.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Subverted on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SAqreFLzeM#t=1m00s the season one Opening Credits]] of ''HappyDays'': Richie & Potsie are out with a couple of girls at the movies, the boys on the outside and the girls on the inside. Richie & Potsie both go for this, but end up touching hands themselves, and pull back.
* Averted in episode "The Fight" in ''SavedByTheBell''. Slater and a new girl in school go to a theater, but Zack has a crush on her too. So he pays a lady to pretend she's Slater's mom, and to sit between them in order to kill any attempt.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[GenderFlip Genderflipped]] in ''Literature/BookOfTheStars''. In a movie theater, young wizard Robin Penmarch feels his friend Amber try to grab his hand, but he doesn't dare to respond and she gives up. That time.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Summer Of '42'': Hermie at the theater grabs what he supposes to be Aggie's bosom, but it was only her arm. At the very same time Oscy gets the "Stop it!" reaction with Miriam.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''AsToldByGinger'', episode "Dare I, Darren?": Ginger ends up at the movies sitting between her crush Ian and her [[JustFriends friend]] Darren, who she's started to think she might have feelings for. During a scary moment, she accidentally grabs both their hands. (And Ian's on a date with the AlphaBitch at the time...)
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', subverted in "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers The Ember Island Players]]": Aang certainly intended to do so, but Zuko came and sat next to Katara. Zutarians supposed they do so later like in [[http://fufucuddlypoofs.deviantart.com/art/Zutara-Ember-islands-secret-154123668 this fanart.]]
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!!!Type C

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* HayateTheCombatButler: During a few chapters of the manga, Hayate and Hinagiku wind up going to the movies together. Although it was the SC Rangers that set them up and provided the tickets, each of them had their own reasons for wanting it to go well (Hayate to ensure that Hina didn't hate him for the trouble he caused her, and Hina to show Hayate her feminine side/that she loved him). After a truly bizarre way getting there they sit in the theater and accidentally touch hands on the arm rest. The narration then promptly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] that the two of them only just realized it was a date.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Disney/ChickenLittle'', at the very end with Chicken Little and Abby while watching the movie about their story.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Subversion with [[http://www.culturepub.fr/videos/22nd-san-francisco-international-lesbian-gay-film-festival-au-cinema that ad]] that ends with a PairTheSpares gay variation.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''KimPossible'':
** In the season 2 episode "Grudge Match", Ron accidentally touches the theater check-out girl while taking popcorn.
** In "Exchange", Monique and Kim have the "I sit next to him" argument.
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