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1[[quoteright:350:[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender]]]]²[[caption-width-right:350:Not that she minds.]]²²AliceAndBob go to the theater, and there, thanks to the dark...²²* ''Version A'': The feeling is reciprocal already, so the two start grabbing hands. Especially in front of a romantic movie.²* ''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.²* ''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.²²If 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.²²Compare with GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: That choice of movies is when the male character would rather have the girl thrown in his arms.²²Probably a UndeadHorseTrope: Frequent but often subverted:²* Bob grabs the wrong hand. (Add bonus points if it's a huge, manly guy. Extra points if he seems to like it.)²* The lights went on before he has the time to do it.²* Friends came with and start to mock them, as MomentKiller.²* 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).²* Bob makes a mistake and grabs his AbhorrentAdmirer instead.²* He watches the RomanticFalseLead embrace Alice. Those two things can overlap to add tension, or in the contrary lead to PairTheSpares.²* 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.²* 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)²²Overlaps 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, just like in [[ this]] [[Franchise/DragonBall Bra/Goten]] fan art.²²----²!!Examples:²²!!!Type A²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* In the ''Elma's OL Diary'' spin-off manga of ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', Kanna and Saikawa hold hands while watching a film together after Kanna assumes that the film is scaring Saikawa (when in reality, she saw Elma kissing Kanna on the cheek due to the harmony dragon assuming that making out in theaters is mandatory and thus doing Type B to those she's sitting next to).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'': Tim and Stephanie go to a Sci-Fi movie for their first date where Steph puts her arm over Tim's shoulders and at one point the two hold hands.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fanfiction]]²²* ''Fanfic/DearDiary'': Prima and Opal watch a play together in Castelia City with the rest of their team and end up holding hands.²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film]]²* ''Film/{{Lolita}}'': Humbert is sitting between Lolita and Mrs. Haze, her mother, at a drive-in movie (Hammer's ''Film/CurseOfFrankenstein''). At a scary scene, both women grab each of Humbert's hands. He withdraws his hand from Mrs. Haze's and places it over Lolita's. Another jolt, Lolita puts her other hand over his, then Mrs. Haze puts her hand on ''hers'', feels around... then everyone withdraws their hands.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* DJ and her boyfriend in ''Series/FullHouse'', except an employee comes and breaks their kissing moment.²* ''Series/{{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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Literature/VampireKisses: Raven and Alexander's first kiss occurs in front of a television.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* 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 an OfficialCouple already.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* [[ Photographer Man ray]] tells in a biography his first date with model [[ Kiki]] in a theater: "I was searching for Kiki's hand in the dark."²* Countless actual dates in cinemas and theatres [[OmnipresentTrope the world over]] for [[OlderThanFeudalism as long as there have been such places]] have involved handsplay.²* Some chains of theaters have seats [[ especially fit for two]], invoking the trope. ²** Which leads to the question of what would happen if theaters had seats designed [[ like this...]]²[[/folder]]²²!!!Type B²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* A subversion in that [[ Rolo ad]] as the girl is attacked.²* Averted with this one: [[ there's a mistake on the owner's hand]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* In the ''Elma's OL Diary'' spin-off manga of ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', Elma, who is seeing a movie in a theater in the first time, is informed by one of her co-workers of this practice and, assuming that it's mandatory, attempts to do this to those that she's sitting next to, resulting in her kissing Kanna on the cheek and having an awkward moment when she tries to hold Fafnir's hand.²* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': When [[GenderBender Ranma]] has to pretend to be in love with [[IronButtMonkey Kuno]] (long story), this trope gets lampshaded.²-->'''Kuno:''' But, my love, holding hands in a theater will be the proof of our love!\²'''Ranma:''' Let's not push it.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* Subverted on [[ the season one Opening Credits]] of ''Series/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.²* Averted in episode "The Fight" in ''Series/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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* [[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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* ''Film/SummerOf42'': 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Visual Novels]]²* ''VisualNovel/AmnesiaMemories'': The second time the heroine and Ikki go to the movies, he nonchalantly holds her hand before the movie starts. Since the heroine is still missing a lot of her memories, and isn't too sure about her feelings for him at that point, she doesn't react much to it, but also doesn't let go.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/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...)²* ''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 [[ this fanart.]]²[[/folder]]²²!!!Type C²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* Subversion with [[ that ad]] that ends with a PairTheSpares gay variation.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Manga/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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenLittle'', at the very end with Chicken Little and Abby while watching the movie about their story.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':²** In the season 2 episode "Grudge Match", Ron accidentally touches Zita,the theater check-out girl, while taking popcorn.²** In "Exchange", Monique and Kim have the "I sit next to him" argument.²[[/folder]]


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