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May 9, 2014 5:28 AM

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I've been seeing this a lot and I want to know if this is actually a thing American's do after they've watched a movie at the cinema.

Can anyone from the USA confirm this? Any urges to start clapping?
I'm very interested.
 
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May 9, 2014 5:31 AM

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No... people usually just shuffle out of the theater.
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May 9, 2014 5:44 AM

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Well, I'm not from the US. But here in the Netherlands we only clap if the movie was a very good movie. I assume it's the same case in the US.
 
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May 9, 2014 5:51 AM

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I don't live in the US, but where I live, in Italy, usually people mock every type of films they're watching, talking with loud voices and discuss every fucking scene of the film believing to be great cinema critics, that's why I don't go to cinema anymore.
 
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May 9, 2014 6:26 AM

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I'm Australian and I don't go to the cinema often but the last time I went, I saw Divergent. People clapped. It was weird.
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May 9, 2014 6:31 AM

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I live in Australia too, and I want to see this.
I thought it was just an American thing...I get clapping to a performance but a movie? That's strange.
 
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May 9, 2014 6:33 AM

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What's the point anyway? Even if it's the best movie you've ever seen who are you even clapping for? The cinema employees for pressing a button to screen the movie? I mean it's not like anyone present when you watch it actually had something to do with making the flick, so they don't really deserve applaus.
 
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May 9, 2014 6:35 AM
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we dont do that in germany... I doubt that americans do it, never heard of it before.
 
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May 9, 2014 6:40 AM

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I heard they only clap in (stage) theaters but not in cinemas.
 
May 9, 2014 6:53 AM

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Of course they do. Also, they do it after bearing witness to a heartfelt speech or courageous performance.
 
May 9, 2014 6:59 AM

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If they clap hard enough, a magic rabbit appears and starts raining 100$ bills. It's an old tradition in the US.
 
May 9, 2014 7:04 AM

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Don't know. Not from the U.S. But in Australia we just slither out.
 
May 9, 2014 7:13 AM
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I've seen some people do it every time I went to see the Batman movies, I guess it depends on the movie
 
May 9, 2014 7:15 AM

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On a serious note though, it's more likely that someone will leave early or be heard mumbling to himself about hidden political themes than the entire theater clapping.
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May 9, 2014 7:15 AM

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It doesn't make sense to applaud for those responsible for the work if they aren't present. Any "clapping" takes place over social media.
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May 9, 2014 7:16 AM

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Only occasionally. If someone times it just right and the movie was decent they can get an applause going. I think you could get the same affect anywhere else though if you timed your first clap right.
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May 9, 2014 7:34 AM

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I don't clap and I don't see many people do it either, well I've only been to the theater like 10~ times in my life so my cases aren't exactly fact.
 
May 9, 2014 7:43 AM

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People clapped after the Captain America 2 ending.
 
May 9, 2014 7:45 AM

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It can happen, it really depends on the movie though. For example, most of the Marvel Universe movies (Iron Man, Avengers, etc) people have clapped at the end. I remember a lot of clapping and crying at the end of Toy Story 3 as well, and rightfully so.
 
May 9, 2014 7:49 AM

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I have never seen anyone clap at a movie. Maybe it's because I'm Canadian
 
May 9, 2014 9:35 AM

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Sometimes, but mostly just get up and leave... Actually, sometimes I see some people cheer at the end, along with clapping.

I guess it depends on how good the movie was.
 
May 9, 2014 9:52 AM

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I remember it happening with The Avengers, everyone loved it. Then again, I'm not sure if Miami counts since it's closer to being considered North Cuba rather than the U.S haha.
 
May 9, 2014 9:54 AM

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Never been to the movies where people clapped.
 
May 9, 2014 9:54 AM

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It's a premiere thing, I reckon.
I think this is the answer. I've never experienced people clapping at any regular movie showing.
 
May 9, 2014 10:44 AM

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I'm going to see Godzilla when it premiers in Australia, if it is a premier thing then I'll know it's not just American's who clap on impulse.
 
May 9, 2014 10:45 AM

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Yes. They do.

I went to see Captain America the other day, and people in the theater clapped after every scene when Cap beat an enemy.

Maybe it just happens in the south.
 
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One time I went to argo in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, I was the only person there. I yelled the entire movie.
I have really funny thoughts that no one will get to hear.
 
May 9, 2014 10:52 AM

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I've never seen someone give a standing ovation over as a movie. Actually i don't think i've heard anyone clap before.
 
May 9, 2014 10:53 AM

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i don't think i've heard anyone clap before.
It sounds like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9NIZOvfKpc
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May 9, 2014 10:55 AM

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Celestia-L20XX said:
I've been seeing this a lot
If you're not from the US, what the fuck does this statement mean?
 
May 9, 2014 12:23 PM

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nope - american - never seen it

although there was some yelling during Misery lol. "get that bitch!"
 
May 9, 2014 12:28 PM

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I used to work in a movie theater and I saw it every once in a while. Not exactly common, but it happens.
 
May 9, 2014 12:39 PM

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Zelgadis94 said:
I don't live in the US, but where I live, in Italy, usually people mock every type of films they're watching, talking with loud voices and discuss every fucking scene of the film believing to be great cinema critics, that's why I don't go to cinema anymore.
That's the WORST. People who don't know how to shut the fuck up shoulnd't be allowed there. I live in the US and I only go to the movies a few times a year but I don't remember ever seeing people clap. Don't know why you would, they can't hear you.
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May 9, 2014 12:42 PM

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Nah. Maybe sometimes after the premiere of an epic movie with a completely packed theater you get some people clapping but not really. I've seen cheering and stuff when there's a sick scene or cameo in a packed theater during a movie like the one Hulk scene in the Avengers where he tosses Loki around.
 
May 9, 2014 12:44 PM

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What are you basing this on? Seeing american movie characters clapping at the end of movies in said movies?

No, I've never seen it happen.
 
May 9, 2014 12:50 PM

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In California we do.

Oh yes we do.

 
May 9, 2014 1:50 PM

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Yes because we're stupid. What a stupid thing to do.
Silly clapping Americans.


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May 9, 2014 1:55 PM

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I usually clap, because I'm congratulating myself for sitting through it without falling asleep.

Also how many bloody Aussie's are on this site honestly.
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May 9, 2014 2:00 PM

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The only time you are going to hear or see people clapping is if you are a movie that has been highly anticipated for a very very long time at a midnight release or opening day.

But honestly if you are going to a midnight release for something llike. When you see people camping out and dressing up for the screening then yeah. You're gonna hear some cheering on the level of some sports event. When I went to see the last three Harry Potter films there was constant cheering whenever someone got their ass whooped.


At least that's how it goes where I live.
 
May 9, 2014 2:02 PM

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iv seen it a couple times, theres was quite a big clap for the lego movie and wind rises

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A more fundamental question would be:
Do Americans use the bathroom ?

OT: I've never been to America. I wouldn't know would I ?
 
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GoldenBlue said:
A more fundamental question would be:
Do Americans use the bathroom ?

OT: I've never been to America. I wouldn't know would I ?
the fuck is a bathroom?

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Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

 
May 9, 2014 2:18 PM

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Yes, everyone stands up and claps after anything interesting happens in the movie and at the end everyone starts clapping while shooting their guns into the air, then they continue to clap and cheer as they exit the theater into their hummers. No, I've never experienced someone clapping at the end of a movie.
 
May 9, 2014 2:25 PM

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DerpHole said:
No... people usually just shuffle out of the theater.
That has been my experience

I have heard no claps
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May 9, 2014 2:27 PM

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No.



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May 9, 2014 2:44 PM

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We do it sometimes on an opening midnight showing. I don't typically see it on any other occasion though.
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May 9, 2014 2:48 PM

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Shoryuuken said:
Well, I'm not from the US. But here in the Netherlands we only clap if the movie was a very good movie. I assume it's the same case in the US.
Sometimes. Not usually though. If it's a really good movie it happens.
 
May 9, 2014 3:07 PM

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This never happens and has never happened at any movie I've been to. I never knew people thought Americans did this.
 
May 9, 2014 3:15 PM

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Been to a lot of movies and never once did the audience clap even when it was good.
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May 9, 2014 3:26 PM

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The only time i've ever seen clapping at a movie was when the projector broke and after like 20 minutes they fixed it and so everyone clapped for that. Besides that, never seen anyone clap in a movie.
 
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