Clapper?

@Humbug25 (12551)
January 12, 2009 4:25pm CST
I have been to the movies several times in my life it has to be said but only when I lived in the States for a short while did I ever have this experience. At the end of the movie people clapped! I have only experienced this in the US, no other country and I have been to the movies in several countries. Why do people clap at the end of the movie? Who are they clapping for? Do you clap at the end of a movie? Have you been to a movie where people have clapped at the end?
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 09
I've only been in the cinema when people have clapped as the film was about to start! It was the third and final instalment of Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith, the long, eagerly awaited final piece of the Star Wars jigsaw and everyone was excited about seeing it, as we sat there through the boring commercials and previews, finally at long last the film titles come on and everyone in the Odeon, Leicester Square starts clapping! But never at the end of the movie, so it must be an American tradition rather than a British one.
@Humbug25 (12551)
12 Jan 09
Hey there wolfie34 I guess that is the British audience for you! Did you start to sing 'Why are we waiting' too? Hahaha Cheers wolfie
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 09
I am like a big kid, I get far too impatient, I just want to fast forward the damn commercials and previews and jump to the film! Is it on yet, is it on yet!
• United States
12 Jan 09
I live in the states and people definitely do clap after some movies here. We just saw Pineapple Express downtown in my city and the whole audience clapped after it was over. I think people clapped after The Dark Knight as well. Just depends on the crowd and how popular the movie is at the time.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi ya raivenx17 I always think it is nice to show your appreciation for a good thing but there is never anyone there to receive it at the movies!! Thanks for your response
@Toony182 (256)
• United States
12 Jan 09
The only time I've really seen people clap for a movie was in my high school when they showed a movie in the auditorium, and that was just a few kids being annoying I think ;D I also think it's a bit dumb to clap for a movie, unless you're drunk with your friends or something and just feel like being stupid, lol. It's not like the actors can hear you or care that you clap for the movie :o
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hello Toony182 Yeah I guess some might do it just to annoy people. Thanks for your response
• United States
12 Jan 09
I imagine it is just like anything else. They enjoyed it, so why not clap. I have been to several movies where this has happened, so I don't think about it much. I remember people clapping after Jurassic Park--I lived in Teas then. I remember people clapping after Major Payne---I lived in Arizona then---so I can't even narrow it down to a region or group of people or type of movie. Bravo! Woohoo! Great Discussion! (clapping wildly) Happy mylotting
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi LuvBr0wn13s I think the Brits are too reserved to do that and would probably be stared at if they did such a thing at the end of a movie! Thanks for your response
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Hello humbug25! I didn't know that American people clapped after the movies. Sounds new to me. Here in the Philippines, people don't clap their hands after watching the movie. I haven't tried to clap my hand either. Maybe if I will do it, probably, I will get all the attention of movie goers.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi ya aisaellis22 People in the UK don't do it either so it is strange when you watch a movie in the US and people do this. I am not saying that it is wrong, not at all, it is interesting to know that they do and to find out why! Thanks aisaellis
• United States
13 Jan 09
hehehe..yeah..I don't see anything wrong with it either. I think it has been the American culture and it's interesting actually.
@scorpio19 (1363)
12 Jan 09
Hiya Humbug, No I haven't ever experienced that in the cinemas, how odd but it's different cultures for you, I'II do that the next time I take the kids, stand up and applaud..and shout bravo, bravo!!!lol
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@Humbug25 (12551)
12 Jan 09
Hi scorpio19 Yeah right and the men in white coats with come and get you!! Cheers scorpio
@scorpio19 (1363)
12 Jan 09
they've been a couple of times already hun so why not make it a hat trick but I'II do it just to wind my kids up and when they ask me what I'm doing, I'II say Humbug made me..lol
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
18 Jan 09
No, I don't usually. I believe if people are happy to get the movie started they will clap or if at the end of the movie they believe it's excellent they will clap. I don't think it happens often & I believe that most people only clap if there is something wort waiting for (or unless the movie was very excellent). Cheers! Pablo
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@Humbug25 (12551)
18 Jan 09
Hi there callarse1 I think there are several reasons why and when people clap during a film, I have also seen people clap in the middle of a movie too. Thanks for your response
• Egypt
18 Jan 09
well I live in Egypt, and Although I've never been to a movie where people clapped after it. I was told by people use to do that at the 70s and 80s. if the movie was good
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@Humbug25 (12551)
18 Jan 09
Hi ya agirlfromtomorrow Wow I have never head that before, that's interesting! Thanks for your response
17 Jan 09
Clapping at the begining of a good movie when the trailers are finally over and the movie is actually starting... but never at the end of a movie! In the cinemas here people are already out of their seats and heading out the door the second the film has finished! How odd!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
18 Jan 09
Hi ya mummyofthree I think clapping after the trailers is more of a 'thank goodness, now we can get on with the film'!! . Yes I know when I have been to the movies I don't even wait for the credits to go up I am outta there!! Cheers mummyofthree
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
13 Jan 09
No, I have never experienced this. What I have experienced is when people clap when a plane touches down successfully.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi ya cynthiann I have experienced this too and I don't understand that either, I mean were people thinking that it wasn't going to be a successful landing or what? LOL Cheers cynthiann
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
13 Jan 09
I've been to a few movies where everyone clapped at the end. I think people just do it because it's really a great movie and it made everyone feel good. I think it's a great feeling when you get to see a really special movie that affects everyone the same way and makes them just want to applause.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi Shar19 Imagine if you were the only one clapping because everyone else thought that the movie was a load of rubbish!! LOL That would be embarrassing wouldn't it but I would find it funny if it wasn't me clapping!! LOL Thanks Shar
• Canada
13 Jan 09
People do that here in Canada too. I guess to show their appreciation if it was a good movie. I don't usually clap though becuase it's not like the director is at the front of the cinema bowing with people throwing roses at him :P Interestign topic lol
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hello rainbowbrains and welcome to myLot I am glad that you have found my discussion interesting (or interestign as you put it!! hahaha). You should check out my other discussions too if you thought this one was good!! LOL Thanks for your response and happy mylotting
@daylstone (126)
• Philippines
13 Jan 09
It's because of the excitement... when they are too excited to see something or they are really appreciative of the good work done, we clap... a movie is an art.. so you clap as a sign of appreciation to the artist, and as a sign to the others that you appreciate it.... :)
@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi there daylstone and welcome to mylot!! It just seems a shame that the film makers and actors are not aware of the appreciation that people have displayed for their hard work eh? Thanks for your response and happy mylotting
@riyasam (16570)
• India
13 Jan 09
i donot go to movie halls frequently but the few times i have gone,i found out that people clapped,when the movie was really good,they show that they appreciste the film.when they dont like the film,there is plain hooting at the end of the show.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi ya riyasam I think people react to what they have seen physically also! Thanks riyasam
• Indonesia
13 Jan 09
i've never been to a movie where people clap their hands in it. But one of my colleagues had experience that. She was watching one of the movie from the annually jakarta international film festival. I think it's the first day screening for that film (i forgot the title) and at the end of the movie, everybody seems to clap their hands. She didnt. She looked around in wonder because it's uncommon for people to clapped, but since it was her first time experience in a film festival, she thought that people clapped at film festival ;) When she told us at the office the following day, we all agree that the reason why the people clapped was due to the movie being amazing. Thus, they show their appreciation to the film maker and people behind by clapping their hands. Granted, nobody from the film maker nor people behind the film making was present that night, but they did that spontaneously. Upon local film screening, if the movie was great, the audiences also clapped their hands to show appreciation. And being local film, ofcourse the film maker and the people behind the film making are present :) When i saw "yes man" the other day, i suddenly had this urge to clap hands when jim carrey character finally able to get the jumper back in his room. The crowd in the movie was also clapping, maybe that's what makes me feel like i want to join them :) And i thought that i heard some of the people watching clapped their hands too. But that probably because of the sound system ;)
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hello goldflower Soemtimes you have to go along with what others are doing so you are not the odd one out and are stared at!!! LOL Thanks for your response
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
13 Jan 09
Well, I live in Canada and I have never seen or heard of anyone clapping after A movie. I would be like you, who are they clapping for and who can hear them clap anyways. I don't get it either. I have been to the states many times but I have never gone to a movie while I was there so I don't know if they do that or not. I will just have to take your word for it, my friend. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi ya chrislotz Well next time you are in the US you should make a point of going to the movies and checking it out for yourself. I don't think they all do it at every movie so you might just get lucky or unlucky as the case may be!! Thanks chris
@apples99 (6562)
• United States
13 Jan 09
I must admit that there have been times were I have been tempted to clap during a movie LOL I think that some people clap at the movies because they over come with enjoyment for the film I guess its just a reflex reaction.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Howdy apples99 I think you might well be right there my friend! Cheers apples
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
12 Jan 09
no, i don't believe i have but see nothing wrong w/it. just shows they liked the movie, i guess,
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@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi ya ANTIQUELADY Oh no I wouldn't say there is anything wrong with it, it's just that we don't do it in the UK and it seems a bit strange to do when there is no one there from the movie for example to see how the audience enjoyed it! Thanks for your response
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Jan 09
I've been at a few. Usually it's when the movie is a cult favorite such as a Star Trek or Star Wars movie.
@Humbug25 (12551)
13 Jan 09
Hi ya dawn The one that sticks in my mind the most was Sliver and I don't know about you but I certainly would class that as a cult movie LOL Cheers dawn