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Posted on Jun 10, 2022   Updated on Jun 12, 2022, 2:01 pm CDT

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Happy Friday! Today’s newsletter is packed with memes. Our Culture Editor Tiffany Kelly dives into the “about to make a new friend at the movies” meme in her weekly column. If you scroll down a bit, her pick for Meme of the Week are those cursed AI-generated images you’ve probably seen.  

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Making a new friend at the movies

There are two types of people: those who prefer reserved seating in movie theaters, and those who enjoy the old-fashioned method of picking out your seat when you arrive at the theater.

Both of these seating styles come with risks. If you arrive too late to a popular, new film with open seating, you might be stuck with a front-row seat. However, if you reserve a seat in an empty theater, a stranger might reserve a seat right next to you. And then it’s just the two of you, awkwardly watching a film together in an empty aisle. The latter situation has become a meme.

About to make a new friend,” writer Natalie Marlin tweeted this week, with a screenshot of an empty showing of David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future and the selection on a seat directly next to the only reserved seat in the theater. It received more than 400 quotes tweets and 100,000 likes.

“Lotta people assuming I actually [picked] that seat for real instead of just screencapping this for a joke and sitting way back from this person, c’mon now,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet. The Twitter account for Variance Films posted a similar joke. And another person posted a combination Wordle and “about to make a new friend at the movies” meme. 

In February, a TikToker claimed a person seeing Spider-Man: No Way Home “need[ed] a friend” and selected the seat directly next to them. The video prompted outrage from people who said the situation would make them uncomfortable and force them to move.

In case you think no one would actually do this, Twitter and Reddit is full of stories from people who claim someone sat next to them in an empty theater.

It appears most people would rather have space between others in an empty theater. But this meme offers a warning: if you’re the first person to reserve a seat in an empty theater, you might unwittingly acquire a movie-going buddy

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*First Published: Jun 10, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT