Guest blogger Elizabeth Kuster: I was totally excited to see "Paranormal Activity 2" on the day it opened. But I've been hearing about bed bugs in theaters so much lately, I thought I'd check out the places it's playing first, just to be safe, and ... OMGOMGOMG!!!
First up: The Regal Battery Park
Stadium 11. Heretofore, this has always been my favorite theater, because it has stadium seating, no lines and is located near Ground Zero, which means it still really needs my consumer dollars. So I put "Regal Battery Park
" and "bed bugs" in the ole Google bar, and ... shizz
! Not only does it have BED BUGS, but an employee narked about it just DAYS AGO!!
Here is an excerpt from this Good Samaritan's BedbugRegistry.com post (God bless him or her):
"I have been working [at the Regal Theater] for over a year now and we are told to say there are no bed bugs here. If you go into some theaters and you see seats with bags on the seats this means they are infected with bed bugs more than others. We are told to say that the seats are damaged or something has been spilled on them. It is really sad that we are told to lie just to make a buck! People ... bring these bugs home and don't even know it."
YEESH!! OK, scratch THAT theater off my list ... permanently. (Sigh.) Theater number two: the Times Square
AMC 25 -- another great one with stadium seating. Put it in Google, and ... DOUBLE SHIZZ! Major headlines! CBS
! The Daily News
I decided I should try a theater closer to home, right here in Brooklyn. The Court Street Stadium 12? That's a nice one -- or so I thought. Yep, you guessed it: BED BUGS! They're so bad there, some dude even caught one red-handed in mid-film!
It's official: I can't go to see a movie I really, really want to see in the theater because EVERY THEATER HAS BED BUGS, and bed bugs are scarier than "Paranormal Activity 2
" could ever hope to be. (Several of my friends have gotten them, and they all have PTSD.)
Is the film industry freaked about the bed-bugs-in-theaters problem? They should be. If things go on like this for much longer, ticket sales are going to freaking plummet. Seriously: The film companies/producers/marketing people (or whoever's job it is to get people's butts in theaters) really need to DO SOMETHING.
THE SITUATION IS MAKING ME USE ALL-CAPS MORE THAN I EVER HAVE BEFORE!
And so, in summary: Hooray for Netflix!
Moms -- and I'm not just talking to N.Y.C. moms
, because bed bugs have infested the entire U.S. of A.
-- are you freaked about the bed-bug situation? Have you changed any habits because of it?