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I Can't Go to the Movies Because of BED BUGS!

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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!!!

woman looking mortified
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 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! CBSABCThe Daily NewsCNNFOX, even! 

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! 

OK, last one: the Park Slope Pavilion. I typed it in, hit "search," and ... NOOOOOOOOO!

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. 


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?

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14 comments so far | Post a comment now
Jennifer October 27, 2010, 7:05 AM

Thank you for the heads-up on the bed bug website! I’ve already registed multiple alerts for myself, and plan to do research there before I book ANY hotel visits in the future.

Is it possible for ANY blog entry on this site to escape petty criticism? Probably not. If you’re going to complain, at least put your name on it.

???????????????????? October 27, 2010, 5:24 PM

The link you have posted for some dude caught one red handed goes to some porn site!!!!!!!!!! Or something of the like, I clicked off of it fast because my son was standing here!


Elizabeth Kuster October 27, 2010, 6:56 PM

Thanks for the heads-up! Something happened to the site; if you click on the cached version on Google, it’s correct. But you’re right — the home page is now some crazy hacked-in porno crap. SORRY.

Here’s an excerpt from the post I referenced, as it appeared in the fabulous blog FIPS:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 12:04AM
… My boyfriend eventually talked me into going to the UA Court Street in Carroll Gardens (is it?) Sunday night to see a movie …. We were walking in to get our tickets, when some guy comes out going “Bedbugs! Don’t go in there unless you want bedbugs!” …. HE HAD A BEDBUG IN A BAG THAT HE FOUND IN THE THEATER. He’d found it ON HIS SHIRT in Theater 11, and trapped it in a soda cup with a napkin (which were also in the plastic bag when he showed us). And apparently when he complained to management, they said something about having had screened for them the day before. Uhh.

There’s more, but you get the gist. Thanks again for telling me about the faulty link. I removed it ASAP.

Jennifer October 28, 2010, 11:52 AM

But I do agree about the bad grammar.

Losingitquick October 29, 2010, 8:56 AM

First of all… I could not agree with you more - the movie industry - with all of it’s billions of dollars needs to step up and get involved with research and development of something to kill these bugs! 2nd of all… I too live in Brooklyn - and I would never got to the movies - EVER again. The UA in Sheepshead Bay is infested and the owner is aware but does not want to continually incur the cost of exterminating- his theory is that people will just bring them back the next day.

Finally… I hate to be a scare monger… but these bugs are everywhere. Century 21 in Bay Ridge - my favorite store! You can bring them home on new items… they say you should seal all new purchases in airtight bags and then put immediately in the dryer on HOT for at least 30 minutes to kill bugs, nymphs and eggs… you have to be very careful when removing the items fromthe bag - directly into the dryer - and then have another bag waiting to put the first bag into and then seal that one shut…. I think it is insane that we live in the big city - pay big city taxes and have been reduced to 3rd world country living conditions.

I try to find the positives… sve the money from the movies you would be seeing in a jar. God forbid you get bed bugs it is a very costly problem to address.

Oh, btw… I was in carroll gardens a couple of weeks ago and noticed that there were several yard sales. I commented to my boyfriend about how uneducated the public is about the problem, as many people were buying clothes and such. So, as we are driving down Henry St I look at the address and goonto my phone and type it in the bed bug registry - there were reports that all three units in the building are infested… and here were innocent people buying items thinking they were getting a great deal!

Until this situation is addressed they should temporarily ban yard sales! Stop the spread of the problem!

Sorry so wordy - just very passionate about something being done!

Lit Prof October 29, 2010, 11:45 AM

Why harp on the grammar? It doesn’t bother me. This is a chatty post on the Internet; it’s not a published article. The important thing about this post is its focus: bed bugs! Get informed, people!

sammi November 19, 2010, 4:57 PM

wow things are bad when we cannot even go to the movies anymore. A good way to get rid of the bugs is with diatomaceous earth the food grade kind

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