I have been a moviegoer my entire life, but in the past year I have begun to see how little consideration there is from those who do not care about the movie-going experience of their fellow patrons. It is a trend that is getting worse, and it has to be stopped. I am at the point where I might never go see another movie in the theater because these people are sucking all the joy out of the experience that I am paying good money to enjoy.

These complaints are not limited to one theater.

People used to shut their cellphones off before the movie began. People used to keep their kids relatively quiet so that they did not distract other patrons. But now people seem to no longer care about being quiet or un-distracting in a movie theater.

In the past two weeks alone, I have gone to see “Avengers: Age of Ultron” three times, and each viewing has actually been worse than the previous one because of the people seeing the movie.

On May 2, I went to see a 12:45 showing of “Age of Ultron,” and in the same row as me were a father and his two children who were talking so loudly during the movie that at one point I actually had to shush them because the father was not keeping them quiet. They ruined my experience because I could hear them more than I could hear what was happening on the movie screen.

On May 9, a kid sitting behind me was yelling and talking to his parents and there was a girl sitting two seats down who was constantly texting during the movie. I finally told her it was distracting, and she put her phone away.

When you go to a movie theater, you might not think what’s going on in your little world is affecting those around you, but it is. Shut your cellphones off. And if you can’t keep a lid on your kids, don’t take them into the theater with you. Show some consideration for others.

Randall P. Wright

North Appaloosa Court

North Charleston