As I mentioned at the end of Part 2, my plan was to write to Event Cinemas and ask if they had a policy in place that prevented individuals from buying more than one (1) ticket to films rated MA15+.
I haven’t written to them yet – but earlier this week, when my friend and I agreed to see the MA15+ fantasy comedy Your Highness, I decided to conduct an experiment.
So last Tuesday evening, several hours before the late-night session we’d planned to attend, I did the following:
- I entered Event Cinemas on George Street here in Sydney
- I joined the queue at the ticket office
- I looked around to see if the young man who’d served me when I’d tried to buy tickets for Paul was around, but he wasn’t
- I eventually moved to the head of the queue and was called by the next available ticket-seller, who was also a young man
- I asked for three (3) tickets to the late session of Your Highness
The young man did the following:
- He said “Certainly!” or “Sure!” (I’m afraid I can’t remember which)
- He asked whereabouts I’d like to sit in the cinema (I chose the back)
- He handed me three (3) tickets after I’d handed over sufficient cash to pay for them, and wished me a good night (I did the same in return)
An hour or so later when my friend arrived at Star Bar to join me for dinner, I presented the results of my experience and he was similarly intrigued.
What did those results mean?
- Has Event Cinemas recently abandoned a policy that prevented individuals from buying more than one (1) ticket to MA15+ films?
- Is such a policy still in place – but has there been a process failure in keeping all staff informed?
- Did I come across as very alpha and not to be trifled with, and so the policy was waived for my situation?
1 is not impossible but rather unlikely, and 3 is very unlikely, so I favour 2.
Whatever the reason, I now have something more to add into my eventual query to Event Cinemas.
And Your Highness was stupid good fun – especially if you’re a former role-player like me, as several moments in the film reminded me of game incidents where character decisions, dice-rolls or both went unexpectedly well or catastrophically wrong.
Until next time, stay well and take care 🙂