We even got there early. But not early enough. We see a lot of movies and we always go to the matinee, it's cheaper, there's fewer people, and the timing fits in with how we organize our days on the weekend. We went to see "The Imitation Game" and were confronted with a wall of people all heading to the same movie. We got the last two seats. The fellow, whose sold us many tickets in the past, joked that my seating was pretty much guaranteed, where Joe would sit was up for grabs. We received assurances that if we couldn't sit together we could return our tickets and go to a later showing.
I pulled into the wheelchair seat. An older man was sitting in the companion seat and he had stuff piled up on the seat next to him. The theatre was packed. Joe got me in and then headed to the toilet. I leaned over and asked the man if he could move over one seat so that Joe could sit next to me. He was startled that I was talking to him and it took him a few seconds to focus on what I was saying. I had to explain again.
He pointed to a seat in the next row saying, "I could sit there." I said that he could or he could simply move one over. He thought about it for a second when a person behind said, "Why are you asking him to move? He has a right to his seat." I turned to her and said, "He does have a right to his seat. The seat he is in is companion seating for those of us in wheelchairs. I will need assistance during the movie, I don't want to be whispering across to my partner in order to get his attention. Would you like the exact details of the assistance I will need or have I quelled your assumption of my being a selfish cripple?" She sat back like I'd offended her deeply.
The fellow got up and said to her, "I really didn't need your help in dealing with a reasonable request from this nice young man." Then he turned to me and said, "If you do one nice thing, each day, for someone else, your life will not have been lived in vain." I agreed. He moved to the seat he'd chosen. I took off my jacket and put it on the seat next to me, saving it for Joe's return.
After the lights went off, the only drama we experienced was on the screen.