Taylor Swift just dropped her concert film for her Era’s tour — The Eras Tour — and soon we’ll get Beyoncé’s concert film, Renaissance. But here’s the thing: concert films throw a bit of a curveball at moviegoers, who are used to quietly enjoying a film. When it’s a concert film, are we allowed to get up and bust a move? Can we sing along? And moviegoers give you the side eye if you do?
Fans are being told to let loose during concert films.
Well, the good news is that fans are being told to “let loose” during these screenings. Major cinema chains like AMC and Cineworld have given the nod to ditching the usual theater rules. AMC Theatres has released a statement with guidelines ahead of the Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film. They stated, “We encourage dancing and singing throughout this concert film event, but please do not dance on our seats or block other guests from viewing, safely walking or exiting the auditorium.”
The whole “let’s make it a party” idea came straight from Taylor Swift herself. In an Instagram post introducing the film, she informed her fans that singing and dancing are “highly encouraged.”
But let’s remember that concert films aren’t your typical movie night at the theater. They’re a chance to see your favorite artists’ tours up close, especially if you couldn’t secure rare and expensive concert tickets. Yet, there’s a potential risk that some fans may misconstrue the setting and behave as if they are at an actual concert.
Know before you go.
Certain cinemagoers have expressed similar concerns online. One X user shared their thoughts, saying, “probably an unpopular opinion but i hope others in the theater i’m in for the eras tour film actually treat it like a movie & not a concert.” They added that pre-show bracelet trading and pre-film sing-alongs are fine. But, according to this person, belting it out during the movie when others can’t hear the artist is just plain rude.
Whether you have tickets for The Eras Tour film or plan to purchase them for Renaissance, there’s a different set of rules to follow.