Before the advent of the Internet, I guess one of the more popular venues for cruising were moviehouses. Well, cinemas are still popular up till now but I think the many more ways of finding guys to hook up with has put a damper on this illicit use of the movie theaters.
Nowadays, many people think that moviehouse cruising mostly happens in run-down cinemas in Cubao or Recto showing bold films and with dirt cheap tickets. I guess the most notorious of these is Alta Theater in Cubao, which has been raided by the police several times. The most illustrative gay indie film showing this particular gay subculture of seeking sex in run-down theaters would have to be S.R.O., which was screened earlier this year.
That said, cruising in more mainstream cinemas is still quite possible. The following are some tips and tricks that I have observed and learned by reading stories and articles.
Older and mid-end moviehouses that are large and have separate sections for orchestra and balcony tend to have a greater proportion of cruising men and the cruising usually happens in the orchestra. Unlike these older theaters, the newer high-end cinemas like Greenbelt 3 tend to be small (thus easily scannable by authorities) and have a steep seating arrangement, which makes illicit acts among the row seats much more visible to people behind. Besides, if cruising is your primary aim, older cinemas have cheaper tickets.
Cinemas with their own CRs inside the theater provide more opportunities. In this case, the restroom form of cruising also applies and this seems instinctual to most PLUs. Just go to the CR once in a while during the movie and scope out the other men. You can be sure that most of them are cruisers.
In terms of films, unpopular movies, non-GP movies especially those rated R-18, and movies in their 2nd to the 4th week of screening are more cruisy. There are less people in the moviehouse which makes it conducive for naughty activities.
How about if the movie screening is a gay indie? It depends. If you are very discreet, skip the gay films. On the other hand, you are guaranteed that the movie audience would mostly be PLU, thus giving you more choices. Then again, many people would be on the lookout for cruisers and that might crimp your style especially if you don’t want to grab too much attention.
A good sign that men are cruising is if they are standing at the back aisle despite there being plenty of vacant seats. If you fancy one of them, standing beside them is a sure sign that you are interested.
If you prefer a more discreet way, then sitting by the outer aisles is an option. Take note that sitting with 1-2 seats between you and the aisle is a sign that you are inviting someone to sit beside you. The problem is, if you don’t like the person who will sit beside you, moving to another location would be awkward.
Men watching the movie alone is also a good sign that they are cruising.
Anyway, I have only ever had two encounters in the cinema and only one of them was consumated. The first time was while I was watching this foreign film titled Fierce People (not really noteworthy) in Robinsons Galleria. There were quite a few people in the cinema and I was seated at the back row and when this guy sat beside me. I knew he wanted some action and since the movie was quite boring, I let the guy have his way with me, ending up with him licking my nipples and then giving me some oral action. I then jacked myself off for him and I didn’t even have to reciprocate. Hehehe.
The second time was when I was watching this gay indie film (I forgot which) also in Galleria. Like the first time, this guy sat beside me and then eventually started groping me. I didn’t find him attractive at all and because I didn’t want to change seats, I just got my bag and put it on my lap to discourage him.
Those were my only “touching” encounters in the cinema. Why so little? Well, there are a few reasons why. One, I go to the cinema to watch a movie, dammit, and not to have sex, which is just a distraction. Two, I have better ways of hooking up. And three, I’m not really a fan of risky public sex.
How about you? Got any stories or tips and tricks to share about cruising inside the cinema?