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Can You Sue a Movie Theater For Falling?

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Recently, not even a day ago, I fell at the movie theater while going to view The Dark Knight Rises. As we walked in the isle between where the front seats and upper seats are separated, both me and my friend slipped and fell on some sort of substance on the floor. We don't know to be honest if it was butter or if it was a drink. Please note, the theater did have some lighting in it that was coming from the screen but no sort of lights installed (from what I could see) in the large middle isle. My friends injuries were not serious but mine have cause my horrible pain in my left knee and ankle and I am seeing a doctor tomorrow. Can I sue if I am more injured than anticipated(as well, I am in summer school to get my diploma since I missed a gym credit so it's very inconvenient).

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Sorry about your situation. You may sue. Two issues need to be established. First, that the theatre has legal responsibility for the incident. Second, that you have a quantifiable injury. Tort law is not necessarily "fair". No injury = no claim. Legal equivalent of no harm = no foul. Speak to an attorney, see the doctor tomorrow. Good luck.

Personal injury cases only; I'm good at it; you be the Judge! All information provided is for informational and educational purposes only. No attorney client relationship has been formed or should be inferred. Please speak with a local and qualified attorney. I truly wish you and those close to you all the best. Jeff


Slip and falls are tough to prove and vary tremendously from state to state. Consult with a local lawyer for specific answers.

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I do not think I am going too far out on a legal limb here to speculate that the day anyone wins a case against a movie theatre for not having enough lights on during the movie will be unique.

The fact that there is always or almost always schmutz on the floor of a movie theatre is a problem for you. Slip and fall cases are not the 'slam dunk' of popular belief. There is an article linked below on the subject:

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Thank you for the article and taking time to answer. I was more or less asking this for my friend who also fell since she wants to sue the theater if either of us got very hurt. I think the difference is that there are tiny little lights in the theater on the sides of the aisle's steps so you can see them when climbing up while in the middle it looks like your walking into pitch black nothingness and can't see a thing. The theater we fell at is almost normally clean and with the 8 years we've been going there, we've never encountered something like this. A few smaller children also fell as well during the movie and I'm sure one of them was crying during the film. Once again, thank you for the input. I would have put more detail in the answer above but the 900 character limit is a bit of a killer.

Michael J Palumbo

Michael J Palumbo


It sounds like the theater had notice of the condition so there would be liability. 1-877-996-6849


You can sue a movie theater the same way you can sue any other establishment, as long as you can prove negligence, whether you slipped in a theater watching the Dark Knight or whether you were attacked by someone else.

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Dear Can You Sue a Movie Theater :

How did the visit to your physician go? As was previously mentioned, you need to establish both (i) duty of the movie theater, and (ii) injury to yourself. Historically, you will need to have sustained an injury beyond superficial (e.g., slight bruising or sprain would be considered superficial) before even considering and looking into whether or not the movie theater was responsible for your injury. Only once both elements are established will you have the chance of successful suit against the movie theater.

Kindly post what was learned from your physician and we can discuss this matter further.


yes you can sue see a lawer.

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