Those who fear theaters are said to suffer with Theatrophobia.
There may be many things that cause the fear of the theater. For instance a person may find themselves fearful when the lights go out and it is difficult to see to leave the theater if they need to. They may be fearful of confined spaces. This can be a huge trigger if the movie they go to see is full. The other trigger could be that the movie itself elicits fears that may be separate from the dark or small spaces.
Some may believe that the bad things that happen on screen might follow them from the theater. They may be convinced the horror flick they saw will come true in real life. The fear may be related to large crowds or loud noises. There are many reasons a person may find themselves afraid to visit the theater – and some of those reasons have been observed in others first.
A person who fears the theater may or may not struggle with watching movies at home, but chances are strong they will express extreme apprehension if they encounter a theater. Other symptoms may also include panic attack, trembling, air hunger, weeping, screaming, nausea, loss of control, irrational behavior.
Because this fear is often personally linked to other phobias it is important to enlist the help of a qualified therapist who can help you understand why the phobic responds the way he does and then how to deal with the issue.
It always helps to have someone who is empathetic to ones phobia to turn to when one is struggling. These are individuals who will not poke fun nor will not enable you either.