In some way it is good that we no longer have ushers in theatres, as perhaps this cannot happen without ushers.
This is not personal, just something based on what I heard.
Little Jayne to her mum: I don't want to go the pictures with Auntie Nellie. I want to go to the pictures with Auntie Jessie. Auntie Nellie always sits down the back and I can't see very well. Auntie Jessie always sits at the front.
The aunties Nellie and Jessie were sisters. Can I quiz you what I might be on about here?
Obviously by the names we are going back a few years, but certainly within living memory, maybe even mine.
Later edit: How about if I added that the aunt who sat at the back was made to sit at the back.
Later later edit: Clearly I made this too hard. The aunts who were sisters were part aboriginal, one dark and the other pale. The darker one always had to sit at the back of the cinema whereas the pale one could sit at the front, hence Little Jayne preferred to go with the pale skinned aunt. This was post WWII, perhaps even the 1950s.