The opening shot can tell us a lot about how to interpret what follows.
It can even be the whole movie in miniature.
- Jim Emerson, "Movies 101: Opening Shots Project"
In the very opening image of Jûzô Itami's 1985 film Tampopo, we the film's audience are presented with another film audience, a sparse one in a contemporary movie theater. Feet are up, newspapers are being read, chips are being crunched as the loudspeakers pipe in Franz Liszt's "Les préludes" to bring a classical undertone to an otherwise bland suburban scene. It's characteristic of writer/director Itami, son of prewar satiric filmmaker Mansaku Itami and former translator, essayist, TV show host, and actor, to mix such differing modes of high and low culture.
Post-script: Mike D'Angelo did a great entry in his Scenic Routes column for The AV Club on this scene, emphasizing some different aspects than I did here.