Movies The case against watching a movie in theatres

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#1
In the past years, I rarely go to see movies in the theatres. I go maybe once or twice a year (I used to do it 52x more). My reasons:

The price. It has just gotten more expensive to do it. If you include the movie food (during or after) plus the ticket price, it's almost equivalent to the price I will pay when the DVD comes out, and I can watch that as much as I want.

Home theater technologies. Bigger tv screens, bigger sound system at home. You can watch it whenever you want. It's not such a bad alternative...

Comfort. The movie theatre chairs aren't really comfortable and they can be confined. I like watching from my couch or my bed. And something about having to share an armrest with a stranger...Yesterday, someone sat beside me and she didn't smell that good. I would have switched to another chair but I liked the angle of the screen where I was. The other places with the same angle were already taken.

The Distraction. Ok, I can get distracted at home too but at least I can pause and rewind. I don't like it when people around me talk while the movie is going on. Or they kick or move their chairs, causing your seat to vibrate. Another thing I don't like, which I experienced yesterday is when people laugh at scenes that are supposed to be intense and not funny. It breaks the ambiance.

Anyway, I have to admit that if I'm really a big fan of the movie. I'll still be one of the people lining up on the first day to see it in the theatres. :lol:
 

Altanzitarron

Tamer Of The LOLzilla
#2
I love going to cinema, I try to go atleast once a week aslong as theres enough good looking films out to permit it. I enjoy the social aspect of sharing a film for the first time with all those people. However the one thing I cannot abide is talkers, I cant hack it in the cinema and I certainly can't hack it if I'm watching a dvd with someone. For me there should be an 11th commandment; Thou shalt not talk over key plot points and then ask what's going on 5 minutes later. Punishable by death.
 

WesJones87

RayzorBlade87
#3
I'm quite the opposite, I LOVE watching movies in cinemas. I don't know why, but I think it's because I don't have access to a home cinema system, so the sound quality is magical to me. I go into a cinema screen and it's like I'm a little kid again.

I enjoy watching the trailers before the movies, which some may find strange. I don't know why, but I think the way they're put together to entice people is incredible. If I'm ever late and I miss the trailers, I'm slightly disappointed.

I do agree with the people talking and fidgeting though, and people getting up to go to the bathroom. Those can be quite annoying. But they are a small price to pay (unlike the ticket prices!) to enjoy the majesty of the latest blockbuster in cinematic quality. I have yet to expirience IMAX, but I'm told it's the best cinema experience so I'm looking forward to that.
 

Mihael_langley

Formerly "Maikeru"
#4
wow, you really must have bad experiences with Theaters =p

Luckly for me, the theaters where i live are very confortable and big, people tend to be silent and its fairly inexpensive. The ticket price is 5.50, and usually we have promotions where they offer a free ticket for the next time we come watch a movie.

If you have in mind the money most people spend on tobacco, Drinks while going out, along with other acomodations, 5.50 is a bargain ^^

While if i was to watch movies at home, i would at least have to spend a couple of thousands worth equipment to make it work, plus i would have to have a button to shut off my family and my suroundings because i cannot stand being interrupted or watch a movie in 2 halfs.

Btw, was this thread a Q? haha
 

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#5
For me there should be an 11th commandment; Thou shalt not talk over key plot points and then ask what's going on 5 minutes later. Punishable by death.
There are movies when people bring young kids and the kids get noisy and ask their parents what's happening.... :stare:

I enjoy watching the trailers before the movies, which some may find strange. I don't know why, but I think the way they're put together to entice people is incredible. If I'm ever late and I miss the trailers, I'm slightly disappointed.
Ah, yeah. One thing I liked about watching a movie yesterday was seeing the trailers. They have several good movies coming out soon, especially the selections of the Cannes Festival. I barely pay attention when they're shown on the telly, so this was refreshing to see.

wow, you really must have bad experiences with Theaters =p

Luckly for me, the theaters where i live are very confortable and big, people tend to be silent and its fairly inexpensive. The ticket price is 5.50, and usually we have promotions where they offer a free ticket for the next time we come watch a movie.
I paid 10 euros! That's just the movie. Then I took a 6.40€ meal (which is a normal sized popcorn and a bottle of iced tea) --- and this is even the promotional combo prize. Then the cost of transport, haha....
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
#6
I love watching movies at the theaters as well, it's 10$ for a ticket, which isn't all that bad, I rarely buy food there, so that doesnt really matter.

People dont talk when I am in the theater and the chairs are extremely comfortable.

But I only go see movies that I really want to see in the theater.
 
#7
I hate going to the theater with the reasons you provided and for the fact that I'm always dead tired once the show is over and all I want to do is just relax and go to bed. Sitting there puts my body to sleep.
 
#8
I have been to the cinamas a total of 5 times and enjoyed every moment of it. Usually to see a film I'm interested in. Things like expensive tickets and snacks can set me back nearly 70 rands, so a special occasion will do. I hate watching home movies with others. Pointing, commenting and laughing about scenes I disagree with, turns me off.
 
#9
My 3 main reasons for not going to the cinema are: Price, Company, and Just Generally Prefer to Watch DVDs at Home. :)lol:)

Like you, I think it's way too over-priced (oo that sentence could be taken in 2 ways) and it's not worth it, especially with the extras on top like food and drink. I don't like paying so much to go see something I'm not sure I'll even enjoy.

Company is because I wouldn't go on my own (I mean, I wouldn't mind, but rather just stay home) and my friends don't really like the same movies as me. Last time I was dragged to the cinema it was to see that Shopaholic film.

I much prefer to watch films at home because it's more flexible and I only really watch older films that have been recommended or I've read about first. And I can watch it as many times as I like at home.
 

Merc

Certified Shitlord
V.I.P.
#10
I'd argue that both technology and distractions are worse at home than in the theaters. Those two alone are enough for me to see one in theaters.