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I'm with you there...My TV is big enough, and the surround sound is good enough to give me the experience I want most of the time...an occasional theater trip is nice as long as there isn't a lot of outside interference from disrespectful kids...which isn't often
Just joking, of course. To be honest, I rarely have a bad theatrical experience. When someone's noisy, I tend to ask to please keep it down and that usually works. Also, talking to a lot of kids as I tend to do, they are far from the dumb ADHD crowd some here seem to think. You would be surprised how critically and intelligently several of my 17 year old students analyzed F9 and other youth oriented films last year. Don't worry, they are getting there too, to becoming old farts like us. 😉
Lastly, tradition is overrated. Every generation has its own ways and calls the next one out on their lack of respect for their "traditions". That's simply the eternal cycle of generations replacing the former while being replaced by the latter. Remember when we were told to shut up by "old people"? Thing is, I love watching movies in the theatre, I still do, and interference from disrespectful kids? -- hardly. More from middle-aged women chatting the place up about their dogs, kids, husbands and coworkers.
Incidentally, NTTD clearly wasn't catering to the wee ones.
I used to moonlight in a theater as a projectionist while stationed in Germany some time ago, and I remember distinctly having to kick several people out for being noisy and disrespectful during the showing of Revenge of the Sith...so now when one or two people act out while a movie is playing it jumps right out at me, maybe I'm a little too sensitive to it...I know plenty of younger folks that are in tune and are very intelligent with things like movie reviews, but there are plenty who are also not, nature of the beast, I suppose timing is everything. Maybe later viewings might be a better route if I venture forth to see a movie.
I tend to pick second or third week showings anyway, if for no other reason than to avoid overcrowded rooms. I just don't like being squeezed between people. I do make the occasional opening night exception, though. Star Wars, Bond, anything DC, ... 😉
Just kidding, I skipped CHAPTER TWO. I’m the worst person to take to a horror film because none of them ever feel terrifying and I just end up either laughing at how silly it all is or I get incredibly bored. There’s few exceptions, like DOCTOR SLEEP where I’m more stunned that the filmmakers actually went there concerning a baseball boy.
It must've been your long lost cousin, then. I knew it.
I mostly avoid them in theaters just because how loud everyone gets, to the point that I miss key dialogue and stuff because the screams and laughter are endless (though I did see Doctor Sleep in theaters thankfully and loved it).
SF was one of those rare cases in my experience where a few idiots in the back were ruining it for all of us. They were removed by the stewards about halfway through the movie, but because of them, I'd had a big problem resonating with the film. I too wonder sometimes if SF might be sitting better with me right now if my virgin viewing of the film hadn't been intruded upon by some rude people. I did go back, though, and had a great experience the second time. But that first viewing... well, we all know how big a deal that is, don't we?
Lol, the theatre experience is quickly going in the same direction as that plane, IMO.
Just waiting for the 100+ inch flat screen TVs to hit the market LOL
I hear you, but for the distance you’re sitting, does it really need to be that big?
Also you could invest in a great projector and go even bigger. Personally I feel like I’ll always prefer a TV though n
I'm ridiculous like that...I need about a 100 - 120in TV easily just to fit the entire wall space between the windows in my living room, and unless Bond seems like he is in the room with me I am missing out on the experience LOL
Lol that's crazy. Why do some people behave like this? I've seen some people come into a movie and they're on their phone the entire time with the light from their screen causing a huge distraction. Interestingly enough it's mostly women I see do this.
Still, I love the whole theatre experience. The smell, the big room and big screen; the loudness of the film, the vibration of the seats when explosions happen, just the whole place. I also love the "imperfections" in the visual quality sometimes, against the cleaned-up version we watch at home on our super-HD television screens. This is part of the reason why I have gone to the theatre for old movies I had seen countless times already. There's a difference between watching E.T., Blade Runner, The Shining, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978), A Clockwork Orange, Back To The Future, Casablanca, ... in the theatre versus at home. In fact, in 2015, I first worked my way through all five versions of Blade Runner I have at home, and then found out that my local theatre was showing the Final Cut the next week. I went, of course, and yes, it really was a different experience.
Lastly, my local theatre has a 'VIP' room. You pay a little extra, but then you can sit in a room just as big as the others, but with only 50 extremely comfortable twin seats in them, like flying 'business'. You can order food and drinks during the film. You just have to take the film they're showing that day, but that's usually one of the hot fresh releases, like Bond. And because a VIP ticket is more expensive, most people willing to pay for it, like myself, are there for enjoying the film, not for ruining it for everyone else. ;-)
Funnily, this was at the designated VIP section where you pay for more luxury.
I've sadly not had such positive reactions in so long. I can't remember the last time I saw a film opening night that ended with applause.
I do remember seeing the likes of The Dark Knight and SF at the midnight release with people cheering and applauding throughout. That was atmospheric and fun. Lately, though, my experiences have been much more negative and irritating.
I'm sorry to read this, @Creasy47. Nothing beats a good theatrical experience.
The best thing tho was seeing a fully packed theater after all that time, a first time since December 2019. For Bond.
The potential of audience interaction is among the primary factors in determining whether I will go to see a film or not. I really don't want to sit there with just two other people. For example, if I go see "Nightmare Alley" at this point, that's what will happen.
You could really start a dedicated (and very passionate) thread to discuss the issues that many of us have with the movie going experience, and - more generally - the future of theater attendance as it relates to demographics (i.e., age) and film offerings.
For the most part, I’ve been pretty lucky with some of the issues posted here (noisy kids, people on cellphones, etc..). Of course, I tend to go see movies that skew older so some of these concerns are diminished. In fact, the things that I really HATE about going to the movies these days are the endless coming attractions / advertisements and the overly long run times of the typical movie. To be fair, however, these issues have only become more important as I’ve gotten older, but they have become a major dis-incentive to visit the local multiplex with any kind of regularity. And as I’ve gotten older my personal threshold for attending a movie screening has only gotten higher.
A threshold that now depends on three things:
I think, that in a larger sense, since I'm not into Superheroes, Sci-Fi or animated children’s fare, there doesn’t seem to be a lot out there for me. (Queue the “get off my lawn” eye-rolls).
Now, of course, it could be a case of cause and effect. The top two movies in the US at the moment are Sing 2 and Spiderman, while two of the more talked about ‘adult’ alternatives (“West Side Story” and” Nightmare Alley”) tanked big time. If this trend continues, even fewer ‘midrange’ films will be released to theaters in the future – and most will go straight to streaming platforms. Thus, many of us will find even fewer chances to support cinemas. In fact, when viewed in context, NTTD’s US performance was actually ‘not that bad’.
Yep. I'm officially an old man now!!!! :))
I'm honestly with you here. I've been to more than just Bond films, but it's an increasingly negative experience.
Filmmakers always say that cinemas are important because of the group experience you have with your fellow moviegoers... I'd love to have one of these positive experiences.
That said I remember going to see “last crusade” back in 89 in a matinee as a kid and it was like a holding pen. Absolute chaos throughout 😂😂
I'm pretty much the same way. When the wife and kid leave the house I race down the stairs like a kid at Christmas to slam a DVD in the player. I can easily count on both hands how many times I've been to the theater in the last 10 years. One of the first things that annoys me is the lack of attention for starters, get off of your phone, tell the ticket agent what movie and time you want to buy a ticket for and then get your a$$ through the snack line ASAP so those of us whose parents didn't drop us off to get us out of their hair for two hours can get our favorite seats and watch the previews before the film starts (LOL). Next, there is no reason we need an usher to come in and remind your remedial brains to turn off your cell phones or else, you should already know that. Next, don't turn and ask me any questions, just STFU enjoy the film and clap when it ends...and...finally when the movie ends get TF out of the way so normal people can get to their vehicles and go home at a reasonable pace. Some of us want to revel in what we just saw when we get home, and maybe grab some booze and re-watch the previous film before passing out in preparation of dealing with tomorrow. (LOL)
You can actually. Some cinemas offer "private screening" for a price. You should ask the manager at your movie house if they offer this. Here in the US, it normally works out to a about $200 USD or so. But if you divide that by 10 friends or so.........
I had a private screening for Matrix 4. Not that I had to pay extra, no one else was at that particular showing. It was beautiful