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Old 03-28-2016, 03:41 PM   #41
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We go only occasionally if its a movie we really want to see, otherwise, we wait for the DVDs to come out, and get those from the library. We do not particularly like crowded theaters when the new movies come out, or patrons that cannot resist repeatedly checking/texting on their cellphones.
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Old 03-28-2016, 06:39 PM   #42
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We used to go more frequently, say three times a month. Now with Netflix, Apple TV, Redbox, Library, etc. etc. we only go for the decent serious special effects movies like Star Wars. If it's a drama or comedy, I would actually prefer to watch it at home. If I miss a part, I can replay.

Once in a awhile, I will treat my youngest to a matinee of a good family movie. Yep, we get the popcorn, etc. and yes it does not make financial sense, but she will grow out of it soon so I want to enjoy it while I can.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:01 PM   #43
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We have not been to a theater in years. It's not just the cost, but the hassle too. We'd rather watch DVDs at home, and with the subtitle turned on. I thought it was our hearing, and not the cast not talking clearly as they used to, but we have no problems with oldie movies.
NW, difficulty hearing in places such as large theatres could be an indication of preliminary hearing loss. Have you considered getting checked for it?

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According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), more than a third of people 65 to 74 have some degrees of hearing loss, while over half of those over 75 experience the same. It’s the third-most prominent issue for seniors following arthritis (#1) and heart disease (#2) and only gets worse as we get older. Most hearing loss in older adults is the combined result of aging—our ears gradually don’t work as well as they used to—and exposure to noise.

..."Some early signs include difficulty hearing in challenging listening situations, particularly when others seem not to struggle," says Dr. Battey. "For example, if you have trouble hearing in the presence of background noise, at the movies, watching television, or during telephone conversations, that may be a sign of potential hearing loss."
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We snowbird in AZ and tend to see more movies in the winter. Senior tickets run $5-6 each. I really get honked at the prices of popcorn and soda. A bottle of water is $4.50!! I can afford it but who wants to pay that? We usually get a midprice combo and share a drink. I've also taken my own snack and water from home. I wouldn't if their pricing was reasonable.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:11 PM   #45
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I can't even remember the last movie I saw in a theater or when. I received a couple movie passes from work as a small thank-you gift about 9 months ago, they're still waiting to be used. At least I did not lose them (yet......).

I watch an occasional movie at home, but in general just not a movie person that much.
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We have not been to a theater in years. It's not just the cost, but the hassle too. We'd rather watch DVDs at home, and with the subtitle turned on. I thought it was our hearing, and not the cast not talking clearly as they used to, but we have no problems with oldie movies.
The overloud theater audio had us literally sticking gummy bears in our ears! Never again!

We love our home A/V setup.
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Old 03-30-2016, 04:11 PM   #47
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I envy the movie and popcorn prices I see quoted here!

DH and I cannot agree on movie choices, so we end up going only 3-4 times a year while I would otherwise see 12 movies a year.

Regular tickets are $10.50, matinee is $8.00, and occasionally we'll get 3-D for $13.00. I love movie buttered popcorn. It costs $8-$10 for large.

The other customers are very well-behaved. No problems with cell-phones or texting in a darkened theatre. I am, however, embarrassed to say that my DH cannot stop chattering throughout the movie, laughing inappropriately during quiet moments, making comments that I am not interested in hearing. I have shushed him repeatedly. I am surprised that no one has yet kicked his chair or said "Will you guys shut up!" It almost seem pathological.
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Old 03-30-2016, 04:37 PM   #48
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Just went to a movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Great movie, I was laughing throughout the show. The best part was I had $2 left from a $20 after buying 2 tickets, a large popcorn and 2 drinks! I love matinée showings!


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Old 04-03-2016, 08:34 AM   #49
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I go to 3 specific theaters I know will be a positive experience. I avoid certain theaters, due to very annoying and loud commercials they start about a half hour before showtime. If you want to show up early to get a good seat, you have to suffer through the ads. Not worth it. The good news is there are still some theaters that don't have the ads.
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:28 PM   #50
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I go to a movie theater only 3-4 times a year. I would go more often if I could find films that appealed to me. As it is, I usually have to drive into Pittsburgh to see a movie. I saw "The Lady in the Van" with Maggie Smith about a month ago at the Manor in Squirrel Hill. Shopped at my favorite shoe store (Little's) beforehand and my cousin and I had tea and cake afterwards at Dobra Tea where we were overwhelmed by the hundreds of exotic tea choices. So it is very nice to have a change from one's own living room.
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I have been the cinema more in the last 2 years (dating) than I have in the previous 35 (married). I found that I like movies better at home. For some unknown reason my eyes water and itch and bother me at the cinema, but not at home. And the people at the local cinema are well behaved too (re talking, and smart phones)

I have a home theater system and the sound is better. The picture is bigger at the cinema, but not as sharp. My seats are better and so is the popcorn from the "whirley pop" Not to mention cocktails and potty breaks.

I also have a projector with a pull down screen that really puts the "theater" into the movie. Pretty cool.
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We have gone to the movies more in the last 3 months (since retiring) than we normally went in 2 years! It helps that the nearest theater is less than a mile away, and they have $6 Tuesday. !! And this includes reclining suite seats, with bun warmers!!
It is an inexpensive afternoon out, and we are seeing films we might never even look for on Netflix.


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Go to the Movies?

Not often, 2-3 times a year. The last one we saw at a dollar theater was the Martian. It was enjoyable. We now get movies from library for free, even then I didn't have the patient to watch Brad Pitt in Babel. For some reasons, we never watched Dances with Wolves and Blackhawk down. So that's what we watch for free. I finally have the patience to watch 2-3 hours of Kevin Costner. I don't think I could before I retired.


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Last weekend saw Eye in the Sky with DW. It portrays a very real world dilemma and was quite good.
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I take my great nephew to see all the superhero flicks. Great time for the both of us. I started by taking his Dad and brother when they were young and now it's the next generation. Wonder if I can last another generation?
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We just watched The Martian and loved it.......DW is a bit of a science/computer nerd, whereas I can barely tell the time using a digital watch, but we were both enthralled through the entire thing.
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The Martian was very good.
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Ever since they redid our movie theater with leather reclining seats we enjoy the movies so much more . We usually go about four to six times a year .
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We go maybe 2X a month if there is something we would like to see on a big screen. It is always the first show (late morning or early afternoon) that has reduced ticket prices and it is usually for movies that are best seen on a large theater screen. Otherwise we can wait for Netflix. That also means no more than 10 people in the theater so we get the seats we like. Other than bringing in ear plugs and the initial annoying light from cell phones it works well for us.

We don't buy popcorn and drinks at the inflated prices either although movie popcorn is my favorite. Wish there was a way to duplicate it at home.

There is no way I will pay higher prices to have less than desirable seats in a crowded theater with so may rude inconsiderate people.

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Get to a Senior movie ($1) a couple of times in the summer. Other than that, it's not worth the effort and money. Most movies are a waste of time and money IMO. I can deal with a matinee or the Senior movie, but can't deal with the date-night crowd with loud talking and cell phones. Who wants to pay $11 and be subjected to that? Obviously, YMMV.
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