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Old 06-18-2007, 05:01 PM   #41
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I don't go often - I'm too cheap. A date paid for me to see Spiderman 3 a few weeks ago... what a waste of money! I didn't even pay and I felt ripped off!

Before that.. um.. saw 'Pan's Labriynth' - which was excellent.

I used to go a lot since there was theater in SLC that was $1.50 (50 cents on Tuesdays). But since moving in Seattle, I have a hard time paying $9.50 a ticket.
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Tromebone Al....yep, that's how it worked. I really liked it but only one or two screens out of the many screens located at that theater were equipped with the rear window. Makes my movie viewing a little restrictive at theaters.
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Even for those of us with good hearing, there's often dialog that's hard to catch. Being able to rewind and replay a video at home is a major advantage over theaters.
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Even for those of us with good hearing, there's often dialog that's hard to catch. Being able to rewind and replay a video at home is a major advantage over theaters.
Yeah, that's why I see movies at theaters. For the scintillating dialogue and subtle plot nuances. Yep. Sure.

The kind of movies I see at theaters use more electricity to drive the projector & sound system than the cost of my ticket, let alone the capacity of the 2x100-amp feed into our house...
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It is interesting. Are movies (that form of entertainment) becoming less expensive to consume due the the scale that DVD (and before that VCR) has afforded to the consumer base. It has increase consumption overall. But the traditional theater distribution channel has remained about the same. I believe it has probably increased... but it likely to be very little compared to DVD ownership/rental and TV/Cable after release market.

On an inflation adjusted basis... consuming a movie (near term of the release) has to be less expensive. I can remember paying 50 cents to go to theater in the 70's. I now pay $3+ for a "new-release" movie at blockbuster (cheaper with netflix). Plus for the 3 bucks... multiple people can watch it.
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Even for those of us with good hearing, there's often dialog that's hard to catch. Being able to rewind and replay a video at home is a major advantage over theaters.
I am another person with good hearing, and what you are saying touches on another advantage to watching movies at home: the volume. At the theaters, the volume is turned up so high that it is always borderline painful, and often goes across that line so that am in some considerable distress from the pain. Several times Frank has had to ask them to turn it down a little. Usually they either won't, or the difference is nearly imperceptable.

We do go out to movies now and then, nevertheless.
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I think the last movie I saw in a theater was Be Here to Love Me , a movie about Townes Van Zandt, the singer/songwriter.

That was 2 or 3 years ago.

I have a projector and DVD player set-up like CFB's--and CFB did help me figure out what to buy--with which I watch DVDs usually borrowed from the public libe.

I might go with some girlfriends this week to check out the new chi-chi Sundance Theater that just opened in town. Don't really care what it's showing--we'll be there for the experience/ambience.
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Another reason I dont bother going anymore is that a lot of movies suck.

I used to go with a bunch of friends once a week, but when it got to our 20-25th sequential lousy flick we just gave up on it.

Seems like the standard is to slap something together, put together a catchy trailer for it, and make up for the suckiness of the content with volume of sucky movies.
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At the theaters, the volume is turned up so high that it is always borderline painful,
Or the volume of the flick in the room next door. You reminded me about another disadvantage of going to a movie -- sitting there deciding whether it's worth it to go out, find someone, and tell them that the movie is out of focus, or that there's a buzzing sound, or the AC system is making too much noise.

Also, what's happened with commercials? Do they generally have ads before the movies these days?
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Or the volume of the flick in the room next door. You reminded me about another disadvantage of going to a movie -- sitting there deciding whether it's worth it to go out, find someone, and tell them that the movie is out of focus, or that there's a buzzing sound, or the AC system is making too much noise.

Also, what's happened with commercials? Do they generally have ads before the movies these days?
I read somewhere that the movies are out of focus because it saves money for the theaters. Something about the heat from the projector and not wanting to pay for enough people to operate the projectors.
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Couple of weeks ago to see SpiderMan 3 ... caught the 11:30 a.m. matinee, so it was nice and quiet.
We have Kerasotes Theaters here, and they have a Five Buck Club. Sign up, and after a show's been in the theater about 2 weeks, you can get into any showing for $5. So we're usually a couple of weeks behind everyone else in seeing movies, but it saves a few $$.
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