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Old 05-04-2021, 07:59 AM   #21
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Wife and I went to a lot of movies - one of our favorite pastimes. Like others have mentioned we started going to early afternoon shows with hardly anyone else there. I would rather watch movies at home, but once they start only releasing good movies in theaters again we will probably go back for the ones we really want to see.
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:49 AM   #22
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We stopped going to the big Regal cineplexes 15-20 years ago. It just got too expensive and they insisted on turning the sound up so loud it literally hurt my ears. It was so bad I even left the theater a couple times and asked for the sound to be turned down. Of course, nothing changed, so we quit going.

However, we still enjoy going to some of the smaller mom and pop theaters. They cost less, have fewer crowds, and serve food and alcohol with the movie.

We have a small historic theater in our town that plays some first run movies, but also lots of art films. They reopened a month or two back and we've already seen a couple movies there. We had to wear masks the entire time, which was kind of a bummer, but it was still nice to get out of the house for a date.

There's another small theater we go to that is in an old converted grade school. They play second run movies, serve food/alcohol, and even have comfortable couches and tables in the theater instead of the typical theater chairs. Unfortunately, we haven't been back since COVID restrictions started.

Yeah, it's cheaper and easier to watch movies at home, which we do nightly. Still, it's nice to get out of the house for a date night every once in a while. It's more about the experience than the movie itself. It's a nice activity to do when it's cold and wet outside.
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:50 AM   #23
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We quit going to movies about seven years ago because of the at least half hour of commercials before the movie.
Wouldn't it have been easier to just show up 10 minutes before the movie started?
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:57 AM   #24
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I was hoping the need for social distancing would bring back drive-in movie viewing.
wouldn't that be fun!
We have one that re opened a few years ago, about 30 minutes away--only open on Friday nights, always a huge line, so we haven't been there.

We stopped going to movie theaters years ago--too loud, don't like the "talkers" and phone addicts who can't stop.
Will go to an occasional IMAX.
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Wouldn't it have been easier to just show up 10 minutes before the movie started?
When I do go to the theater, the seat placement is important to me, probably because I'm spoiled by my home theater. So I try to get there early and ignore the commercials, even though I find them annoying, too. And you're assuming the theater doesn't sell out, and if not, you don't mind sitting on the aisle or stepping over people in the dark.

We were still going to the theater 2-3 times a year for action movies that benefit from the big screen and big sound that our home theater still can't quite replicate; also, there are certain storylines we won't want to wait months to see, mostly Marvel, Star Wars, and LoTR movies. If you get a theater full of diehard fans it's a different energy, a bit like going to a convention.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:11 AM   #26
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While we don't do movie theaters very often, sometimes a movie is better seen on a very large screen with excellent sound (or IMAX films). Dunkirk is a good example. I would also really like to see Top Gun 2 in a theater as the in-flight cinematography is rumored to be excellent.

Right before COVID ruined everything, they opened a fantastic theater )with dinner service, bar, reclining seats) about 10 minutes from us but sadly, it has gone out of business and the building has already been foreclosed on. The bank says that other theater companies have shown interest, but so far...nothing.
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We were not frequent movie goers before COVID. I don't enjoy the overall experience with people kicking the back of my seat, my feet sticking to the floor, people on their phones at full brightness the whole time, sometimes even talking on their phone or just talking to each other, not to mention the movie sound system set at 300 decibel volume, and charging $10 for a $.50 bag of popcorn. There would usually be 1 or 2 movies a year that would draw me in but that was about it...
i hate those things, too and i'm not shy about fetching the manager. but to combat that we usually wait several weeks, possibly more for an especially popular movie before we go see it. the crowds are gone by then. and while we still do the occasional evening showing (dinner then movie) these days we're more likely taking in a matinee (movie then early dinner). my biggest pet peeve and what may eventually drive us out of the theatres is the "select-your-seat-before-you-enter-the-theatre" nonsense. we like to sit in the back row and even though the crowds are gone it never fails that someone will want to sit next to, in front or in back of us.
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Old 05-04-2021, 10:42 AM   #28
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I’ve been thinking that the movie theater experience is rapidly becoming obsolete with home entertainment systems getting better and better, combined with streaming services like Netflix offering so much content for a fixed monthly price. COVID might be the final nail in the coffin for struggling movie theater chains.

‘And Warner Media’s recent announcement that movies would be available on day one on HBO did not help the situation. If other major movie studios move to release new movies to streaming service on the first day of availability, that doesn’t leave a lot of reason to go to the theater any more. Theaters could soon look like shopping malls…empty buildings sitting vacant.
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It has been over a couple of decades since we went to a movie in the evening. Stopped going when the cost was $10+ and the theater became crowded with rude people. We usually go to the first show or on senior day when the cost is about half and the theater is almost empty. Usually people are well spaced out since there are no more than 10 or less. We may return some day but for now 10 feet away from a 52" TV screen works well for us. Nothing we care about on local channels so we watch Netflix. The cost of a month of movies probably comes to around $1 each or less based on the monthly bill for the account. That doesn't even account for all the TV series that we never saw and now have access to.


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Even with home theatres, I don't see the complete demise of theatres.
The Cineplex theatres in our neck of the woods is evolving their business. Like
quite a few other businesses I'm seeing, they're adding a "premium" level for an additional price. You get access to a licensed lounge/bar to socialize before the movie starts and in the actual theatre are recliner seats with in seat food service with a specialty menu. We haven't had a chance to try one out yet becuase the one they were building near our place didn't complete before the pandemic hit.

It's obviously not going to appeal to everyone but I heard this "VIP" experience was fairly popular and not super expensive. If you're living in a small condo downtown where you can't turn up volume or fit a big screen, it might be a reasonable night out with friends.
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Are you going to the theater to watch movies again or have you permanently altered your preferences for movie viewing as a result of the pandemic?
Before the pandemic we went infrequently (maybe 2-4 times a year). Normally it was one of our many "date night/double date with another couple" options. We will likely return to that level. If there is something we both want to see and choose not to wait (we are patient and never felt the need to be among the first to see any movie), that will be more of a factor than the current (under control in our area) pandemic situation.

One of those "full service type" theaters (table seating, full menu, etc.) opened up nearby, we will probably try it if runs a movie worth watching.
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I'm in SoCal and I've been to the movies every week since they opened. I prefer watching films on the big screen. I do not subscribe to any streaming service/cable (or watch sports) and I do not own a TV. And before anyone tells me how inexpensive HUGE TVs are these days, I haven't own a TV since 2001 and I've only owned two TV's in my lifetime during the past 55 years (I gave them away every time I moved)
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I'm in SoCal and I've been to the movies every week since they opened. I prefer watching films on the big screen. I do not subscribe to any streaming service/cable (or watch sports) and I do not own a TV. And before anyone tells me how inexpensive HUGE TVs are these days, I haven't own a TV since 2001 and I've only owned two TV's in my lifetime during the past 55 years (I gave them away every time I moved)
BUT...BUT...BUT...HOW DO YOU LIVE WITHOUT TV!?!?!?

DW and I took a trip not too long ago and the only TV in the house we rented was in a dedicated TV room. It wasn't turned on ONCE and I have to say...that was one of the most glorious things about that particular trip.

While I don't know that I would be without a TV, if it weren't for my DW, I don't think it would be turned on but on rare occasion.
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LOL I understand that. Before I cut the cable a decade ago I complained the frequent commercials on TV.

After I switched to roku, I complained the frequent commercials AND the subscriptions are too expensive.

Now the only occasions I turn the TV on is after thunderstorms just to see if it is still working.. then I proceed to watch youtube videos on my computer/phone and complain about the frequent ad videos.
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wouldn't that be fun!
We have one that re opened a few years ago, about 30 minutes away--only open on Friday nights, always a huge line, so we haven't been there.

We stopped going to movie theaters years ago--too loud, don't like the "talkers" and phone addicts who can't stop.
Will go to an occasional IMAX.
That is why we were going to the discounted sparsely attended first run movies on Tuesday afternoon. Yes sometimes the previews are too loud, but they usually lower the sound during the actual movie.
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It should say something that the last movie we went to see was "The Martian". And that time we had the entire theater to ourselves. The theater closed a month or so later.

With all the easy streaming neither one of us sees any reason to go to a yucky theater with sticky floors and rude people with their phones and such.
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We were not frequent movie goers before COVID. I don't enjoy the overall experience with people kicking the back of my seat, my feet sticking to the floor, people on their phones at full brightness the whole time, sometimes even talking on their phone or just talking to each other, not to mention the movie sound system set at 300 decibel volume, and charging $10 for a $.50 bag of popcorn. There would usually be 1 or 2 movies a year that would draw me in but that was about it.


I think theaters have a tough road ahead. I suspect a lot of people upped their home system set up during the pandemic and are enjoying the comfort and convenience of watching movies at home. I'd much rather spend a few dollars to rent a movie in our family room and sit on my sofa.
Wow, we must have been at the same movies!

I used to be a big movie-goer, but stopped years ago due to all the reasons above.

Now it's Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/Britbox/Acorn TV/PBS streaming movies at home. And the popcorn at Chez Moi is much better, has less salt, and is cheaper!

And I can go to the movies every night in my pajamas if I want to.
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All TVs are anyway, are punky computers with gigantic monitors.

Many would rather have a super-duper computer setup with a couple of big, but not necessarily gigantic monitors. And not for watching made-for-TV schtuff. Much of which is kind of lame.

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Even with home theatres, I don't see the complete demise of theatres.
The Cineplex theatres in our neck of the woods is evolving their business. Like
quite a few other businesses I'm seeing, they're adding a "premium" level for an additional price. You get access to a licensed lounge/bar to socialize before the movie starts and in the actual theatre are recliner seats with in seat food service with a specialty menu. We haven't had a chance to try one out yet becuase the one they were building near our place didn't complete before the pandemic hit.

It's obviously not going to appeal to everyone but I heard this "VIP" experience was fairly popular and not super expensive. If you're living in a small condo downtown where you can't turn up volume or fit a big screen, it might be a reasonable night out with friends.
we have..maybe had, dunno...a theatre with at-seat food service. something new to try. it might have been convenient but it was terribly distracting. waiters walking in front of other patrons taking and delivering orders and about 20-min before the end if the film the staff start delivering the bills and taking payments. that was our one and only visit to that theatre.
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I’m skeptical that combining meals and movies is a good thing for all of the reasons rk911 stated. I do think that adding bar service could help to bring people back to the movie theaters. Alcohol always seems to stimulate business demand. It wouldn’t interest me, but I don’t regularly drink in bars or restaurants. But I know a lot of people do.
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