Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Movie Theaters
Old 05-03-2021, 07:58 AM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Ready's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Southern California
Posts: 3,778
Movie Theaters

Movie theaters in California are open now, but with reduced capacity. You are required to wear a mask while watching the movie, although you are allowed to remove it while eating or drinking.

I was never a big movie theater patron even before COVID, and I havenít been to a theater in well over a year now. The thought of having to wear a mask for two hours while watching a movie just doesnít appeal to me. Itís too easy to watch movies at home now on Netflix.

The theaters were shut down for essentially a full year during the pandemic. Itís hard to imagine how these businesses will ever fully recover from that. And the studios have lost their venue for releasing big budget films for the past year, so they have been impacted significantly as well.

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?
Ready is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-03-2021, 08:02 AM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Amethyst's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 10,281
As you said, it's too easy to watch movies at home. Plus, you can eat your own popcorn and visit the restroom without missing anything.

Movies are still good date options for kids.
__________________
If you understood everything I say, you'd be me ~ Miles Davis
'There is only one success Ė to be able to spend your life in your own way.í Christopher Morley.
It involved a mannequin hand, and an electric shaver taped to a golf club! - "The Other Guys"
Amethyst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 09:04 AM   #3
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Tucson
Posts: 124
We quit going to movies about seven years ago because of the at least half hour of commercials before the movie.
Arizona1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 09:28 AM   #4
gone traveling
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 1,631
We lost the two theaters in our area after Hurricane Michael, Oct, 2018.
One is being rebuilt as church, still. The other is being rebuilt as a high end theater, special seating, etc. I don't know what was high end about it.
The one being rebuilt as the theater was going good, they got the external
walls all built and then it all seemed to stop. This was well into Covid after construction stopped, so I don't know what happened.
With all the streaming, I wonder if theaters will go they way of drive in movies.
This is the one I would set behind as a teen to watch movies and later drive in and watch.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Drive in theater.jpg (94.4 KB, 51 views)
Time2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 09:33 AM   #5
Administrator
MichaelB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicagoland again!
Posts: 34,861
I was hoping the need for social distancing would bring back drive-in movie viewing.
MichaelB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 09:41 AM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Sunset's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Spending the Kids Inheritance and living in Chicago
Posts: 11,715
We stopped going to theaters about 7 yrs ago. Probably because we got a 55" TV and at ~10 ft from it, it's as big as a movie theater screen 1/2 way up the audience seating.
Plus -> no annoying person in front, can hit washroom and not miss anything, and snacks don't cost $15.


Part of the killer was how theaters moved to small screens from the gigantic ones, just before large TV's came out I really didn't like the small screens.
__________________
Fortune favors the prepared mind. ... Louis Pasteur
Sunset is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 10:48 AM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: the prairies
Posts: 3,537
The pandemic has no effect on us going to the movies. We sit 8' away from a 65" TV and good quality speakers. We can start a movie when we want, pause when we want, and have a fridge full of high quality food. I don't think I've been to a movie theatre in at least 20 years and can't think of any reason to go to one.
Music Lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 11:25 AM   #8
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,961
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arizona1 View Post
We quit going to movies about seven years ago because of the at least half hour of commercials before the movie.
UGH, this drive me crazy! The only thing worse than this was back in the 1980s they'd show a short video for a charity then have the ushers walk around with donation jars to collect money.

I rarely go to movies, maybe 1 or 2 a year, some years none. They had just renovated the multiplex theater down the street from where I live; it now has those large reclining seats arranged in pairs, and with lots of space between each pair, both within the rows and between rows. With all the extra space, they could probably reopen at full or nearly full capacity. They had to stay closed for a long time but may have reopened, I'm not sure because........I so rarely go to movies!
__________________
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"
scrabbler1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 11:31 AM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Tampa
Posts: 8,407
We actually still like going to the movies concept. Now with wearing a mask, perhaps it won't work for us.
DGF is recovering from surgery, so on hold for a few weeks, but will give it a shot then.
P.S. Perhaps also only having a 50 inch tv in the main room influences the decision too.
__________________
TGIM
Dtail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 11:49 AM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Western NC
Posts: 2,736
Little point to going to the movies when you own a HDTV & can pay Disney+, etc. the fee for seeing the movie same day it starts in theaters.

Or as I joked before wait about three months until they drop the fee.
ncbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 12:02 PM   #11
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Koolau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Leeward Oahu
Posts: 6,127
Movie experience just isn't what it used to be. Most screens are small and in a mall - not a "real" theater. I hate to drop that much money and be disappointed. If the fare on TV is any clue as to what's available on screens, I'm not interested.

We have a small movie theater we went to occasionally until Covid. It had something like 24 recliners and cost $5 for (sometimes) nearly first run movies. They had a truly eclectic mix of movies (foreign, domestic, art, old, new) and the theater was comfortable. They've reopened but we just haven't gotten back to it. Maybe next month.

I used to love movies, but not so much any more. Like Norma Desmond, I guess I got old or maybe the "pictures got smaller."
__________________
Ko'olau's Law -

Anything which can be used can be misused. Anything which can be misused will be.
Koolau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 12:06 PM   #12
Moderator
Aerides's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 8,609
I won't be going back soon, but would once things are really normal. As much as I like my couch and home screen, I also like going to an action/sci-fi/mcu type film in the opening week. Especially in a modern or renovated theatre with individual reclining seats, etc.

Since ER, we typically went to afternoon/matinee showings, then to dinner afterwards, instead of the pre-ER saturday version in reverse. Far less crowded and easier to get exactly the seats we want.

While WW84 was not a good film, it was still fun, and I was happy to watch it at home for free via HBO. But I would have enjoyed it more on the big screen.
Aerides is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 12:15 PM   #13
Administrator
MichaelB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicagoland again!
Posts: 34,861
DW and I enjoyed a night out to the cinema and have missed it this past year. We have a medium sized plasma at home with a decent audio system that makes watching films at home better than ever, but some films are just meant to be seen on the ďbig screenĒ. In our area there are multiple cinemas now with reserved luxury seating, and that makes a world of difference.
MichaelB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 06:23 PM   #14
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
rk911's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: DuPage County IL
Posts: 1,464
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ready View Post
Movie theaters in California are open now, but with reduced capacity. You are required to wear a mask while watching the movie, although you are allowed to remove it while eating or drinking.

I was never a big movie theater patron even before COVID, and I havenít been to a theater in well over a year now. The thought of having to wear a mask for two hours while watching a movie just doesnít appeal to me. Itís too easy to watch movies at home now on Netflix.

The theaters were shut down for essentially a full year during the pandemic. Itís hard to imagine how these businesses will ever fully recover from that. And the studios have lost their venue for releasing big budget films for the past year, so they have been impacted significantly as well.

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?
PP (pre-pandemic) we went out to dinner and a movie (sometimes movie then dinner) often. that's about the only "normal" thing we haven't done since the world ended. our theatres have opened as well but we haven't been yet for much the same reason plus not much to go see. looking forward to the new Bond film.
__________________
Rich
Ham Radio, Sport Pilot, RVer
FIRE: 8/11/2005, age 55y,1d
Administrator for a regional 9-1-1 call center
rk911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 08:13 PM   #15
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Out-to-Lunch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Milwaukee
Posts: 1,291
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ready View Post
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?
I must admit we are not devoted moviegoers, but....

You seem to be missing the most obvious choice: "have you TEMPORARILY altered your preferences for movie viewing as a result of the pandemic?"
__________________
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped. -Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher (1788-1860)
Out-to-Lunch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2021, 08:14 PM   #16
Full time employment: Posting here.
YVRRocketSurgery's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 746
I'm looking forward to heading back to the theatres.
Before the pandemic, we only went a handful of times per year either for a movie that might be enhanced by a theatre's big screen and sound experience or simply as a cheap night out. We only go to the theatres with stadium seating because I think they're more confortable and I live the viewing angle better. As others have alluded to, a more modern theatre configuration can make a lot of difference.
Plus, someone we know regularly organizes a bulk buy of admission certificates so entry for 2 of us is under $20 which isn't too bad to anchor a night out IMO.
__________________
Target April 2022
"You don't save me. I save me."
YVRRocketSurgery is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2021, 07:00 AM   #17
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Posts: 520
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.
disneysteve is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2021, 07:07 AM   #18
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Amethyst's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 10,281
OTOH I am perishing for a good live show.
__________________
If you understood everything I say, you'd be me ~ Miles Davis
'There is only one success Ė to be able to spend your life in your own way.í Christopher Morley.
It involved a mannequin hand, and an electric shaver taped to a golf club! - "The Other Guys"
Amethyst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2021, 07:12 AM   #19
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Posts: 520
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amethyst View Post
OTOH I am perishing for a good live show.
Definitely. There's no replacement for live music or live theater. Watching it on TV is a very poor substitute. I was excited to hear even a tentative return date for Broadway.
disneysteve is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2021, 07:13 AM   #20
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 894
Signing up for AMC basic membership is free, and the charges on Tuesdays is $6 per person in our area. If they resume such pricing, we might go back once in a while.
fh2000 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
King Kong. A racist movie? What do u think? Enuff2Eat Other topics 6 12-14-2005 09:39 PM
Movie Hit Rate Poll TromboneAl Other topics 11 09-17-2005 05:46 AM
Combover: The Movie Hyperborea Other topics 0 01-15-2005 08:52 AM
What is your favorite movie of all time? mickeyd Other topics 19 05-17-2004 07:59 PM
Good movie... cute fuzzy bunny Other topics 0 03-21-2004 08:13 PM

» Quick Links

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:15 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.