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DBSTalk Contest Poll: We want to know if going to the cinema has changed.

Discussion in 'The OT' started by David Bott, Jun 1, 2013.

Do you watch movies in the cinema before you watch that same movie at home? How often?

  1. I never go to the movie theater.

    30.0%
  2. 1% to 20% of the movies I watch at home, I've seen in the movie theater.

    51.7%
  3. 21%-40% of the movies I watch at home, I've seen in the movie theater.

    9.2%
  4. 41%-60% of the movies I watch at home, I've seen in the movie theater.

    4.0%
  5. 61%-80% of the movies I watch at home, I've seen in the movie theater.

    3.0%
  6. Nearly all of the movies I watch at home, I've seen in the movie theater.

    1.9%
  7. Every movie I watch at home, I've seen in the movie theater.

    0.1%
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  1. Jun 1, 2013 #41 of 176
    lugnutathome

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    Cinetopia full digital with Klipsch speakers is the only place I will go since the Castle Rock WA Cinetopia stopped showing movies. It was built to show the Mnt St Helens eruption. Has an Imax like screen with spacious seating, and subs designed so visitors can feeel the eruption. It is tourist trap visitors center by day and an absolute jewel of a movie theater by night. Too bad the latter was ceased.

    It has to be one I cannot wait for the Bluray or if I can organize a work shared experience afternoon and then at a cinema worthy of parting with money for.

    When the cineplex was born we lost so much. The old theaters were so ornate they oozed an atmosphere. Fortunately a few of them are now doing live music venues. In downtown Salem the Elsinore shows silent movies on Wed nights and the mighty Wurlitzer is played live as accompaniment. Now that's an experience.

    Don "picky old coot" Bolton
     
  2. Jun 1, 2013 #42 of 176
    TBlazer07

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    There hasn't been a movie that I "just had to pay $12 a ticket for" in years. Last movie I saw in the theater was Superman in iMax 3D (my first - and last 3D movie and I'm tired of "i"things. :) ) as I am a Superman fan for over 50 years. I may go see the next one in the theater. That would make it 2 movies in ?? years.

    Actually I do need to clarify that a bit. We have taken the grandkids to the movies a couple times but just kiddie stuff.
     
  3. Jun 1, 2013 #43 of 176
    grcooperjr

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    It's gotten so expensive to take the family out to the movies, we mostly stay at home
     
  4. Jun 1, 2013 #44 of 176
    utbronco

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    I find now with my excellent home equipment I only go to the movie theater for the blockbusters. I hope to see Star Trek soon. Just heard our prices here in Utah have taken a jump, but it's still fun once in a while to go to the Theater!!
     
  5. Jun 1, 2013 #45 of 176
    R8ders2K

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    Since my dad passed, my wife and I have been going to the movies more often than we used to. We took care of my parents for the last 3+ years.

    It's nice to be able to go out on a "date night".

    And what better to spend a night out than watching the "next" big blockbuster on a large format IMAX screen with or without 3D.

    Iron Man 3 and Star Trek deserved to be seen on the BIG screen.
     
  6. Jun 1, 2013 #46 of 176
    R8ders2K

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    Since my dad passed, my wife and I have been going to the movies more often than we used to. We took care of my parents for the last 3+ years.

    It's nice to be able to go out on a "date night".

    And what better to spend a night out than watching the "next" big blockbuster on a large format IMAX screen with or without 3D.

    Iron Man 3 and Star Trek deserved to be seen on the BIG screen.
     
  7. Jun 1, 2013 #47 of 176
    gov

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    Movies I recall seeing in a theater (as a grown up):

    Great Gatsby (70s)

    Saturday Night Fever*

    first 4 or 5 Star Treks, same for Star Wars

    The Omen*

    Flash Gordon

    Nightfall

    Let Him Have It

    Airport

    Jaws 3D

    Towering Inferno

    Elephant Man

    Oh, God

    Several titles at IMAX, including Dream is Alive*

    Poseidon Adventure (Irwin Allen version)

    Full Metal Jacket*

    Silent Earth*

    The Fly* (Cronenberg)

    Fantasia

    Lady and the Tramp

    Vacation

    Blues Brothers*

    1941*

    Several Indiana Jones*

    The Shining*

    Dark Star*

    Kramer vs. Kramer

    Tootsie



    * indicates a particular favorite


    I would really like to see It's a Mad Mad Mad World on a big screen, Gone With the Wind, and Wizard of Oz too.
     
  8. Jun 1, 2013 #48 of 176
    Athlon646464

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    There are two movies I'll go see this year, maybe :grin: .

    Star Trek & The Lone Ranger.....
     
  9. Jun 1, 2013 #49 of 176
    Henry

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    We haven't been to a movie in years. Part of that is due to living in an area where theaters are not conveniently available, but mostly because of the video services and equipment we now have. With them, we are able to watch all of the movies we want to see ... we just have to be a bit patient.
     
  10. Jun 1, 2013 #50 of 176
    Billzebub

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    Really, the only time we go to a theater anymore is to take our granddaughters to see a kids movie. I used to like to see some event movies in the theater, but my wife doesn't enjoy the type of movies I want to see in the theater. Since my youngest daughter moved away I normally just watch at home. I think the last movie I went to at the theater that I wanted to was Return of the King.
     
  11. Jun 1, 2013 #51 of 176
    curbside

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    I was going to a movie every other week until last year when my best friend passed away. Now, I don't go so often. We would go to the first showing on Sunday morning when the theater wasn't so crowded and the price was only $6. We saw lots of bad movies but it was good to get out after working all week.
     
  12. Jun 1, 2013 #52 of 176
    sweep49

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    Rarely do we go and when we do it is to take the grandchildren. Like many others have said; it's too expensive and too many inconsiderate people spoiling the experience.
     
  13. Jun 1, 2013 #53 of 176
    Peapod

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    There is no good option for me. I go to the movie theater about once a year now, But once I see a movie in the theater, I never watch it again at home.
     
  14. Jun 1, 2013 #54 of 176
    cypherx

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    I rarely go, pretty much never go in the last year. It's really pricey. Now I have a 6 month old so that complicates it even more. I have surround sound and HDTV at home so no issue waiting until the movie is on HBO or something.
     
  15. Jun 1, 2013 #55 of 176
    lenny

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    I don't goto the movie theater much these days since going there is expensive when you include food and drink and you can't pause the movie to goto the kitchen or bathroom. :sure:
     
  16. Jun 1, 2013 #56 of 176
    grover517

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    Usually go to the theater once or twice a year. Usually to IMAX, which sometimes is also 3D. Movie genre is usually scifi such as Iron Man, Star Trek (going this week), Avatar, etc. Got dragged to The Great and Powerful Oz a while back. Although it could be considered scifi, it was barely tolerable to sit thru.

    3D to me is still a novelty (as long as you have to wear the glasses) and only do that to appease others that might be accompanying me. Otherwise, I am happy with plain old boring 2D. As for preferring IMAX, that can be attributed to the old adage of "Go Big, or Go Home!" It also seems that families tend to migrate to the cheaper, standard theaters as well which allows a more enjoyable viewing experience without kids whining, the incessent glow from smartphone screens while they text their critical life stories, and consistent feedback to characters on the screen that can't hear their comments anyway.

    I have always been of the notion that I would just wait for it to come to HBO, Netflix, rental DVD, etc. because "going to the movies" just isn't what it used to be, but feel I need to go at least once a year so no one can accuse me of being "boring" and "without a life". :grin:
     
  17. Jun 1, 2013 #57 of 176
    dennisj00

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    I go about once a decade. I saw 'Lincoln' a month or so ago (and got the DVD for birthday) so this decade is covered. Wife goes 3 or 4 times a year with her mother / brother - their tastes are different from mine.

    Tickets cost too much, Popcorn / drinks are ridiculously priced, And the cell phone, talking and constant flow of people in and out are too distracting.

    Concerts are even worse!
     
  18. Jun 1, 2013 #58 of 176
    joshjr

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    I enjoy going to the movies by myself to see things I want to see. When I go alont, I go early and dont by snacks usually. I will say it does seem to be alot worse these days as kids are very disrespectful in theaters and just dont care. Someone acted like a narrator through Fast 6 the entire movie. Glad it was the 2nd time I was watching it but none the less it was very annoying.
     
  19. Jun 1, 2013 #59 of 176
    Charise

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    I go to an Imax theater for a 3D movie once every year or two. I might go more often if I didn't have to drive so far, but when I do go so seldom, I want to enjoy Imax.
     
  20. Jun 1, 2013 #60 of 176
    JLucPicard

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    The others have pretty much covered it - price points, rude/impolite theater-goers, etc.

    It used to be much more of an 'event' to go see a big movie at a theater - now it's a much more enjoyable time to take in a movie at home. I'll still see an occaisional movie at a theater, but that's usually just to do something with the niece and nephews.

    I don't have a 3D set up at home, and haven't gone to the theater to see a 3D movie. If I did, and I could actually view the 3D, and others didn't totally ruin the experience for me (aforementioned cell phones, babies, chatterboxes, etc.), I could see myself going more often, I have an astigmatism in my right eye, so I'm not sure how well the whole 3D thing would work out for me.
     
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