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Discussion in 'The OT' started by David Bott, Jun 1, 2013.
Movie prices for a family is ridiculous!!!
The price of going to movies is why it has been over 6 months since I have seen a film in a theater and that was Skyfall. Due to the large movie collection i have, I have know need to generally go to the movies considering the cost and the fact that anything I want to see I'm going to buy anyway.
The last movie I saw in the theater was Avatar. Before that was Kuffs.
No we stay at home with home theater.
A number of factors have drastically reduced the number of movies I see in the theaters..
- My kids have grown up and moved out.
- I have an HD setup with a 47" screen.
- Prices have gotten way out of line
- Studios releasing fewer movies
- Studios targeting demographics that are decidedly NOT me
Things that have kept me from totally abandoning the theater:
- The "Cinema Pub" theaters. Locally it's Chunkys. Reduce admission price that they make up for with you buying dinner but the food is decent and not terribly overpriced.
- Stadium seating.
Things the theaters are TRYING to draw me back in that either don't work or don't have much of an effect on my habits:
- Foods you don't expect at the concession stand
- Online ticket purchasing
- Midnight early releases (I'm a bit old for that and have to go to work on a Friday morning)
I go to the movies mostly by myself these days and mostly for the "Popcorn Event" movies such as "The Avengers", "Iron Man 3", or "Star Trek: ID". I tend to go to these movies during the week and about 1.5 to 2 weeks after their premiere so I can avoid the crowds of luddites on their phones or chatting throughout the movie. Very rarely my wife and I will attend a non-blockbuster Rom Com at the theater.
The funny thing is, I always make sure to see the trailers before the movies I attend. I sit there and say to myself "I'll see that at the theater," or "That I'll wait for Bluray to come out," or "I'll only watch that at home if I can record it off of a free HBO or Starz weekend."
Ok, so here's a different question. For those that don't go to the theater, would you go to one that, even if maybe it costs more, the audience, management and even the guy running the film were fans of true cinema? A place where you know you have at least a much higher chance of a respectful audience that is quiet where appropriate? This wouldn't necessarily apply if the theater was doing a midnight showing of Rocky Horror or playing an old Godzilla movie, there are some films that can be "enhanced" by some sort of audience participation.
It sounds like the issue with many of us is that the average megaplex is catering to the masses, and we are generally more discerning and have a love of cinema. I won't get into film vs digital, a lot of new movies won't even have a choice. Even our local drivein just upgraded to a digital projector so that they can get new movies. But going to a place that while new films are shown, and also the oldies but goodies (or even occasionally so bad you need to see it like an Ed Wood film), there could be a real market out there.
I would love if Philadelphia had an Alamo Draft House or at least an establishment that was like it. I'm all for the alternative theatre experience and I'm exited to have more of them in the future. Currently I don't have any..
Quality 3D movies are the only ones that bring me to the theatre these days. The 48FPS Hobbit was a treat to enjoy. My sound system at home reproduces sounds better than at the theatre, I only go for the larger screen.
Costs too much to go out to the movies. Might hit a $1 show now an then!
There seems to be an option missing from question 1. We don't watch movies at home if we've already seen them at the cinema. That is, we do go to the theater, but 0% of the movies we watch at home have we already seen at the cinema. It's one or the other.
But we only go to the cinema if its something we don't want to wait for it to come out on VOD, or think it is something that really needs to be seen in IMAX 3-D or something. Most rom-coms or dramas are just as good on our HT system at home, and less expensive as well. Plus we can turn it off and go to bed if it's boring, like most of the crap coming out of Hollywood these days is. Everything seems to be geared to teenagers.
Screen size. Because I don't have a movie room in my home.
When I go to the theater now to watch a film its only in a THX / 3D cinema. I don't mind spending the money for a good action film reproduce in a quality cinema. (on a morning week day when nobodies their)!
Im like alot of others on here, I usually wait for the movies to come out on DVD instead of going to the Theaters, mainly due to price of going out.
Two theaters near me are selling beer and wine. Nothing wrong with that but it shows they are trying to get more $$$. Movies are already too expensive.
There's no option for, "I never see movies at home that I've already seen in a theater." So I voted 1-20%.
I believe generally the theater doesn't really make much on ticket sales. Their profit comes from the concessions. The theater generally gets a higher percentage as the movie gets older, but then there are fewer ticket sales as well.
One of my peeves these days is all the fake 3D films. A post production conversion is not worth the same as a film that was shot with multiple cameras for 3D from the beginning.
Since getting a DVR at home, I rarely ever go to the movies anymore but when I do, it's much for the moviegoing experience than for the movie itself.
It's enjoyable to watch movies on a giant screen while eating popcorn and Junior Mints like in the old days. But watching at home is a lot more convenient and much less costly so I only go out to the movies when I want to treat myself nowadays. So, in that respect, going to the cinema has changed dramatically for me.
Last movie we went to in theater wa "X-Men 3". We never go anymore. It's not due to the studios, theaters, etc., it's due to the rude, self-centered patrons we have to sit with.
It was bad enough with the crying baby every now & then but more now with loud talkers and cell phones. it's awful. People just don't seem to care about anyone else today.