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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. Jun 3, 2013 #141 of 176

    waynebtx Hall Of Fame

    Dec 24, 2006
    • It must be ten years since I went to a movie
  2. Jun 3, 2013 #142 of 176

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    When I was growing up I went to movie theatres and drive-ins all the time. By the time a movie was shown on TV, I'd seen it in a theatre-sometimes more than once if it was a good movie. But back then movie theatres were huge single-screen affairs with inexpensive admission and an affordable snack bar (and comfortable seats too!) And television was a half-dozen over the air channels in black & white.

    Now, they are little multi-screen boxes with seats jammed together, rude obnoxious noisy patrons, outrageous prices both for admission and at the refreshment counter, etc. Why would you subject yourself to this when you can have a much nicer experience at home for a fraction of the cost? A sign on a big DVD display at Wal-Mart pretty much sums it all up: "Cheaper than one admission at the theatre"!!!
  3. Jun 3, 2013 #143 of 176

    marty45714 Godfather

    Dec 15, 2006
    Voted. Hardly ever go to the movies, mostly out of protest. I think ticket prices are way too high!
  4. Jun 3, 2013 #144 of 176

    EricJRW Icon

    Jul 6, 2008
    Keller, TX
    We rarely go to the theater anymore. The exceptions are as a group outing, at the request of a parent (dad still loves the big screen), or if the movie would greatly benefit from the large screen. Otherwise we are perfectly content to watch at home (our city library has a great DVD collection).
  5. Jun 3, 2013 #145 of 176

    btedford New Member

    Mar 10, 2010
    I go often to see movies in theaters, so its about 50/50.
  6. Jun 4, 2013 #146 of 176

    bakers12 ΔS > 0

    May 29, 2007
    Chicago -...
    I go to a theater once or twice a year. I've been going at that slow rate for a long, long time. FWIW, I hardly ever rent a DVD although I might buy one.
  7. Jun 4, 2013 #147 of 176
    Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    My daughter worked at a movie theater for the last 10 years. I have not had to purchase a movie ticket since she has worked there.
    She started a new job yesterday so I lose my movie privileges. Thats OK, I really don't like a majority of what is being produced now a days anyway. Renting a movie via Redbox is how we watch most movies.
  8. Jun 4, 2013 #148 of 176

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Actually I will be going to a movie this Saturday. Wife and daughter have tickets to see Wicked so I have 2 choices: 1) Go to a movie, or 2) Go to the Apple Store and Tommy Bahama. Option 1 is much cheaper. :)

    Thinking about Hangover III. I know it sort of got panned, but wife has no interest in seeing it and I want to see it simply because I know it will have few good laughs.
  9. Jun 4, 2013 #149 of 176

    h4b1t AllStar

    Dec 29, 2005
    I love going to the movies and I do it as often as I can. However I have 3 kids under 6 so that means I normally see about 1-2 movies on the big screen per year.
  10. Jun 4, 2013 #150 of 176

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I think the last time I went to a movie theatre was around 1995 approx.

    One reason I stopped going was a lack of movie titles I tell what they were about from the coming attractions or TV advertising.
    The other was after getting some slobs chewing gum on my pants from under the seat and the floor being sticky, forget it!

    Cheers TB
  11. Jun 4, 2013 #151 of 176

    karrank% AllStar

    Sep 20, 2009
    Last movie I watched in a theatre (emphasis on THE LAST) was Skyfall when it first came out. Some ********* with a Bluetooth was narrating the entire movie to someone off-site. Never again.
  12. Jun 5, 2013 #152 of 176

    Flugelman Legend

    Nov 20, 2007
    Maybe go to the theatre once or twice a year, more just to get out than anything else.
  13. Jun 5, 2013 #153 of 176

    Hoxxx Cool Member/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    I go all the time! I still like the big screen, the loud volume etc. I'll bet I havent bought a movie I didn't see first on the big screen.
  14. Jun 5, 2013 #154 of 176

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    I'm getting spoiled.

    The theater on the base here showed Star Trek: Into Darkness a week before it opened - for free.

    This Saturday there's another free showing - "Man of Steel".
  15. Jun 5, 2013 #155 of 176

    jory Cool Member

    Oct 14, 2006
    Sounds like I do the same as most people, I only see blockbusters in the theater, all others, on Blu-Ray.
  16. Jun 5, 2013 #156 of 176

    George_T Legend

    Sep 19, 2002
    Given the outrageous costs of going to a movie theater these day with a family, I just wait and watch the majority of my movies at my home.
  17. Jun 5, 2013 #157 of 176

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I'm wondering why this exact same poll is also at Home Theater Forum also to win prizes????
  18. Jun 5, 2013 #158 of 176

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Being single and a senior the cost difference is just around a dollar for me.
  19. Jun 6, 2013 #159 of 176

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Other than a home theatre only crowd, it's hard to find a group more into home theatre than right here.....
  20. Jun 6, 2013 #160 of 176
    Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

    Mar 23, 2002
    The way we view movies has changed dramatically over the years. I remember, when growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, the only way to watch a film was either in the theater or on television, and it was years between the film release in the theater and on television, and then the films were edited for both content and time (See 1964's Fistful of Dollars. When the movie premiered on ABC in August, 1977, the network insisted in a prologue being filmed to offset some of the content issues. Also, see this hilarious edit of a memorable line from Snakes On A Plane). Because films only aired once a year or so, it because a "event" (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_on_television]Wizard of Oz[/url] on televison, also The Sound of Music and The Ten Commandments). In addition, FCC regulations at the time prohibited letterboxing on broadcast television, thus the pan and scan.

    In the 1970s, there were even advertising against pay TV, and the movie studios even fought against releasing films on video until they realized how much money they could make. I was an early adopter of DVDs back in 1998 because of the higher quality of DVDs (480i) verses VHS (240i-ish) plus the multiple audio tracks, plus the films were released in their original aspect ratios. It used to be that we waited years between the theater release and the home video release. Now, it's just a matter of months. I have a whole closet full of DVDs and BluRays collected. Some of them are well-known films (how many different versions of The Matrix do I have?) while others are little-known, limited-release, and unknown beyond certain certain groups. The $20 that I pay for a new release or the less than $10 if I wait for it to go on sale is much cheaper than a group of friends going out to the theater.

    Movie theaters are now converting over to a digital format from the previous film format. It used to be that theaters had dedicated projectionists that took care of the film. But that was years ago. In many theaters, the film projection system was fully automated, or run by some kid who also worked the snack bar, thus the print got well worn, leading to a negative experience.
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