Originally Posted by Tyrone Burton
Wow, i am so glad someone made this thread. i actually thoght for many years i was missing something by not going to a cinema. by what im hearing, im not missing much. phew lol.
now i like my home theatre even more, ill give it a kiss one day lol.
I suppose if you listen to people who have no clue what is going on in today's modern theaters you would believe that. For a long time, up until about 5 years ago, this would be true that the movie theater was stuck in stagnation and the home theater offered far more pleasurable viewing. Primarily, IMO, the home theater offered privacy, which is something no commercial theater will ever achieve. But, as far as the actual movie technology is concerned, the changes beyond home theater offering have been numerous in the past 5 years. Going from the ancient stage, single screen house to the multiples and stadium seating that was the only innovation in a hundred years. During the past 5 or so years the theaters experience have offered far more than is possible with today's home theater. Here are a few that I have noticed and I don't go to the theater very often-
1. New huge sound systems with multiple channels, far more than the basic 5.1 or even the latest 11.2 we have in home theater.
2. Same movie offered in various viewing formats, 2D, 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D, now 48 fps( HFR) Today, we now have home theater 3D, but the others are only available in the commercial movie theater.
3. 4D, and 5D concept in some special theme park theaters where we can experience circle 360 in 3D with motion seating, water spray, odors, breeze in your face and even action that touches you around your feet to expand the movie viewing experience
OK, some of you may not like these experiences but that is not the point. The point is going to a theater offers movie going experience like you can't yet get in your home theater. If you believe that Avatar is the latest and greatest and your HT experience can beat that then you obviously are quite ignorant of the possibilities and availabilities in the public commercial theater.
The thing that will kill a Movie theater today is that it does not offer these new innovations that people are willing to pay for and the competitor down the street does offer them. The HT only offers privacy. But, our beloved HT is of no threat to the commercial theater.
So, do I prefer my HT to the commercial theater? Of course, but I respect the movie house for what it offers and when a special movie comes along that shows me what I can't get at home I go and fork over about $50 for that entertainment experience I can't get at home. Last week I saw The Hobbit in 3D 48 fps. WOW! that was great. But at one point I became annoyed that the person behind me kept commenting and wouldn't shut up. Turning around and staring at them fixed that this time. I don't have to do that in my HT !