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This does touch upon what might be a controversial topic here at AVS.
First of all, I am a longtime home theater nut, I had a 120" 4:3 screen in a basement theater, illuminated with a triple-CRT front projector, and driven by a VHS VCR with stereo sound, in the early 1980's. I have viewed literally thousands of films on DVD since then, and still have a projector not quite 30 years later. Whenever possible, I have friends over and we watch movies in a group in my HT.
I am lucky in that there are at least THREE rather good quality real theaters withinn 15 miles of my house, where I can depend upon a decent movie exhibition from management that cares enough to do things right. I understand that some of you are not so fortunate, as I have read your litany of complaints many times.
Going to a real theater, with real media (either digital cinema or film) and with an actual crowd and with the aroma of fresh popcorn around you, is an experience that quite simply beats the heck out of sitting alone in a home theater with your hand on a remote, in complete command of lighting and focus and volume. The ultimate movie experience is seeing a huge screen with incredible sound, in a huge room surrounded by thousands of people - I like Radio City Music Hall, although the chorus line may play some role in my preferences.
One is an enjoyable social experience, the other is a fancy way to watch TV. I hope we do get to experience the new theater technology mentioned above, in a real theater, a few years from now. Because it beats the heck out of sitting alone in the dark.
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