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View Poll Results: How Does Owning Home-Theater Equipment and Watching Movies at Home Affect Your Frequency of Going to
I go to the movie theater less often than before owning home-theater equipment 230 81.85%
I go to the movie theater just as often since owning home-theater equipment 46 16.37%
I go to the movie theater more often since owning home-theater equipment 5 1.78%
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We all remember the very first movie we saw on the big screen in a theatre. That larger than life big screen picture and sound. Today we have the technology to bring much of that experience into our homes through large screen displays and lossless surround sound audio. But its still not the same…..or is it? We were wondering how the cinematic experiences impact your home theater habits, and vice-versa. Does the fact that you are a Home Theater enthusiast actually result in your visiting the cinema more often than before? Or not? Take our survey and find out what it reveals about our entertainment habits today.

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Hi Scott:

Enjoy your shows on TWIT. My last trip to a movie theater was over two years ago. My wife and I went to see Iron Man at a Lowes Theater here in Pittsburgh. We have big, cushy leather seats in the balcony that we reserve that are dead center, and we can bring food and alcohol in with us. But between the cost of the tickets, food, drinks and gas, I'm out close to $50 or more. The experience I have at home is much more cost efficient, the picture is better, plus, we don't have to worry about people gabbing on cell phones, and other obnoxious activities that occur during a movie in a theater. Guess I've become an old fuddy duddy.
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This is hard to answer, because it's hard to remember my 'pre-home-theater' days. I've had some form of surround sound since the early 90's.

But my attitude toward going to a movie theater has not changed. There are certain "have to see/hear it on the big screen" films, there are certain "have to see it as soon as possible" films, and "I'll wait until it's out on video" films.
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It's definitely not the same - a good HT is often better than your average theater. Purely from the A/V standpoint, a well calibrated plasma in a darkened room can challenge a cinema projector in overall image quality. From a reasonable seating distance, with a large enough screen, the apparent size of the image can be quite large. I find the biggest difference to be in audio - you're much closer to the sweet spot, and a quality set of speakers almost always sounds better than what you hear even in the best theaters. Especially when it comes to LFE, its a very rare theater than can reach the depths that a good home subwoofer can reach - you're almost always missing out on that lower octave and tactile response at the average theater.

That being said, I have been to a few outstanding theaters, particularly the AMC in times square and the IMAX in Universal Studios Florida. Unfortunately, you don't really know what you're going to get until after you buy the ticket - even recently, I've been to some truly awful theaters. Mediocre speakers played at far too loud a volume, black levels that were clearly inferior to what I have at home, and some truly atrocious passive 3D glasses that produced annoying streaks in your field of vision any time the screen was bright. I would say that a solid 80-90% of the time, at least one aspect of the A/V experience at the theater is sub-par or disappointing.

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I rarely to to the theater but almost every Friday it is Movie Night with my 2 daughters! The kids throw down blankets and pillows, the neighbor kids often join us and sometimes the parents also.
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Generally I've all but stopped going to the theater all together. From unruly and loud patrons to screaming babies, overpriced snacks, people on cellphones, in some parts of the county -- bedbugs and like the previous poster stated hit or miss theater experiences I find it better to wait the few months, buy it day one on Blu-ray and sit in peace to watch it. I'm an Emergency Room Physician, I deal with enough at work that when I want to relax and enjoy a movie with my wife, I don't want it interrupted by someone who can't wait an hour to get that text message. And lets not forget that once I own it, I can watch it whenever I want as many times as I want.
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Let me see, or is it hear - TOO Loud usually. Wife hates the sound of me snacking on Popcorn, blurring of any fast motion, can't pause when a pee break is required, people who come to the theatre to talk on their cell phones (Should be banned!), annoyingly Loud Fuzzy commercials (And people complain about the Sneak Previews on their BDs!), then as you leave, find someone dented your car from opening their doors, or can't drive and hit you. Sorry Theatre Owners - I stay home and watch where I'M Comfortable, plus other amenities!
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Seriously rude and entitled people keep me away from most films . I really despair for humanity at times . Thankfully home theater more than makes up for a ruined and expensive night at the movies . Now if I had that home IMAX floor to ceiling setup I would never be seen in a theater again .

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Generally I've all but stopped going to the theater all together. From unruly and loud patrons to screaming babies, overpriced snacks, people on cellphones, in some parts of the county -- bedbugs and like the previous poster stated hit or miss theater experiences I find it better to wait the few months, buy it day one on Blu-ray and sit in peace to watch it. I'm an Emergency Room Physician, I deal with enough at work that when I want to relax and enjoy a movie with my wife, I don't want it interrupted by someone who can't wait an hour to get that text message. And lets not forget that once I own it, I can watch it whenever I want as many times as I want.

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This is hard to answer...

 

Not for me... I don't really own an HT per se, but can point to a pretty specific point in time when I stopped going to see movies in theaters. It was after I bought a Blu-ray player... I do miss the size/immersiveness of a big screen though, and would probably still take in a flick once in awhile if I had the time and $$. Not a big fan of digital projection though, so that's another potential deterrent.

 

Re one of the OP's comments... I don't actually remember the first movie I saw, but it was probably somethin from Disney, either one of their animated features or comedies from the 1960's.

 

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Generally I've all but stopped going to the theater all together. From unruly and loud patrons to screaming babies, overpriced snacks, people on cellphones, in some parts of the county -- bedbugs and like the previous poster stated hit or miss theater experiences I find it better to wait the few months, buy it day one on Blu-ray and sit in peace to watch it. I'm an Emergency Room Physician, I deal with enough at work that when I want to relax and enjoy a movie with my wife, I don't want it interrupted by someone who can't wait an hour to get that text message. And lets not forget that once I own it, I can watch it whenever I want as many times as I want.

 

Some very good points, kyzer.


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I always wait for the Blu-Ray now.

I simply can't stand the crowds of public theaters and my system is just so much better (and it doesn't take much).

The only thing I will attend now is private screenings of movies which I am lucky to get with a friend in a film review organization in NYC. And that is because they are at studio theaters having the best tech with a good crowd. Even so, I start to question that because theaters are so damn loud its difficult to manage. You have to wear headphones for explosion scenes and then take them off for dialogue. I really like my Dolby Volume Adjustments at home. I guess I am getting old!
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I, like every single response so far to this question, much prefer to watch a blu-ray or regular DVD on my 70" TV with a nice sound system. I've just entered the world of 3D and now we like home theater even more. All of the reasons mentioned so far hold true for me plus the ability to pause when you want, not worry about traffic, share the experience with friends and family, no feeling of guilt if you fall asleep (can always watch it over again). If I blow a whole $3 on a rental that ends up sucking that's way better than blowing $20 or $30 on the same theater experience. These responses make me wonder what percentage of profits are gleaned from DVD sales and rentals vs theater ticket sales.
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I more have a problem with the experience of watching a movie in the theater. The best times I've ever had at movies were when it was practically empty.

I really don't like paying to be surrounded by rude strangers just to watch a movie earlier. I have enough patience to wait for the BD release if it's something I'm interested in seeing.

As for the Audio/Video quality. I don't typically listen to my home setup at ear-rupturing, overly distorted levels. I also don't have random artifacts popping up on my TV either.

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Home theater is better than the cinema.
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 I have the control to turn it down. Cinemas don't :P 

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Less often, but not because of the HT equipment. Last movie I saw in the theaters was Iron Man 3 recently. Got to listen to a family spread across an entire row behind me (sitting in groups not together) - young (under 13) kid behind me that was allowed to sit by himself spent the ENTIRE movie chomping loudly on popcorn. His younger sister (couldn't have been more than 5) spent a good part of the movie loudly asking the parents questions about what was going on in the movie. I was in the center, she was on the right edge and was loud enough that she could have been right next to me.

Almost as good as when I saw the original Jurassic Park in the middle of the day - theater full of very young kids and not once but TWICE a young unescorted child going to the bathroom by themselves opened the outside exit door and flooded the room with sunlight (and then left it sitting open).

I would rather watch at home where the only time I am taken out of the experience is when I get a snack or go to the bathroom, neither of which I can do at the movies without missing something important. And with movies now running 2-3 hours regularly, sitting that long without needing a refill or a de-fill is hard.
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In these economic woes most people want to save as much money as they can so most people won't have the money to go out.
I don't bother to go to movies anymore for the same reasons most have said on here.
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I have two children that are pretty young so going to the movies ends up being a pain in the rear... Its easier to just rent a Blu ray and stay in. There is a small family owned theater near me that I do enjoy seeing movies in quite a bit though. The speakers they have are pretty good and the projectionist is good at that he does. They don't have exorbitant prices either. But still, I would rather just watch something at home on the plasma...

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There is nothing quite like seeing a movie on a big screen. I
whenever there is a major movie playing, i tend to want to see it at the theater. I do find that the audio experience can be better in the the home theater though. Especially when it comes to bass and volume control.
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Going to the theater for Disney and Disney/Pixar releases are still a tradition for my wife and children.

That said, i cant argue any reason stated previously for staying away.

-idiots on cell phones
-idiots with horrendous hygiene
-idiots who ding my car
-idiots who dont discipline their kids
-idiots who continually kick seat in front of them and risk getting knocked out after the movie

Yes, imho my home theater is a superior experience to the movie theater in 2d and especially 3d.
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Going to the theater for Disney and Disney/Pixar releases are still a tradition for my wife and children.

That said, i cant argue any reason stated previously for staying away.

-idiots on cell phones
-idiots with horrendous hygiene
-idiots who ding my car
-idiots who dont discipline their kids
-idiots who continually kick seat in front of them and risk getting knocked out after the movie

Yes, imho my home theater is a superior experience to the movie theater in 2d and especially 3d.

I'm with you on this one. People have no respect or decency anymore! Last time my wife and I went to the movies (almost a year ago) a couple decided to take their new born child. The kids started crying a lot, and they ended up leaving. I would never take my new born to the a loud theater.
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When I was growing up in Scranton, PA we had the good ol' fashioned movie theaters. You folks (some of you anyway) know what I'm talking about. The curtain would open and they would show a couple of previews MAYBE then the main movie. Where was the favorite place to sit? In the balcony of course! Now? people with cell phones, managers coming out announcing to turn them off. Trivia questions! OVER PRICED popcorn and drinks. And ENDLESS previews! No thanks, I'll wait for the Blu Ray!

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I absolutely hate going to the theatres.

uncomfortable seats, annoying ppl, little control on seating position, no control of volume, and it's only about 30bux more expensive per movie rolleyes.gif

I actually don't have a clue what the first movie I saw in a theatre was. but I do remember the first movie I saw in a theatre that was worse than what I had at home(Big Daddy btw). Since then I became less and less likely to go to the theatres. First it was major blockbusters only, then it was for social outings only(ie large group of friends, or a date), now it's pretty much only if i'm on vacation and watching at home isn't a possibility.

the only reason I ever consider going to the theatres is to see the movie sooner. I think the last movie I saw in theatres was the avengers, and that was somewhat forced on me because everybody I knew couldn't shut up about the darn thing and I felt if I waited more than a week there'd be no surprises left.

I've probably seen 5 or 6 movies in theatres in the last 10 years. I have a collection of over 1000 movies at home that I've put together over the same amount of time. the only way i'd go back to theatres is if it were cheaper than watching at home. with rentals only being a couple bux, I doubt that'll ever happen. if 'hollywood' wants to make more money off me, there best bet would be to release BD's sooner(like while the movie is still in theatres) at a higher price. I think i'd be more likely to buy a BD of a blockbuster for 50bux than spend 20-30 to go see it in a theatre.

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There is nothing quite like seeing a movie on a big screen. I
whenever there is a major movie playing, i tend to want to see it at the theater. I do find that the audio experience can be better in the the home theater though. Especially when it comes to bass and volume control.

the thing is, now that most of the projectors are digital, I don't even think the video's any better anymore. you want a 'big screen' experience just sit closer.

there's a few technical reasons to consider going to the theatres, but they get less and less impressive every year. 10yrs ago, yeah, you couldn't match that 'big screen' experience without building a 6-figure theatre room. now it's easy with 4-5k, and arguably pretty darn close for under 2k. 64 speaker systems, '4d', larger screens might be things i'll never see in my home theatre. but fortunately I don't feel they add much to the experience. not being distracted by idiot patrons, not paying ridiculous amounts for food/drinks, and having total control does add greatly to the experience.

I just hope that i'm always in a position where I have both the space and money to maintain a home theatre.

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My wife and I are movie nuts. We still go out for dinner and a movie two or three times a month. If we like the flick in the theater I usually end up buying it on bluray and enjoying it even more at home.
$30 for a pair of tickets and popcorn and another $25 or so for the Bluray. It does get expensive.

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I rarely go. Just went to see Man of Steel and parents brought their infant children to the theater! Several of them! No more.

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We only see the blockbusters at the movies everything can wait til blu-ray!

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Since upgrading from a 61" plasma to an Epson 6010 with 2.35:1 screen, my life has changed and I definitely go to the theater less now. You really do need a big screen to appreciate the detail in Blu-ray and I think the experience is very nearly as good as a theatrical presentation. In fact, I think it's truly amazing what we can achieve in the home now (for comparatively little financial outlay).
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Unless its a movie I really want to see, and it will take forever to come out on bluray, I'll go to the cinema. Otherwise, home is better. Audio and picture quality is certainly better at home.
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I was a Manager of a movie theater in the 80's and saw Siskel & Ebert at Showest where they gave their top ten complaints about movie theaters and those ten complaints could be made today.
poor picture, poor sound, sticky floors, talking during the movie and yes keeping the house lights on during the movie. when Siskel asked about this the theater chain executive said " we leave them up so you can see the person next to you"
to which Siskel replied "I don't want to see the person next to me" so it does not matter how good or bad your home theater is cause it's far better that the chain theaters. Saw Man of Steel and yes bad picture, bad sound, people with feet up on chair back talking during the movie
and not a usher to be found! and for opening weekend only about thirty people in the theater.. God I love Blu-Ray!!
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