Using The word ignorant is actually quite insulting to those that don't necessarily share your opinion.
Sorry never intended to offend you- I'm old school English and use the word ignorant to define a person who is absent of knowledge
in a particular area and not intending to offend. It doesn't mean stupid because if I wanted to call someone stupid, I would have used that word although not here on the forum due to our rules of etiquette. Most people aren't stupid, just aren't aware that there exists more than they realize. Many of the posts here admitted this. I am ignorant in many areas of life and never offended by that. I just choose to learn from others who know more, and impart what I have learned to those who know less.
I can understand that some people don't have access to state of the art movie theaters and would have to drive several hundred miles to experience these. For them they might as well not exist, but that is not the question of the thread. When IMAX first came out we didn't have any locally either but I recognized the existence and availability. Then, one was built 100 miles away and later 30 miles away. Today, we have several less than 10 miles from the house.
But lets compare a more common theater in the smaller towns in rural America. Even these have digital cinema's and THX sound systems, right. Please correct me if I am wrong. My point is to compare with a home theater and cost. To match or better the technical quality you would need to spend in the 5 figures to install a good home theater that would match the quality of these. Now you pay $20 for a BD 2D and you watch as often as you like. I don't go that often but I did go to see Avatar 4 times at the same theater multiplex to see in 2D, 3D, and IMAX. The person at the box office never asked me how many times I came to see that movie to refuse me from seeing it again. So the number of times to see it is never a limitation. hey even grant discounts for frequent visits and senior citizen status.
I also know enough math to know that the cost of a home theater far exceeds the price at the box office, especially with HT upgrades and disk purchases. HT is no way to same money and I watch an average of 2 different new movies a day! So, my HT is amortized over more movie viewing sessions than most but still costs more, bottom line. I do agree with the vanity issue for some, bragging on what they built is part of the fun. Me, I am too private and rarely have guests, including my kids.
Privacy does afford more than just not putting up with others. Part of my privacy point is pausing to take care of other business, take a phone call, multitask and switch to something else if the movie is boring as well as skipping past commercials. When sharing the movie with others especially strangers, you can't do that.
My point remains that the modern movie theater is not going to die due to home theater being better technology. I admit I had my doubts in the 90's, though as the theaters were the same as in the 60's. Not today.Edited by Don Landis - 1/1/13 at 6:06pm