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Poll Results: How Often Do You See a Movie in a Theater Before Watching it at Home?

Poll expired: Jun 17, 2013  
  • 23% (67)
    I never go to the movie theater
  • 55% (156)
    1-30% of the movies I watch at home, I've seen in a theater
  • 11% (31)
    31-60% of the movies I watch at home, I've seen in a theater
  • 5% (16)
    61-80% of the movies I watch at home, I've seen in a theater
  • 3% (10)
    Nearly all the movies I watch at home, I've seen in a theater
280 Total Votes  
post #31 of 81
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Originally Posted by repete66211 View Post

Let's go ahead and get this out there: If people stop going to movies in the theater we may not be able to watch them at home. Disc sales and rentals, cable distribution, etc. are all part of the revenue stream but those follow from the theatrical release, no?

I'd love to find out what would happen if a major blockbuster movie came out on Blu-ray the exact same day as the theatrical release.
post #32 of 81
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Originally Posted by imagic View Post

I'd love to find out what would happen if a major blockbuster movie came out on Blu-ray the exact same day as the theatrical release.
I would too. Release a movie in the theaters, on disc and digitally all on the same day. Current marketing plan dictates you make more with stair-step release and that you'd lose money in the long run. I wonder if that's how it would work in reality.
post #33 of 81
Personally my biggest complaint when going to the movie theaters these days is when the screen you're viewing on uses an outdated projector that shows a lot fuzzier picture than it should. I do really appreciate the fact that theaters are slowly introducing the new Dolby Atmos sound system but I think more should concentrate on getting actual 4K projectors especially for the ticket prices they charge these days.
post #34 of 81
I installed a surround sound system in my home about twelve years ago, and a 3D HDTV around six years ago, and have have been to the local theater maybe five times since then. We watch movies on Netflix streaming and Blu-ray discs, and don't mind waiting for titles to be released. The last movie we saw was Avatar when it was first released - we thought it was going to be in 3D, but our theater was not 3D capable then, and so were somewhat disappointed. I voted "never" in the poll, and I must say that there is still a big draw to watching a movie on the Big Screen. When we travel, as we often do, we take advantage to watch IMAX movies when they are available (would have liked to see Avatar in 3D...). My biggest complaints about the theater experience are that there aren't that many new releases that I am interested in (many are mostly sensationalist mental bubble gum...) and the sound levels are far too loud. I play my movies at reference level at home (when my wife lets me...) and I find the sound levels at the theaters excessive. As far a night out, dinner and a movie is still a nice idea. Watching on a big screen gets my heart pumping. It's just easier to watch at home, by ourselves or with friends, and the quality is pretty damn good nowadays. The times, they are a changing...
post #35 of 81
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Originally Posted by repete66211 View Post

Let's go ahead and get this out there: If people stop going to movies in the theater we may not be able to watch them at home. Disc sales and rentals, cable distribution, etc. are all part of the revenue stream but those follow from the theatrical release, no?

You're 100% right there, but going to the cinema has become less and less of an enjoyable experience for many.

Back when I was a lad*, it was $5 to get into the cinema, and when a film came out you wanted to see, it was either head to the theater or wait 9 months or even a year for it to appear on VHS. And of course, VHS tapes on a 21" CRT aren't quite the same. And because of this, the people in there actually seemed genuinely interested in sitting quietly and enjoying the film. The theatrical experience far outweighed watching at home.

Fast forward to now. And zulu is bang on the money for how it feels to be in a cinema. $15 each for my wife and I to see a film. Tack on another $10 for ONE soda and some candy to share (thanks to us going to dinner beforehand). Take your seat, and you're surrounded by people who spend the next two hours chomping like a barn animal (great description!!) on popcorn like it's the first thing they've eaten in six years (WHY is it that concession stands sell the NOISIEST foods in terms of crunchy stuff, and crinkly wrappers?!?!), talking "quietly", laughing and giggling teens, incessantly shaking their buckets of soda (the soda's long gone, they're just shaking cups of ice to get every last drip of liquid out), the occasional crying baby (who brings an infant to the cinema?!!?!?) and the one person who's coughing so much they're about to lose a lung.

Compare that to just waiting a couple of months, relaxing at home on the couch, ordering a pizza, opening a bottle of wine, turning the lights down and watching the blu ray version on a 47" HD screen with good surround, in peace and quiet, with the ability to pause or rewind the movie if I miss something or have to go to the bathroom? It's really a no brainer.

Of course, tell that to my wife - who incessantly harasses me to go to the cinema despite me constantly telling her I don't enjoy it.










* And all this was fields, and I had to walk barefoot through the snow to get to school, uphill, both ways.
post #36 of 81
I said never, as I have been once in the past 2 and half years. Not coincidentally at all I have a 2 and half year old toddler.

Time and money are both precious commodities around my home now. For the price of 2 tickets a I can buy the blu ray, watch it at my leisure, pause it at my leisure and not put up with parking, line ups, teenagers, cellphone users, and the kld sitting behind me kicking my chair.

I am at the point now where I would consider paying a premium rate for zero day releases in my home for highly anticipated movies. (I'm thinking $20, but I suspect the studios are thinking $50)
post #37 of 81
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Originally Posted by bd2003 View Post

..... Crackling bags and the constant crunch of popcorn, teenagers who can't keep their mouths closed and their cell phones off, seating that's the luck of the draw, and all too often a less than stellar A/V experience. At home, everything is on my terms, I can even pause it if I need to. A good home theater often surpasses the A/V experience you get at the public theaters.

If I had a choice, I'd never go to a movie theater ever again.


It's been years since I've been to a movie theater, so I voted "never". While I do enjoy watching movies on the big screen, the audience these days completely ruins the experience, not to mention the cost. So now I just wait for it to come out on BD and watch it at home.
post #38 of 81
Last film in a theater... The Hobbit with Dolby ATMOS and HFR... And that is the primary reason I went (with my 14 year old daughter). Thought I would go to see Life of Pi, Star Trek darkness, & Ironman 3 in a theater... hasn't worked out that way. The visual spectacle is the overriding reason for me to put up with all the baggage that comes with the theater experience. Wish I had the funds and space for a projector! Big screen HDTV's are great, but a 50 foot screen still has it's appeal. I'm thinking that "Gravity" might pry me off the couch and to Cinatopia to experience that on the big screen (with Dolby ATMOS)... And their "Living Room" presentations don't seem to have as many obnoxious movie goers. Still, the family only goes to 2 - 3 movies at a theater each year. Loving the Blu-Ray releases shortly after (even sometimes before!) the movie leaves the theaters!
post #39 of 81
I used to go the cinema regularly as a poor college student. Now, I much prefer my home theatre. Better video and audio experience. Plus I don't have to shell out $$ for a babysitter for my 2 kids. I will take my kids to an animated movie once every 3 months or so.
post #40 of 81
I love the whole theater experience. I see everything I can. More of a social experience with the large noisy crowds. I see everything in wide release and try to get to the independent movies when I can find them. I'll go if I have a couple of hours during work. I'll go late at night. I'll go alone if I have to. I'm addicted. I'll see over 100 movies/year at the theater. And of course I'll buy everything on bluray that I thought was even moderately good when its released so that I can watch it on my 92" screen with 7.2 surround sound as well.

I have a problem. At least I've toned it down from my highschool and college years where I would see movies 2 or 3 times if I'd seen everything already.
post #41 of 81
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Originally Posted by repete66211 View Post

Let's go ahead and get this out there: If people stop going to movies in the theater we may not be able to watch them at home. Disc sales and rentals, cable distribution, etc. are all part of the revenue stream but those follow from the theatrical release, no?

That's a big +1. It's a trickle down system but it is intersting to ponder.

. I think from the sound of it rude people, high expense, and bad presentations are the reasons people aren't going out more to the movies. I suppose I am lucky because I live a smaller town (20,000 roughly) with a well kept 8-plex and a nice community of people that frequent it. It has 3 excellent sounding theaters and early shows are very empty except on weekends. It's almost always a good time there provided the flicks not a bomb but I'll still have fun watching previews and eating popcorn.

When we travel and see a movie it can get crazy with what goes on during a show. I'm quick to speek up too if there is a talker or phone happy kids with a succes rate of about 50% lol. Obnoxious patrons are nothing new tho except for the cell phone thing of the last 10 or more years. More theaters need a no cell phone policy and reinforce it.
Edited by Reddig - 6/11/13 at 3:51pm
post #42 of 81
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Originally Posted by nickle2 View Post

I have not been in a theater since 'Apocalypse Now' was first released.
What-ever year that was?

Never had cable or satellite.
Never rented a movie

If it ain't free it ain't for me.

Well...thanks for the support. frown.gif

- The Movie Industry (and folks like me who work in the industry).
post #43 of 81
I go to see movies in the theater as often as I can (which isn't nearly as often as I'd like, unfortunately).

I spent tons of money and an ungodly amount of time designing and building my projection based home theater. I'm utterly thrilled with it. But for me movies are virtually always best enjoyed in the theater, tub o' popcorn, with a crowd. I don't even need the greatest picture and sound. I'm more thrilled taking my boys to the local Drive in, even with it's dim picture, than staying home and watching because it's an event, it's fun, it's seeing the movie AND getting out of the house and doing something social. I'm also lucky to live in a city with many amazing theaters - many of which blow away any home theater, especially the sound, I've ever seen. I always have a deeper connection to a movie at the theater than in my home, I guess for all the above reasons. Further, I must live in some alternate universe: so many people complain that "crowds these days" ruin movies. Yet I can't remember the last film that for me was ruined by the crowd. It's still the same old someone munching on popcorn and candy nearby which is fine with me.

Maybe things get crazier in some parts of urban America or something? But I just don't see that much to complain about.

(And when I joined AVS I always presumed people made home theaters because they loved movie-going so much they wanted to recreate it at home. But what I've found is the opposite: it seems a great many people make home theaters because they've actually decided they hate the movie going experience).
post #44 of 81
My wife and I usually wait two weeks before seeing a movie in the theater. We cannot hack annoying teens, people talking, and kicking your chairs!
post #45 of 81
I voted Never since I can't remember the last time I went to the theater (maybe 8 years ago) I did get free tickets for Man of Steel this coming Thursday so I'll probably go, but I really prefer the comfort and quality I get at home.
post #46 of 81
Why would you go to a commercial theater? Home theater is great! Where else can you recline with your own popcorn, wine, remote and dog without having to get dressed and drive into town?

1. Try bringing wine or beer into a commercial theater.
2. Speaking of wine and beer, try hitting the "pause" button in a commercial theater.
3. You don't have to listen to all the yackety-yack yaks.
4. You don't have to see all the text screens.
5. You're not on someone else's schedule.
6. You don't have to drive anywhere.

I haven't been to a commercial theater since my house was built back in 2007.
post #47 of 81
I only go to the theaters for highly anticipated movies.

last year I was 4 movies in the theater. This year I am probably going to see 5-6 movies in the theater. In the last 2 years I have added about 350 titles to my blu-ray collection. Home Theater trumps Commercial Theater!.
post #48 of 81
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

I go to see movies in the theater as often as I can (which isn't nearly as often as I'd like, unfortunately).

I spent tons of money and an ungodly amount of time designing and building my projection based home theater. I'm utterly thrilled with it. But for me movies are virtually always best enjoyed in the theater, tub o' popcorn, with a crowd. I don't even need the greatest picture and sound. I'm more thrilled taking my boys to the local Drive in, even with it's dim picture, than staying home and watching because it's an event, it's fun, it's seeing the movie AND getting out of the house and doing something social. I'm also lucky to live in a city with many amazing theaters - many of which blow away any home theater, especially the sound, I've ever seen. I always have a deeper connection to a movie at the theater than in my home, I guess for all the above reasons. Further, I must live in some alternate universe: so many people complain that "crowds these days" ruin movies. Yet I can't remember the last film that for me was ruined by the crowd. It's still the same old someone munching on popcorn and candy nearby which is fine with me.

Maybe things get crazier in some parts of urban America or something? But I just don't see that much to complain about.

(And when I joined AVS I always presumed people made home theaters because they loved movie-going so much they wanted to recreate it at home. But what I've found is the opposite: it seems a great many people make home theaters because they've actually decided they hate the movie going experience).
Total agreement. Here in L.A. you can find theaters that avoid most of the problems people complain about, does that stop me from wanting to build a dedicated THX black box style of theater at home, of course not. biggrin.gif I agree about the deeper connection thing too.
post #49 of 81
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Originally Posted by thisrandomguy View Post

I don't have a stellar home theater setup by any means. Pretty cheap HTIB and midrange LCD TV, and I would still rather watch at home than go to the theater, minus going to see 3D/IMAX and those types of movies. Case in point, I went to see Iron Man 3 with my family because they love the theater and there was this group of thugs behind that wouldn't shut up. I turned around and told them to shut up 3 separate times and they never did. One even got a phone call and let it keep ringing because, as he said to his friend, he liked the song. They didn't whisper at all, just pure talking in full volume. They ruined the movie for everyone. That right there is why I hate the theater.

This is the exact reason why I only go to "must see at the theater" movies nowadays. "Must See" like Star Trek and Man of Steel in IMAX, etc.

Everytime I go, even if I wait a few weeks for the crowds to die down, there is always that one person who talks or is constantly checking thier phone. There are at least two advertisments before the movie asking to be quiet, etc. people just don't care anymore.

Redbox, 55" 3D plasma and 7.1 surround system with zero distractions works for me!
post #50 of 81
I love going to the cinema , although i got my home theater hooked up at home. I go about 2-3 times a month. It all depends on the movie releases , for example i watched The Hobbit and Amazing Spiderman and Fast Five at the cinemas first smile.gif

I only enjoy watching movies at my house at night when there's no light passing through so i can get the cinema ambience.

Anyways, i enjoy going to the cinema because its feel like it and can get into the movie action easily plus that popcorn smell ! smile.gif
post #51 of 81
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

I go to see movies in the theater as often as I can (which isn't nearly as often as I'd like, unfortunately).

I spent tons of money and an ungodly amount of time designing and building my projection based home theater. I'm utterly thrilled with it. But for me movies are virtually always best enjoyed in the theater, tub o' popcorn, with a crowd. I don't even need the greatest picture and sound. I'm more thrilled taking my boys to the local Drive in, even with it's dim picture, than staying home and watching because it's an event, it's fun, it's seeing the movie AND getting out of the house and doing something social. I'm also lucky to live in a city with many amazing theaters - many of which blow away any home theater, especially the sound, I've ever seen. I always have a deeper connection to a movie at the theater than in my home, I guess for all the above reasons. Further, I must live in some alternate universe: so many people complain that "crowds these days" ruin movies. Yet I can't remember the last film that for me was ruined by the crowd. It's still the same old someone munching on popcorn and candy nearby which is fine with me.

Maybe things get crazier in some parts of urban America or something? But I just don't see that much to complain about.


(And when I joined AVS I always presumed people made home theaters because they loved movie-going so much they wanted to recreate it at home. But what I've found is the opposite: it seems a great many people make home theaters because they've actually decided they hate the movie going experience).

Re: "Blowing away the sound in any home theater"... With Dolby Atmos that's a (kind of) a true statement because home-based systems don't have that capability. However, high-end home theater can beat any auditorium in the audio department. Since many Blu-ray discs have the exact same uncompressed sound that theaters use, there is zero compromise. My own system outperforms auditoriums, the power vs. room volume equation is in my favor, and often is in high-end home theater. Some folks I know have as much or more power and subwoofer displacement in their basement as you'll find in a digital IMAX auditorium.

I work for the architects that build movie theaters for Regal. I don't see how any one city would have "better" auditoriums than any another. Most new theaters are built to be comfortable, feature the latest projection gear, and offer good viewing angles. For a few bucks extra, "premium" auditoriums offer enhanced sound and brighter screens. That's everywhere.


This theater in Hartford, CT proudly shows off the digital control room
Photo ©2012 by Mark Henninger

It's certainly not "urban America" that's the issue, if anything the best theaters I've been to, have consistently been in city centers, and some of the worst have been at suburban malls. Here's an outstanding auditorium in Newark, NJ


Inside the "Shaq-plex"
Photo ©2012 by Mark Henninger


In case you were wondering, Shaq is from Newark
Photo ©2012 by Mark Henninger

I think that once a person makes an investment in a home theater, it becomes much harder to tolerate movie theater crowds—or any other part of the experience.

IMAX auditoriums seem to be the exception. People still treat an IMAX screening as an "event" and not just another teenage basement hangout. The screen is clean, the system is calibrated... it's worth the extra money.

The main thing that ruins it for me, regarding movie theaters—they are a popular place to bring kids, and for teenagers to hang out. Of course there are boring movies that attract a respectful crowd, and most larger cities have at least a few "art house" cinemas to choose from, where unruly behavior is actually frowned upon. Going to a suburban theater to see a popular movie, that's not on my agenda—never again. Home theater took care of that.
Edited by imagic - 6/12/13 at 6:05am
post #52 of 81
The last movie I went to see was Rio Bravo, and before that, Anatomy of a Murder (presented in 3d) at my local Movie Tavern Cinema/Retro Cinema in Fort Worth, TX.

I enjoy the opportunity to see movies that I had only seen on television. Last year I went to see Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein, and Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. I have all of these on bluray, but wanted the experience of seeing them on the big screen. The audiences for all of these were 95% adult....no issues with noise/cell phones.

So most all of my movie going centers around classic titles.....the rare exception of new film was going to see Dark Knight Rises in Imax, at the dome theater we have in FW.
post #53 of 81
The picture and audio quality is better at home.
So why go out to the theater?
post #54 of 81
The last movie I saw in a theater was Lincoln, before that I can't remember
post #55 of 81
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Originally Posted by imagic View Post

Since many Blu-ray discs have the exact same uncompressed sound that theaters use, there is zero compromise. My own system outperforms auditoriums, the power vs. room volume equation is in my favor, and often is in high-end home theater.

Well this does get into a subjective area, which we prefer and what aspects impress each of us.

I've been into high end audio for a long, long time, have heard many of the greatest music/2 channel audio systems. I work in movie sound (sound effects design) so
I'm used to hearing tracks in all levels of professional mixing stages. Plus, Toronto has been home to some truly great movie theaters...a number of them, sadly, now gone. So I have a pretty decent frame of reference in terms of calibrating my own preferences.

From my perspective, yes home cinemas can have some advantages for sound. You can get very precise if you do it right and there is a certain finess that you can get over the big theaters.
Being audio oriented, I configured my own system to have just those advantages.

But I've never heard any home theater (I've heard quite a few, including audio-obsessed owners, pro installer demos etc) that really comes close to the sheer scale and realism of sound that I've heard in the best movie theaters. Augmenting the bass with big subwoofers at home doesn't do it: a great movie theater is just pushing a lot more air with bigger speakers, more drivers, often horn loaded etc. As someone interested in realistic sound reproduction I've listened to many systems costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, but a few times when I've closed my eyes at great movie theaters, the sensation of an actual full scale, dynamic, timbrelly rich orchestra playing in front of me has never been closer.

Now, I'm not omniscient and haven't heard every home theater in the world. Obviously you can go up and up the scale until you have rich bastards building what are essentially their own movie theaters, and then sure perhaps you start getting there. But I'm thinking of the average level of home theater one encounters from enthusiasts like ourselves.

Like I said, preference and the things each of us is listening for will play a part. We may attend the same movie theater and you will find your system blows it away, but I might not, or visa versa.
post #56 of 81
I really like going to the movie theater. I also like watching blu-rays and Netflix movies at home. As far as going to the theater or not, I find a big urban/suburban split among people, more important of an issue than whether someone has a good home theater setup or not. I find my relatives and friends that live in suburbs don't go to movie theaters. Meanwhile, I live in Manhattan and try to go often. I am actually bummed out that there are only a few movies I am excited to see in this summer's schedule. Seems like an off year for summer blockbusters to me. My friends in the city go often too. My impression is that in the suburbs, the movie theaters are dominated by teenagers. Practically all shows in normal times (I'm not counting going at 11am on Saturday morning) have large numbers of teenagers that are the dominant group. In most of the theaters I go to, that simply isn't true. There might be some teenagers, but they are easily outnumbered by adults of all ages. More younger people than older, but there are frequently people in their 50s, 60s, 70s at theaters, depending on the movie. Going to the movies is just a common social experience for adults in the city, and also a common date experience. Despite the ridiculous prices, I don't see that changing anytime soon. For my surburban friends, going to the movies just isn't a common social experience for people to do with their friends, other couples, etc.

I also think whether people choose to live in a suburb or the city sometimes tells you something about that person's desire, or at least tolerance, to be around lots of other people. I think that plays into whether someone finds the fact that movie theaters can have lots of people in the lobby or theater itself as a reason to go to the movies or a reason to avoid the movies. In other words, in my experience there is some self selection in where people live going on that leads urban people to go to the movies more often than suburban people, regardless of the quality of the theater.

There are many terrible theaters with small screens, bad pictures and poor sound in NYC, and I try to avoid them but sometimes go because they are the only one with a particular movie. For the most part though, I go to a handful of theaters that are convenient to my home, have great screens and sound, and really provide a pleasurable experience. I can't remember the last time someone using their phone was a problem - it is certainly uncommon. The crowds are generally great, and are there to see the movie (they are paying $13.50-$14.50 so they better pay attention). Talking sometimes occurs, but nothing terrible.
post #57 of 81
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Originally Posted by coolcat4843 View Post

The picture and audio quality is better at home.
So why go out to the theater?

Yeah. It's sad.

The only reason I didn't vote "Never" is because I did go to see The Hobbit over the holidays. And it was poorly focused, dammit. (My 70" TV is at least always in focus.) Plus I suffered through the lousy audio in that theater compared to my modest 5.1 setup. And the theater is only a few years old.

It may be as Mark says, that theaters tend to be better in urban areas. The ones near me are no great shakes.
post #58 of 81
i get that we need movie theater goers to sustain the movie industry and that dvd, bd and streaming are additional income generators that trickle down over time - in the past the real theater was a lot of fun.....and experience to enjoy - like in annie :-) movies were then released on vhs and then dvd as much as a year later often waiting until the next Christmas season building up anticipation to buy the movie i loved in the theater a year a go- plus i think we had a 21" tv when i was a kid.....maybe a 27" as i got a bit older so movies had more impact at a real theater.

now movies are so expensive - i have 4 kids...and one on the way - do the math to pay for a family of 7 to go see a movie, buy snacks, etc and the cost is way up there - and like people mentioned the people....who like other people anyway? chomping, texting, talking - not for me with the price i need to pay to go -

106" screen, 5.1 surround seating, bd movies, 1080 projector, pee breaks, comfy seating......i get all i want - image quality and sound quality are better then most theaters (keeping in mind the size of my gear in relation to the room size and viewing distance) -

oh and that movie on bd is maybe $20-$30 .....a lot less then a trip to the theater.

and back to bd release dates - there is no anticipation...movie in theaters around Christmas then released on bd my march....no wait time no saying wow i really want to see that movie and will since it will be released for home use until a year later - i can wait 4 months and be set!
post #59 of 81
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Originally Posted by iamjason View Post


now movies are so expensive - i have 4 kids...and one on the way - do the math to pay for a family of 7 to go see a movie, buy snacks, etc and the cost is way up there - and like people mentioned the people....who like other people anyway? chomping, texting, talking - not for me with the price i need to pay to go -

106" screen, 5.1 surround seating, bd movies, 1080 projector, pee breaks, comfy seating......i get all i want - image quality and sound quality are better then most theaters (keeping in mind the size of my gear in relation to the room size and viewing distance) -

The price is a big issue. Taking 6 and soon to be seven to a theater, plus overpriced snacks, is very expensive. In that case, the blu-ray is cheap to buy. The economics favor the home experience the bigger the family. No doubt. Plus, with 4 kids and another on the way, I could see where the struggle is to get some peace and quiet, not looking for more social activities like going to a theater.
post #60 of 81
The last movie the wife & I went to see, was Trouble with the curve. Only because we were still putting together the home theater. Now that we have everything how we want it, we never go out to movies. We have decided to wait for it to come out on either OnDemand on Amazon, Netflix, U-Verse, or on Blu-Ray, than deal with a bunch of chatter heads, and over priced date nights.
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