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Poll Results: How Does Owning Home-Theater Equipment and Watching Movies at Home Affect Your Frequency of Going to the Cinema/Movie Theater?

Poll expired: Jun 24, 2013  
  • 81% (230)
    I go to the movie theater less often than before owning home-theater equipment
  • 16% (46)
    I go to the movie theater just as often since owning home-theater equipment
  • 1% (5)
    I go to the movie theater more often since owning home-theater equipment
281 Total Votes  
post #61 of 99
I still go to major event movies like Star Trek, Superhero and bond films. But I go usually always a week after opening , and I go on my Theaters $5 night
post #62 of 99
I've gone to the movies 2 times since stepping up to large screens.

Lord of the rings: The two towers - I sat there for over half the movie having to use the bathroom and dry mouthed as could be. I didn't want to get up and miss 20 minutes of the movie.

Dark Shadows - My mother came up to visit us for mothers day last year and wanted to go see this movie. 30 minutes into the movie my back was killing me so bad I couldn't of cared less what was happening onscreen.

yea, keep your theaters, I'll take my couch, fridge, and ability to pause.
post #63 of 99
I still go to the movie theaters but only for the action films that are shown in IMAX. There are other reasons too for going to the theater. It is an excuse for getting out of the house. Many times, we friends just want to step out, go to bar and then watch movie. Just going to the bar alone with friends gets frowned upon and telling the family that you are going for a movie has much more acceptance:D

We generally go for a super late show (11.30PM or later) and most of the problems that people mentioned here don't apply at that time. We try to catch the movie into its 2nd or 3rd week. Theater is practically empty at that time. We get the best seats, nobody's around and we had already drank/eaten enough in the bar so no over-expensive food. Some in our group are coupon crazy so haven't paid the full ticket price many times.

On the other hand, my home theater setup is pretty capable (for my needs) but I have noticed that if we friends try to do recreate the same environment, it never works. Being at home, you always get dragged into things that you don't want to. There is always something to attend to. I don't remember seeing any movie at home without getting up once. In the theater, I find myself peacefully seating throughout the movie.

So yes, I go to the theaters and will continue doing so atleast for some time smile.gif
post #64 of 99
I remember my first movie experience, it was in 1977 to see Star Wars. Growing up with not much money we would go to the Drive-in if anyone remembers those:) Back on topic, I am with most on here that my modest system far exceeds audio and visual quality of the theaters avilable locally to me...I only go to see the big action flicks at the theaters any more and even that is getting harder with all the negatives that have already been mentioned.
post #65 of 99
I, much like a lot of the dissenters here, deal with the public on a semi regular basis so I view going to the movies as more of hassle than a pleasure.

Since I've owned my theater I've gone to movies a total of two times, the midnight showing of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull (don;t laugh, I'm a Jones junkie wink.gif ) in 2005 and this past Saturday for This is the End (group, moral building outing with my small group of coworkers).

I didn't hate going to the theater Saturday , was kind of fun actually, but then again is was a laugh out loud type comedy and I was with a group so that "douche-tastic" factor of other humans was cancelled out by the nature of the film. But I will still leave going to the movies for special events or group outings .......
post #66 of 99
Well
I was brought up in a Movie theatre in the 70's-80's then I left the nest. I have always had a passion for movie theaters the smell the sound the reaction of the people and of course I was the most popular kid in school as everyone wanted to be my friend LOL and ended up being..LOL just to get into the movies for free. Now I've grown up well sorta.... Still a kid at hart but I never could go to a movie theatre and enjoy it as I was always looking for things that were wrong . OUT OF FOCUS aperture plate slid too far over cropping the picture and yes the sound playing in mono when should be in stereo the list goes on. I would find myself going to I max movies as they seemed to have their stuff somewhat together. Now I will go just to be able to compare my 12.5 ft wide screen and 7.2 sound with the local houses here and I win every time........ I pop popcorn not just to eat but to get the smell going and a fizzy coke under my nose and I feel like the little boy up in the balcony of our old palace theater back home. God I miss those days !smile.gif
post #67 of 99
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Originally Posted by Bladerunner1959 View Post

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.


also- idiots making out in front of your kids!

I completely stopped going to the movie theater from last December!
post #68 of 99
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Originally Posted by curlyjive View Post

My wife and I stopped going to the movies more than a few times a year when we had kids.

Same here. Movies went from being something you can do on a lark to a much more vested process. Home Theater at home did little to change my movie habits, but a kid changed it pretty drastically.
post #69 of 99
I go just about every Friday during the summer, and about 2 to 4 times a month normally. But with the rise of ticket prices on 3D and Imax movies that may stop. Prices are going up and im to the point where I don't feel i'm getting my money worth.
I see most shows around 430 pm, No kids but during the summer that can change. So for in the past 5 years I have only had maybe 2 bad audiences. But with ticket prices I have went from a movie + snacks to just a Movie. Now thinking of seeing Only a movie a month or so.

So yeah from 40 or so movies to down to maybe 12. I can wait for a 'bad' movie and watch it at home for much less hassle and money. I have been doing this since I was about 18 and could pay my own way and im in my 40's now. That is a lot of movie watching.

Just not in 3d yet but I can get a 3d projector and fix that issue if the bug bites me.

Cheers
Edited by Wytchone - 6/18/13 at 1:31pm
post #70 of 99
When people complain of how bad the crowds are when they see movies I tend to take it with a grain of salt. I've been going to movies my whole life and continue to do so, and bad crowd experiences have been incredibly rare. I can't remember the last bad crowd experience I had.

But it also seems personal susceptibility to one's surroundings plays a part. My best friend and I were inseparable, always going to all the new movies together. But he always had a somewhat more misanthropic streak than I do (I love crowds, people, he'd tend to find something to grumble about when around other people). Over the years as he got into his twenties and then thirties he became more and more irritated by anyone around us doing ANYTHING. Asking a question, whispering, eating their candy. And he always seemed to have someone he claimed was kicking his chair. I'd be totally engrossed in the movie and then my friend would shock me out of it by yelling at the person two rows over for being too loud. We'd walk out of movies, I'd want to talk about the movie but all he could start with was how irritating some section of the crowd was...something that never rose into my consciousness or bothered me at all.

It got so he would only sit at the back of the theater, last row back to the wall, to minimize any possibility of chair-kicking and crowd irritants. (Which was a bummer for me since I always liked the more immersive, closer seats). Then it got to the point he would only go to matinees, and only to the show times at which a theater would be most empty. His increasing sensitivity to crowd distractions apparently required he do this. Here we were going to the same movies and movie theaters experiencing the same crowds, yet coming to diametrically opposite experiences - me loving it, him hating it. We finally had to stop going to movies together since what he wanted to experience had grown so far from my own.

So it's hard to know when people talk of their distaste for the movie crowds really what proportion of that is due to their own personality (and perhaps changes in that over time, putting up with less and less from other people) vs the crowds.

Also, it always saddens me at least a little to read people say they don't like going to movies or don't care anymore. A big screen with a big crowd has always been the vision the typical film maker has had in mind for how his film was going to be experienced. While the quality of home theaters these days is acknowledged by the film industry, the going-out-to-the-big-screen and being part of an audience experience is the ultimate goal for how the films are to be seen. People who just don't like this anymore, or who don't care and are happy to stay home to watch movies, while understandable for sure in some ways, bum me out somewhat because of this. (Though, yes, I think it's somewhat made up for the fact the stay-homes can have a zealous love of movies as well).
post #71 of 99
The reason I do go to the movies keep old lady happy,i like home theater better.
post #72 of 99
We go quite often yet. It is very seldom where we have the issues with kids that some refer to here. As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time that this happened.

Since we have a 46" TV the video experience isn't up to the movie theater. I also love the popcorn at the theater. My wife tends to always find something to distract her during a movie that we watch at home, so, we still find the theater advantageous for getting out of the house. There is also a $1 theater near by… which is usually $2… but it makes a cheap evening. Sound is better at home… but it is ok in the theaters.
post #73 of 99
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

When people complain of how bad the crowds are when they see movies I tend to take it with a grain of salt. I've been going to movies my whole life and continue to do so, and bad crowd experiences have been incredibly rare. I can't remember the last bad crowd experience I had.

But it also seems personal susceptibility to one's surroundings plays a part. My best friend and I were inseparable, always going to all the new movies together. But he always had a somewhat more misanthropic streak than I do (I love crowds, people, he'd tend to find something to grumble about when around other people). Over the years as he got into his twenties and then thirties he became more and more irritated by anyone around us doing ANYTHING. Asking a question, whispering, eating their candy. And he always seemed to have someone he claimed was kicking his chair. I'd be totally engrossed in the movie and then my friend would shock me out of it by yelling at the person two rows over for being too loud. We'd walk out of movies, I'd want to talk about the movie but all he could start with was how irritating some section of the crowd was...something that never rose into my consciousness or bothered me at all.

It got so he would only sit at the back of the theater, last row back to the wall, to minimize any possibility of chair-kicking and crowd irritants. (Which was a bummer for me since I always liked the more immersive, closer seats). Then it got to the point he would only go to matinees, and only to the show times at which a theater would be most empty. His increasing sensitivity to crowd distractions apparently required he do this. Here we were going to the same movies and movie theaters experiencing the same crowds, yet coming to diametrically opposite experiences - me loving it, him hating it. We finally had to stop going to movies together since what he wanted to experience had grown so far from my own.

So it's hard to know when people talk of their distaste for the movie crowds really what proportion of that is due to their own personality (and perhaps changes in that over time, putting up with less and less from other people) vs the crowds.

Also, it always saddens me at least a little to read people say they don't like going to movies or don't care anymore. A big screen with a big crowd has always been the vision the typical film maker has had in mind for how his film was going to be experienced. While the quality of home theaters these days is acknowledged by the film industry, the going-out-to-the-big-screen and being part of an audience experience is the ultimate goal for how the films are to be seen. People who just don't like this anymore, or who don't care and are happy to stay home to watch movies, while understandable for sure in some ways, bum me out somewhat because of this. (Though, yes, I think it's somewhat made up for the fact the stay-homes can have a zealous love of movies as well).

+1
post #74 of 99
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

When people complain of how bad the crowds are when they see movies I tend to take it with a grain of salt. I've been going to movies my whole life and continue to do so, and bad crowd experiences have been incredibly rare. I can't remember the last bad crowd experience I had.

But it also seems personal susceptibility to one's surroundings plays a part. My best friend and I were inseparable, always going to all the new movies together. But he always had a somewhat more misanthropic streak than I do (I love crowds, people, he'd tend to find something to grumble about when around other people). Over the years as he got into his twenties and then thirties he became more and more irritated by anyone around us doing ANYTHING. Asking a question, whispering, eating their candy. And he always seemed to have someone he claimed was kicking his chair. I'd be totally engrossed in the movie and then my friend would shock me out of it by yelling at the person two rows over for being too loud. We'd walk out of movies, I'd want to talk about the movie but all he could start with was how irritating some section of the crowd was...something that never rose into my consciousness or bothered me at all.

It got so he would only sit at the back of the theater, last row back to the wall, to minimize any possibility of chair-kicking and crowd irritants. (Which was a bummer for me since I always liked the more immersive, closer seats). Then it got to the point he would only go to matinees, and only to the show times at which a theater would be most empty. His increasing sensitivity to crowd distractions apparently required he do this. Here we were going to the same movies and movie theaters experiencing the same crowds, yet coming to diametrically opposite experiences - me loving it, him hating it. We finally had to stop going to movies together since what he wanted to experience had grown so far from my own.

So it's hard to know when people talk of their distaste for the movie crowds really what proportion of that is due to their own personality (and perhaps changes in that over time, putting up with less and less from other people) vs the crowds.

Also, it always saddens me at least a little to read people say they don't like going to movies or don't care anymore. A big screen with a big crowd has always been the vision the typical film maker has had in mind for how his film was going to be experienced. While the quality of home theaters these days is acknowledged by the film industry, the going-out-to-the-big-screen and being part of an audience experience is the ultimate goal for how the films are to be seen. People who just don't like this anymore, or who don't care and are happy to stay home to watch movies, while understandable for sure in some ways, bum me out somewhat because of this. (Though, yes, I think it's somewhat made up for the fact the stay-homes can have a zealous love of movies as well).

Yeah, it's definitely something I've become more sensitive as I've grown older. (I'm 33 now) But on the other hand, I truly believe the behavior in general in theater has gotten worse. Cell phones didnt really exist 15 years ago. Teenagers were just as rowdy, but as you can see from the poll, a lot of people have completely abandoned the theater - and IMO the proportion of those annoying kids has increased due to this. A lot of it also depends on the movie - blockbuster action movies certainly attract more of that crowd. But I'm not sure something like The King's Speech really needs to be seen in a theater anyway....so those blockbusters are the only real reason for me to go to the theater anyway. That said it's really about 50/50, even with those movies - at the HFR screening of The Hobbit, everyone was well behaved. At the Hunger Games, I had popcorn thrown at me, and teenagers laughing at the really dramatic scenes - and that completely ruined it for me. Other fun experiences include an infant crying throughout the entire movie at the midnight premiere of LOTR (I kid you not), people blatantly smoking marijuana while sitting dead center. I can barely make some of this stuff up.
post #75 of 99
Since I was a child ive been in love with the cinema. I go to the theater just as much as before I've had a home theater, although its been at least 10 years since my first CRT and surround system. My wife and I both share the love of going to the cinema and seeing the latest big movie while eating huge amounts of buttered popcorn and soda. Great times.

Now having said that, since we have our own dedicated space with front projection, a 10ft screen and pro audio speakers, we don't feel so bad if we miss that big movie cause we can recreate the cinema experience at home very well. The best thing is having a wife to enjoy it all with that loves it as much as I do. It sounds cheesy but it's a special thing.
post #76 of 99
Count me in the camp that does not know that my HT affects my trips to the movie theater.

I love my dedicated HT with its 180" 2.4:1 screen (I meant to do 2.35:1 and messed up, lol) (and even my mini HT setup in living room with 46" TV), but I do enjoy seeing movies when they come out and I live in the DFW area, which I firmly believe is the best metro for movie theaters in terms of different types of movie theaters. There are so many options, including numerous luxury theaters that are geared for adults (and intentionally priced out of range of tweens/teens/kids). A mile away from my house a new theater operated by B&B Theaters opened that has such a luxury option which is not too shabby. It's the closest I've ever lived to a movie theater and I love it. Doesn't hurt that many theaters in DFW area serve alcohol.

On top of that, only about 14 miles away is a first-run theater whose matinee is $3.50 and regular price is $5.50, making it quite possibly the cheapest first run theater in the country (it's a Cinemark, no frills but a regular theater). Not to mention a pair of decent indie theaters (Angelika, Magnolia) and we are getting an Alamo Drafthouse, the famed theater company from Austin that is famous for kicking out people on cell phones and also having themed movie events.

So if there is a movie that comes out and I want to see it, I go. If I can watch it at home, I do prefer that but that doesn't really apply for new releases (except VOD). So this weekend I saw This is the end (Thurs night), Man of Steel (Fri night), and then at home VHS 2 (Sat). If anything, I would say having the HT just increases my appetite for movies and gets me to the theater more, because I don't want to wait. When I really get movie crazy I end up seeing 1-2 movies in the theater on the weekend, and 2-4 in the HT. or mini-HT, not counting movies on TV that we've seen many times that just pop up on TBS and we just tune in and leave on while we chat or do something else. biggrin.gif

And given the options I mention above, I don't usually have to worry about kids/tweens/teens and their cell phones and what not. If I lived in a horrible city for movie theaters, I don't think the frequency would change, but I would never go on Fri/Sat nights to simply avoid the kids/tweens/teens and adjust accordingly (like Sat/Sun afternoon showings).
Edited by pappy97 - 6/18/13 at 3:46pm
post #77 of 99
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post


So it's hard to know when people talk of their distaste for the movie crowds really what proportion of that is due to their own personality (and perhaps changes in that over time, putting up with less and less from other people) vs the crowds.
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Also, it always saddens me at least a little to read people say they don't like going to movies or don't care anymore. A big screen with a big crowd has always been the vision the typical film maker has had in mind for how his film was going to be experienced.

The issue is not that there is a crowd. I love the 'crowd' experience at most movies. The issue is that at many theaters the 'crowd' as a body is not there to watch the movie - there are enough people in there that are either not interested in the movie at all (kids dragged by the parents to avoid paying a babysiiter) or who are only half paying attention to the movie for whatever reason and are loudly or distractedly engaged in non-movie watching activities, joking about things not related to the movie, or just being a general nuisance.

The only way I have found to really fight this is to just go to the IMAX showings of the blockbusters. The higher price seems to weed out the ones not actually there to see the show.
post #78 of 99
Bartman . You're right . There is nothing wrong with crowd participation during a film . It can enhance a movie . Some of my favorite film memories involve rowdy crowds that would cheer for the hero or laugh themselves silly or scream at all the right moments . Nowadays for all the reasons you've mentioned going to the theater to enjoy a film is getting tougher . My nephew told me of some rude patrons that he would've enjoyed beating the snot out of this past week when he went to see Man of Steel robbing him of any enjoyment of the film . So I still would love to see some films this summer and I'll take the advice from this thread about going 2 weeks after opening day .
post #79 of 99
Blockbusters and popcorn flicks are worth it to me to see in a theater. Drama's I'll see at home where any setup is mostly equivalent to what you will get in the theater.

Saw Star Trek, Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel this year with The Hobbit probably ending up as the last movie I see in a theater. Everything else will be at home unless my kids convince me that Despicable Me 2 is on the list.

The 4K projectors are just meh. Nice but I'm planning a 4K theater in my basement today and the Xbox One will support 4K. For $50, I want something I cannot have in my home. Dolby Atmos holds promise but theaters need to move to 8K as soon as possible IMHO. For the money, I expect a calibrated system; most of the time I don't get that. I expect the picture to be free of artifacts. I expect the sound to be properly calibrated. Those are things that theater owners control and if they don't tend to them, I vote with my wallet and move on to another theater.
post #80 of 99
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Originally Posted by dargo View Post

God I love Blu-Ray!!

 

+1... esp. when it's good transfer of an older film.

 

I can't even remember the last thing I saw in a theater, the experience was so forgettable. What I do remember is that I couldn't wait to get out of there, so I could watch the new Blu-ray I just bought. smile.gif

 

Like many here though, I was an avid theater-goer when I was younger. I usually went a couple times a week in the summer and during holidays. As someone else mentioned, it was a great way to escape the parents/sibs, and kick-back with the GF or buds... or just take in something on my own that I wanted to watch.

 

There were still a couple drive-ins around, esp. when I was younger, so we did that too. I saw several of the original "Herbies" (and various other Disney flicks) at drive-ins. (I remember seeing one of them later on in a regular theater, and thinking that was just wrong... How can you enjoy a Herbie flick if you're not watching it from your car? smile.gif )

 

I saw a lot of great films in first run, including Star Wars, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Superman (I), Alien, Close Encounters, Blade Runner, Raiders, Jaws, and many others.

 

Trek had one of the best theatrical teasers ever, narrated by no less than Orson Welles. This is included in the BD extras btw... And it still puts chills up my spine to this day. (Ignore the goofy banner at the beginning.)

 

 

They don't make em like that anymore kids. (Too bad the BD transfer is so poor on the film.)

 

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Originally Posted by winduptoy View Post

- We can choose to watch a cartoon before the feature.

 

I miss that too. Trouble is, sometimes I enjoyed the toons more than the feature. biggrin.gif Maybe that's why they stopped doin it.

 

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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

When people complain of how bad the crowds are when they see movies I tend to take it with a grain of salt. I've been going to movies my whole life and continue to do so, and bad crowd experiences have been incredibly rare. I can't remember the last bad crowd experience I had.

 

The crowds were never really an issue for me, Rich (except when we were kids and couldn't all find seats together). I/we usually went at non-peak viewing times, to be sure there was plenty of "space" available. It's more the quality of the presentation and the films themselves that I found lacking in recent years compared to home viewing.

 

There are a couple films being released this summer that I'm tempted to see btw... but I think I'll resist.

post #81 of 99
With my first dive into FP and a decent (humble too) surround sound, I would say yes.

I will echo other people comments too that I cannot stand the crowd that goes to theaters these days. Rudeness has been or is becoming an acceptable practice in public these days and why would I spend my time, money and effort on that. I do rarely go to my local theater, for instance to see Star Trek 2. I took my mom to go see that with me and I was focused on having a good time and try not to harp on rude people. Well for the most part the movie was great, albeit the lack of bass was apparent, but I still had a guy sitting directly in back of my mom put his feet on her arm rest and kick the back of the chair twice during the film. After the film was over, I wasn't going to say anything, but the last kick to the chair was at the end of the movie. I told the guy that he kicked my moms seat twice and it was pretty tasteless/rude. He did apologize, but acted like he did nothing wrong. This guy was my age (37) or younger and I just shook my head and walked away. IMO my last fun, exciting time going to the movies was back in the 90's.
post #82 of 99
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Originally Posted by BartMan01 View Post

The only way I have found to really fight this is to just go to the IMAX showings of the blockbusters. The higher price seems to weed out the ones not actually there to see the show.

Do they not have any upscale/luxury/high-end theater concepts in Houston? They have several of these in the DFW area, so I assume Houston would as well. If they do, that would be another way to "fight this."

EDIT: Seems like one is coming in the form of iPic, and this also says that Houston now has an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema as well. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2013/02/11/luxury-movie-theater-to-open-in-river.html
post #83 of 99
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Originally Posted by pappy97 View Post

Do they not have any upscale/luxury/high-end theater concepts in Houston? They have several of these in the DFW area, so I assume Houston would as well. If they do, that would be another way to "fight this."

EDIT: Seems like one is coming in the form of iPic, and this also says that Houston now has an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema as well. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2013/02/11/luxury-movie-theater-to-open-in-river.html

I am wary of cinema/restaurant combos, but I haven't tried Draft House yet. These types of places typically do neither food nor movie well.

I am near an IMAX with reserved seating on one screen, so I try to stick to that one screen when possible. The higher IMAX price keeps the people out who are bringing the whole family to save on sitter costs and the reserved seating means I don't have to drag the wife there 40+ min ahead of time to get a good seat (which makes her more willing to go). Then again the higher prices make me really think about which ones I want to see there.

My experiences lately have been when trying to watch a movie on the road and those have been mixed. Dark Knight Rises was awesome - packed full IMAX theater (weeks after opening) and crowd was there for the show. Iron Man 3 - 1/3 full regular theater and many of the people around me were either inconsiderate or must have been dragged along by parents or friends and really weren't' there to actually watch the show.
post #84 of 99
Talking about movie theaters, what is the best seating position, say in an IMAX theater for optimal audio/video enjoyment? I was always curious about it. I mostly sit little behind the dead center of the theater.
post #85 of 99
One problem I notice with most of the complaints is most people are talking about "Movie NIGHTS". I've LONG since stopped going to the movies at night. Theater is light-sealed so it's not like we have to wait until it gets dark to get a good picture. wink.gif lol
Me and the wife go to the movies early on the weekends.
Advantages:
1) Ticket prices are lower
2) We usually have a good breakfast before hand so no need to buy their garbage to eat vs having a dinner afterwards but eating their junk during
3) Crowds are MUCH smaller than prime-time
4) Great seating selection
5) Just enough silence to enjoy the movie with only rare "movie experience" noise for the ambiance. Because let's be honest, if there were absolutely NO sound it just isn't the same.

Wife and I watched the new Star Trek movie last Saturday. 18 bucks for the both of us and 1 buck for me to play the Terminator videogame in the lobby.

But we save those trips for special movies. Star Trek would normally be a "wait for video" movies for us be we were kinda bored so what the hell.

But overwhelmingly we wait for the home release. My Kuro Elite 60" just loves to show off wink.gif
post #86 of 99
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Originally Posted by totalownership View Post

One problem I notice with most of the complaints is most people are talking about "Movie NIGHTS". I've LONG since stopped going to the movies at night. Theater is light-sealed so it's not like we have to wait until it gets dark to get a good picture. wink.gif lol
Me and the wife go to the movies early on the weekends.

+1

My wife and I both had an extra day of PTO just sitting around that we were about to lose so we actually went to a (i think) 11:45am showing a couple of months ago. It was great! We were literally the only ones in theater so we sat wherever we wanted, picture and video were good enough, and the tickets were cheaper!

In my experience, going to the movies isn't the "event" that it used to be. With improved quality and affordability of home theater (a concept that not that long ago didn't really exist), blu-ray players, bigger screens at home, streaming services, on demand, etc. and very very little wait times between theater releases and blu-ray releases, it seems to me that people aren't as excited to go to the movies any more. It doesn't mean that they don't go, but the importance of making sure to let yourself get really immersed in the movie watching experience isn't there. I don't think you need to be sitting there completely silent while watching a movie. Crowd reactions from comedy films or horror movies is part of what makes going the movies worthwhile.

I, like a lot of people in this thread have said, that going to big events and seeing movies in IMAX theaters is more worthwhile and I think that goes back to my other point. IMAX is the only place left where going to the movies is still an event.
post #87 of 99
I appreciate the respectful and thoughtful discussion in this thread. As someone who grew up in the 70's and 80's, I definitely used to look forward to going to movies, as much as a social event/ thing to do for a bunch of non-wild friends as much as any other reason. The smell of the popcorn, the routine of figuring out what to see, the anticipation of going with that girl you had your eye on.

But, for me, as someone who's now essentially 40 (ugh, that's scary just to type), a preponderance of factors have all led me to pretty much never going to the theater again. For one, I'm married with a 2-year old and a 4-year old. Our not going to the theater is as much a public service as it is a personal preference.biggrin.gif

The fact that I can do much, much better in terms of sound and audio quality w/ my home systems than I can get in a typical theater is, frankly, a smaller issue than my HT obsession and equipment would imply. Also, the cost issue isn't as much of a deal to me. It's really the convenience issue. I can sit in my incredibly comfortable reclining chair, drinking an adult beverage and munching on some popcorn while being able to enjoy thousands of movies at the touch of a button. Any text messages we get are our own. Any bathroom breaks are done w/o missing a moment of the movie. If a kid gets cranky and needs to go to bed, I don't have to consider whether or not to cut the evening short. Being able to avoid the knucklehead tween/ text brigade just makes it all the better.

Obviously, there are some inconveniences. When my 4-yr old son sees one of the bajillion Iron Man 3 ads on Nickelodeon and says to 'get that! get that! get that,' it certainly requires a tiny bit of work, but that's no different than the multitudes of other ads for products that he urges me to buy every day. And my wife does occasionally mention that it might be nice to go out for a movie with just the 2 of us, but then I remind her of the cost and inconvenience of finding a babysitter and coordinating all of that, and she realizes that the main issue is that she does occasionally miss the times when we were just a 'young' married couple with no kids and lots of freedom.

Overall, yeah -- I don't go to movies anymore. I honestly don't remember the last movie I saw one in a theater. Maybe it was a Batman movie when we were with our extended family at the beach yrs ago? Either way, I think the last time I saw movies in theaters frequently was probably 2002 or so? Blu-ray and the ridiculous expenditures of my HT and networking/server setup has most certainly played a large role in that (we just move the 'movie premiere' time a few months and make it when the BR comes out), as has the fact that we can watch any of these movies in any room (or on any device) in the house. But probably the bigger factors are 1) how busy we are (we're both physicians with busy practices, and the timing of our change coincides more with that than the birth of our children), and 2) our kids.

Will that change in the future? Probably not.
post #88 of 99
Interesting poll question!

I will concede that owning a half decent TV and sound system has pulled me even further away from movie theaters. Still, the biggest factors in my love loss of the theater experience can be attributed to outrages ticket and snack prices and the overall unpleasantness of having my movie ruined buy rude and inconsiderate people. I can buy the actual Bluray and watch it at home for less then what it costs me and my better half to go to a theater and we have a more enjoyable time. I know my eyes and ears feel better for it.
post #89 of 99
My home theater did not drive me away from the cinema. The cinema drove me to my home theater. With the cost of movies approaching $20 (with a snack) for one person, it is just completely unreasonable to try to go to many movies. I might go to one or two a year but it has to be BIG for me to go. I did see Iron Man 3, but that is the only movie I've been to in the theater in 2013 and I hated every minute of the experience. So I cannot respond to the poll given the answers you've provided. No, I don't go to many movies any more but not because I can wait a couple of months and walk into my basement theater.
post #90 of 99
no theater for me except for maybe once a year. Watching blurays on a projector with a great surround setup is so much better.
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