Originally Posted by pappy97
The lack of interest in this thread shows the situation here. We already have cinemas in HD, and could have a lot more, but HD enthusiasts (Avsforum regulars) would rather stay at home THAN EVEN GIVE THIS A CHANCE (I have seen too many people here say that analog movie theaters suck, and when you mention DLP [which has pointed out earlier, is HD for this commercial purpose] they disappear).
It's sad, really. Here we have an opportunity to blow people away with huge screens full of HD goodness, but we can't even get most HD freaks to support the cause.
I think it's a matter of "too little - too late". Commercial theaters have essentially waited for home theaters to errode their business model too badly to really recover.
With ever-increasing image and sound quality, cheap refreshments, no need for a babysitter and a lack of rude people with cell phones, people have gotten used to the idea of just staying home. Now, with HD disc formats making their way into people's homes, there's less reason to go out.
For too long, the movie theater experience has been less than stellar and the home theater experience had plenty of time to take hold.
Now the theaters are scrambling to get people back in any way they can. Well, I'm not buying in. You lost me years ago. I tried the digital cinema recently, and despite a better picture, I found rude people and simple things like the lights being cranked on as soon as the end credits hit as annoying as before. Trying to watch a post-credits bonus scene while theater staff is clunking brooms around was considerably less than pleasurable.
Sorry, but digital isn't enough to help the commercial theater experience for me.