Last night I had a terrible theater experience. I was so angry by the time the movies started it took me a while to start to relax and enjoy the actual movie. I went to see Captain Marvel for a 9:30 showing. I arrive to the theater at 9:35 with a pre-purchased seat. No worries about finding a seat I figured I may miss a trailer or two but no big deal. I don't like to watch most trailers due to Hollywood's insistence on showing the entire move to get me to see a move. You know after seeing the enter movie in the trailer, I am less inclined to want to see it again. Rant for another thread I am sure.
I get my seat and was subjected to 30 minutes of commercials and ads for apps and other things. No trailers, just commercials. Why am I paying to see commercials? Even one or two would put me off, but 35 minutes of this crap, then the trailers. I am not kidding. I checked the time when the Marvel intro starts and it was 10:25. I double checked my ticket and it says 9:30. This is not acceptable. So 55 minutes after the scheduled start the actual movie starts. It turns into a much later night than I expected and will keep me out of the commercial theaters if this becomes the norm.
As for the technical experience I give it a 6/10.
The seats were the nice powered recliners. I like them, but have recliners at home.
Sound was OK, nothing special, bass was a bit disappointing. I have better at home.
Picture quality was OK. It was digital, but no 3-D. I found it was a bit dim, the dark scenes were too dark and lost detail. I also think the focus was off a little bit. My projector is definitely dialed in better.
There was also some marks on the screen. It is possible they tried to clean it and it left some marks. It only showed in a couple scenes. My home screen also has a few spots (kids) on the bottom edge that only shows in full screen lights scenes, never in movies.
One win for the theater, they have an Icee machine, my home theater does not but I could buy one, but my waist line prefers I do not.
The negatives are starting to outweigh the positives. Other than wanting to see a movie now, why should I leave the house? There is something about the theater experience, audience reactions and such that add to it. The screen while taking up less of the area in front of my face still seems larger than at home. It could be the high ceiling and overall space I cannot duplicate at home. Nearly an hour of crap before the movie starts is totally unacceptable to me. I would pay a dollar or two more to just see the show or just stay home.
I will see Avengers Endgame on Tuesday (I have the tickets already) and will see if my experience is the same.