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For those of you who are looking for ammunition to convince your spouse that you REALLY DO need to build a home theater, I have put together a list of reasons why I no longer go to public theaters.

http://theater.stevejenkins.com/articles/reasons.html


If you have any additional reasons why you prefer home theater to public theaters, post them here and I will add the ones I like!
 

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-Finding parking (Always an issue in the Bay Area)

-Successfully navigating my family through the parking lot to the theater, hoping to avoid rude comments by teens hanging out in the parking lot, doing drugs, listening to angry Rap music (There are some things little kids shouldn't have to hear).

- I can rent 2 DVDs for the price of one Adult ticket.

- My kids run the snack bar in our home theater lobby, which also serves as the family network cafe. My kids charge more reasonable prices, and they are much more attentive to their customer's needs.

- I can shush people who talk in my theater. Try that in a public theater around here and I'm likely to have someone with an attitude in my face asking me if I have a problem.

- At home I can Instant replay anything we missed in the movie.

- I can use subtitles for any unintelligible dialog.

- No babies crying during scary scenes (Why the he** any parent would bring their 2 year old to an R rated movie, and how management let the kid in, I don't understand).
 

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Nice! I've added them! It's been so long since I've been to a public theater that I knew I'd blocked out some of the negative experiences :)
 

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My favorite is the button. Drank too much during the movie? Pause the movie and use the restroom. Plus I don't have to get to the theater early for a good seat.
 

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Remember the seventies when guys with Afros would sit infront of you just before the film started and I'm 6'4"! I still remember that experience when I saw 'The Year of Living Dangerously' with my buddies for the first time.

Does this mean that movie companies will start making two types of films, those for the kids that go to the theater and those for the thirty somethings who like to stay at home.
 

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two words: climate control! Ever sit in a too cold or too hot public theater? You can go into thermal shock entering and leaving certain theaters!


What about trying to find a place for your coat? Or worse yet, realizing your nice coat has fallen from where you put it onto that wonderfully sticky floor?


Anyone ever have your wallet/keys fall out of your coat pocket at a theater? Good luck finding them!


How about winding up with someone else's gum on your pants leg or sleeve?


I could go on and on...
 

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I'm amazed at how few of these complaints apply in Manhattan theaters. Of course, we pay $10/ticket (plus service charges up to $1.50 for buying online--often necessary here, as movies frequently sell out).
 

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People in Manhatten are probably very responsible. I live in a socialist state, in the liberal Bay Area, where a growing percentage of the population believes that personal responsibility is something the Government is supposed to be doing for them. Our quaint little town of 30,000 people was once a place where people aspired to move to someday, and a person had to work hard and be successful to live here. We were sued by a resident of the neighboring city, for lack of affordable housing, and we lost. Now they are building 40 some odd Section-8 apartments in an open area which was once the entry to a very upscale neighborhood.
 
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