Friday, December 7, 2012

Guest Post by Elise Fallson

   
Please welcome Elise Fallson!
 
Thanks for having me over Livia, it’s great to be here!

There’s something magical about going to the movie theatre that makes me giddy inside. Part of that feeling comes from simply putting on some descent looking clothes, doing up my hair and make-up, and leaving the craziness of the house behind for 90 minutes or more. But the other part of the magic is being injected into a different reality in a way that only a motion picture can provide. I feel transported to a different place and become completely engrossed in the film, easily forgetting that I’m sitting in a dark room surrounded by strangers eating overpriced popcorn and sipping oversized sodas. That effect is largely due to the movie plot but also to the technical advancements in visual and aural qualities such as surround sound, CGI special effects, computer animation, and 3D application. And I think we can all agree that some movies were just made to be watched on a big screen and some of that magic is definitely lost when viewed on a television set.
 
So compared to being at home, watching a movie on the big screen is an unparalleled movie experience. But if that’s really true, then why have ticket sales been on the decline for the last several years? Why are people choosing to stay at home? One of the most obvious explanations is money. Going to the movies has become increasingly more expensive, a luxury many people can no longer afford like they used to. But there is something to be said about watching movies in the comfort of your own home. For one, you are in control of the movie. You can pause, stop, and start the movie when you choose. Plus, you can do this all in your angry bird slippers, sprawled out on your couch, a plate of leftovers in your lap, and the dog at your feet if you so choose. In addition, new gadgets on the market have become apart of many households, creating new distractions and making it even more convenient for people to stay at home: HDTV, home theatre systems, Netflix, DVRs, video games, smart phones and the internet to name a few. But there’s also the logistics of getting to the movie theatre that need to be taken into consideration. The cinema may be located far from where you live, arrangements with a babysitter may be necessary for the kids, parking may also be an issue or movie times may not fit your schedule.
 
All things considered, if given a choice between going to the movies or staying at home, I’d choose the movie theatre because for me it’s more exciting. It’s also free from the distractions of the home that can pull you out of the film and fragment your viewing experience. But I don’t know what the future holds for movie theatres though I am pessimistic. Many local theatres across North America are closing down because they cannot afford to convert to digital projection and the decline in ticket sales certainly doesn’t help.
 
So what about you? Do you prefer going out to see a movie on the big screen or in the comfort of your own home? What do you think the future holds for movie theatres?

Similar Guest Posts: Tara Tyler and Sara Bowers. Thank you Elise!

37 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me over Livia! Have a great weekend. (:

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  2. I agree with your assessment. I think some of the bigger movie theaters will survive. People like the movie experience enough and as smaller theaters close the bigger theaters will get more customers. Of course, fewer locations make it harder for people to get there. WE enjoy movies in the theaters. The experience can't be recreated at home, but with two small kids and a budget it is hard to go.

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  3. When a new movie comes out that needs the big screen experience (or we just want to see it) we hit the movie theater that Friday afternoon. You're right that nothing beats the immersion factor of the movie theater.
    Fortunately, we have an 3D HDTV big screen at home, and it does come really darn close!

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  4. I wish I could go to more movies, but the wee bairns are too wee to sit down for more than twenty minutes.... UNLESS it's Crack and Jerry.. (a cartoon I knew as "Tom and Jerry.")

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  5. There is something very magical about the movie theater, but I must admit I love curling up in a chair with my PJs on and watching a movie.

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  6. I like going to a movie because it feels like a night out. Which shows how boring I am.

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  7. Sometimes I like the movie theater, but I'm such a multi-tasker that to just sit in a theater for an hour without also reading or checking email or working on a blog or...or... is difficult for me. Thanks for the guest post Livia and Elise!

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  8. I really enjoy movie going, and I spend extra for gimmicks like D-Box, or those luxury theaters where one can have dinner at the same time, or IMAX. I'm definitely seeing the Hobbit and my friend wants me to go with Les Miserables with him.

    Thing is, Les Mis has been done over and over and over. I just don't know what this new incarnation will have other than different people singing the songs.

    And as for the price of tix, I recently went to a 3D showing with one other person and it cost $24 before we even got refreshments. Yeah...they've gotten expensive.

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  9. I love the old theaters with the murals and the art deco lighting. The multi-plex cinemas seem so sterile. Guess that doesn't matter if the movie's engrossing, but I'm more inclined to go if the physical setting is attractive. Otherwise, I'm very happy watching a movie at home.

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  10. There's something so nostalgic walking into the theater and smelling the popcorn. I do love it! There's nothing like seeing a movie on the big screen. But the expense these days is so outrageous. Plus, for me, it's over an hour to the theater, so I don't go unless it's something I want to see really bad - like Harry Potter:)

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  11. I used to be the adventure type---where I'd much rather go out than stay in. But I'm afraid I'm opposite now, LOL... any time that I don't have to be anywhere or doing something is a good thing!

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  12. Going to movies is great and does put you into that magical world. If it's a good movie. If not, that's a lot of time, money and sitting through. I try and see the movies that seem like they will "move" me. I look for something that will teach, entertain, or just envelop me with the idea of it. Like "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Flight," and "End of Watch" - just a few examples. But there are so many movies that I don't know and that are geared toward others.

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  13. Of there's a lot of special effects or 3D, I want to see it in the theater. If not, I can wait for our home movie theater experience. We've also learned to skip the refreshments.

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  14. I tend to find other people in cinemas very annoying. Crunching and slurping and talking. Give me a big empty cinema and I'm in heaven. Otherwise I'll stay at home. I've turned into a bit of an old curmudgeon in my old(ish) age.

    mood

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  15. I enjoy going to the movies, but I save those trips for the really good ones. Between the cost, the hassle, and having autistic kids who can't handle the volume and the crowd. I've gotten out of the habit. Besides, we have a flat screen.

    And I spend so much time writing and blogging now, I don't have time for movies. hahaha

    Great post, Elise. :)

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  16. I'll admit that I prefer to watch the movies from home. I may have to wait for the new releases, but that's ok. Like you said, going to the cinema is so much more expensive these days. Plus if I stay home I can wear my comfy not-to-be-seen-outside-even-to-the-letterbox clothes! ;)

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  17. You know what I miss? Our old dollar theater. It was cheesy in the way all theaters were, but it felt so magical! :)

    Wonderful post, Elise!

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  18. I've never been to a movie theater, so I don't really have much of an opinion. :P

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  19. I love going to the movies for all the reasons you listed! Hi Elise, great post.

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  20. Some movies demand the theater experience, big sci-fi and fantasy films for example. I've got a nice, wide-screen tv at home with surround sound and all, but it's still not quite the same. Just can't get the popcorn-to-butter ratio quite right. :)

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  21. I don't go to the cinema very much at the moment - time and money, in that order, are a problem. Also, films don't seem to have the same pull as they used to, very few are original storylines (book adaptations or remakes) and they appear to have been made with the cynical view of simply making money. I'm waiting for a time when I can feel excited again... Although, having said that, I'll be first in the queue for the new Superman film next year.

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  22. hey elise!
    i can wait to see movies at home too. but big ones need bigger screens. very glad we saw avengers in theaters! fun guest post!

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  23. If I owned my own personal theater I'd prefer that, but these days I like sitting in the comfort of my own living room with our big screen and surround sound. New entertainment systems are much more conducive to at home enjoyment. Plus, I can pause the movie to go to the bathroom whenever I want.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  24. love to elise!! *hug* i love getting to see a movie on the big screen! i live in a very small town so our theaters seating is old school, no "theater seating" & ony 3 screeens but it doesn't matter. when the light turn off it's all the same! i don't movie - go often so when i do, it makes it that much sweeter!! p.s. movies are becomign so digital that our drive-in may go under because they can't afford to upgrade to the new technology!! and this place has been around forever. so the whole town is continuing to raise funds for the new technology...that's when you KNOW you live in a small town!!

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  25. What a great post. I LOVE movies, and go just about every weekend. And I watch them at home, too. I don't do TV shows, really.

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  26. Wow, I've never been in a movie theater but it sounds really great!

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  27. Hi Livia and your guest Livia - thankfully our local cinema did convert to 3D recently .. especially as it's an independent - and it's where our Film Society holds the screenings and we have excellent selections of films - on top of that they highlight films that perhaps I wouldn't necessarily be aware about.

    I heard about a new eating cinema (one screen) in London .. sounds 'fun' and different - but the thought of smells varieties depending on the food added into the mix over and above the (awful to me!) popcorn smell, crisps and chocolate wafts ...

    So for a definite film with a difference and perhaps dinner afterwards - sounds a great idea ... I do prefer the cinema - as I'm there for that and that alone .. but it does cost, and the travel doesn't help .. and I guess I could have saved on going to London to see a film that didn't hit the suburbs ..

    Each to his own I guess .. but the cinema complexes are changing their faces again .. do they still have outdoor complexes?

    Cheers Hilary

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  28. I love both options! I am a regular theatre goer and enjoy in immensely, but I also enjoy staying home with a few wines and lying back on the couch in the comfort of my own home to watch a movie.

    Nice post Elise.

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  29. I do love going to the theater, but with a family of 5 we usually choose to see them at home. Also the surrounding noises of all the other movie goers is worse to me than the possible distractions at home.

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  30. Probably I prefer the theater. If I had an option at home of watching a movie, it better be a good one or I'll end up leaving & reading a book. Can't really do that in a movie theater. Great post!

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  31. Before I had a child, I loved the theater. I could get sucked right into the screen and out of this world. The last few movies I've seen at the theater have greatly disappointed me, though. I haven't been since the premiere of the last Harry Potter movie, and I find I don't miss it. I prefer sitting at home in my pajamas and making any comment I want without worrying about disturbing anyone.

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  32. Iloooove watching movies at the theatre! And I think too many others share my love for the big screen, so I don't think we have to worry about the past time passing away! :)

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  33. The last time I was in a movie theatre was about 2 years ago... it doesn't seem to interest me much...

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  34. You couldn't have a cooler guest, Livia.

    Depends on the movie. Some big and huge, like Avengers or Star Wars, yeah, big screen for me. Smaller deals that focus more on story than eye candy, much more cozy at home. :)

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  35. It isn't cheap going to the movies! I never get out under $60.00!

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  36. I used to go to the movies ALL THE TIME! Now, I go maybe twice a year. Dunno what happened, because I do enjoy it...At least The Hobbit is coming. Might see that twice!

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  37. It so depends on my mood. Sometimes there's nothing like sitting on my couch (with the family or even with just hubby), in my pjs with a warm blanket and taking in a movie. But, other times, it's so much more fun to go to the theater and have the big screen experience, and that darned good butter-saturated popcorn!

    Great guest post, Elise!

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