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.