1. digital_cataclysm's Avatar
    I just went to go see "Inception" last week at the local theater - and was again reminded why most people I know will wait until a movie is out on disc and watch it at home rather than go the movie house.
    Here's my list of reasons, feel free to add your own or why home viewing rocks, or if you still visit the theaters regularly.
    Just curious how many Crackberrys still visit the movies and why.

    * Tickets / concessions waaay overpriced.
    It shouldn't cost me $35 dollars for two adults, two small bags of greasy salty popcorn and two drinks half-filled with ice. Not when I can rent the damn movie for cheap money, and with $15 bucks in my pocket, make enough snacks to feed 4. Good snacks, mind you - with free refills on drinks all night long.

    * The ADS. Oh, God the Ads.
    Movie showtime: 3:30pm. We get there about 3:10 and after coughing up the dough for tickets and crap-snaks, walk into a stone cold completely dark theater. 3:25pm - the projector flicks on, and we're treated to.... 20 minutes of ads. Not just "up-and-coming-attractions"... oh, no. We get the gamut from "New TV Shows", "Tampon Ads", "SO-and-so's new CD out Now!", "Breakfast Cereals", "15 minutes could save you 15% or more on your car insurance", "Viva Viagra!!" (I'm not kidding)... and on and on.
    3:45pm - movie finally starts after having to just sit there and watch this infuriating drivel.

    * Frosty Nips
    Did I mention the theater was cold? Like, Alaska in the middle of winter sitting out on a granite rock on a glacier, cold. I swear - they do this just so your bladder constricts halfway through the movie and you have to go running to the bathroom. Which brings me to:

    * No Pause option.
    Really no surprise here: If they had to pause the movie every time some studdering hump had to slide their girth past you between the narrow seat aisleways to go take a leak, you'd have a mob mentality burning down the bathrooms. At home though, no problem: pause, do your duty, rewind 2 minutes and press play, grab a handful of snacks, wipe hands on pants.

    * Stuff a Sock in It.
    Idiots who HAVE to take a call on their cellphones, ringtones that sudenly flare up playing "I like big butts! I cannot Lie!!" on max volume, that guy who can't stop coughing for half the movie because of that corn-kernel bubble stuck on the back of his tongue, Crying Children (for those of you with kids who get the enjoyment of sitting in on a G-rated film with 100 other little snot-nosed germ-breathers)... The list goes on and on.
    In my house? MY rules: If you're being annoying, you'll be excused for the evening. Or at least be able to take the kid out on the porch until they stop bawling and you can explain to them that Mufasa didn't really die in "the Lion King" - he was just...Resting. Yeah.

    * A/V Crapshoot
    In my house, I have the surround-sound tuned so no matter where you sit, either on the couch or on one of the lounge chairs, you'll have sweeping sound wrapping around you, and a middle-of-the road HD/DVD player and TV set that lets you count the rust-spots on Optimus Prime's chassy. It didn't cost me a bucketload of money, but the quality is fantastic (as is the case with most consumer devices, in a couple years everybody gets to enjoy the same performance "first-adopters" did).

    Theater? Aside from the IMAX setups, which are stunning I'll admit in MOST CASES (I'm talking REAL traditional IMAX here - not the smaller-sized "IMAX MPX" screens that are just crammed into regular theaters so they can rip you off for another $5 bucks over regular ticket prices), the A/V is usually pretty lousy. Yes, there's nothing like the big screen - but when most of the sound your hearing is from one speaker mounted 9 feet up on the wall, and it's either too soft or overpoweringly loud - it kind of loses it's luster.
    "Transformers" was nice in the theater only for the big screen as example... but it wasn't until I got home and played the HD-DVD disc when it came out, that I was amazed at the level of detail used in the filming and CG of the movie, and REALLY crapped my pants when the explosions started happening all around me.

    *Sticky Shoes.
    Squiick-squiick-squiick-squiick...
    Really. Hate. That.
    09-03-10 02:12 AM
  2. Paige13's Avatar
    ha haaaa.

    Everything you said is so true. Which actually is a shame. I love going to the movies much more than watching something at home. But you are right, it's weird they are always freeeezing.

    You forgot to mention as well, annoying teenagers in a big group shouting and messing with each out and generally being disruptive. People who bring little kids who get bored and start running around and being a pain in the ***. And finally, people who talk loudly to each other during the movie "HOW COME HE GOT THERE SO QUICKLY?" "HE WAS HIDDEN IN THE TRUNK"

    Shut. The. ****. Up.

    Used to be a time when there was some etiquette attached to going to the movies, now everyone just ruins the whole experience for those of us who want to simply get immersed in the film.
    09-03-10 03:06 AM
  3. BigBadWulf's Avatar
    An oddly short post from you DC.

    I hate hate hate going to the theater, for all the reasons you listed. Did watch Conception the other night at home. Fantastic viewing! Oh wait, that's not the same movie is it?
    09-03-10 06:32 AM
  4. wnm's Avatar
    I try to avoid going to see a movie until it's been out for several weeks and everyone else has seen it. Cheaper tickets and fewer people in the theater.
    09-03-10 07:03 AM
  5. syb0rg's Avatar
    If i want to go to see a movie i just wait for it to come to the local Drive-In.

    8.00 per person for 2 or 3 movies, first run BTW, and i bring my own food.

    In fact the last time i went i saw Toy Story 3 and Prince of Persia for 16.00 for me and my wife...

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    09-03-10 07:30 AM
  6. WhoolioPreludee's Avatar
    Same reason i don't go to the theaters anymore but rather rent

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    09-06-10 10:19 PM
  7. middbrew's Avatar
    I can't even remember the last time I went to the theater. I spent the money on a nice set up and own over 600 DVDs (I know, others have more) and will buy or rent what I want to see. Therefore, I refuse to go to the theater where I'm guaranteed to NOT enjoy the experience.
    09-07-10 08:16 AM
  8. jizital's Avatar
    i dont mind going to the movies every now and then. i usually just wait till i can netflix it.
    09-07-10 09:49 AM
  9. Username00089's Avatar
    Haven't been to a theatre since 2007 when I saw that terrible "300" movie that
    someone dragged me to. No movie is worth it enough for me anymore to actually
    go to the movies.
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    09-07-10 12:08 PM
  10. 12MaNy's Avatar
    Did watch Conception the other night at home. Fantastic viewing! Oh wait, that's not the same movie is it?
    I saw that one too. I still think Linda Lovelace deserved an Oscar for that performance.



    If i want to go to see a movie i just wait for it to come to the local Drive-In.

    8.00 per person for 2 or 3 movies, first run BTW, and i bring my own food.

    In fact the last time i went i saw Toy Story 3 and Prince of Persia for 16.00 for me and my wife...
    My kids and I loooooooved the drive-in. I used to take them at least once a month before it was torn down.

    *sings*

    "Let's all go to the lobby...Let's all go to the lobby....Let's all go to the loooooobby...and get ourselves a treat."
    09-07-10 01:06 PM
  11. trucky's Avatar
    How about the brew/pub/movies... every other row of seats are gone and replaced with little tables and they bring your grub to you. Of course, I'd want a recliner.
    09-07-10 01:41 PM
  12. 12MaNy's Avatar
    How about the brew/pub/movies... every other row of seats are gone and replaced with little tables and they bring your grub to you. Of course, I'd want a recliner.
    There's one of those in downtown Seattle. I'm going to have to check it out someday....and I heard it has recliners.
    09-07-10 01:47 PM
  13. pixel8rberry's Avatar
    All reasons above plus:

    If I missed something I can rewind.

    The person I used to go to the movies with had 2 settings: Snore and Ask Questions.

    IMAX is great, but when Avatar came out I heard someone got motion-sick and puked on the people below.

    and REASON #1 why I rather watch at home:

    If it sucks, I can turn it off and I didn't waste $40+
    09-07-10 01:54 PM
  14. boogz25's Avatar
    Luckily there's a drive-in movie theater in my area. I can bring my own snacks and drinks, and enjoy watching the movie in the comfort of my car. Sound is awesome too, as I have a good bass system in my trunk.
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    09-08-10 09:13 PM
  15. middbrew's Avatar
    I saw that one too. I still think Linda Lovelace deserved an Oscar for that performance.
    I thought she did win an Oscar?!?! Great on the big screen.
    09-09-10 12:23 AM
  16. xxxxpradaxxxx's Avatar
    * Tickets / concessions waaay overpriced. It shouldn't cost me $35 dollars for two adults, two small bags of greasy salty popcorn and two drinks half-filled with ice. Not when I can rent the damn movie for cheap money, and with $15 bucks in my pocket, make enough snacks to feed 4. Good snacks, mind you - with free refills on drinks all night long.
    That's very cheap.

    Normally 35 dollars is enough to cover admission...

    With that said, I love the Theaters.

    I usually go to the movies once a week.

    I just hate the ******* that talk throughout the movie...

    Even worse, the ones that have to sit next to you, or in front of you.
    Last edited by xxxxpradaxxxx; 09-09-10 at 03:05 PM.
    09-09-10 02:59 PM
  17. Jedi2dope's Avatar
    Y'all need to just tell the talkers to shut the **** up. If they give you any guff, simply run and grab an employee quick. I realize that means you have to leave but, I've actually had someone asked to leave a theater because they got snotty with the manager when he told them to shut up. Nothing is more satisfying than watching them finally stfu when a theater eomplyee has told them to stfu
    09-09-10 07:25 PM
  18. xxxxpradaxxxx's Avatar
    Theaters should have a dedicated text line were you can text an employee to come in and discipline people in the Theater that never STFU.

    I've never gotten an employee simply because it warrants leaving the Viewing room.

    I have thrown stuff though to get people to shut it.
    09-10-10 10:02 AM
  19. paddygirl16's Avatar
    An oddly short post from you DC.

    I hate hate hate going to the theater, for all the reasons you listed. Did watch Conception the other night at home. Fantastic viewing! Oh wait, that's not the same movie is it?
    Wow!!! I didn't know you didn't like going to movies.
    09-10-10 10:43 AM
  20. dragonsamus's Avatar
    I try to avoid going to see a movie until it's been out for several weeks and everyone else has seen it. Cheaper tickets and fewer people in the theater.
    Yep, I do the same thing. Two nights ago, my girl friend and I went to see the other guys... We were the only ones there. It was kind of cool having the theater to ourselves.

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    09-10-10 10:52 AM
  21. A.r.c.h.e.r's Avatar
    Luckily there's a drive-in movie theater in my area. I can bring my own snacks and drinks, and enjoy watching the movie in the comfort of my car. Sound is awesome too, as I have a good bass system in my trunk.
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    Drive-ins still exist back home ?
    09-12-10 10:48 AM
  22. Spiral_ouT's Avatar
    Drive-ins still exist back home ?
    Luckily yes! The local drive-in theater we have has been offered millions of dollars more than it's worth to be bought out and torn down, but the amazing owners refuse to give in. Kudos to the Vali-Hi owners.


    Last time I went to see a movie in theaters, some drunk kid stumbled in half way through the movie and plopped down in the front row. He then got up a few minutes later and walked all the way up to the back row, across it, and then back down to his original seat. A theater employee came in and told the boy he needed to leave. The kid acted like he didn't hear the guy. Then his friends came in and tried to get him out of his seat with no success. They then shut the move off, turned on the lights, and three employees came in and loudly said to the guy "We shut this movie off because of you! You need to leave now!" The startled and embarrassed kid decided he had enough and proceeded to leave.
    I hate the movie theater..
    09-12-10 11:01 AM
  23. trinityrose70's Avatar
    I love going to the movies but I agree the price of the tickets are a bit much and hearing people munching on their food or talking throughout the movie really erks me!!
    09-15-10 03:03 AM
  24. slipperman's Avatar
    for me, the main thing is price. i haven't seen a movie at the theaters in a long time. redbox ftw!
    09-23-10 11:36 AM
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