The Difference Between the Theater and My Living Room

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Posted on July 08, 2008 10:29 PM in Movies
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From The 3-D Dilemma (via Cliff Kuang):

...the difference between seeing a movie in your local multiplex and on a 52-inch high-definition TV in your family room is not that vast.

Sure it is. I don't have to shell out $20 plus whatever the used gasoline cost me to watch the movie in my living room.

Seriously, though, I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Do I really want to go out to the movie theater and drop a $20 bill to watch a movie with a bunch of random (often annoying) strangers when I could experience the same thing in my living room with the ability to pause, replay, take bathroom breaks without missing a beat, etc.?

Movie theaters are going the way of the phone booth. Mark my words.

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Ian Clifton on July 09, 2008 at 12:21 AM:

We used to always make jokes when I was younger and we would see the "This movie has been modified to fit your TV" messages, because we had a huge front projection TV (yes, the kind with the mirror in front that the light reflects off of) and commonly joked that it was bigger than at the theater.

I don't see theaters going away due to the availability of large TVs (though they may fade as a result of how little they actually make on movies), because there are people who like that atmosphere and there are people who want to make an "experience" out of watching a movie. There will also always be people who would rather shell out the cash to see a movie in a theater and not spend the large money up front for a big TV. Me, I don't have a big TV, but I rarely go to the theater either. I guess I'm the downfall of capitalism...

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