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Friday 01 July 2005

Adventures (not) In The Cinema

Gizmodo observes:

In an era of portable instant gratification, the process of movie-going is expensive—logistically and monetarily—and the payoff is dinky. […] Short of strip-searching us, there can’t be any way the movie houses could make the process any more grating.

I can’t remember the last time I actually went to a cinema. Every time I think about seeing something there — usually during rush hour, when I’d like to let the traffic die down a bit — the expense and the expectation of a crap experience put me off. That’s right, I choose I-66 over seeing a movie.

And Gizmodo’s rant doesn’t even deal with the fact that nobody seems to know how to behave in a movie theater any more, i.e. Shut The Hell Up. Last week, at the museum under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, I saw ‘Monument to the Dream’ (the documentary about the Arch’s construction) once again. It was just as I remembered it from childhood, except back then there weren’t some boorish assholes sitting behind me and talking in normal voices through the whole thing.

Posted by tino at 13:39 1.07.05
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I have gone to the movies with som efrequency of late and can’t say that any of my experiences have been as bad as everyone seems to like to hold up as the average movie going experience.

Even discounting the artsy theater where I end up seeing most movies the recent multiplex experiences haven’t been bad. And that experience includes seeing Episode III. OK it was a couple weeks after it came out but it was in your typical suburban multiplex.

Posted by: Paul at July 1, 2005 03:33 PM

The few movies I can remember seeing semi-recently in the cinema were stinkers anyway: this may have colored my opinion of the experience.

One of my biggest complaints, though, is that the theaters always seem to be overcrowded, and the lines too long: so they must be doing something right, at least in a lot of people’s eyes.

I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I think the problem is that they’re not charging enough for tickets. As it is, I spend nearly $0 on movie tickets. If they were $15 — and if the lines were shorter, the people better behaved (thanks to better ushering), the snacks better, etc. — I would probably go more often.

Posted by: Tino at July 1, 2005 06:33 PM