As a grownup, I've become more selective in what I movies attend. More
character driven than car-chases or gun fights. There are movies you see on the
Wide-Screen (Think Lawrence of Arabia or Doctor Zhivago) or those you watch on
Netflix , rentals or second-run theaters. One needs to separate the
chaff from the wheat. Fortunately there are art-house movie theaters in SoCal
that offer something new and something thoughtful that meet my movie wants and
needs. Support the "Far from the maddening crowds" movies. Money talks
in Corporate Hollywood. Your dollars send a loud and clear message to the Movie
companies as to which new movie to green-light.
FanOfTheSithVernal, UTI never have had a problem eating my
Subway sandwich in a movie theater. Or a pizza, chicken meal, taco bell, apollo
burger, two litter of pop. I really do not know why anyone buys concessions at
the theater. maybe the popcorn.If the prices we semi reasonable maybe I
would buy something there. But they are not.The teenagers at the door
could care less. Walk right by them with a big gulp.
I had to stop going years ago when my new husband could NOT abide the high
volumes due to sensitivity to sound. Then the cost went up so much that going
with a friend became less attactive along with the audience members'
rudeness and the trasny mess under my feet most of the time.Finally
it went right out the window with the shooting in the Aurora CO incident.(I don't go to malls due to crowds and higher costs either.)I
miss goingin some respects, but we haven't invested in NetFlix or movie
channels eitherand just wait for the movie to come on TV.If
it's worth seeing, it will be there later.We spend that money going
out to dinner with friends bi-weekly instead.
Streaming online has been around for a while but why worry about driving
somewhere when some of the websites are able to show it online? Pay a
subscription and you can have any movie at your fingertips with a Subway
sandwich in hand. With the way IT is headed, I do hope that we are not going to
lose actual real time physical social interactions.
For me, it is the cell phones. Someone texting in the middle of the movie right
in front of me multiple times ruins the movie for me.
The experience of seeing a movie in a theatre is almost never worth the cost of
that experience. Too much money for parking, concessions a ticket and a drink
afterwards. Throw in the fact that someone will be talking or texting through
the picture and it would take an amazingly talked about movie to get me to go. I
used to see about twenty films a year at the movie theatre. Now I go maybe four
times a year and that's usually to an art house film where there will be
less kids and less rude behavior.
We have Netflix and we watch it a lot, but when a good movie is on, it is really
fun to get out of the house and into a movie theater to watch it on the big
screen, eat some popcorn and have refreshments. We usually go to eat either
before or after the film. Do we do this every week? No, of course not.I
find it strange that people are complaining about the cost of movie tickets when
I see what tickets to sports events cost. Movie tickets are a fraction of what
it costs to go to a college or professional football game.The Lord of the
Rings/Hobbit movies were a family event every Christmas for years. Took my
daughters to see all the Marvel films (in many countries... Thor with french
subtitles in Paris was great). They waited for Harry Potter and Twilight films.
The list is very long.I haven't had a bad movie experience in many,
many years and will continue to look for good movies to watch.
Sound level in theater's and all the commercials are enough to make you
never go to one again. Cost as well.
"Lack of Originality in majority of movies . . "Hate to
break it to you, but originality has never, EVER been the driving force behind
the film industry. Since the days of Chaplin, if a movie sold a bunch of
tickets, you could bet that a sequel, imitation, ripoff, spinoff, or homage was
on its way. Anyone who thinks "lack of originality" is a 21st century
phenomenon doesn't know anything about film history.". .
there has been a boom of trashy films for the last ten years because of the
added filth and boring plots of the movies. If you watch a rated R film from the
90's or earlier they are cleaner than most pg-13 movies."Again, patently false. Ratings creep is a thing, but content hasn't
changed as much as you state. I know it's fashionable 'round these
parts to moan about the decline of morals in the world, but cussin', nudity
and violence have been around in quantity for a long time.
Why I am going to fewer and fewer:1. Better things to do with my
time2. Cost3. Cost4. Wait till it comes on NetFlix or even
Amazon or Red Box because of...COSTOh, did I mention cost?
I know it's not very rational, but I wouldn't go to a movie theater
these days because of the shootings that have occurred in them over the past few
years. Statistically, I know I would be safe, but I would think about it kind of
like a nervous flyer on an airplane would think about crashing. And just
thinking about it would be enough to ruin the enjoyment of the movie.
I quit several years ago, to disruptive with the cell phones and all. Also got
tired supporting celebrities that have political views, best they keep those
views to their selves. No matter what their opinion is they'll insult half
the viewing public!
I am a movie buff, however not so much any more because of the quality of the
product. While I don't mind spending money on entertainment, you have the
feeling after the experience of being "ripped off." I like hamburgers
and shakes, which at the local chain about a $17.00 deal with a drink. the
ticket upwards toward $10.00. Time, gas, and the inconvenience of the theater
experience, I think they are in trouble.
My children dind't even know movies came out until they reached the dollar
movies, we just kept telling them, "It'll be out soon". Once they
got older and figured out our game they just laugh and patiently wait for the
movie to come out in the dollar movie. There's no way I'm spending
$50+ to take my family to the movies.
Frankly, when I was a kid, a movie cost $4.50-$5.00 for an adult ticket, I think
mine was $2.50 for a matinee, you throw in popcorn a drink and candy and I was
out of the movie at $5.00. Now for my wife and I it's a $30-$45 experience
and you asked yourself, why did I waste my money on that? That is how it is now
days. I'm not into the big budget action thrillers, I just am not. I
enjoyed Gatzby to some degree, and the last Oz movie, and the TCM "The
Wizard Of Oz" which I took my kids to see, but those are the last three
movies I went to see. I know, how sad many of you are thinking, but that's
how I feel about the movies anymore, I'll wait till it comes out on netflix
and watch it on my bigscreen at home. Soda is 10 times less expensive, I can buy
cocoa nut oil, and make my own Movie Popcorn much cheaper, and why sit in my own
recliner! With Surround Sound!
I don't go for these reasons, the cost, the volume (too high) the A/C is on
high (you could swing meat in there) and last the movies are un-original. Also I
detest being asked to reserve a seat, really??
I don't think that its quality of movie or who the players are or Netflix
that is affecting the movie goers. The movie theaters are just another casualty
of the economic depression and financial expense it has become. To take a family
of 4 to a movie with all the drinks, popcorn, candies, etc, it cost well over
$100 dollars for 2 hours of entertainment. Then you have parking, $10 and
transportation and/or baby sitters for infants. Then you have all the financial
fees of 20-30% to borrowing the $200+.Compare this to movies from
the 30's to the 70's when you could take a family of 4 to a movie for
a few dollars cash. Then some family's make a night of it and go to dinner
before or after a movies and another $100 so a family night out at the movies
cost over $200 with a job paying less than $5 hour.The non essential
entertainment industry is in trouble at all venues including car racing and
concerts, ball games, and Olympic events. Broadcast TV is becoming more popular
and its free no cost family entertainment in the home.
Netflix, Redbox and the fact that most theaters wont allowed people with a CCW
to enter the facility
$12 - $15 a tickettimes a Family of 6 Nearly $100I
can buy the Blu-Ray player AND the movie, and KEEP them - for that same
price.Hollywood knows that, and they are making more money than ever
before.Like Car dealers, It's the Theater owners
[Dealerships] who are gouging the customers.Anyone ever wonder why
the Larry H. Miller groups own Car Dealerships AND Movie Theaters?Hint:
It's not a co-incidence...
I rarely sit through an entire movie in one sitting. Can't do that without
paying again at a theater.
LagomorphSalt Lake City, UTI like movies there as well. they
seem to have more substance. I will have to run by there more.
patriotCedar Hills, UTI liked Mission impossible too! except
for cartoons I think it is the only movie watched at a theater this summer.
looking forward to specter
patriot: "If the movie is from Spielberg or the Coen brothers you can
pretty well bet the movie will be good and worth while."Finally,
something patriot and I can agree on. Who knew?Just wondering if
any of those complaining about the quality and cost of movies make any effort to
take advantage of the offerings of the Salt Lake Film Society or the Utah Film
Center. Both are nonprofits promoting thoughtful and artistic fare that eschews
the Hollywood blockbusters. SLFS has membership levels with discounted or free
admission. Plus they have the exceptional DVD collection at the Tower. UFC
screening are usually free (except for the DTH fest) and often feature
Q&A’s with the filmmakers.
i haven't been to a movie house since ummm lemme think, "Dances with
Wolves". and that was when it was in a small town bargain theatre for
$2.00. That was spring of 1991. Since then i disposed of my TV, another waste of
valuable time. No cell phone to intrude as well. Life is good. Being a hermit
put lots of things in much better perspective. ;-))
There have been many times when I've thought it would be fun to take my
family to the theater, only to look and see there is nothing appropriate
currently available.However, last week I took them to see Max. It
was one of the most family friendly movies I have seen in years. I'd love
to see more like it made.
Have only been to the movie theater once in the last 15 years. There is really
nothing worth watching anymore. Life is too busy to waste several hours paying
to watch something that is not worth watching in a place full of people that are
noisy and rude (at times). If I watch a movie it is usually streamed into my
home and it is usually an older movie that is not so offensive to my culture or
beliefs. Even at that I probably only take time to watch about a half dozen
movie at home each year. It is when I just need to relax. Theaters don't
do that for me.
I can't stand the loud noise in the action adventure movies and even the
latest Lord of the Rings movies are full of negative images and violence and
weird screaming noises, etc. I would much rather go on a quiet walk and commune
with the Lord out on the prairie. Enough with the noise already!
In the 90s I would see 1 to 2 movies a week. 2000s probably closer to 1 to 2 a
month. 2010s: one every two months till the past year where it is one every six
months. The reasons are easy. I have a very nice home theater with very high
quality sound, visual content and stadium seating. The cost to build wasn't
that great when you think about today's cost of movies (I probably spend
$100 to take my family to a show and get basic treats). Sure films currently
take awhile to hit, but the studios may come around on that as well. I see one
day where pay per view at home for the opening weekend is allowed, but
we'll see. It may take more people shifting towards my style. After all, I can now see a film from Amazon/Netflix for free or under $5. I
can rent from the library for $0.50 for a week. Great popcorn at home with my
popcorn maker and no distractions from talkers or cell phones. If we need a
break, no problem. All in all, it is very hard to justify going to the megaplex.
And, according to a recent Time article, "Theatre Madness", three
shootings in the past three years, leaving 16 people dead and over 80 injured,
may also be a movie attendance inhibitor.
I would love to go to the movies more but it is the cost! Not just the cost of
the ticket but EVERYTHING! The 2 theaters where we live have changed. The
closest is now almost like going into a bar instead of a lobby. Seriously! The
Lobby now is a bar with tables and chairs and under 21 can't go in that
area. Not family friendly at all. To get popcorn or anything else you have to
order from your seat and a waitress comes and takes the order so you feel you
have to tip. the other one is half the sit and dine screens at $24 a person and
has all the most current movies the other showings are things no one has ever
heard of. So we just stay home.
1. Quality of movies2. Cost3. Competing with cell phone glare in the
middle of a movie (honestly, you can't sit for an hour and a half without
checking your phone?) and other audience members who just won't be quiet.
Mission Impossible was a great movie and my wife and I loved it. The plot, the
acting, the action the humor the suspence -- everything was first class. Sadly
this is probably only one of a 100 movies each year that meet this quality. 90%
of movies are vulger, immoral very dumb and predictable and thus most people
over 30 don't go. I see the trailers and I just shake my head. Most people
age 20-30 go to anything just because they like going. With the technology of
2015 a movie can be produced pretty quickly and pretty cheaply especially using
computer software for special effects and thus most action or horror movies are
just a bunch of computer special effects mixed in with some predictable and C
grade acting and plot. If the movie is from Spielberg or the Coen brothers you
can pretty well bet the movie will be good and worth while. Christopher
McQuarrie directed Mission Impossible and did a great job too. Still a few good
moives each year - not many - but a few.
Multiple screen experience needs to be considered in this conversation. Many have become accustomed to surfing the internet and communicating on
their phones while watching movies at home. "I want to watch a movie, but I
really need to get my Christmas shopping done." If I stay home I can do all
of that. Or, "we are watching a family movie tonight, If we stay home I can
stream ESPN at the same time.In my area the discount theaters are
closing down and being replaced with spectacular theaters with reclining seats
and dinner service. They are incredible complexes. Some find them overwhelming,
and they crowd out the discount crowd.
I love movies. See at least (average) one per day. ALL AT HOME for less than
the price of a movie theater ticket. To all the above comments about that, add
using one's own bathroom, captioning, rewind, fast forward (through nudity,
etc) and the DVD extras. And cost. The public library has EVERY film (even
junk) -- FREE!
I love movies but have not been going much this summer because there was very
few movies that i wanted to see.Seems like they make too many R rated
movies that evidence clearly shows make less money.
I prefer to watch movies at home rather than the movie theaters for all the same
reasons listed above, (outrages ticket prices, outrages food prices, travel,
time constraints, convenience, etc) but I also feel safer at home. No one will
come in with a gun and shoot me unless it is my wife for not mowing the lawn.
Internet has changed how we watch movies. Streaming services like Netflix has
made an impact but so has the increase in illegally downloading movies. These
download websites get high quality versions of these movies before they ever go
to DVD. You have a shorter wait and it is free.
Speaking only for myself, I hate going to movies because the sound is too loud.
With all the THX effects booming, it becomes overwhelming and I can't tell
what's being said. I may be an old codger, but I can't believe that
anybody finds those sound barrages pleasant. The last movie I
watched in a theater was "Godzilla" and I came out with my ears ringing.
Later on, I saw it on television and it was much more pleasant and I could
follow the story a lot better. Furthermore, movies today are
getting so filthy, silly and offensive, I wouldn't go to many of them if I
If you have a big tv and surround sound, you can get a similar experience
without the expense and hassle.
It's not cost. Look at how much people spend on Netflix. It costs way more
than a handful of movies. No, it comes down to a few things:- If I
have Netflix, I don't have to get in my car and drive to a theater.-
If I have Netflix, I don't have to wait for a specific showtime that may
not work with my schedule.- If I have Netflix, I can pause the movie and
resume later. I don't have to carve 3 straight hours out of my life.-
If I have Netflix, I can get my own snacks. They cost way less and they're
what I want.- If I have Netflix, I can be noisy or quiet. I can have my
cell phone on.- If I have Netflix, I can sprawl out on my couch.The bottom line is the movie theater is an outdated medium that no longer
serves a purpose since the advent of streaming and movies on demand.
Once you go through the process of waiting for movies to come out on DVD it is
no longer a big deal. Then you just have a steady stream of DVD releases you can
watch. The vast majority of today's movies are "one watch" movies.
That is, we want to see them once and then we are good, no need for a repeat.The last movie our family went to see in a theater cost us over $120
(Avatar, iMax). Soon after we dumped cable TV, got Netflix and Redbox became our
friend. All that money we started saving went into family adventures (and a few
big screens at home). One of the best choices we ever made as a family.
When I go, I go knowing it will hit my wallet (so that is not an issue). It is
usually to share something with family or friends. What I do find
irritating is: 1. The volume set so high that it hurts my ears.2.
Commercials.3. Previews that do not take the main feature context into
consideration (i.e. adult themed movie previews when I'm there with the
grandchildren for Frozen). Both local theaters do it. Neither
responds to my suggestions/ complaints in those areas.
Echoing what has been mentioned before cost, cost, cost.
I would definitely have to say cost. I was wanting to go see minions in Idaho
Falls, but sadly it would have been over 35 dollars. It is more than the movie
is itself. Also there has been a boom of trashy films for the last ten years
because of the added filth and boring plots of the movies. If you watch a rated
R film from the 90's or earlier they are cleaner than most pg-13 movies.
Because of this I have to hear how the movie was before I waste my time.
I didn't read the article but saw the headline and felt like commenting. I
think there are 3 reasons (in no particular order):1. Cost2.
Lack of Originality in majority of movies that come out in3. Streaming
services (some of which that I don't use but have friends who have them
even illegally allow people to watch movies that are in the theater at home)And that's all I have to say about that.
During the Great Depression, people went to the movies to escape reality.
During the Great Recession, people cannot afford it. In 1933 the cost of
admission was $0.25 for an adult. In todays dollar, calculated for inflation,
that would be $4.59. But the price of admission now is closer to $10.I'll wait a month or so and watch a movie in a less expensive theater, or
wait a bit longer for the release on DVD/BD and rent and watch at home.The people in Hollywood should be smart enough to make the connection between
cost and movie attendance. If not, they need to replace the economists they
have working for them.
Has someone who loves to watch movies. Keep in mind some people love
to watch movie, but hate going to a movie due to being around a ton of people,
the cost of the ticket, food and needing to make time to go see a movie. Thus
watching a movie at home is the best way to see a movie. If I go to see a movie
it is because it has a great story and I do not want to wait until it is out on
Bla ray. IT comes down to if the movie is worth paying close to $10
to see. Avenges 2 no problem, Inside out no problem, Terminator and FF 4 glad I
saw peoples reactions and did not waste the time or money on. Star Wars 7
I may wait for a few days so as to avoid the large group of people. I did EP3 at
midnight and will never do that again. Then when the Avengers 2 and
Inside Out come out on blu ray I will enjoy watching them again.