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The Theatre Experience Will Never Die 29 Mar 2007 10:27 #14713

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My real job is in TV and I absolutely love it. TV has never been better, in my opinion.
However it is no substitution for a great movie, and will never suffice as the proper place to see one.

Only the uber rich can afford lavish home theatre systems complete with red velvet curtains and plush lazy boys.
The rest of us do the best we can with our home set-ups. We fuss with our cable providers over On-Demand features filled with digital tearing and sound glitches, or get fed up with poor satellite signals during storms. The trip to the video store after work on a Friday evening can prove to be a futile attempt to get that new release first, or take a rain check. It's a crap shoot. Services like Netflix offer a whole new list of frustrations when DVDs show up broken in the mail--they also offer very little in the way of rare films in genres with huge cult followings (like Horror).

There are tons of movies out there that do not require a trip to the theatre, in my opinion. Romantic or slapstick comedies come to mind. They are not usually noted for great cinematic photography or sound. But if I'm looking forward to seeing a film, a matinee for one of these is sometimes cheaper and always less hassle than any of the aforementioned outlets that I would otherwise have to wait weeks or months to experience.

The dinner and a movie concept will never die, and the silence of a movie theatre goes a long way toward soothing first date jitters. Many wonderful relationships in my life have begun with such a scenario.

I love getting to the theatre early, taking time to use the facilities and ready my mouth for the tasty popcorn that has already enticed my senses as I step in the door. The best part? Getting the PERFECT SEAT. I can't wait to enter the theatre and find my favorite perch void of patrons, the center-most seat in the house. I get extremely irritated when I miss the previews for upcoming films. To me, it is part of the experience. My fiance and I have a 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' ratings system for previews, a silent way of saying whether or not we will see the film when its released. I am never irritated by the number of trailers and sometimes wish for a couple more!

Even bad movies seem better in theatres, very often I find rentals absolutely forgettable--even the good ones. The impact a great sound system and a big screen enhances the art form. The nuances of camera movement and a film's color palette, the deafening silences and urgent whispers do not have to be 'rewound' to be heard on the big screen. Hollywood starlets appear even more beautiful when magnified, and there's something about that rumble in your belly from a high-impact action sequence when the sound gets rolling that can never be replicated in our living rooms.

I've read a lot of posts on these boards from worried theatre owners expressing concern for their businesses. The switch to digital is expensive, and some fear being left by the wayside. I do not prescribe to the notion that digital is better. It is cheaper, but in my opinion does not take the place of film. Regardless of what theatres decide to use, I will continue to be a proud patron until the day I die. Believe me, life is truly more exciting with a trip to the movie theatre!

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Re: The Theatre Experience Will Never Die 29 Mar 2007 12:08 #14714

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Due to my cancer, I really miss getting out to a "real theatre" to enjoy a film on a big screen, the way it was meant to be seen. My last theatre visit was last October to see "Nightmare Before Christmas" in 3D using the Kodak digital cinema system at the local Cinemark theatre.

I just spent close to $4000 to replicate the "big screen" experience at home, with a 52-inch Sharp Aquos HD LCD television. Looks really great with DVDs or HBO HD, but $4000 would buy lots of movie tickets too.

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Re: The Theatre Experience Will Never Die 29 Mar 2007 13:22 #14715

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by John Pytlak:
<B>Due to my cancer, I really miss getting out to a "real theatre" to enjoy a film on a big screen, the way it was meant to be seen. My last theatre visit was last October to see "Nightmare Before Christmas" in 3D using the Kodak digital cinema system at the local Cinemark theatre.

I just spent close to $4000 to replicate the "big screen" experience at home, with a 52-inch Sharp Aquos HD LCD television. Looks really great with DVDs or HBO HD, but $4000 would buy lots of movie tickets too.

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Yours is the only legitimate excuse I can imagine for staying home!
Sounds like an enviable set-up! My wish for you is a cancer-free diagnosis and a well-deserved trip to your favorite blockbuster in your favorite theatre! Take care and God bless you.
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Re: The Theatre Experience Will Never Die 29 Mar 2007 19:06 #14716

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CFT, I want to thank you very much for your post- it must have taken a few minutes to write, but its important that we all be reminded every once in awhile why it is that of all the careers and businesses to be in, you chose to be an exhibitor. Few people, especially nowadays, can say that they are in a business that makes people happy- often to the point of laughing hysterically or crying silently along with many other strangers.

You're absolutely right, theaters will never die, I don't care what others say. I wouldn't be spending all my free time and money on getting a theater started if I believed otherwise.

I just rented "Eragon" for my son even though I had seen it in the theater, and I was starting to wonder if it was the same movie I had seen! It was SO much more exciting and stimulating on the big screen. It's amazing the difference.
"In a place like this, the magic is all around you. The trick is to see it." -Martin Landau
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Re: The Theatre Experience Will Never Die 30 Mar 2007 08:43 #14717

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Thanks, Cinemateer!
I've been on these boards for a very short while doing research for what I hope will become my next career. Film, TV and the like have always played an important role in my life. It's funny that sometimes we forget to thank the people who work so hard to provide it to you! I can remember my very first trip to the movies with my mom, sitting in the balcony of the old Cameo in my hometown watching Snow White & The Seven Dwarves. Just magical!
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