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Thu Jul 20, 2017, 01:30 PM

Why I still GO to the theater!

It's still a VISUAL medium!

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Reply Why I still GO to the theater! (Original post)
yallerdawg Jul 2017 OP
LonePirate Jul 2017 #1
yallerdawg Jul 2017 #2
SeattleVet Jul 2017 #3
Staph Jul 2017 #4
yallerdawg Jul 2017 #5
Name removed Jul 2017 #6
SharonClark Dec 2017 #7
TexasBushwhacker Dec 2017 #8

Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Thu Jul 20, 2017, 01:35 PM

1. I agree about it being a visual medium. For me, it's also about the shared experience.

Valerian doesn't interest me at all; but seeing Dunkirk on a massive screen does appeal to me.

As for the social and shared experience, some movies like very funny comedies, horror movies and big time crowd pleasers like Wonder Woman or a Star Wars film are simply more enjoyable in a crowded theater when you're surrounded by others who are as entertained or as scared or as bowled over with laughter as you are.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 20, 2017, 01:50 PM

2. I used to go when the shared experience was unavoidable.

I remember when 'Jurassic Park' came out - and the deafening silence in the packed theater when the lawyer got ate!

But for years now, we can catch these movies at odd times - like early Sunday morning - when it's like private viewings!

A few weeks into it, my daughter and I went to see that new 'Star Wars.' We were the only people in the theater!

Not like the first time I saw the original 'Star Wars'!

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Thu Jul 20, 2017, 02:07 PM

3. Saw it last night, in 3D...

Wonderful movie, I got totally engrossed in it.

The 3D was well done, not any of the 'flying in your face' stuff. It was more like watching live action through a window.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Thu Jul 20, 2017, 04:00 PM

4. There's something rather primal in watching a movie in the theatre.

I think that there is a human instinct to want to sit around the campfire and tell stories in the dark. The movie theatre, with that big, bright screen in the darkened room, is the modern equivalent of stories in the dark.

Watching the same movies at home, even on the largest of television screens, is just not the same experience.


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Response to Staph (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 20, 2017, 04:18 PM

5. I guess most directors - the artist with the creative vision -

sit in a theater to look at their finished project.

Often they'll do audience sampling in a theater to see what works and what doesn't in places, endings especially - it is millions of dollars at stake.

For most movies, I'm happy to see at home.

But for me - some genres can only be seen AT the movies!!!

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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 01:31 AM

7. Movies are designed for a big screen

You lose a lot of the detail if you watch it on a smaller screen, such as teevee. Although most of us watch movies on teevee, go to the theater when you can.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Sat Dec 30, 2017, 06:00 PM

8. I make a point of going to theaters to see movies for grown ups

because I want them to keep making them. I went to see "Marshall" in the theater for that very reason. It could have easily been an HBO movie, but I just want to continue to see that kind of film in a theater.

IMHO, theater movies are still a bargain. Where else can you get 2 hours entertainment, in the best conditions, for under $20 a person. Most concerts and sporting events cost $50+ per person, plus parking!

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