not long ago I can recall going to the movies in charlotte for the matinee showing 5 dollars before 6 and being taken away if only briefly mesmerized by supa large screens, HD sound but now, just buzzin in my head now? shows films release dates all cancelled I dunno I'm just venting I miss those matinees man
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1. "They'll be back but the shape of the industry might change" In response to Reply # 0
Streaming is here for good, given that Mulan and other major movies premiered on streaming platforms rather than in the theater. That trend is probably going to tick up as movie studios work out better deals with Netflix and the like or just start up their own platforms.
I don't visit theaters often but generally enjoy the experience more than watching at home. My home setup is pretty good, but there's just an almost mystical quality to sitting in a large room with a hundred or more people to be quiet and spellbound for a couple of hours.
But with the cost to attend a movie increasing so much over the last several years, home setups becoming more and more immersive and now moviegoers establishing the habit to watch new movies through streaming services, the movie theater may be under a legitimate threat.
For as much value I believe there is in shared group experiences, we're just a less social society in a traditional sense. Cinema has survived many existential threats before and will likely do the same now.
3. "It's just impossible for me to stay focused at home" In response to Reply # 0
Granted, there've also been times I've kind of faded out in a theater seeing a movie a little too late after having one too many drinks before going in and not being super excited about what was going on, but it's still just way easier to not look at my phone and escape for two hours in a theater because it's so all-encompassing.
Plus nothing beats that 15-30 minutes after leaving the theater when the world just LOOKS different for a while, at least for me I see everything the way the director/cinematographer might try to.
9. "The Invisible Man, 3/15/20" In response to Reply # 4
coinciding with work from home beginning and theater shutdowns imminent (possibly the next day). i remember the audience being sparse, but there was someone a couple seats away, and this was before people wore masks.
i agree with everyone who posts about the theater experience just being different and more cinematic than watching on tv. that's why i risked it. had the theater stayed open another week, i probably would've watched Onward and/or The Hunt, which i still haven't seen.
beyond that, i just knew too much about covid. i'd love to see Tenet. theaters in my county never opened back up. if i could have seen that socially distanced in the local "liemax," i probably would've, in my mask. everything else i was really looking forward to got pushed back, rightly so. there are probably other movies that did get theatrically released i would've gone to had covid not happened, especially on a $6 ticket. (i actually have a gift card and vouchers/free passes for two chains - no tity boi - that have been burning a hole in my pocket all year. i'm concerned about AMC.) i'm a last priority group member for the vaccine, so it could still be a long time before i go back to the movies.
i haven't gotten into new releases from home or looked to what gets added to streaming as of equal importance to theatrical. i've just been watching the few shows i like that have new episodes and old movies and shows i haven't seen. eventually whatever came out this year will make its way to free viewing; probably not many would-be blockbusters in the bunch. next year's oscars are going to be quite strange.
10. "Tenet, with one other dude several rows up and to the right of me" In response to Reply # 4
It was pretty surreal. I thought I'd go see some other stuff but it wasn't fully worth the hassle getting to and from the theater that was open and neither theater within a 15-20 minute walk ever reopened so I haven't been back. And now it's been long enough and casual enough in the Midwest I feel like I know who'd be at a theater and I don't want to be anywhere near them.
11. "Endgame wouldn't have been the same without the theater" In response to Reply # 0
Honestly can't remember the last movie at the theater (Skywalker, maybe? Everything just seems like a big blur at this point). But there are always going to be something to the cinema experience that you can't replicate at home, regardless of cost (either cost of home setup or movie ticket and concessions)
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