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James Johnson
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Posted: 07 May 2020 at 3:49pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

If I'm paying $20-25 a seat for a movie, I expect the following:

A drink and large popcorn at no cost
No annoying patrons
No Commercials (I'm looking at you Coke-Cola, Verizon, & AT&T)
The movie to start on-time

If not, for the same amount, I can rent the movie to watch on my home-theater system. Get my drinks and pop my own popcorn. Plus have change and food to spare for the next movie rental.



Edited by James Johnson on 07 May 2020 at 3:52pm
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 07 May 2020 at 5:59pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Have to agree with what Michael said.

Remember George Lucas' prediction from several years ago? 

"Youíre going to end up with fewer theaters, bigger theaters with a lot of nice things. Going to the movies will cost 50 bucks or 100 or 150 bucks."

ďThereíll be big movies on a big screen, and itíll cost them a lot of money. Everything else will be on a small screen."
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Jack Bohn
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Posted: 09 May 2020 at 8:20am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Big movies on a big screen for big bucks? Is this like the roadshow releases of the '60s? I was too young to go to any of them, but I was able to buy a "program" for STAR WARS(1977) and STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) in the lobby of the theater.

How does the movie theater business dying since the '50s compare to the comicbook industry dying? I think TV has already taken all it's going to take out of the audience. Movie-going is a social activity. I wonder if it's more like game stores that provide an area for play, or hobby shops with RC vehicle courses, benefiting from providing the place for socialization. Then there's bookstores with built-in cafes, but those two activities aren't so closely linked.
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 10 May 2020 at 3:44am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

If it actually ever comes to pass that people are
expected to pay high prices to see a theatrical
film, I will be saving a lot of money. My
widescreen TV isn't the largest, but it suits me
fine. I also might not be a total introvert, but
the communal experience of a film crowd, which is
more often than not a negative experience, is not
something I require for enhancing my enjoyment of
watching a movie.
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Olav Bakken
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Posted: 18 May 2020 at 5:41pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

My biggest problem with theatres are disrespectful visitors who can't shut up during the movie, or make some other kind of annoyance. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.
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John Harrison
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Posted: 02 July 2020 at 2:17pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

https://walmartdrive-in.com

Yep strange times indeed
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 02 July 2020 at 3:23pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Could this pandemic cause a resurgence of the drive-in theaters?
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Tim Cousar
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Posted: 02 July 2020 at 3:46pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I can sit through a movie without having to go to the toilet, but I know many people who can't. The restrooms at the drive-ins will be the new COVID hotspots.
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Jozef Brandt
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Posted: 02 July 2020 at 4:03pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply


Our Drive-In is showing one movie now, running at half capacity to spread out the cars more, and concessions are all paid for using an app and delivered to your car.

The bathroom situation is different. They only have a single bathroom open, and one stall, and there's a staffer who wipes it down between uses. They strongly suggest only using the bathroom in an emergency. The owner said that out of 100 cars the first night, only 3 people used the bathroom.
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 14 July 2020 at 11:57pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

When I first started this thread, the biggest threat to movie theaters seemed to be large screen televisions and online streaming. Who could've seen a pandemic being the biggest threat?

The local theaters in my city are planning to open in August. Are your local theaters open, and if so, what's the situation like at the theater?

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Matt Reed
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Posted: 15 July 2020 at 12:15am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

 Matt Hawes wrote:
Are your local theaters open...

I'll stop you there.  Nope.  And I don't see theaters in LA opening any time soon.  Honestly, I'd be shocked if they open here before the end of the year.  
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 15 July 2020 at 1:01am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Some are starting to open in the U.K. - photos posted from screenings
seem to indicate not many people are going - I saw one yesterday from
a screening of The Empire Strikes Back that had one person in it.

Personally, thereís no way Iím going to a cinema @ the current time.
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