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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? 

"You’re 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."

“There’ll be big movies on a big screen, and it’ll 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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