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El

I went to see Harold and Kumar about a month or so ago. There were no more than 6 people in the entire theater. For me and the patron I was going with, tickets plus snacks totaled up to $40. The movie turned out to be something that should have been rented.

There are a few movies I'd like to see in theaters next year, particularly Titanic in 3D (I own the dvd of Titanic). But everything else I may just wait to rent later.

Movie theaters are failing not because they are too controlling over their audience but because they are too expensive to justify going anymore.

There really hasn't been a lot of worthwhile movies worth seeing. The last time I went to the movies before this year was back in 2008. Before that, 2005.

Gobotron

I went to the movies five times this year, which has been about average for me for several years, and usually I get annoyed and say I won't go again.
Annoying people in the theater, the inconvenience of having to get to a specific showtime, and the comfort of watching at home, are my main reasons for avoiding the theater.

Daniel L

I will only go to the theater after a movie has been out for a really long time. If I think there will be more than 10 other people in the theater with me, I simply won't go. Every single time I break this rule and go to a crowded theater, my movie viewing experience is ruined by other audience members. There are just too many inconsiderate people.

Walt D in LV

"I really hate being stuck behind someone that can't stop texting every two minutes..."

I can't even IMAGINE this happening! I would have to say something or get an usher to say something. I don't ever see texters in movie theaters, but I usually go to matinees, so it's not too crowded.

I don't go to the movies too often anymore.. about once a month. My wife and I used to go about every week. Funny, last week we went to see The Descendants. Even though it was a matinee, the theater was very full. It was overwhelmingly a senior citizen crowd (My wife and I are 42). For the first time I can recall, in a very very long time, if not ever, we heard not one but two cell phones ring during the movie! We were so surprised!

Now, it must also be said that even though there were a few trailers before the movie started, there were not any of those cell phone during the movie commercials (like the Martin Scorsese one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Absv00MBl50 ) or even the still shot, from Sprint, that I usually see at Regal Theaters, that reminds you to silence your cell phones. Maybe that was why it happened: People forgot. However, after the first phone went off, the other person should have thought to turn his off.

Anyways, it was a great movie. Perhaps not Best Picture, like it will be nominated for, but very good.

And finally, one last note from the infamous Alamo Draft House:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs

ClydesMP

I've got a better reason: With the cost of gasoline and unemployment ridiculously high, who can afford to go or perhaps go as often as they once did? Especially if you have a houseful of kids.

As far as I'm concerned though, I live over thirty miles from the nearest theater, in California, so you can imagine the cost of gasoline. My girlfriend travels that same distance to work on a daily basis so it's like burning cash. So the money just isn't there like it once was. Still, I made it to the movies a decent number of times considering all of those obstacles.

Gobotron

Daniel L, I tried that in 2010 with "Toy Story 3". As I sat in the empty theater by myself waiting for the movie to start, a family with two or three kids came in and sat RIGHT next to me. No one else was in the theater. During the trailers, I went to the restroom, and returned to a different seat. Why would you put your kid next to a complete stranger by himself in the theater? Why would someone be that inconsiderate to another person?

In the '90s I would go almost every week, often times spending a Saturday seeing two back-to-back, and couldn't comprehend why someone wouldn't want to go see a big movie like "Jurassic Park" the day it opened. That was a different time though, but I know some people who go to the movies every week now, mostly because they don't know of anything else to do with their kids or wives.

In 2011, the only blockbuster I went to see was the Pirates of the Caribbean movie and first the 3D screen was out of focus and never corrected. During that, I went to the 2D showing and the volume was too low while a family of three munched popcorn like it was their first meal all week. When they sent their kid to get a refill, I got up and left. I haven't felt a desire to try to re-watch that movie.

Brandon

Another factor for me has been the proliferation of commercials before the trailers. Not just for Coke and popcorn, either, but tens of minutes of commercials. No thanks. I just paid $11, knock it off.

SteveI

My wife and I live minutes away from two different theater complexes in the 'burbs. We still go to the theater, making use of $5 matinée tickets as well as the theater's "movie watchers" clubs to build point which give us free tickets (at times) and free popcorn and sodas. With a good sized flack of grandkids too, when "special" movies hit we take the grandkids (once they got old enough).

Nate

Last movie I saw in in a theater was the first Sherlock Holmes, before that was X-Men Last Stand. Yeah, I never go. Reasons in order:

1.) Price, even cheaper matinees are more than I want to spend. The food/drinks are ridiculous. If I go to a reds game, I can bring in a cooler if I want for food/drinks. They have dollar popcorn/hotdogs... no thank you spending 10$ for a drink and large popcorn.
2.) Rude people/sick people. They seem to always be near me, the guy constantly hacking.. the people constantly talking.
3.) I have heard people believe they got bed bugs from going to the movies. No way to prove this, but given the above complaints, no thanks.

conanthepunctual

I don't even remember the last movie I saw in a theater (maybe Dark Knight). Between Netflix and a good home system there's virtually no incentive to go to a theater.

The only reasons I can think of would be maybe 3-D or impatience for the title to be released on Blu-Ray/DVD.

The reasons not to go to a theater for a film are numerous: cost way out of line with Netflix (2 "cheap" matinee tickets, 2 sodas, a large popcorn and you're pretty much at the monthly Netflix fee for discs and streaming with only one film seen), rude patrons, no pause button, commercials, working around theater's schedule, gas to get there, theater's lighting not as bright or as dark as you prefer, freezing a/c in the summer, sticky floors, and the list goes on...

Niahflame

The last movie I went to in a theater was The Thing. I went on a Saturday at around 11 am. There were only a few people there, and it was quiet! I was amazed.

I refuse to buy drinks at the concession stand, so I stop by a convenience store and smuggle in a health drink in my purse.

The reason I don't go to the theater more often? I'm not interested in most movies, or I can wait for Netflix. Also, I don't know why parents take babies and toddlers to R rated movies, but a crying baby makes me want to leave.

Larry Dallas

You know you DON'T HAVE TO EAT OR DRINK during a movie.

Anon

The last time I went to a movie theater was when my wife wanted to see Lion King in 3D. The movie tickets alone was 30+ dollars (which I jokingly refereed to as 2 months worth of netflix), and I bought a drink and popcorn (which I refered to as 1 month worth of netflix). That was the last time, and it was about 6-9 months ago. Maybe it's just me, but 3 months worth of netflix or 1.5 hours in a movie theater makes it an easy call, I'll wait for it to come out on netflix every time.

Personally, I can't wait until the movie industry ruins itself like the music industry did, and will allow the same kind of music plans that itunes and rhapsody currently has but for movies.

cyberdiva

Last movies I saw was Marley and Me, and Coraline in 3D. I saw them using movie gift cards I had recieved as xmas presents. (I wanted to see as least 1 movie in 3D and I have to say I really enjoyed it. When I saw the same movie later in 2D it seemed boring and not nearly as interesting. But I was using a gift card and I knew I was never going to pay my own money for a 3D movie.) But the real reason I stopped going to movies is because they started charging for free refills on popcorn. Now this might not seem like much to a lot of people, but for me it was the last straw. Because I used to go the first showings offered before noon on my days off, the popcorn was my breakfast and lunch. I usually got a medium and because I would sometimes go to 2 movies back to back I would get a refill with lots of fake butter. I brought my own water and would just kick back and relax. But the movie prices kept going up, they kept increasing the number of commercials before the movie, and on the last time I went to the movie I asked for a free refill and was told it would cost 50 cents, I felt the snap of the straw on the camels back. I told the two confused girls at the concession stand (who both probably thought I was the LAST person who needed more popcorn with lots of fake butter, and they would be right!) that I would not be back, ever! Now I admit this is a dumb reason not to go to the movies but it's mine and I'm sticking to it. I don't care what blockbuster comes to town or who is naked it it, if I have to pay for popcorn refills I'm NOT Going.

GeeEmm

I love seeing movies on the big screen, especially those with elaborate sets/costuming or breathtaking locations - there's just nothing to compare with that larger-than-life sensation. But the truth is that the overall experience is not worth the hassle and price. By far, rude, inconsiderate movie-goers are the biggest turn-off for me. Lots of passive-aggressive, and outright aggressive, behavior out there:

Choosing a seat next to the only other person in a theater; blocking the view of shorter patrons when there are other available seats; putting feet up on occupied seats; kicking seats; talking/laughing loudly at inappropriate moments; children playing in the aisles; texting; crawling repeatedly over other movie-goers to leave the theater (why are you there at all?); exaggerated slurping/smacking; leaving food and trash behind; and so on.

Not everyone behaves badly at the theater - but it only takes one determinedly rude individual to sour the entire outing.

I will brave the throngs for The Hobbit next December, but that is the only film I plan to see before it hits Netflix and/or the rental boxes.

Judy

Movies are expensive and not that much fun. Most of the time they aren't worth the drive across town. The oil used in making popcorn makes it hard to breathe - one theater in particular also had poor air circulation and I noticed in the newspaper article about its closing that a number of other people experienced the same problem. The owner probably thought he was bringing in more people by giving away a lot of popcorn but, in fact, he was doing the opposite.

aaron

Me and my wife have been movie gurus since we were married-going on 8 years now. We love the experiences of going to the theaters. But over the last 5 years we have noticed it getting worse and worse. We went from seeing 20-30 movies a year to about 4 movies a year. Last movie I saw was MI: Ghost Protocol. We had to get a babysitter and payed to go to the IMAX just so we could check out the new Batman trailer. The whole time during the trailers these 2 girls behind us were being loud and obnoxious. Making commentary and laughing at each other. I finally did a loud "shhhhhsh!" but they didn't care-just kept on chatting it up. The time before that we went and saw Thor and a couple was there with their 3 year old boy. Here we had spent $25 on a babysitter and scheduled a late movie on a weeknight just so we could avoid the general crowds who are usually disruptive. Needless to say it was a disaster. The kid was screaming, crying, laughing, and ruining the movie. Not ONCE did the people take the kid out. Finally people complained and the Manager without hesitation kicked them out. It was great! As they were leaving the lady started waving her hand at the audience and screamed profanities as she was being escorted out. When we all walked out at the end the manager was very apologetic and gave everybody vouchers for a another free movie. At least she dealt with it appropriately. In the past I have had movie after movie ruined by obnoxious punk teenagers. We've had a teenage couple making out the whole movie right in front of us, and another incident where the kids behind us were stoned off there butts laughing the whole movie...it was Batman Begins! So as the experience has been getting worse and worse, we are more and more avoiding theaters, and opting to wait for DVD. The only remedy for this, in my opinion is have ushers present and rules explained and enforced. No talking, texting, or distractions!

David

For once, I agree with Roger Ebert.

Movies are too expensive.

Popcorn should not cost $7

Drinks should not cost $5

But that's fine, I stopped eating at theaters a while ago.

But two tickets at $12 each at the Four Season's cinema is the same cost of BUYING a blu-ray and watching it at home as often as you like!

And blu-ray comes with cc and subtitles!

Daniel L

Agreed with Aaron about rules being enforced in theaters. If each theater had a theater employee in it at all times during the movie to make sure people weren't being annoying, I would go see many more movies than I do now. Seriously. I like seeing movies and I want to support theaters, but inconsiderate people ruin the experience 9 times out of 10. Fix that and I'll go frequently.

Mike

I haven't read the above comments yet...but I'm sure what I'm saying is what every one else has.

Last time I went to the movies I got incredibly angry over the idiotic smartphone use. It's like people shining flashlights in the air. As a consequence, I haven't been back, and don't know if I will unless theaters start cracking down on this crap.

Wes

On the back of the ticket it should state " If you ruin the theater experience for your fellow patrons to the point of people leaving and asking for vouchers, you will be held responsible for the price of their voucher " .

Ushers should be at all showings and remind people to be respectful of other people viewing the movie or they will b asked to leave.

Matt

60 inch hi-def tv, blu-ray or streaming with high speed internet,surround sound, recliners, beer and gourmet food at my house. WHY would I bother to expose my family to "the theater experience" again?

We took our 3 year old to Winnie the Pooh over the summer, and pretty much experienced everything that has been complained about here. After i yelled "Shut Up or Get Out" to some talking/texting teenagers, the crowd clapped and agreed with me and the teens left. It was my wife's first movie since Return of the King, and she said "Never again!"

The movie experiences are just not the same as the past. 1977- the year my uncle took me to see Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Star Wars, Smokey and the Bandit, The Spy Who Loved Me and Close Encounters. I only remember the seeing the movies, not the theater building and the idiotic patrons....

Managers need to hire more ushers to patrol during the films so I don't have to do their jobs.

Charrlie

Honestly, with the advances in technology watching a movie is just more fun at home. If you have a big screen and a good stereo system you are good to go.

My biggest problem in theaters is the rude audience members. Like someone said; it just takes one rude person. Either they are loud or smelly and the movie is ruined.

I will brave the movies this year to see The Hobbit in IMAX 3D but i will try to go when everyone else is working or at school.

ixoxeles

I still go to the movies maybe once every 4-6 weeks. I do hate the crowds though, so I tend to wait 2 weeks before seeing a new release and also I'll go to the last showing since the theater is emptier then.

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