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Scott Francis Baker

June 16th, 2001

Hell is an idea first born on an undigested apple dumpling @ 02:25 pm

Yesterday after paying $7.25 for the movie we saw I realized something. I don't think movie theaters are going to be around in 10 years. They're getting to expensive. Especially with the push for all this new surround sound equipment and digital projectors etc... The cost of displaying a movie for their customers is going up.

Look at the old video arcades. They aren't around anymore, not really. Every mall used to have a video arcade, now they're scarce. Why? Because everyone went out and bought a Playstation or a Nintendo 64 that can do better graphics at their house. Tough competetion...

Same thing is going to happen to movie theaters. DVD players are cheap, and surround sound systems are becoming increasingly common. I can get the "movie theater experience" at home now. With ticket prices being so high, and DVD prices being so low what's the incentive for me to go to the theater? It's certainly not the sticky floors, greasy popcorn, or that guy behind you that never shuts up.
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Date:June 16th, 2001 06:25 pm (UTC)
I hear ya about the guys behind you. I went to see TombRaider with a friend and 3 young teenage boys talked at normal level through the whole movie and got louder during any scenes where they saw Jolie's skin or she ran.
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Date:June 16th, 2001 07:28 pm (UTC)
I disagree. I think there is a large enough populace that feels that watching a movie on a 30 foot screen with 300 strangers beats sitting in your room watching it on the tv any day.

don't get me wrong, i love dvds and watching movies on them, but i would rather go to the theater and watch a movie there then watch it on my tv. I don't think the cost of showing films is increasing as much as inflation is increasing.
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Date:June 17th, 2001 10:40 pm (UTC)


Movies are $10 a pop in Manhattan.

But all I can say is: I would much rather see her breasts projected across a 30 foot wide movie screen than a 20 or 30 inch tv screen.


But seriously, a movie like CTHD or the Matrix loses a LOT when you shrink it down to home view size. Until home screens are at least, say, 8 feet wide with good picture quality and sound for a reasonable price, I think movie theaters will still be very popular.

Scott Francis Baker