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2012-09-08 03:28:40 PM  
you know i'll be honest here, i love going to the movies. as of right now i go to about 5-6 movies a year, it would be more but it has just gotten so darn farking expensive.

Mrs. Knarf and i look at trailers and we always finish each one by turning to each other and saying weather or not we feel that particular movie is worth "paying" for. most summer blockbusters get a yes vote. most romantic comedies or whatever get a no vote because i would rather wait till it's out on netflix or *cough* torrent *cough* it.

when i was in high school i would usually go to 2-4 movies a month, when it was $4-6 a ticket for matinee, now it's usually $8-10 a matinee unless you go to a really crappy theater in which case i would rather just watch it on my big screen at home.

movie companies are surprised that movie attendance is at its lowest in two decades, i say until you compare that number versus revenue generated and ticket prices i'm not shedding any tears.

stop biatching about pirating when to see the movie ONCE in the theaters these days is more expensive than buying the damn blu-ray 4 weeks later!
 
2012-09-08 03:33:37 PM  

Beerguy: Ricardo Klement: Cell phones, screaming children at rated-r movies, and a general lack of consideration or civility, and a 65" TV at home... and they're surprised I stopped going to see movies in the theater?

I came in here to basically post this verbatim including the 65" TV, except I would have added the Bose surround sound system to round things out.


Bose surround system that's not set to 11 in hopes that the rest of the crap just gets drowned out.
 
2012-09-08 03:57:35 PM  

MyPoolLeaks: I blame it on not everyone having an Alamo Drafthouse 5 minutes away.


I have two Alamo Drafthouses 10 to 15 minutes away and I still never go to theater unless the Alamo is running a special event movie.

There are just no new movies I want to pay to see in the theater. I'd rather spend my limited (and getting more limited) disposable income on something I know I'll enjoy.

The last thing I saw in the theater was the Avengers. (Which was a lot of fun.) I wanted to see Total Recal until I saw the trailer and realized it was going to be shiat.

I still have hope for Dredd. I'll probably pay to see it in 3-D.
 
2012-09-08 04:08:24 PM  
fark your re-makes, fark your sequels, fark your adaptations of old TV shows/video games/board games ("Battleship"? Really?). Oh, and fark your farking comic book movies.
 
2012-09-08 04:09:47 PM  
Build a theater with seats that can send an electrical shock to who is sitting in them. Have a "referee" observing, with their fingers on the buttons to the seats. Ref sees a foul, first offense is a mild shock. Second and third (final) offense are more fun to watch than the movie. As noted, telling a-holes to shut up usually doesn't work. With this, they either shut up or leave.
Hell, it's already Orwell's 1984, we might as well have some fun.
 
2012-09-08 04:13:05 PM  

Gwendolyn: Ricardo Klement: Cell phones, screaming children at rated-r movies, and a general lack of consideration or civility, and a 65" TV at home... and they're surprised I stopped going to see movies in the theater?

All that and the movies costing around $100 for the 5 of us to go with tickets and drinks.


Your family sounds fat.
 
2012-09-08 04:21:52 PM  
In the mid to late 1970s I went to three or four films every week. I studied film (as an English major) in college, so my obsession was vaguely justified. And no one I knew owned a VCR. I bought one in 1982, and insisted on getting a cassette of Citizen Kane with it. I taped old movies off TV, sped through commercials, and enjoyed my home video watching. But I still went to movie theaters, because new films (except for Flashdance and a couple of others) took years to reach home video. I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies when they came to the theaters, and duly bought the individual DVDs, then the expanded DVD set, then the first Blu-ray, then the expanded Blu-ray set. The same (pretty much) with the Harry Potter movies. (Whichever HP movie came out in July 2007, we waited in the Windward Mall in eastern Oahu for the midnight showing... yes we were on vacation.) But with few exceptions, movies became about mindless action and less about characters and storytelling. And the audiences got worse. With the few films I mentioned, Finding Neverland was the last film I went to a theater to see... because the clown sitting behind me insisted on kicking the back of my chair throughout the film.

So I wait for the DVD or Blu-ray, pay barely over tickets for two, and enjoy it in my home theater. The popcorn and sodas (cane sugar) are better, the audience is nicer, my carpet is clean, the restrooms are nice, and there's a pause button if I need to use one.

I've gone from 150+ movie theater visits each year to maybe one.

/get off my lawn
//turn off your cell phone
///STOP kicking my chair!
 
2012-09-08 04:24:11 PM  
You guys may biatch now, but when The Hobbit comes out in December you will be ponying up the cash to see it.
 
2012-09-08 04:32:54 PM  
The home theater experience has surpassed movies. A decent 1080P projector and surround sound system is fairly inexpensive, multipurpose (I can play games and watch tv on it as well) and lets me watch movies without worrying about other people's cell phones, annoying people talking behind me or overpriced concession stands. I've cut back from 30-40 theater trips a year to 3-4.
 
2012-09-08 04:45:30 PM  
Welcome to Snatch Bandergrip's Magical Imaginary Movie House! Please enjoy our many features:

$5 tickets, with modest discounts for larger parties/children/etc
All of today's releases AND a variety of older films as selected by our members
Adults-only theaters and spacious seating available at a modest extra fee
3D? What the hell is that?
Basic IQ requirements for all staff
Pre-trailer commercials (hey, gotta make money somehow) for local businesses only
Theater walls lined with aluminum and rebar to disable cell phone reception
Bathrooms attached to each theater, featuring TV screens so you don't miss anything
BEER
Armed marshals in every theater; inconsiderate viewers ground into slurry to flavor popcorn


/I'm sure many of these have already been addressed, with a bounty of references to Alamo Drafthouse
 
2012-09-08 04:50:03 PM  
Why would I pay money to be annoyed by screaming children and retards talking on their cellphones for 2+ hours?

No farking thanks.
 
2012-09-08 04:53:23 PM  

mcreadyblue: You guys may biatch now, but when The Hobbit comes out in December you will be ponying up the cash to see it.


*sigh*

Yes, I will see this on the opening day.

I should get one of these cards specifically for things like that: www.lolbrary.com
 
2012-09-08 04:58:38 PM  

mcreadyblue: You guys may biatch now, but when The Hobbit comes out in December you will be ponying up the cash to see it.


That might be true. Current prices are terrible, and for the vast majority of movies I simply wont pay it. I havent been to see a movie in a theater since the first Iron Man.
 
2012-09-08 05:15:46 PM  
Yes, prices suck. But I do still enjoy going to a theater to see a movie. And, of course, eating popcorn til I want to puke. I have a problem.
 
2012-09-08 05:17:04 PM  
A total of 533.5 million tickets were sold, down four per cent from last summer, and the worst attendance figures since 1993.
Revenues from ticket sales fell to $4.27 billion (£2.69 billion), down three per cent from a record $4.4 billion last year.


Um... what the fark? Mayyyyybe there's a correlation, or maybe TFA was written by this guy:

i.adultswim.com
 
2012-09-08 05:26:11 PM  

Honest Bender: So I turned around and said, in a voice loud enough for most of the medium sized theater to hear, "Thanks for being those douchebags that talk through the movie!"

And that's why it'll probably be another year or two before I decide to go to the movies again. 

/Few things get me as angry as inconsideration.


So you decided to take their inconsideration and spread it to the rest of the theatre?
 
2012-09-08 05:37:23 PM  
In the mid to late 90s, I went to the movies at a minimum of once a week. I went because the movies were, for the most part, actually interesting. The big studios bought up all the indie companiesand now it's just cartoons and comic book movies and sequels and explosions and CGI, none of which I have any interest in. The only movie with an explosion that I like is Heathers and the only movie with a car chase that I like is Brewster McCloud and you couldn't pay me to watch a movie that's part of franchise. If they ever decide to start making art again, I'll be happy to start going to the movies again.
 
2012-09-08 05:46:15 PM  
The last time I went to the movies it was to see Pandora. Spent 15 minutes driving, 20 minutes finding a place to park, $24 on tickets, $20 on soda and stale popcorn, with no option of an adult beverage or decent food, and because we didn't get to the theater 45 minutes early we had to sit in the front, all for the privilege of listening to children and adult children talk through the entire thing.

Compare that experience to the last movie I watched at home: The Avengers in blu-ray on my huge HD flat screen, while enjoying a nice bourbon and some hot, fresh pizza, while sitting on a comfortable couch.

Modern day movie theatres are for children. Make them for adults and maybe we'll come back.
 
2012-09-08 05:51:15 PM  

TyrantII: If it's not a film that gets everyone talking around the watercooler Friday or Monday morning at work, there's little push to see it in theaters first run.


The problem is that almost no-one makes movies from a creative perspective. That means, starting with an idea, writing a script, hiring a director, casting it, making it, then marketing and releasing it. You then get a great movie that people tell their friends about because it was brilliantly written. That's how Pixar and Christopher Nolan work.

Most movies start with an idea, then they marketing idea, then the cast based on the marketing, then the director, then it gets written (with the cast interfering based on their image and ideas), then it gets made, then released.
 
2012-09-08 05:57:12 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: The last time I went to the movies it was to see Pandora. Spent 15 minutes driving, 20 minutes finding a place to park, $24 on tickets, $20 on soda and stale popcorn, with no option of an adult beverage or decent food, and because we didn't get to the theater 45 minutes early we had to sit in the front, all for the privilege of listening to children and adult children talk through the entire thing.

Compare that experience to the last movie I watched at home: The Avengers in blu-ray on my huge HD flat screen, while enjoying a nice bourbon and some hot, fresh pizza, while sitting on a comfortable couch.

Modern day movie theatres are for children. Make them for adults and maybe we'll come back.


Many cities do have better theaters nowadays... assuming you're referring to better food / dining and alcohol.... or more comfortable seats.
 
2012-09-08 06:01:47 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: The last time I went to the movies it was to see Pandora. Spent 15 minutes driving, 20 minutes finding a place to park, $24 on tickets, $20 on soda and stale popcorn, with no option of an adult beverage or decent food, and because we didn't get to the theater 45 minutes early we had to sit in the front, all for the privilege of listening to children and adult children talk through the entire thing.

Compare that experience to the last movie I watched at home: The Avengers in blu-ray on my huge HD flat screen, while enjoying a nice bourbon and some hot, fresh pizza, while sitting on a comfortable couch.

Modern day movie theatres are for children. Make them for adults and maybe we'll come back.


Must be cool to watch a Blu-ray which will not be released until September 25, seventeen days from now. Time travel! When do we want it? Doesn't Matter!
 
2012-09-08 06:09:16 PM  
New movies mostly suck, ticket prices are too high, concession prices are too high, theaters are too cramped, teenagers and kids have no consideration, my couch is comfy, I can pause the film to take a leak, my fridge holds beer, I can make tasty snacks, and my wife can give me a knobber during the movie without getting weird looks from anyone else.

Theaters are useless, unless you are a teenager looking to get away from your parents for a couple hours.
 
2012-09-08 06:18:16 PM  
Big surprise. Let me take a wild guess why...Movies suck? Nothing original? Tired of seeing the same "stars"?
I've seen 3 movies in the theater this year.

Avengers- very plane and predictable. But entertaining.
Dark Knight- Pretty amazing movie. I saw it twice.
 
2012-09-08 06:46:37 PM  

Bloody William: A total of 533.5 million tickets were sold, down four per cent from last summer, and the worst attendance figures since 1993.
Revenues from ticket sales fell to $4.27 billion (£2.69 billion), down three per cent from a record $4.4 billion last year.

Um... what the fark? Mayyyyybe there's a correlation, or maybe TFA was written by this guy:

[i.adultswim.com image 280x210]


Hmm.

It's evidence that ticket prices have grossly outpaced inflation (record low butts in seats, record amount of revenue)?
 
2012-09-08 06:56:24 PM  
I only go to the movies on Tuesday now because it's only 5 bucks. I'll see pretty much anything for 5 bucks. Usually I'll go after work with some people which is a nice change from going home and making dinner after work.
 
2012-09-08 07:23:49 PM  
I still like going (to the few movies a year that seem worth it), but I don't have a family to lug along and I don't buy snacks so the cost isn't much of a problem.
 
2012-09-08 07:30:27 PM  

Bhruic: Honest Bender: So I turned around and said, in a voice loud enough for most of the medium sized theater to hear, "Thanks for being those douchebags that talk through the movie!"

And that's why it'll probably be another year or two before I decide to go to the movies again. 

/Few things get me as angry as inconsideration.

So you decided to take their inconsideration and spread it to the rest of the theatre?


Yes. I publicly shamed them. Or tried, at least.
 
2012-09-08 08:43:58 PM  
there hasn't been anything of "MUST GO SEE NOW" since The Dark Knight Rises. I've even got a free movie pass but have been too meh to drag myself to the theatre.
 
2012-09-08 09:38:11 PM  

NutWrench: Bring back cartoons before the main movie and I'll think about it.


I love the cut of this guy's jib. Seriously, bring some shorts into the theater, and FEWER farkING ADVERTISEMENTS. If I want to watch a goddamn commercial, I'll sit at home and turn on an infomercial-only station. fark you, you bilk me for an overpriced ticket, highly over-priced 'food' like substances*... then you make me watch commercials. Screw you. Certain movies I will put up with that. You want me to see more? Knock it off. I don't give a damn what the answer to your DRINK COCA-COLA farking trivia question is. For the third goddamn time in five minutes.

Bring back the shorts before the previews, and maybe I'll look forward to going to more movies.

\Oh yeah, food substances. I like how it used to be that we couldn't bring in outside food or beverages for "insurance reasons", but now it's "Homeland Security" reasons. Yeah, fark you. Nobody believes you, jackass. We know you only want to 'maximize earning potential'.
 
2012-09-08 09:40:04 PM  

Confabulat: Confabulat: I don't need to see a movie the day it comes out; it will be the same movie in three months.

Actually I'd like to revise that statement. In three months, it's usually a BETTER movie, often with deleted scenes or an uncut version. It's almost like you have to wait till the home release to see the whole movie anyway.


Get George Lucas' dick outta yer mouth. Han shot. 

\I keed
 
2012-09-08 10:01:59 PM  
though I don't always get inconsiderate farks at the movies, the cost of the movies is too much for me to take the chance that I could get unlucky with an annoying crowd.
 
2012-09-08 10:37:25 PM  
I guess it is possible. I just saw 4 moives today, but only paid for one. I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMax but of course I paid for a non-very expensive I-max ticket. Then after that I saw Branded, Cold Light of Day and then The Words. 4 movies, 7 bucks! And I still have to see The Bachlorette. Why do so many movies come out each weekend?
 
2012-09-08 11:22:41 PM  

drewsclues: though I don't always get inconsiderate farks at the movies, the cost of the movies is too much for me to take the chance that I could get unlucky with an annoying crowd.


Whoa. $12. Gotta be "rich" people only going to these things.

/eyeroll
 
2012-09-08 11:32:03 PM  
At this point it's cheaper for me to go see actual theater. You know the one with live people that is different every viewing. I can wait for the dvd release for movies.
 
2012-09-08 11:50:51 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Good movies are being made. But the presentation at the theater at the cost I pay isn't worth going.


This.

1. Home theater systems, or even a good set of headphones, can affordably rival any blown out or poorly arranged actual theater sound system.
2. Quiet environment is almost unachievable. Sometimes that is the point, but it can ruin a movie utterly.
3. Comfortable environment. You just cannot beat your recliner. Then again, I'm tall, so ymmv here.
4. Screens/Equipment. Some jackoff minimum wage employee using the wrong filter/focus(or whatever other technical problem, I've seen several..crooked, off center, etc) on the projector, spitwads on the screen, water stains, blurry as fark, etc. Typically people don't have any of those problems at home.
5. The fetid urine like stench of old movie popcorn and sticky floors on top of what the people bring in with them or emit during the movie...ugh.

I'll download or pick up the disc when it comes out, thanks.

If we're paying premium, we should not be treated like cattle in a cart.
/some theaters are actually nice. It's like comparing a dive bar to a 5 star eatery.
//most are well below that 3 star rating
///I don't live in a bigger city though.
 
2012-09-08 11:58:03 PM  

omeganuepsilon: 1. Home theater systems, or even a good set of headphones, can affordably rival any blown out or poorly arranged actual theater sound system.
2. Quiet environment is almost unachievable. Sometimes that is the point, but it can ruin a movie utterly.
3. Comfortable environment. You just cannot beat your recliner. Then again, I'm tall, so ymmv here.
4. Screens/Equipment. Some jackoff minimum wage employee using the wrong filter/focus(or whatever other technical problem, I've seen several..crooked, off center, etc) on the projector, spitwads on the screen, water stains, blurry as fark, etc. Typically people don't have any of those problems at home.
5. The fetid urine like stench of old movie popcorn and sticky floors on top of what the people bring in with them or emit during the movie...ugh.


WTF theaters are you going to? I haven't seen something like that since the 80s. I call bullshiat.

/lazy farks can't squeeze out of their home recliners is more like it
 
2012-09-09 12:15:29 AM  
$1 for a Red Box flick, $3 for a box of popcorn, 72" inch screen with surround sound, beer on tap and I don't have to wear pants v.s. $15 just to walk in the door, $15 for a popcorn, bag of reeses pieces and a coke, and the frown on being pantsless, plus people talking, cell phones, etc... Let me think which I'd rather do...
 
2012-09-09 12:28:51 AM  

peterthx: I call bullshiat.


I call being an ignorant dick.

Not all theaters have all those problems, derp. However, to find one that doesn't have any of those problems is a bit of a rare thing(and means you own your own theater and don't see a movie with other people, because there are always cell phones going off or people otherwise being annoying twats).

But whatever, rage on troll meister.
 
2012-09-09 01:04:08 AM  

omeganuepsilon: I call being an ignorant dick.

Not all theaters have all those problems, derp. However, to find one that doesn't have any of those problems is a bit of a rare thing(and means you own your own theater and don't see a movie with other people, because there are always cell phones going off or people otherwise being annoying twats).


You're so full of shiat your eyes are brown. You had this experience maybe in ONE cinema and naturally "all of them are like that." I live in a podunk town and there's at least 2 cineplexes within driving distance and both are pretty decent. You get the occasional asshole but if you get your fat ass out to the cinema more than once a year you'll see it isn't normal.

But then that would mean leaving your troll cave and associating with other people now, doesn't it?
 
2012-09-09 02:20:20 AM  
The home experience has greatly improved.

That's why theater ticket sales have declined and sporting event attendance has dropped.
 
2012-09-09 03:02:56 AM  
NOBODY CARES//

I want to watch original stories again. I'm one of those lunatics who didn't even realize that I was accumulating this depressing mess

hey, future self, don't worry. you will have a lot to watch. and enjoy. i have a lot of good ideas. consult me if you ever try and carve the sand
 
2012-09-09 03:55:22 AM  

Trocadero: Where the hell are you people going to the movies? I can only count on one hand the times where the audience was distracting enough for me to even notice, over the course of every movie I've ever seen. Are you that sensitive to ambient noise? Do you people live in monasteries?


You've never been to a movie theater in a black neighborhood I take it?
 
2012-09-09 04:00:43 AM  

peterthx: drewsclues: though I don't always get inconsiderate farks at the movies, the cost of the movies is too much for me to take the chance that I could get unlucky with an annoying crowd.

Whoa. $12. Gotta be "rich" people only going to these things.

/eyeroll


Yeah, $12 x taking your wife and kids turns into a $50 bill for an hour and 20 minutes of entertainment. And that's without the food.

/a lot of people are making shiat money these days, if you haven't noticed
 
2012-09-09 05:27:29 AM  

omeganuepsilon: Nadie_AZ: Good movies are being made. But the presentation at the theater at the cost I pay isn't worth going.

This.

1. Home theater systems, or even a good set of headphones, can affordably rival any blown out or poorly arranged actual theater sound system.
2. Quiet environment is almost unachievable. Sometimes that is the point, but it can ruin a movie utterly.
3. Comfortable environment. You just cannot beat your recliner. Then again, I'm tall, so ymmv here.
4. Screens/Equipment. Some jackoff minimum wage employee using the wrong filter/focus(or whatever other technical problem, I've seen several..crooked, off center, etc) on the projector, spitwads on the screen, water stains, blurry as fark, etc. Typically people don't have any of those problems at home.
5. The fetid urine like stench of old movie popcorn and sticky floors on top of what the people bring in with them or emit during the movie...ugh.

I'll download or pick up the disc when it comes out, thanks.

If we're paying premium, we should not be treated like cattle in a cart.
/some theaters are actually nice. It's like comparing a dive bar to a 5 star eatery.
//most are well below that 3 star rating
///I don't live in a bigger city though.

 
2012-09-09 05:34:40 AM  
Wow, who would have thought that charging more for a worse product while your competition is improving and getting cheaper was a bad business model??? No one could have seen that one coming! I'm sure this is still the fault of piracy....somehow.
 
2012-09-09 06:11:27 AM  

VibroCount: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: The last time I went to the movies it was to see Pandora. Spent 15 minutes driving, 20 minutes finding a place to park, $24 on tickets, $20 on soda and stale popcorn, with no option of an adult beverage or decent food, and because we didn't get to the theater 45 minutes early we had to sit in the front, all for the privilege of listening to children and adult children talk through the entire thing.

Compare that experience to the last movie I watched at home: The Avengers in blu-ray on my huge HD flat screen, while enjoying a nice bourbon and some hot, fresh pizza, while sitting on a comfortable couch.

Modern day movie theatres are for children. Make them for adults and maybe we'll come back.

Must be cool to watch a Blu-ray which will not be released until September 25, seventeen days from now. Time travel! When do we want it? Doesn't Matter!


I've had my Avengers blu-ray for a couple of weeks. The Sept 25 release isn't global.

/the internet happens all over the planet, so not everyone on Fark is from the US
 
2012-09-09 07:09:11 AM  
I can get a 3D movie for $8 or less, at 9 am, because of my odd schedule. But I've been watching 1-2 movies in theaters per year for most of my life. A bit more lately, with the Marvel Studios movies, including the Avengers twice.

I'll catch The Hobbit, of course. Next movie? Eh, Wreck-It Ralph looks kinda cute.
 
2012-09-09 10:34:37 AM  
Last movie I saw was War Horse (Mrs Shirley insisted). $25 for 2 tickets. Commercials, previews, more commercials and the same old theater with 20 y.o seats and sticky floors (and it wasn't even one of those theaters).
No thanks.
Plus, as others have mentioned, cell phones and generally inconsiderate people don't help, either.

The last movie I saw before that was Monster. I'm guessing it'll be just as long or longer in between before I go again.
 
2012-09-09 12:04:14 PM  
Last movie I saw in a theatre was The Phantom Menace.
 
2012-09-09 01:51:53 PM  

Carolinesdaddy: can .. jackoff.. at home.


lol
Same premise.

peterthx: You had this experience maybe in ONE cinema and naturally "all of them are like that."


Thanks for your pop psychology David Copperfield.
 
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