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2014-01-01 02:27:24 PM
I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.
 
2014-01-01 02:31:43 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-01 02:36:06 PM
In other countries choosing your seat when you buy your ticket is pretty normal.

It's mostly just here that it seems to not be?
 
2014-01-01 02:36:57 PM

studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.


They are coming. If they offer food service to your seat it will be reserved now. That and D BOX seats are reserved.

The Drafthouse switched a while back. It's not that bad in the long run and you can avoid the fee if you reserve it at the box office in person.
 
2014-01-01 02:37:55 PM
Lost me at:  "economics"

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/03/26/1764221/the-science-of-h um an-nature-is-proving-classical-economics-false-what-comes-next/#

Economics is the purest political science. Only the political accept it as science.
 
2014-01-01 02:39:08 PM

studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.


We've had it at select theaters in  Canuckistan for about a year.  Usually one screen only per theater and only the top billed movies.
 
2014-01-01 02:40:01 PM

studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.


Neither have I. This guy works for Ticketmaster.
 
2014-01-01 02:40:24 PM

studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.


There's one near my house.  I don't go there.  I go to the super cheap theater instead.  No stadium seating, no 3d (that's a feature!), but the tickets are $2 cheaper and the concessions cost about half what they would elsewhere.  I'm well past the point in my life where I need to see the hot new release on opening night, and usually wait until about 3 weeks in and see it on a Sunday afternoon.
 
2014-01-01 02:43:19 PM

Dalrint: In other countries choosing your seat when you buy your ticket is pretty normal.

It's mostly just here that it seems to not be?


I'm in Canada and traditional theaters don't have assigned seating but the newer VIP / 3D AVX / IMAX theaters do. The older theaters usually don't have seat numbers but I would assume as time goes by and they renovate this will be corrected.

One thing I love about assigned seating is that it puts an end to large groups arriving during the previews and asking other people to move so they can sit together.
 
2014-01-01 02:49:11 PM
Checked out a then-new ArcLight cinema in Manhattan Beach ... figured I'd see the Tron sequel in 3-D at this trying-to-be swank theater.

Ended up being a conversation out of Archer.

"Two tickets."

"That will be $34. Where do you want to sit?"

"Uh, what? It's like the 11 PM showing on a Wednesday. There's nobody here. What's the point in preordering a seat in an empty theater?"

"Yes, but I have to input it in our computer sys-"

"Aisle, upper middle of the theater, thank you."

"OK, and be sure to check out our wine bar."

"Wine bar? Huh. Never took a glass of booze with me into a theater Probably need it for Tron."

"Oh, I'm sorry, but you can't drink it inside."

"Then what's the point of having a wine bar?"

/theater had THE WORST sound ever btw, had to rent Tron to hear the dialogue I missed.
 
2014-01-01 02:50:19 PM
That author is clueless. of course buying reserved tickets ahead of time is lightyears better than just showing up.  Has he never been to a concert?
 
2014-01-01 02:56:37 PM

Dalrint: In other countries choosing your seat when you buy your ticket is pretty normal.

It's mostly just here that it seems to not be?


This. Cinemas here have had this for years.

Try it out. Empire. Or Vue.
 
2014-01-01 03:02:12 PM

studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.


Around here to can get reserved seats by ordering online, but usually only for the really big premieres when they're anticipating a full house.
 
2014-01-01 03:06:32 PM
I think I've had one assigned seat in a movie theater, and that was for a seat a friend bought me as a birthday present.
 
2014-01-01 03:12:38 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Lost me at:  "economics"

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/03/26/1764221/the-science-of-h um an-nature-is-proving-classical-economics-false-what-comes-next/#

Economics is the purest political science. Only the political accept it as science.


This article is a wonderful example of what happens when somebody stops at low-level, general studies, intro classes.

In much the same way as people completely misunderstand 'survival of the fittest', economic 'self-interest' may or may not mean 'selfish'. People make choices based on their preferences, which are frequently in flux and may be selfish or altruistic.
 
2014-01-01 03:30:29 PM
There's a theater about 35 minutes from me that does this.  Girlfriend and I reserved back row center for seeing The Hobbit.  Worked out wonderfully.
 
2014-01-01 03:36:43 PM
Hehe in my town there's a special case. I only know of one cinema that has numbered seating (At least from the chain I prefer), but it's also the cinema I go to the most. it's the 2nd closest to home but the more convenient to go traffic-wise. I just love being able to select where I want to sit and bask in the glory of seeing the rest of the peasants go for lesser seats.

The only quandary is that the chain offers online buying for all their cinemas, EXCEPT the numbered seating one. LOL. I guess they think the customer can't have TWO conveniences thrown their way.
 
2014-01-01 03:38:35 PM
I simply don't see the appeal of movie theaters. They do have an enormous screen and 20 years ago when your average TV set was 19 inches that might have been a bonus, but these days it's hardly a factor. In the summer they have the AC cranked and in the winter they're to cheap to heat the damn place so it's always cold in them. You never know if you're going to get a decent seat or what kind of idiots are going to be sitting around you. I could go on but it's pointless.  I'd much rather wait for the DVD and watch the movie at home.
 
2014-01-01 03:42:50 PM

studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.


We have our first one here outside Atlanta and I saw a guy actually complain that someone was in his seat with the theater half empty.

I wanted to tell him to just take a farking empty seat douchebag but the other people got up and moved to better seats anyways.
 
2014-01-01 03:49:53 PM

studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.


Same here, and I don't care for the idea, I likely wouldn't go to a theater that implemented that.  One of the big reasons I like to fly Southwest is because of the non-assigned seating.  I'd prefer to just show up a bit early and get an early boarding pass to select the seat I want at the time, or if I'm late be able to select who I sit near based on the plane being mostly filled.

For movies I tend to wait till a show has been out for a few weeks before I go.  I hate packed theaters.  The only downside to that they move movies from the bigger screens to smaller ones after a while, so sometimes I don't get to see the film on the best screen in the theater.  Still, for not having to deal with crowds, it can be worth it.
 
2014-01-01 04:33:12 PM

ReapTheChaos: I simply don't see the appeal of movie theaters. They do have an enormous screen and 20 years ago when your average TV set was 19 inches that might have been a bonus, but these days it's hardly a factor. In the summer they have the AC cranked and in the winter they're to cheap to heat the damn place so it's always cold in them. You never know if you're going to get a decent seat or what kind of idiots are going to be sitting around you. I could go on but it's pointless.  I'd much rather wait for the DVD and watch the movie at home.


It always cracks me up when that ad comes up before the movie showing you how sad and shiatty your big screen TV is compared to the super awesome theater experience. I've yet to meet anybody that sits 150 feet from their TV, so the comparison seems a bit flawed. And no mention of that farker sitting behind you digging for the last of the skittles for 20 farking minutes straight while you begin to wonder if the skittles even exist at all or if he's just farking with you.
 
2014-01-01 05:00:07 PM
I made it about a paragraph in when I realized I was out of shiats to give.
 
2014-01-01 05:23:13 PM

ReapTheChaos: I simply don't see the appeal of movie theaters. They do have an enormous screen and 20 years ago when your average TV set was 19 inches that might have been a bonus, but these days it's hardly a factor. In the summer they have the AC cranked and in the winter they're to cheap to heat the damn place so it's always cold in them. You never know if you're going to get a decent seat or what kind of idiots are going to be sitting around you. I could go on but it's pointless.  I'd much rather wait for the DVD and watch the movie at home.


I'm sure your TV screen is showing a 4K image and that you have the sort of professional speakers that my cinema did when I saw Gravity.
 
2014-01-01 05:34:38 PM

farkeruk: ReapTheChaos: I simply don't see the appeal of movie theaters. They do have an enormous screen and 20 years ago when your average TV set was 19 inches that might have been a bonus, but these days it's hardly a factor. In the summer they have the AC cranked and in the winter they're to cheap to heat the damn place so it's always cold in them. You never know if you're going to get a decent seat or what kind of idiots are going to be sitting around you. I could go on but it's pointless.  I'd much rather wait for the DVD and watch the movie at home.

I'm sure your TV screen is showing a 4K image and that you have the sort of professional speakers that my cinema did when I saw Gravity.


4k images are neither required nor beneficial in most home theater settings. And any idiot can install a sound system that's good enough that nobody will have reason to complain.
 
2014-01-01 05:54:06 PM

farkeruk: ReapTheChaos: I simply don't see the appeal of movie theaters. They do have an enormous screen and 20 years ago when your average TV set was 19 inches that might have been a bonus, but these days it's hardly a factor. In the summer they have the AC cranked and in the winter they're to cheap to heat the damn place so it's always cold in them. You never know if you're going to get a decent seat or what kind of idiots are going to be sitting around you. I could go on but it's pointless.  I'd much rather wait for the DVD and watch the movie at home.

I'm sure your TV screen is showing a 4K image and that you have the sort of professional speakers that my cinema did when I saw Gravity.


A sound system for a home doesn't need to be anywhere near what they have in a movie theater. How many square feet is your living room compared to a theater? It hardly compares. And the slight drop in picture quality is more than made up for by not having to put up with the inconveniences you find at most theaters.

But be my guest and keep going to the theater. Without people like you, Hollywood wouldn't earn enough money to bother making movies in the first place.
 
2014-01-01 06:00:29 PM

farkeruk: ReapTheChaos: I simply don't see the appeal of movie theaters. They do have an enormous screen and 20 years ago when your average TV set was 19 inches that might have been a bonus, but these days it's hardly a factor. In the summer they have the AC cranked and in the winter they're to cheap to heat the damn place so it's always cold in them. You never know if you're going to get a decent seat or what kind of idiots are going to be sitting around you. I could go on but it's pointless.  I'd much rather wait for the DVD and watch the movie at home.

I'm sure your TV screen is showing a 4K image and that you have the sort of professional speakers that my cinema did when I saw Gravity.


There are pros and cons to the theater.  Yes, some movies are better on the big screen, and Gravity in 3D was one of them, the effect wouldn't have been nearly as good at home.

As far as the sound system goes, that can be hit or miss.  My system at home sounds just as good as anything in the theaters (sure total wattage is way lower, but my living room is much smaller than a theater as well), and my couch is set up in the perfect sweet spot for the surround.  In the theater it can be hit or miss to get a seat right in the middle.

There are some pluses for watching at home too - I can tun on the subtitles if I'm having trouble hearing the dialogue or someone is speaking with a thick accent, I can rewind if I miss something, I can pause to go pee, and If I see someone on screen that I recognize from something else and it's bugging me to figure out what, I can pause, run over to my computer, Goolge/IMDB the info, satisfy my curiosity, and resume the movie.

The home experience doesn't match the best theaters in terms of pure size of picture, and that certainly adds something to big epic films, but otherwise I'm generally content to watch at home.
 
2014-01-01 06:08:47 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Lost me at:  "economics"

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/03/26/1764221/the-science-of-h um an-nature-is-proving-classical-economics-false-what-comes-next/#

Economics is the purest political science. Only the political accept it as science.


Someone barely passed Principles of Micro, I see.
 
2014-01-01 06:29:46 PM
The economics of reserved seating say that I don't buy a seat if I don't get to sit in the one I want.
 
2014-01-01 07:41:20 PM
This guy went to a lot of trouble to justify why he doesn't want to spend two bucks to make it easier for his friends to coordinate movie night.

Would have just been easier to tweet "I'm a tightass douche".
 
2014-01-01 07:52:33 PM

MayoSlather: I made it about a paragraph in when I realized I was out of shiats to give.


It only took about 3 words into your post to realize it was a complete waste. Why do people like you even come into a thread, let alone post anything.
 
2014-01-01 08:31:33 PM
I have no idea what this was about.
Went to see Hobbit 2 on opening night, bought tickets at the place & sat down about 5 minutes before "start time" (which is still way before the movie actually starts) and our party of 6 people sat together in the middle of the theater, no problem.
 
2014-01-01 09:06:24 PM
my floors are just as sticky as those at the theater, so I am not seeing any benefit of having to leave the house to watch a movie.
 
2014-01-01 09:23:52 PM

TuteTibiImperes: The home experience doesn't match the best theaters in terms of pure size of picture


FYI: You can own a 1920x1080 projector and a 120" motorized screen (so you can still use the room for other things) for under $2,000. You can add 3D to that for a few hundred more. At typical household viewing distances 120" is a lot of screen size.
 
2014-01-01 11:08:11 PM

profplump: TuteTibiImperes: The home experience doesn't match the best theaters in terms of pure size of picture

FYI: You can own a 1920x1080 projector and a 120" motorized screen (so you can still use the room for other things) for under $2,000. You can add 3D to that for a few hundred more. At typical household viewing distances 120" is a lot of screen size.


^ Implying cinema projects movies at a paltry 1080 resolution. LOL
 
2014-01-01 11:25:22 PM

Dalrint: In other countries choosing your seat when you buy your ticket is pretty normal.

It's mostly just here that it seems to not be?


it's normal in the tyson's corner area
 
2014-01-01 11:26:51 PM

farkeruk: ReapTheChaos: I simply don't see the appeal of movie theaters. They do have an enormous screen and 20 years ago when your average TV set was 19 inches that might have been a bonus, but these days it's hardly a factor. In the summer they have the AC cranked and in the winter they're to cheap to heat the damn place so it's always cold in them. You never know if you're going to get a decent seat or what kind of idiots are going to be sitting around you. I could go on but it's pointless.  I'd much rather wait for the DVD and watch the movie at home.

I'm sure your TV screen is showing a 4K image and that you have the sort of professional speakers that my cinema did when I saw Gravity.


I go to my friend Frank's house.
 
2014-01-01 11:28:39 PM

steamingpile: studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.

We have our first one here outside Atlanta and I saw a guy actually complain that someone was in his seat with the theater half empty.

I wanted to tell him to just take a farking empty seat douchebag but the other people got up and moved to better seats anyways.


I think the douchebag is the one that took his seat. this isn't Nam.
 
2014-01-02 12:52:33 AM
My algorithm is much better: just don't go on opening weekend. The movie will still be there the next week, and with plenty of seats available.
 
2014-01-02 01:27:11 AM

Fano: farkeruk: ReapTheChaos: I simply don't see the appeal of movie theaters. They do have an enormous screen and 20 years ago when your average TV set was 19 inches that might have been a bonus, but these days it's hardly a factor. In the summer they have the AC cranked and in the winter they're to cheap to heat the damn place so it's always cold in them. You never know if you're going to get a decent seat or what kind of idiots are going to be sitting around you. I could go on but it's pointless.  I'd much rather wait for the DVD and watch the movie at home.

I'm sure your TV screen is showing a 4K image and that you have the sort of professional speakers that my cinema did when I saw Gravity.

I go to my friend Frank's house.


Yeah but don't touch the remote control because Frank decides what everybody sees.
 
2014-01-02 02:48:28 AM

studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.


There's an amc theater near my exchange students private school that's reserved seating. I was so confused when they asked me what seat I wanted.

Then I got into the theater and all the seats were reclinable single sofa chairs and I was the only one in the theater. It was amazing.
 
2014-01-02 03:37:38 AM
your blog sucks
 
2014-01-02 08:54:09 AM

nytmare: MayoSlather: I made it about a paragraph in when I realized I was out of shiats to give.

It only took about 3 words into your post to realize it was a complete waste. Why do people like you even come into a thread, let alone post anything.


If I can't freely ridicule stupid shiat on fark then I'm a man without a home.

My question to you is why even bother replying to a post you find to be insipid if you are all about quality? Did you believe you were going to make me feel bad about expressing my contempt for the worthless article? Or is your taste so poor you actually enjoyed reading it, and then didn't like that someone else didn't like what you liked?
 
2014-01-02 10:11:14 AM
ReapTheChaos: A sound system for a home doesn't need to be anywhere near what they have in a movie theater. How many square feet is your living room compared to a theater? It hardly compares. And the slight drop in picture quality is more than made up for by not having to put up with the inconveniences you find at most theaters.

But be my guest and keep going to the theater. Without people like you, Hollywood wouldn't earn enough money to bother making movies in the first place.


It's not about square footage. It's about the quality of the system, the configuration for the theater.

And yes, I prefer to spend my money seeing films in the best place than spending it trying to create a sub-standard version of the same at home.
 
2014-01-02 12:17:49 PM
Thinking on the food service to your seat... that would be amazing.  Order your ticket and select what you want, once you check in either they meet you at the door to the movie or come to your seat.  That could take off and would make more people want to buy food.  I know I freaking hate waiting in the long lines for food/drinks.  Limit it to before trailers for in seat delivery.

Blog was pretty dumb though.  Took way too much time to say paying more online to pick your seats gets you better seats for a new movie.
 
2014-01-02 01:28:24 PM
Blog was pretty dumb though.  Took way too much time to say paying more online to pick your seats gets you better seats for a new movie.

Someone gets paid to fill in web pages, not give out free wisdom.
 
2014-01-02 03:33:09 PM
Never been to a theater with reserved seating, but if I did I wouldn't go there. The day seating choices are locked out is the day I give up theaters for good. Currently I rarely see moves (I think the last 2 I saw were batman rises and ironman 3) and tend not to enjoy them all that much. In both cases I totally loathed the sound (ironman sounded mono) and there are of course the noisy crowds to deal with.

Considering how much I have fine tuned my video and audio at my house for my maximum enjoyment in games and movies, the theater mantra of one size fits all under a budget fails miserably.
 
2014-01-02 03:50:18 PM

studebaker hoch: I've never seen a movie theater with reserved seating.


An older theater in New Jersey did a full rehab and ripped out the old theater seats and installed reclining leather seats with foot rests instead. That theater is all reserved seating. But, sitting in the very front isn't all that bad since you're farther back than the old first row and are reclined.

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