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2020-06-29 4:54:26 PM  
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2020-06-29 5:41:34 PM  
I loathed crowds before the pandemic.

I'm sure as sh*t not going into crowds now.

And certainly not for farking Space Jam.
 
2020-06-29 5:42:44 PM  
I love this review. it's perfect.
 
2020-06-29 5:42:48 PM  
"kicking things off with a $1 matinee of Space Jam"

why?  why would you do that? They'd have to pay me to see that movie, especially during a pandemic.  Florida tag subby...
 
2020-06-29 5:43:00 PM  
pretty sure the opening image in TFA is a federal crime.
 
2020-06-29 5:45:38 PM  
"I risked my life to watch Space Jam.  Here's what it's like to be an idiot.... [words]"
 
2020-06-29 5:46:09 PM  
Who the hell would risk their life to see/pay for Space Jam?

\Check out All The Bright Places on Netflix
\\10/10 my IMDB
\\\slashies!!!
 
2020-06-29 5:47:52 PM  
Isn't that rabbit super racist?
 
2020-06-29 5:51:43 PM  
$200 to rent theatre?
I'd rent that for TENET and maybe invite some friends/neighbors as long as they followed my rules.
 
2020-06-29 5:51:52 PM  

Leader O'Cola: pretty sure the opening image in TFA is a federal crime.


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2020-06-29 5:53:18 PM  
Isn't that Wabbit super wacist?

How long before mocking mispronunciations becomes so incorrect that it's a legal offence?

And then the entire Looney Tunes catalogue is binned?...
 
2020-06-29 6:01:51 PM  

Tom Marvolo Bombadil: "I risked my life to watch Space Jam.  Here's what it's like to be an idiot.... [words]"


FTA: I secretly hoped the theater would be completely empty.

Well, it certainly wouldn't be as long as IDIOTS LIKE THE AUTHOR WERE IN IT.

/schroedinger's cat may or may not be spinning in its grave
 
2020-06-29 6:04:56 PM  

LarrySouth: Isn't that Wabbit super wacist?

How long before mocking mispronunciations becomes so incorrect that it's a legal offence?

And then the entire Looney Tunes catalogue is binned?...



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2020-06-29 6:09:02 PM  
This reminds me of a flying experience very soon after 9/11. Before we took off the captain came on the intercom and told us that we were all family and needed to depend on each other and if anything happened we should act en masse and basically kick the shiat out of anyone that tried to disrupt the flight and if they were armed attack with anything not bolted down.  I was like woah.  People clapped.
 
2020-06-29 6:22:00 PM  
Usually, crowded is better.

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I don't remember the movie but I went to one on like a Wednesday afternoon and there were probably 4 other people in the theater. It was awesome.
 
2020-06-29 6:32:28 PM  

Leader O'Cola: Leader O'Cola: pretty sure the opening image in TFA is a federal crime.

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Any one of those will get you kicked out of an Alamo Drafthouse.

/and sent to a special hell
 
2020-06-29 6:34:38 PM  
You went to a theater during a pandemic and paid to see "Space Jam"? Are you farking with me?? I wouldn't even pay to see that under normal conditions.
 
2020-06-29 6:41:18 PM  
I think the only time I've ever had the theater entirely to myself was when I caught the 10 or 11pm showing of They Shall Not Grow Old on cheap movie night but in the nice Atmos theater with a balcony and big comfy chairs. Front and center in the balcony and it was glorious. That movie is seriously amazing.
 
2020-06-29 6:45:08 PM  
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2020-06-29 7:04:43 PM  

Jadedgrl: You went to a theater during a pandemic and paid to see "Space Jam"? Are you farking with me?? I wouldn't even pay to see that under normal conditions.


Forget it, Jake, it's Florida.
 
2020-06-29 7:08:22 PM  

Dibikad: I think the only time I've ever had the theater entirely to myself was when I caught the 10 or 11pm showing of They Shall Not Grow Old on cheap movie night but in the nice Atmos theater with a balcony and big comfy chairs. Front and center in the balcony and it was glorious. That movie is seriously amazing.


I've seen a decent number of movies without anyone (except on occasion the people I went with) in the theater. First I can remember is Arachnophobia. Middle of the afternoon with my babysitter and my little brother. Yeah, my folks were cool with that. These were 80s parents. Peewee's Big Adventure and Large Marge was far scarier to me anyway.
 
2020-06-29 7:09:28 PM  
I volunteered to go to the first movie to play indoors on a big screen in Tampa Bay since the coronavirus shutdown because, to me, going to a movie theater is one of life's greatest pleasures.


Hey, look who never got laid!
 
2020-06-29 7:11:03 PM  
During winter break early in 1977 I was at a movie theater somewhere in Northern Virginia. I don't remember the feature; it was eminently forgettable. There were maybe four people in the whole theater. Lights went down, they started showing previews of coming attractions. First preview, meh. Second preview, ho hum. Then they showed a preview for some movie called Star Wars. After that preview, the lights came up for a few seconds before the feature started. All of us looked around at each other, gaping WTF Did I Just See looks on our faces.
 
2020-06-29 7:12:06 PM  

minorshan: Dibikad: I think the only time I've ever had the theater entirely to myself was when I caught the 10 or 11pm showing of They Shall Not Grow Old on cheap movie night but in the nice Atmos theater with a balcony and big comfy chairs. Front and center in the balcony and it was glorious. That movie is seriously amazing.

I've seen a decent number of movies without anyone (except on occasion the people I went with) in the theater. First I can remember is Arachnophobia. Middle of the afternoon with my babysitter and my little brother. Yeah, my folks were cool with that. These were 80s parents. Peewee's Big Adventure and Large Marge was far scarier to me anyway.


It occurs to me that I should've mentioned I was 9 at the time. Seems relevant.
 
2020-06-29 7:16:12 PM  
Movie theaters, because of this stupidity, like sporting events, will become a thing of the past.
The ISP's have found out their networks didn't collapse over everyone staying home, streaming
and what not.  The movie theaters can close up, save all that money in labor, buildings and what
not, sell tickets online, not have to ship/distribute the movies to each theater.  Just send it online.
Heck, I'd rather curl up at home, no travel, watch it on the big screen with the sound bar, eat my
own not overpriced snacks anyway.
 
2020-06-29 7:22:25 PM  
To be honest, I'd really like to see Tenet on a big screen when it's released.

I've heard/read that many theatres, as viable businesses, are literally on deathwatches, and that's sad.  I always thought it would be cool to own and run a profitable movie house.  Or maybe not.  Staff turnovers are probably a biatch.

Regardless, they definitely need the revenue.  My single revenue is probably negligible though, and obviously larger health concerns dwarf the "save the business" narrative.

When you book a ticket online, you usually get a diagram that shows current theatre occupancy though.  Would it be worth the risk in an IMAX theatre, with a mask, and only 5 other people in the theatre with you, all in their own separate quadrants?

Might not be the most pressing question for epidemiologists at the moment.
 
2020-06-29 7:47:04 PM  
My close friends and I that don't have jobs with too much social contact have been going to movies as of late. They've been mostly empty and our town is medium-sized and not full of idiots (most people wear masks, etc.)
Saw Jaws last week, The Great Outdoors this, and on the weekend hope to see Ghostbusters (1984 of course.) It's been fun seeing older films on the big screen. I haven't been able to convince the owner to play Tremors yet.
 
2020-06-29 8:37:30 PM  

p51d007: Movie theaters, because of this stupidity, like sporting events, will become a thing of the past.
The ISP's have found out their networks didn't collapse over everyone staying home, streaming
and what not.  The movie theaters can close up, save all that money in labor, buildings and what
not, sell tickets online, not have to ship/distribute the movies to each theater.  Just send it online.



https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertszc​zerba/2015/01/05/15-worst-tech-predict​ions-of-all-time/#21e0b1e41299

1876: "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."- William Orton, President of Western Union.

1889: "Fooling around with alternating current (AC) is just a waste of time.  Nobody will use it, ever." - Thomas Edison

1903: "The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty - a fad." - President of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford's lawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Company.

1946: "Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months.  People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."- Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox.

1961: "There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television or radio service inside the United States." - T.A.M. Craven, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner.

1966: "Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop." - Time Magazine.

1981: "Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems." - Marty Cooper, inventor.

1995: "I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse."- Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com.

2005: "There's just not that many videos I want to watch." - Steve Chen, CTO and co-founder of YouTube expressing concerns about his company's long term viability.

2007: "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share." - Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO.
 
2020-06-29 8:45:51 PM  
We went to a drive-in the weekend before last. Was nice - they filled to half capacity so there was no one immediately beside you or behind or in front of you. We put out our lawn chairs, I cracked a few beers, and we watched the shiatty new Jumanji movie while munching on burgers we bought right before we arrive. Was a good time. I would definitely do that again. I absolutely won't be seeing the inside of a theater until we have a vaccine.
 
2020-06-29 9:19:36 PM  
COVID got me to my first drive in movie.

It was cool watching Star Wars under the stars.

/Even if it was Rise of Skywalker.
//I'm glad a few of the drive ins survived the transition to digital projection.
 
2020-06-29 9:47:16 PM  
I've been to a couple movies, precovid, and been the only one there. It was awesome. No, I'm not sharing my secret.
 
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2020-06-29 10:40:36 PM  

bobbyjoebobby: I've been to a couple movies, precovid, and been the only one there. It was awesome. No, I'm not sharing my secret.


Anyone could have seen Glitter alone in the theatre.
 
2020-06-29 11:03:59 PM  

bobbyjoebobby: I've been to a couple movies, precovid, and been the only one there. It was awesome. No, I'm not sharing my secret.


is it Disney movies after 9 on a school night?
 
2020-06-30 5:33:05 AM  
I love movies.

I love going to the movies.

I'm one of those people who rolls my eyes when people biatch about the price or whine about the teen two rows away on their cell phone.

Going to the movies is literally one of my five favorite things to do in life.

I have zero plans to do it until at least next summer.
 
2020-06-30 5:41:50 AM  
"Usually, crowded is better."

LOL no

afternoon matinees with no one in the theater are the best by far
 
2020-06-30 8:25:52 AM  

zepillin: "Usually, crowded is better."

LOL no

afternoon matinees with no one in the theater are the best by far


The Rocky Horror Picture Show was way better with audience participation.
 
2020-06-30 8:47:38 AM  

MBooda: 1966: "Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop." - Time Magazine.


An odd prediction since in 1966, remote shopping meant catalog shopping and the biggest retailer, Sears, got its start by delivering anything and everything by mail, or at the very least to a local catalog pick up center.  Sears was the original Amazon.com. There's no one who lived through that time who doesn't have memories of the Sears Catalog.  If you were a kid you immediately flipped to the back to look at the toys. If you were an adolescent, you checked to see that no one was looking and then flipped to the brassieres.


1981: "Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems." - Marty Cooper, inventor.

They haven't.  The two work together.   Your call and data are wireless only up to the nearest cell tower.  After that, everything goes by wire until either the destination or the nearest cell tower of the destination.  Cell phones wouldn't work without the wired backbone.
 
2020-06-30 10:22:29 AM  
Space Jam?

Okay Zoomer.
 
2020-06-30 11:54:53 AM  

Persnickety: MBooda: 1966: "Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop." - Time Magazine.

An odd prediction since in 1966, remote shopping meant catalog shopping and the biggest retailer, Sears, got its start by delivering anything and everything by mail, or at the very least to a local catalog pick up center.  Sears was the original Amazon.com. There's no one who lived through that time who doesn't have memories of the Sears Catalog.  If you were a kid you immediately flipped to the back to look at the toys. If you were an adolescent, you checked to see that no one was looking and then flipped to the brassieres.


1981: "Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems." - Marty Cooper, inventor.

They haven't.  The two work together.   Your call and data are wireless only up to the nearest cell tower.  After that, everything goes by wire until either the destination or the nearest cell tower of the destination.  Cell phones wouldn't work without the wired backbone.


Uh, I believe part of switching to 4G was that our calls no longer went through an actual conventional switchboard somewhere. That said, they technically do go through some mind of digital system somewhere...
 
2020-06-30 3:30:47 PM  

Persnickety: MBooda: 1966: "Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop." - Time Magazine.

An odd prediction since in 1966, remote shopping meant catalog shopping and the biggest retailer, Sears, got its start by delivering anything and everything by mail, or at the very least to a local catalog pick up center.  Sears was the original Amazon.com. There's no one who lived through that time who doesn't have memories of the Sears Catalog.  If you were a kid you immediately flipped to the back to look at the toys. If you were an adolescent, you checked to see that no one was looking and then flipped to the brassieres.


1981: "Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems." - Marty Cooper, inventor.

They haven't.  The two work together.   Your call and data are wireless only up to the nearest cell tower.  After that, everything goes by wire until either the destination or the nearest cell tower of the destination.  Cell phones wouldn't work without the wired backbone.


It seems pretty clear that he was talking about cell phones replacing landline phones in houses and businesses - something that has absolutely happened in the former case, and has happened in some ways in the latter.
 
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