Movies the old fashioned way . . . or . . .

I have always had a love affair with the movies. For as long as I can remember, I have found a kind of solice in a darkened theater. There, I can sit quietly, cocoon-like and separated from reality and all its accompanying angst—at least for a couple of hours. However, in the last ten years or so, we’ve benefited from the advances in high definition televisions and improved recording techniques, and, as a result,  home theaters have threatened to replace movie theaters. Well, almost.

First there was the VCR. Not only could we watch movies recorded on VHS tape, we could also record TV shows on that very same device. Next came the DVD and then the Blu-ray disk and 1080i high resolution televisions to view them on. Along the way we were treated to stereo sound, surround sound, and dolby digital sound to enhance our listening pleasure. For a while, it was nearly impossible to keep up with the advances in home motion picture viewing technology—but we tried. I am currently on my second Blu-ray player and third amplifier, all in an effort to replicate the feel of the movies in the comfort of my own home. Heck, I even wired my surround speakers through the walls.  A 55” Hi-Def TV completes the package.

Recently, I thought I’d watch one of my old VHS movie tapes. Bad decision. When shown on my high definition TV, the resulting image was nearly unwatchable. So much for that. But I digress. Yesterday, I drove 45 minutes to our local multi-screen movie theater to see Darkest Hour, a film based upon a brief period of Winston Churchill’s prime ministry during World War II. I waited in line to purchase my ticket and, when it was my turn at the window, was shown a seating diagram by the ticket seller. “I have you here, in the middle,” she said, pointing at an orange dot on the diagram, “will that be okay?”  I replied in the affirmative, accepted my ticket, and headed inside.

Padded leather seats

The lines for the concessions weren’t too long, which was a surprise, but it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why.  A medium popcorn and small soft drink set me back almost fifteen dollars.  That wasn’t the worst of it; after I trekked to my seat, I discovered that the “layered butter” I requested was never applied to my popcorn.  Too late.  The film was about to start.  Oh well, at least I was comfortable.  My seat was nearly two feet wide – no joke – and upholstered in leather, with an illuminated switch that activated an electric-powered, reclining mechanism.  Wow!  I was in heaven (well, almost).

Fully reclined

The movie itself was fantastic (I wholeheartedly recommend you see it), but the cost in terms of travel time, gas, refreshments, and ticket price make it something that will have to be an occasional treat at best.  So, for me, my home theater is looking better and better. Now if I can only keep the five different remote control devices straight, maybe I can watch a movie. Oh, and that homemade popcorn (with just the right amount of butter) makes it almost perfect.  But what is the best aspect of viewing a movie at home?  You’ll never guess, so I’ll tell you.  It’s the good old pause button.  That’s right.  Try getting them to do that in the theater.  So, if you’ll excuse me, I have to see a man about a horse.  I’ll be right back!

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10 Responses to Movies the old fashioned way . . . or . . .

  1. Allie P. says:

    I rarely get to see a movie in the theater between the ticket cost and the sitter cost, so prefer to go to a place with the recliner seats and preassigned setting. That being said I know it’s not the theaters fault for the most part. Having worked at a cinema, I know the reels are only rented from the studios which places such a cost on the theater operator the only money making opportunity left is in the concessions.

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  2. allenrizzi says:

    The pause button is one of the many reasons we don’t go to the movies:


  3. Al says:

    Right with you on this!

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  4. Belly-laughing at the pause button, man and horse… 😀 😀 😀

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  5. I have long contended that if the price of popcorn were more proportionately tiered at say $2.50 for a small, $4.50 for medium, and $6.00 for a large that the theaters would sell a TON of smalls and mediums, which would more than compensate for sales they lose now to people who refuse to buy anything. Same for soft drinks. I would almost certainly buy a small popcorn and small soft drink every time I went to the movies, however, most of the time I do NOT buy either. This week was an exception because I had a gift card for the ticket itself.


  6. Glenda Beall says:

    I feel the same as you about the cost of movies. They will soon put themselves out of business, I think. I wonder if they lowered prices of everything, including popcorn, they might increase customers and that would keep profits rising.
    I love going to the movie theaters but the cost is prohibitive except for very shows.

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