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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

curated: moviegoing sucks for the vast majority of moviegoers

No wonder everyone is happy staying home with Netflix.

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  • LaSargenta

    I suppose this means I shouldn’t see Atomic Blonde in a suburban theatre? I was going to be in central NJ on Sunday…

  • RogerBW

    My experience of the UK isn’t as bad as O’Falt is describing, presumably in the USA. Even so, horrible sound output mixing (over-loud boomy effects, over-quiet dialogue) was why I gave up going to cinemas; maybe the UK now has those other problems too, because I haven’t been in a cinema here since 2002.

  • Danielm80

    Until I can afford a larger apartment and a larger television, the screen in the theatre is still an improvement. Some movies really are better when the stars are bigger than your entire living room. Wonder Woman felt like more of an event when I saw it on a screen the size of a colosseum.

  • Kathy_A

    Chicago, the third largest city in the U.S., doesn’t have the capability to show Dunkirk in 70MM–the only theater in town that does is currently closed for renovation.

  • LaSargenta

    I am so sorry. I am also shocked.

  • I’ve encountered so many problems in UK cinemas, from technical ones to people misbehaving. I haven’t seen a noticeable difference in these regards between the US and the UK.

  • Dent

    I’ve never had technical problems in Canadian cinemas and everyone is usually respectful, but the pre-movie advertising is obnoxious. They have this game called timeplay where people play vapid mini-games with their phones on the big screen. It lasts for like 10 min and there are several sessions before the film. This and traditional tv adverts eat up all the time usually devoted to actual previews.

  • I’ve never had technical problems in Canadian cinemas and everyone is usually respectful

    Well… Canada.

  • Tonio Kruger

    No wonder everyone is happy staying home with Netflix.

    I’m not.

    But seriously, folks…

    I suspect every older person I know has a reason why they stopped going to the movies and I suspect each one has a different reason. It would be nice to think that most reasons have to do with aesthetics but there would not explain why drive-in movies lasted so long despite less-than-pleasant visuals and sound systems. I suspect more often than not that the reason is — ironically — other people — which is a shame because seeing a movie with a good crowd can be a great experience but seeing the same flick with a bad crowd can be quite exasperating. Of course the fact that movie theatres no longer have ushers doesn’t help either.

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