Poll: Are movie theatres becoming less popular?
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#1
Considering the current economic situation, world events and the result of streaming videos on the internet, has the need for movie theatres became a thing of the past?

Ofcourse there's still millions of people going every year although it's definitely not what it used to be. Do you think some of the smaller movie theatres in small towns will vanish over time as a result of this?


I'm all for going to movie theatres. What do you guys think?
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#2
I work in a local movie theater and I don't really think it's becoming less popular. It's about the same it always was.
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#3
The past few months, I have gone to the movie theatre a lot actually, but before then, I had only gone like once a year. I do like the theatre, but they've gotten expensive around my area. =\
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#4
Quote by Adam124
Considering the current economic situation

The movie industry was surprisingly unaffected by the credit crunch.

In fact, ticket sales are doing better than ever. Somewhat unimpressive this year, though that's probably more due to the quality of the blockbusters on show so far.
#5
I'll tell you one thing that I've seen a decline in, erotic movie theatres. Where've they all gone? Whatever happened to the days when a man could enjoy a pornographic film in the company of some random strangers in a fluid stained seat? I need answers!
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#6
In my area they are, simply because you can get Netflix for a month for less than the price of going to a movie.
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I'll tell you one thing that I've seen a decline in, erotic movie theatres. Where've they all gone? Whatever happened to the days when a man could enjoy a pornographic film in the company of some random strangers in a fluid stained seat? I need answers!

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I shall have to investigate this phenomenon further...
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#11
No its not becoming less popular. They are currently making more money from movies in the theatre then they ever have before. By a substantial amount
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I shall have to investigate this phenomenon further...


HAHAHAHA. Made my day..

If anything small theatres will become less and less seen being replaced by huge imax screens. 3D movies may come to be used more and more often.. but what do I know, just a simple metal head
#14
Maybe I should of focused this thread more on the smaller local theatres. In my experience over the past few years a good few have died out.
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#15
Quote by Adam124
Maybe I should of focused this thread more on the smaller local theatres. In my experience over the past few years a good few have died out.

Well yeah, obviously due to the competition.

Arthouse cinemas are doing good business though (I know a bloke who runs one) as they tend to show fare the chains don't.
#16
Comparing watching a movie in the theatre to watching it at home is somewhat like comparing a concert to listening to music at home, IMO. Though the difference is not as extreme with movies, theatres will always offer a very different experience then just downloading a movie
#17
I love going to the movies, but I really can't justify paying the rising ticket prices for something quite so intangible quite so often. Plus, I rarely have anyone to go with. If I did, I wouldn't be so concerned about ticket prices .
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#18
Movie theatres are doing very well because of the recession, as going out for meals and nights on the town are becoming more and more expensive in a (western) world with more people below the breadline than there has been for a long time people are choosing to go to the pictures for nights out instead of the normal meals or drinking.

Also the company that owns durex and the company that owns the Booze Buster and Bargain Booze off licence chains are also doing exceptionally well the same as dominos pizza all for the same reason, people aren't going out drinking any more they are going to the pictures, buying a cheap bottle of wine and a pack of rubbers then heading home for pizza and nookie
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#21
Personally i hardly ever go to the cinema anymore, i don't know why as there are alot of good films out and i do enjoy watching them, i just haven't really been in ages for no reason at all.
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#22
It seems like whenever me and my friends go to the movie theater we are the only ones there, and on days where you would think a lot of people would go
#23
Quote by red157

ticket sales are doing better than ever...

....Somewhat unimpressive this year

What?

I'd say in the years coming up, their popularity will go down some.

Quote by red157
Poor wording, but it's still technically right.

Many big blockbusters have disappointed (gross-wise), a higher portion of them when compared to previous years. General attendance is still high, though.

Okay, I get what you're saying now.

That's pretty much spot on.
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#24
[quote="'-[NiL"]-']What?
Poor wording, but it's still technically right.

A higher portion of big blockbusters have disappointed (gross-wise) compared to previous years. General attendance is still high, though.
Last edited by red157 at Jun 14, 2010,
#25
The cinema I go to only costs $6, and for that reason it's always packed.
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Actually you guys probably only pay that much. In Australia at regular cinemas it costs around $20 to see a movie, but everything here costs about 7.5 billion times more than everywhere else.
...In my opinion.
#26
Last time I went was last year to watch Harry Potter, nearest I've been to that cinema since was to go to Maplins to buy a soldering iron!


EDIT: was tempted to see the only screening of the Rush film, but was working that night.
#27
Quote by red157
Well yeah, obviously due to the competition.

Arthouse cinemas are doing good business though (I know a bloke who runs one) as they tend to show fare the chains don't.


That's definitely true. We have The Little Theatre in Bath which is making fantastic business, now more than ever I think. Yeah, it is part of a small chain called Picturehouse now, but it has its own style and atmosphere and being in city such as Bath, it's survived very well.
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#28
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That's definitely true. We have The Little Theatre in Bath which is making fantastic business, now more than ever I think. Yeah, it is part of a small chain called Picturehouse now, but it has its own style and atmosphere and being in city such as Bath, it's survived very well.

Is that the one right in the centre near all the new shopping crap (and not too far from the massive cinema)?

Went to see Che Part one there and very nice it was too.
#29
Nope. I haven't noticed any real difference. The reason for going to a movie theater is for the experience. You will most likely enjoy a movie way more on a big-ass screen with great sound than watching it on your laptop.
#30
Oddly enough, I came here only to post that as long as movies like Avatar come out, people will keep going...
#31
Quote by red157
Is that the one right in the centre near all the new shopping crap (and not too far from the massive cinema)?

Went to see Che Part one there and very nice it was too.


It's quite close to the big cinema, uphill a bit in a very pretty Georgian cobbled courtyard. It was the only cinema showing Che in Bath, too.

I'm off to see the Bill Hicks documentary there tomorrow - one night only! It's got such a lovely atmosphere, I love how it's one of the few cinemas where you can buy a bottle of wine, or bring your own booze for that matter.

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#32
Seeing a movie I'm really excited about on the big screen is still worth the $$ IMO. But it's rare that I'm interested enough in a movie to go to the theatre.

I would've loved to see Saving Private Ryan on a gigantic screen for instance.
#33
There used to be a movie theater in my town where they'd show old (meaning out of normal theaters, but not out on video yet). They'd have only one movie at a time, but it was also a restaurant. So you could have a burger or pizza or something while watching the movie.

The building was condemned because of a hurricane though, so it's gone.


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#34
Watching a movie on the big screen is part of the experience. People will still go just for that. Also, the cinema industry is trying to make everything 3D because it's something you can't experience at home, or download illegally.

Plus, there are plenty of these "bohemian art spaces" all over the place, including small movie theaters for like 30 people.
#36
The smaller theatres are disappearing, true.
But there's always going to be a market for a bigger screen than you can get in your house, right?
#37
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The smaller theatres are disappearing, true.
But there's always going to be a market for a bigger screen than you can get in your house, right?


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