As much as I love seeing a movie when it first comes out and on the big screen, I’m really starting to steer away from movie theaters. There are so many ways to see a movie these days. We subscribe to Netflix and have for years now. The movies may be a month old by the time they’re offered on Netflix, what’s a month? Do I really have to see movies when the first come out? Is it really worth it?
We also have digital cable service through Comcast, with On Demand and so far, I’ve found that movies on On Demand may be a little older than a month, but not by much. On Demand movies range in price from $2.99 – $4.99, unless you’re going to see an IFC movie – that will cost you upwards from $6.99 (which doesn’t make any sense to me – that’s another blog post altogether). With On Demand, we can watch the movie at the time of purchase and have 48hrs. to view the movie, at our leisure. We don’t have to wait for two days for the movie to hit my mailbox.
You could rent or purchase a movie from iTunes and download a newly released movie right to your laptop and take it anywhere with you. You could go ‘old-school’ and rent a movie from a store like Blockbuster or Hollywood Video. You could even wait for them to come out on DVD. *Gasp!* I can’t even remember the last time I bought a DVD. Again, that’s another blog post altogether. There are so many ways you can view a movie these days.
Yesterday, I spent almost fifty dollars and for what? Let’s break it down: $18.75 = 3 tickets to matinée showing of Eclipse; $30.75 = 3 med. drinks, 1 lrg. popcorn, 1 med. popcorn. I always forget how much it costs. And now they’re checking bags and purses when you walk in the door to make sure you’re not sneaking in any kind of outside food or beverages. The movie theater in my town is very old. The sound quality is mediocre, at best. The screen size is much smaller than what I’m used to seeing in the bigger cities I’ve lived in. The seats have probably never been updated, replaced, or reupholstered. Yet, I still choose to see the movie at the movie theater every now and then. I’m not even sure why.
How do you see your movies? Do you go to an actual movie theater? If so, what is it about movie theaters that keep you coming back? How often to do buy snacks there?