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why would anyone go to the cinema?

AndyRubioAndyRubio Posts: 880
edited January 2012 in The bottom bracket
censored films, people on their mobiles, people talking, eating smelly food, it's expensive...

Why not stay at home and watch the same or better films on your big Tv instead?

Just sayin'
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  • GazzaputtGazzaputt Posts: 3,918
    Totally agree. Bloody expensive these days.

    HD, 5.1 surround sound and supermarket popcorn. Comfy settee to boot.

    Also no annoying b'stard barging past spilling their £4 large coke on you.
  • Completely Spot On. I hate noise when watching something, so that rules out the cinema for me. Plus i'd need to win the lotto to pay for tickets.
  • If you avoid the large multiplex cinema's you'll probably find a much better experience to be had at a smaller independent cinema because they tend to be frequented by people who are actually interested in seeing the film. No chavs who don't know when to shut up and you may take a glass of beer or wine in with you.

    I agree with you about cost however, it's now £8 a seat which does raise the question of value. I think the quality of films has also dipped which I suspect is a lot to do with illegal downloads, unfortunately movie houses are focussing more on 'blockbusters' in order to get bums on seats.
  • APIIIAPIII Posts: 2,010
    Because it's a cheap night out?
    Admittedly, there's been nothing I've wanted to see for a while though
  • APIII wrote:
    Because it's a cheap night out, if you are Richard Branson?
    Admittedly, there's been nothing I've wanted to see for a while though

    FTFY :wink:
  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    Ha. This is a big bugbear of mine, having to go to the flicks.

    I don't get why people - my kids included - associate going to watch a fillum with eating a massive pile of World's Worst Popcorn and drinking a gallon of coke, charged at 7 x normal rates. I really don't get it. We watch a DVD at home and they can survive it without all the additional censored .

    And kids these days really have no idea how to behave in public; talking through the film, getting up & moving about, playing with their mobiles, not being able to eat the pile of censored in a civilised manner, and the mess at the end. Last time I went a bunch of kids from the back row left a scene of devastation - piles of sweet wrappers, discarded popcorn, tickets etc. And are we allowed to punch them in the mouth and tell them to pick it up? Are we f

    I hate the cinema these days. And now that they're stricter about not letting me in if I'm carrying my shotgun I don't bother going anymore.
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Summed up nicely here:

    http://www.rogerebert.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... 111229973/

    My main issue is with the lack of choice. My local cinema is currently showing such cinematic gems as "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked", "Arthur Christmas 3D", "Happy Feet Two", "Puss in Boots 3D" and "Mr Popper's Penguins". I can only assume my town has an abnormally large number of toddlers?! The only grown-up films they show are mass-market junk like "Mission Impossible 4".
  • My next visit is scheduled for late December 2012, when the first of The Hobbit films is out.
    My last visit was 2003, when Return of the King was released.
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  • Sirius631Sirius631 Posts: 1,015
    The chance to get it on in the back row without her parents watching? ;-P
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,200
    If it ain't the Everyman in Hampstead, then cinemas can fook right off!
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  • clarkey catclarkey cat Posts: 3,641
    The Barbican is nice and quiet.
  • shedheadshedhead Posts: 367
    I loe films, but admittedly cinemas are very overpriced, however if there is something i "must" see on the big screen i bite the bullet. I went with my son to watch Sherlock Holmes 2 last week & really enjoyed it. I picked sat' lunctime & there was only 6 people in there & it was the day after it came out.
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  • I'm a regular cinema-goer - once every 15 years, roughly.

    I think it's a complete rip-off when you consider that the only live creative input is how the person switching on the projector decides to press the 'on' button.

    I'd rather spend a similar amount of money and go and see some live theatre, even if it is some average amateur production: at least they are making an effort for you, live, and having some sort of interaction with an audience.
  • shedhead wrote:
    I loe films, but admittedly cinemas are very overpriced, however if there is something i "must" see on the big screen i bite the bullet. I went with my son to watch Sherlock Holmes 2 last week & really enjoyed it. I picked sat' lunctime & there was only 6 people in there & it was the day after it came out.

    Everyone else was outpriced. :lol:
  • shedheadshedhead Posts: 367
    :D , What i do object to is, i prefer to book online to avoid queing & the cheeky buggers charge 75p each ticket for me to do their job !
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  • If you avoid the large multiplex cinema's you'll probably find a much better experience to be had at a smaller independent cinema because they tend to be frequented by people who are actually interested in seeing the film. No chavs who don't know when to shut up and you may take a glass of beer or wine in with you.

    Depends though still. Certain snobby crowds at independent cinemas (such as the Cornerhouse in Manc) would still talk through films if it wasn't "good enough" for them.
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  • RiggaRigga Posts: 939
    Orange Wednesdays at Cineworld are good value at 2 for 1. I dont have an Orange phone either but my mate does so i just get the discount code off him, simples!
  • DrKJMDrKJM Posts: 271
    Depends though still. Certain snobby crowds at independent cinemas (such as the Cornerhouse in Manc) would still talk through films if it wasn't "good enough" for them.

    I would though be reasonably confident of keeping my teeth when I told them to shut up.
  • DrKJM wrote:
    Depends though still. Certain snobby crowds at independent cinemas (such as the Cornerhouse in Manc) would still talk through films if it wasn't "good enough" for them.

    I would though be reasonably confident of keeping my teeth when I told them to shut up.

    I don't want them to click I'm not as snobby as them though :wink:
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  • McBain_v1McBain_v1 Posts: 5,237
    Last cinema experience was Cars 2 - not a particularly good film (the game for the Wii is however, excellent) and the audio was terrible. The whole cinematic experience is something that I heard Kermode banging on about on Radio 5 one afternoon and, surprisingly, I found myself agreeing with him. Modern cinema's and their staff are a bag of cack.

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  • McBain_v1 wrote:
    Modern cinema's and their staff are a bag of cack.
    Sad but true. To be fair to the staff, they only get told what to do by head office folk who are driven by short-term profit. I can't see anyone coming up with a new version of cinema-going, like Dyson did with the vacuum cleaner. Like bookshops and HMV, cinemas are on their way out.
  • AndyRubio wrote:
    McBain_v1 wrote:
    Modern cinema's and their staff are a bag of cack.
    Sad but true. To be fair to the staff, they only get told what to do by head office folk who are driven by short-term profit. I can't see anyone coming up with a new version of cinema-going, like Dyson did with the vacuum cleaner. Like bookshops and HMV, cinemas are on their way out.

    Maybe not a new version but a return to the older versions.
    There are still some small independant cinemas with an intermission and beer. That sounds okay to me.
    Biggest problem is surely the pricing, especially the snacks.
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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    I like the cinema. I don't want to stay in all of the time so a trip once a month hardly breaks the bank.
    And if your cinema shows them - check out the National Theatre Live productions - top West End plays beamed live into the cinema at a fraction of the cost of theatre tickets.
  • on the roadon the road Posts: 5,631
    It's cheaper to wait and buy the DVD and watch in surround sound.
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,774
    It's cheaper to wait and buy the DVD and watch in surround sound.

    It is, but it's also not how the director intended for the film to be watched. I've been a home cinema nerd since the early 90's (who else had a laserdisc player - Come on down!) and while the home experience is good, it's never as good as a cinema.

    That said, the experience is ruined by a lot of morons so while I used to go twice a week, I only go a few times a year now.
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  • NWLondonerNWLondoner Posts: 2,047
    My next visit to the Cinema will be the Odeon Leicester Square on Friday, November 9th to see Bond 23 "Skyfall"

    This is the only time i ever visit the cinema. Royal Circle tickets ain't cheap but for 2 hours of (hopefully) great bondage its worth it.


    To be honest most other films are so hit and miss these days i prefer a good TV drama.
  • SecteurSecteur Posts: 1,971
    Go on a Wednesday with Orange 2for1, and take your own food & drink.

    That's what we do, and the whole thing costs less than £6-8 depending what time we go.
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 5,607
    Rigga wrote:
    Orange Wednesdays at Cineworld are good value at 2 for 1. I dont have an Orange phone either but my mate does so i just get the discount code off him, simples!

    +1 for this. Smuggle in your own food/drink and wait a couple of weeks after the release of popular films to avoid the crowds.

    You can't beat watching a good film at the cinema, no matter how good you're telly is.
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