I love movies. I especially love science fiction and action adventure movies. I love seeing the fire and explosions and fight scenes larger than life. Despite that love, we made the decision to give up going to the theater to see movies for several reasons.
1. Cost. The cost of those tickets are prohibitive. Everything costs more these days, and even at matinee rates, you could simply wait a couple of months and rent it at your local kiosk for a couple of dollars. Just today we hit up the movie kiosk and got five movies for less than 6 dollars. The price of just one of our tickets would not only pay for that rental, but might cover a box of microwave popcorn and a shaker of popcorn seasoning as well!
2. Noise. People are often rude. They don’t turn their cells off. They talk. They text. All of those lights and noises are distracting. Sometimes I want to comment or talk. I certainly can’t do this there, but I can at home.
3. Control over pause and volume. The ability to pause to, get a snack, take a break, finish the movie later, is actually one of my biggest reasons I no longer wish to hit up the cinema. I don’t like to sit in one spot for a couple of hours. I can, I just don’t like to sit that still that long. I like to be able to pause a movie and come back later to finish it. Having control over that remote so I can pause it, rewind it, change the volume, is a huge deal.
4. Comfort. Really what can the movie theater provide for me that I cannot find in the comfort of my own home? So what if my screen isn’t the size of a two story wall. I don’t need to have the screen so big I can see the hero’s ear hair, I really don’t.
While it’s nice to get out, going to the movies isn’t something we choose to do anymore. We have the patience to wait until the movie hits rental and watch it then. We save money, and prevent frustration by doing so.