I remember when going to the movies was the greatest thing a kid could get to do during the weekend. We would grab our friends and our dates and head to the movie theaters. In the good old days you could even make out in the parking lot while watching a drive-in. Movie tickets made great presents and popcorn was practically free.
I don’t feel that way about movie theaters anymore. It wasn’t something that I decided all of a sudden; it was a slow encroach of several points that turned me off to going to the big screen. First off, it might be my imagination, but respect for fellow movie goers seems to have jumped straight down the drain. Way back when if you talked during a movie you were politely asked to leave. Now a days you’d be lucky if you didn’t find an usher who would politely tell you to suck it up.
It isn’t just talking now a days either. Cell phones have become such a staple in our lives that apparently turning them off is enough to cause total meltdown. Most people text during a movie uncaring that the light on their phone going on and off and the chirps are annoying to those around them. I don’t want to be falling into a love scene and then from the corner off my eye see a bunch of lights suddenly come on distracting my attention away from the action.
Nor are cell phones the only issues. Hand held games have found their way into the theater and there are times when that flashing is enough to induce seizures in the poor sap sitting near them. Although these are harmless complaints they do put a damper on going to the movies. Scarier still is the recent shooting in a movie theater. A ex police man shot and killed another movie goer who threw popcorn at him. That right there shakes the feeling that you can just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. What happened to the good old days when popcorn fights were part of the theaters charm?
Of course the price of popcorn is at an all time high and I wouldn’t throw one piece of my small sized five dollar bag of popcorn at anyone else. Nor will I dump out my seven dollar small drink. I can’t even afford candy with them now. I understand that theaters must make a profit but must they empty our wallets to do so? One person going to the theater is expensive. Two going on a date can cost as much as dinner in a nice restaurant. A family of four may as well keep saving and go to Disney.
Another reason that I wouldn’t go to the movies is convenience. Why travel to the theater drop a good amount of change on the tickets and condiments when I can order pay per view from the comfort of my home and cook a whole dinner to eat with it? Fios has made it extremely easy to see movies that have not come out on DVD. If you don’t want to sit at home you can now order it on the Internet and watch it on the go via laptop. Once DVD’s are released you can pick one up and watch it anytime you like.
A very personal reason I gave up the theater is because I am hearing impaired and my hearing loss has gotten more pronounced over the years. While the business has come out with some nifty gadgets for the hearing impaired, like glasses that have the closed caption on the bottom and headphones that direct the sound straight to your ear it tends to be garbled. The closed caption is iffy at best and wearing those glasses is just uncomfortable. Not to mention I would consider myself lucky to get a headset that is not broken or suffering from battery loss.
I’m afraid for me at least the golden age of television has definitely killed the silver screen.