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For a year, American movie theaters have largely remained closed. The of new releases was reduced as studios bumped their biggest titles into the future. Drive-in theaters made a comeback, to be sure, but only recently have regular movie theaters started to reopen across the country, at reduced capacity for now. Or your tablet. Or your phone. The pandemic undeniably changed certain aspects of our at-home movie viewing habits — some for the better, and in ways that are poised to last a while.
Major studios and theater chains have agreed to permanently reduce the amount of time between when a movie hits theaters and when it reaches streaming platforms. Some distributors may also decide to stick to day-and-date releases, where a movie arrives in theaters and on streaming at the same time. It makes sense to give audiences options. It sucks. But the impending death of the movie theater has been attributed to streaming services almost as long as streaming services have existed, despite evidence that people who stream more also go to cinemas more.
It was a replacement for everything. When the first movie theaters opened inthe reason to visit was simple: to watch a movie. If you wanted to see a film, you had to go to the place where the film was playing. Eventually, technological advances brought new options for at-home entertainment. And as they changed and evolved, so too did the reasons to venture out. If you loved Titanic when it came out in and wanted to see it again before its arrival on home video — on not one but two VHS tapes, nine months after its theatrical premiere — you had to go to the theater.
Even as DVDs and then Blu-rays became commonplace, and streaming services arrived in the late aughts, the reasons for going to a movie theater remained about the same. It was something to do. Going to the movies was fun and relatively cheap.
A movie theater was a good place to go on a date or with someone you wanted to date. There were blockbuster releases and goofy comedies and horror movies to see.
For a whole lot of people, movie theaters were knit into our lives. What about in ? Why go to movie theaters in a post-pandemic world?
I talked to folks from all kinds of backgrounds across the US and the UK to try to answer this question, and I got a bunch of different responses. But what most people told me, after a year of watching movies only at home, is that they go to theaters for three reasons. One, they want to be around other people. The danger of being around other people is the whole reason movie theaters were shut down in the first place. But seeing a film as part of an audience is part of what makes the moviegoing experience so fun.
He lives in the Seattle area. That is what I most look forward to in returning after vaccination. When I talked to filmmaker David Dobkinthe director of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga as well as comedies such as Wedding Crasherslast summer, he noted how vital the theatrical experience is to enjoying a great comedy. Several people I talked to said they like and even welcome the loss of control they commit to when they buy a ticket and go to a theater.
Interruption is everywhere, even if you have the best of intentions. Now there are stakes.
Driving out after dark, walking in under the lights, buying or picking up your tickets and snacks. Meeting friends or family in the lobby. Finding your seat and watching the trailers. Sharing first impressions on the walk out to the car. Kaci used to go to the movies near her home in South Carolina frequently but has watched fewer since the pandemic began and home viewing became the only option. Not really saying anything, they were still strangers, but they had also left the screening with a kind of newfound intimacy in how they saw each other. And that has an effect on what happens afterward.
In a certain sense, everything has become defamiliarized from my own typical patterns of seeing. Exiting the dark theater after a matinee and seeing everything in the daylight as if for the first time. I know just what he means. Maybe a year without theaters reminds us of what we had, and what we can still have again. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower through understanding. Financial contributions from our readers are a critical part of supporting our resource-intensive work and help us keep our journalism free for all.
Reddit Pocket Flipboard. The Times Square Regal Cinema was closed for almost a full year. I think many of us have learned why we go to movie theaters in the first place. What do we really want out of a movie theater?
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