In a recent episode of the film podcast, Battleship Pretension, the hosts discussed the negative aspects of going to the cinema. Simply put, why it sucks to see movies in theatres.
Many, including myself, would agree with some of the arguments hosts David Bax, Tyler Smith and guest Danforth France raised, however, their conclusion, that it may not be worth seeing films in theatres I cannot agree with.
They discussed personal experiences that I am sure we are all familiar with: people talking, cell phones going off and the far too common texting. While I can certainly relate to all these complaints (which by the way annoy me greatly), I can never stop seeing films in the theatres, and I plan to continue being first in line opening night.
No matter the size of the TV, or how loud your speakers are, they can never match a great cinema experience.
When I saw Up last year, the first 10 minutes affected me far more because everyone in the cinema was feeling the same thing. Say what you will about Avatar but the experience on opening night was one that would be impossible to duplicate at home. Instead of just being myself in my basement, we were hundreds all in awe, immersed in this fantasy world, which for the next two hours became almost real.
In a theatre, we feed off each others energy, and it amplifies the enjoyment of a film.
I have heard over and over on film blogs and podcasts, that going to the theatre is no longer worthwhile and viewing a film on a big screen TV is easier and with less likelihood of annoyance. This has always bothered me; the idea that the real film fans, the ones whose main passions are film are no longer going to the cinema, yet the average films goers are still going en masse. As much as the insensitivity and general ignorance of other people which sometimes bubbles to the surface during movies bothers me, I could never pass up seeing a great film in a theatre.
It’s sad but its also something that can’t be fixed easily. People will always talk and text during films, but as fans it is up to us as a group to speak out against these people during showings. I do not believe that going to the theatres is only for tradition, as stated on Battleship Pretension. We go because we love film and nothing is as enjoyable as sharing a great piece of cinema with your fellow film lovers.