@awk Theaters started sucking big-time 30 years ago when they started splitting up some of the grand theaters into two, or developing “plexes” of 8 or 12 little screens. And nobody cleaned the sticky stuff off the floors.
@awk@pmarin Our theater has a mix of bigger and smaller screens. I went to see Free Guy last night and it was in the big theater. The big screen is so much nicer. We also have an older theater that last time I went hadn’t been renovated. Super big screen but you had to climb over 20 people to get to your seat.
@awk@sammydog01 There was a huge widescreen theater in Marin County in the 1970s. One big screen that spanned the width of the building, or so it seemed. It would get many of the major movies and 70mm when they had that. I remember seeing Blade Runner and Gremlins, probably a bunch more, there. Blade Runner on a huge screen is much different than on a TV or a small theater screen.
As you say, “you had to climb over 20 people to get to your seat” as there were two wide aisles and lots of seats each row. Back in those days, people were expected to get to your seat, sit down, and shut up!
I’d go back to a theater like that again…
@olperfesser Of the ones in the list, that’s the one I would pick too. But I’m too comfy (and safe) to need to leave my house to watch it. Luckily we if we do go out, we have our Meh-masks-of-uncertain-quality.
I went to see a weekday afternoon matinee of Ford v Ferrari late in 2019, pre-pandemic. There were 4 people in the whole theater.
Maybe some attendance issues started earlier than people think?
@chienfou@compunaut@sammydog01 matinees were/are I just never cared to go to movies in theaters at all. Yes larger screen better sound. Do I care to pay that much? Our theater is cheap and even then I’m meh about going
I have a LED projector and a 6 ft diagonal screen that I use for our in home movies. I can grab a beer, pause and re-wind, go pee etc at will.
My favorite set up in Montgomery was called “Flicks and Foam”. Second run movies, beer on tap, tables with rolling overstuffed chairs, pizza and burgers. My kind of place!