Movie Theater Experiences

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#751 Post by MichaelB » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:04 am

In the mid-1990s, the cinema I used to run booked 'ABBA the Movie' as a Christmas staff party treat. That got a bit lively, complete with dancing on the stage in front of the screen, etc. - but my fondest memory was watching the opening credits with people clued-up enough to gasp in astonishment when Lasse Hallström's name came up as director.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#752 Post by Being » Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:45 pm

If I was to open a new theater today, here are several key facets I would like to incorporate:

1. Large screen-size-to-seating field-of-view ratio.
2. Large, oversized, reclining chairs.
3. Personal table on the side for drinks and food.
4. Waiter service with delectable assortments of food and drinks.
5. Alcohol.
6. Easy to get up and out to use the restroom (not having to shuffle sideways, stepping on everyone's toes).
7. No advertisements, no more than three trailers, if any at all.
8. Reserved seating with available online booking.

Have I missed any crucial elements needed for a great modern cinema-going experience?

I personally have been to many nice cinemas as of late that incorporate many of these elements, but I have never been to one theater that incorporated them all, as far as I can recall. Does such exist anywhere?

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#753 Post by swo17 » Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:01 pm

9. Option to replay moments you missed because you had to go to the bathroom
10. Interesting friends to discuss the film with you after it's over
11. Better movies

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#754 Post by domino harvey » Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:24 pm

12. Theatre only shows Ocean's Twelve

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#755 Post by swo17 » Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:31 pm

13. Merit-based seating assignments
14. Spotlight one theater patron before each show so everyone can get to know each other better
15. Literally give people back two hours of their life if they don't like the movie
16. Free popcorn

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#756 Post by RossyG » Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:00 pm

17. No food. You can go two hours without stuffing you face with noisy junk.
18. Wee-wee tubes, so you don't miss anything. Just stick it in and off you go.
19. Carpets made of sponge to soak up spillage from the wee-wee tubes.
20. Wee-wee tubes to be rinsed thoroughly between performances.
21. Specialist team for the maintenance of wee-wee tubes.

Just wee-wee tubes, really... The rest is just a bonus.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#757 Post by lacritfan » Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:06 pm

1a. Bouncers. Talk loud and don't respond to shushing, bouncer comes in "Let's go chief." Cel phone light comes on, bouncer comes in "Let's go chief." Loud snorer, bouncer comes in "Wake up, let's go chief."

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#758 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:57 pm

1b. "Let's go chief" becomes part of staff vernacular.

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#759 Post by FrauBlucher » Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:08 pm

RossyG wrote:Just wee-wee tubes, really... The rest is just a bonus.
Or sell Depends at the snack counter. "Can I have a pair of depends and a box of milk duds?"
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#760 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:32 pm

swo17 wrote:9. Option to replay moments you missed because you had to go to the bathroom
I've actually thought about this a few times. Obviously you can't rewind or pause the movie, but maybe someone can develop an app that allows you to see what you missed on your phone or tablet later.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#761 Post by Werewolf by Night » Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:43 pm

I've always wanted buttons on the armrests to signal projection or sound problems without getting up and having to find a staff member.

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#762 Post by dda1996a » Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:00 am

What about making each sit a toilet, that way you can pee away without getting up or miss the movie

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#763 Post by D50 » Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:41 am

22. Advertise the start time, and also the actual film start time after the ads and trailers.
23. Allow direct verbal interaction with the ticket seller without an annoying microphone / speaker interface.

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#764 Post by Lemmy Caution » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:15 am

24. Provide gun rentals in order to make sure everyone in the theater is armed.

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#765 Post by zedz » Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:50 pm

Lemmy Caution wrote:24. Provide gun rentals in order to make sure everyone in the theater is safe.
Corrected by the NRA

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#766 Post by D50 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:43 pm

Showed up at the local Regal for the 12:20 showing and the ticket seller says it's not playing now, they changed it (now it's only playing at 7:30pm and 10pm) because 3 new movies came in yesterday, which web site did you check? I said I don't know, and she says well, the only ones with the correct showtimes would be the Regal Movies regmovies and fandango. Oh, and you could have called first. First time this has happened.

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#767 Post by Professor Wagstaff » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:00 pm

Had similar experiences twice this week where the times were changed overnight from what the website original said, both at Cinemark. Showed up for a screening of Loving late when they moved up the time. Just today I scheduled an annual pre-Thanksgiving movie marathon I do in theatres and found out Billy Lynn had its afternoon screenings cancelled. Fucked up my scheduling royally.

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#768 Post by thelberg » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:03 pm

As a former movie theater employee I can tell you this happens all the time. It is best to check the actual chain/theater website for accurate showtimes as third party sites usually do a pull of showtimes once a week that do not update if there are changes.

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#769 Post by Professor Wagstaff » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:20 pm

Crummy thing is I did check the theatre website late at night the evening before for both times.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#770 Post by Big Ben » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:34 pm

So I recently went to a screening of High Plains Drifter. All is going well until a couple walks in...with two children. Young girls. Aged maybe four and eight. Needless to say by the time the rape scene occurred they went out faster than shit through a goose. Needless to say it was an experience.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#771 Post by swo17 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:43 pm

You might have warned them!

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#772 Post by Big Ben » Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:52 pm

I must confess that I considered it but couldn't bring myself to do it out of a lack of knowing what to say. I'm the guy who always gets cussed out for these sort of things so I just let it happen.

Anyone ever encounter anything similar? I can't possibly be alone in this.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#773 Post by lacritfan » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:44 pm

I saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High in the theaters. There was some kids movie that played only once in the morning. This grandmother was in line in front of me with two grandkids (maybe six-ish). She was told there was only one showing of the kid movie and she missed it so she looked up at what was playing and said, oh ok, I'll have three for #1 (Fast Times). I saw them in the front row before the movie started. I guess it was maybe 10-15 minutes in when Stacy has sex in the dugout and stone faced grandma walked up the aisle, grandkid in each hand.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#774 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:47 pm

Closest I can relate to this was the last time I was at a WWE show. They were shooting a live episode of Raw, and there was a whole family a few rows ahead of us (we were up in the cheap seats) including babies. It was so loud it made me fear for the young ones' well-being, but to my immediate regret I didn't say anything.

I rarely go to packed screenings anymore. It's usually in the middle of the day, and almost always on a weekday. Can't say I prefer it that way, but it does cut down on the baggage people bring with them.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#775 Post by jindianajonz » Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:24 pm

Big Ben wrote:I must confess that I considered it but couldn't bring myself to do it out of a lack of knowing what to say. I'm the guy who always gets cussed out for these sort of things so I just let it happen.

Anyone ever encounter anything similar? I can't possibly be alone in this.
I watched Spring Breakers with an older lady who brought two thirteen year old girls because they really liked Selena Gomez

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