Cinemas, a thing of the past?

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    Yeah, theaters aren't going anywhere. Where else would kids bring their dates?

    Drive-in theaters on the other hand are probably all but extinct.
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    Well indeed.

    I don't buy the food, just go to the supermarket before I see the movie. Sure they don't like you bringing food in, and it often causes an argument. But I go to the movies with CS/Law students

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    I actually just went to a drive in for the first time in my life a week ago. We saw Up and Imagine That. I bought food, and didn't get charged an arm and a leg for it. (Plus it's a drive-in, so you can bring in outside stuff, since you have the car...) The tickets for the movies were $20 for the car. (There were 5 of us -- that's $2 / movie / person.) It was awesome. (Imagine that was a great movie -- go see it.)
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    >> I don't buy the food, just go to the supermarket before I see the movie. Sure they don't like you bringing food in, and it often causes an argument. But I go to the movies with CS/Law students

    That's pretty bold, yeah.
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    {
        return std::pow(std::exp(1), std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
        * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1)*(1 << (value + 2))))
        .real() > 0;
    }

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus_Hugger View Post
    The tickets for the movies were $20 for the car. (There were 5 of us -- that's $2 / movie / person.) It was awesome.
    I'd have to imagine you were one of the two in the front seats... ^_^
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlyMaelstrom View Post
    I'd have to imagine you were one of the two in the front seats... ^_^
    LOL, but we brought chairs.
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    >> I actually just went to a drive in for the first time in my life a week ago.

    Where in the world do you live? I haven't seen any drive-ins since like the early 80's!
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    bool fun(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow(std::exp(1), std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
        * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1)*(1 << (value + 2))))
        .real() > 0;
    }

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastiani View Post
    >> I actually just went to a drive in for the first time in my life a week ago.

    Where in the world do you live? I haven't seen any drive-ins since like the early 80's!
    There's one in Iowa, I went there a few years ago
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    Movie theaters may well die out or at least have to scale themselves down, but at least the same will never be said for the real theater! Big ass Broadway musicals have never appealed to me but I have a friend who's starring in Wicked at the minute and she got me a freebie. I was like, oh yeah, sure I'd love to see it, sure, but secretly thinking "hmmm....will I enjoy this?"

    It was incredible! My first all-singing, all-dancing multi-million dollar Broadway production and I was completely blown away. There was nothing in the experience which could be reproduced on a big screen or a small screen. The special effects, lighting and scenery were absolutely amazing and the music, singing and costumes were spectacular. The audience was crazy for it. When I came out in the evening and walked through Times Square I felt all in love with New York City again, like a tourist there for the first time. I haven't been to the cinema in years (nothing really worth seeing to be honest) but I'm actually thinking about going to the theater regularly now. Having said that, I looked at the price on my freebie ticket and it was $140, so I'm not quite sure how often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    My trick is to have my wife bring her extra-large purse - enough room for a couple of sodas and a bag of microwaved popcorn...

    But I don't think movie theatres are going to disappear any time in the next generation. Going to the theater's a much better experience than watching it at home, even in the biggest home theatre I've ever seen. Better sound, bigger picture, and it's just nice to be 'out' once in a while.
    I know that some of the theatres around here are checking bags ("security" and "anti-bootlegging").

    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastiani View Post
    >> I actually just went to a drive in for the first time in my life a week ago.

    Where in the world do you live? I haven't seen any drive-ins since like the early 80's!
    There is a drive in not too far (like a mile) from my house. It is barely holding on. Though since the latest "we aren't really closing this time" I've seen more cars there.

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    >> I know that some of the theatres around here are checking bags ("security" and "anti-bootlegging").

    Sounds like a classy place. If you really wanted to mess with them you could bring along some raw fruit and a box cutter.

    >> There is a drive in not too far (like a mile) from my house. It is barely holding on. Though since the latest "we aren't really closing this time" I've seen more cars there.

    I've never understood the whole allure of the drive-in, anyway. Granted, back in the day, cars didn't have A/C, picture and sound was total crap, but even now I wouldn't want to go to one. Who wants to sit in their car and stare at a screen that's a half a mile away?
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    bool fun(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow(std::exp(1), std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
        * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1)*(1 << (value + 2))))
        .real() > 0;
    }

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    > I know that some of the theatres around here are checking bags ("security" and "anti-bootlegging").
    Most of the theatres here don't specify such conditions, nor state you may be denied for any reason.

    The CS/Law students I go with usually give the 18 year old at the door quite a scare, and they just let you in :-). After paying $19 a ticket, the last thing we want is to be forced to either go without snacks or pay through the nose for them. Of course, you could always go with the "I'm a diabetic, and this food is special" route... which also works

    As for the technology, I'd say they better come up with something amazing quickly because home theatres are catching up (well in some respect). Home theatres have been moving forward, where it seems new cinema technology has not been rolled out, granted it probably cost a lot
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    >> Of course, you could always go with the "I'm a diabetic, and this food is special" route... which also works

    "Now give me back those Milk-Duds, damn it!"

    >> As for the technology, I'd say they better come up with something amazing quickly because home theatres are catching up (well in some respect). Home theatres have been moving forward, where it seems new cinema technology has not been rolled out, granted it probably cost a lot

    I imagine that it will be quite a while before the average person has that sort of set up. But it will eventually happen, I suppose. I'm sure they'll just compensate for it by charging you $50 to rent the movie, though.
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    bool fun(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow(std::exp(1), std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
        * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1)*(1 << (value + 2))))
        .real() > 0;
    }

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastiani View Post
    Who wants to sit in their car and stare at a screen that's a half a mile away?
    It's a really big screen
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    Quote Originally Posted by ಠ_ಠ View Post
    It's a really big screen
    Then go to an IMAX movie. Although those screens are so big they hurt my neck.
    Plus who wants to listen to the crappy sound from those tiny drive-in speakers that you hang on your window? I want a real sound system.
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