Cinemas, a thing of the past?

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    Cinemas, a thing of the past?

    G'day,

    Well it seems people are getting bigger and better home entertainment centres, and the price of Cinemas is going up rather quickly.

    The price of a movie ticket is now around AU$19 in my country, and if you wait one or two months you can simply buy the DVD for $20? :\

    Is it safe to assume that Cinemas will eventually disappear?

    By Cinemas, I mean
    • Pictures, if you're English
    • Theatre, if you're old
    • Movies, if you're hip


    Thoughts?

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    >> Is it safe to assume that Cinemas will eventually disappear?

    Possible, but not likely in the near future, I think. Fine by me, though. Besides the outlandish ticket prices there's the $8.00 popcorn and $6.00 dollar drinks. I'll be renting the DVD, thank you.
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    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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    I've seen that quite a few movies have been available for download (illegally) before they hit movie theaters, I think downloads will eventually replace DVD's and then quite a bit after that better movie goggles (the imax HD kind, mine only have 600x800 or something like that) will end up replacing movie theaters (and maybe TVs)
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    I only go to cinemas where I can smoke everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ಠ_ಠ View Post
    I've seen that quite a few movies have been available for download (illegally) before they hit movie theaters, I think downloads will eventually replace DVD's and then quite a bit after that better movie goggles (the imax HD kind, mine only have 600x800 or something like that) will end up replacing movie theaters (and maybe TVs)
    Guess I'll have to get a TiVo. Dammit.

    The beauty in DVDs is that you don't have to back anything up. I don't trust my hard drive to anything I want to keep.

    And as for movies costing a lot to see, well, my sister her boyfriend and me went to see Terminator for cheap. All of us wasn't more than $18.

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    Cinemas are probably not as popular as in the old days of "no internet" and video tapes. From a German point of view, getting to see a movie 3 months early because I can download a US dvd rip is quite a temptation. However, I'm not a movie enthusiast. I don't own anything that would qualify as media center, I have a TV set and a ps2. That's enough for watching a movie once in a while. Cinema is more than just a large screen and good sound. It's meeting friends, talking about stuff before and talking about the movie afterwards. I like it. It's special.
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    I wouldn't say movie theaters are fading when you have movies posting large to record results. (The Dark Knight, for example.) Plus, I'd rather watch it in a theater than on my laptop screen. Better quality all around.

    I'm American -- I say "movie theater". & I'm not old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer_Simpson View Post
    I only go to cinemas where I can smoke everything.
    I only go to movie theaters where it's illegal to smoke (i.e. any theater in Canada or U.S.)
    What backwards country still allows you to smoke in a theater?
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    The beauty in DVDs is that you don't have to back anything up.
    I'm not so sure about that...

    I have seen at least a dozen fungus-infested CDs/DVDs. Mostly CD-Rs that have been around for a few years.

    They are gross.

    It's hot and moist here, so it may not apply in drier/colder places.

    And they will probably work if you get rid of the fungi... I wouldn't touch it, though, personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastiani View Post
    >> Is it safe to assume that Cinemas will eventually disappear?

    Possible, but not likely in the near future, I think. Fine by me, though. Besides the outlandish ticket prices there's the $8.00 popcorn and $6.00 dollar drinks. I'll be renting the DVD, thank you.
    You know you don't have to buy the popcorn and drinks. I went to a movie a few days ago and didn't get any of that stuff (I ate dinner less than an hour before the movie) and didn't explode or get jumped by the movie theater works trying to steal my money.

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    You know you don't have to buy the popcorn and drinks. I went to a movie a few days ago and didn't get any of that stuff (I ate dinner less than an hour before the movie) and didn't explode or get jumped by the movie theater works trying to steal my money.
    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.

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    >> 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...

    Ha! Classic. I would be too paranoid to do that, personally. I really don't blame you, though. Serves them right for trying to make a 10000% profit off of $0.08 worth of corn kernels.

    >> You know you don't have to buy the popcorn and drinks. I went to a movie a few days ago and didn't get any of that stuff (I ate dinner less than an hour before the movie) and didn't explode or get jumped by the movie theater works trying to steal my money.

    Well, as much as I complain about it, the truth is, when I go out to see a movie I like to go all out - popcorn, drinks, and candy. It's just part of the experience, I guess.
    Code:
    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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    I still enjoy the theater, but like many others I've switched from basically going for every movie I'd like to see to only the very select few that I'd like to see right away. Ten years ago, I used to go to the movies weekly. They weren't cheap, but they weren't as outrageous as they are now. Even more so, the concessions have skyrocketed to the point that you won't purchase then which, to me, ruins the whole experience. Now, I might go 5-6 times a year. It's still a good experience, but the quality of the film plays a larger factor than it used to.
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    The last time I went (which was about a week ago) the cost was roughly $80 for four people. It's a very nice facility - clean, cozy, and a great staff - but it still seemed a bit pricy for what you're getting. Besides that, the movie itself was mediocre (which seems to be the norm these days). Luckily though, I was in good company, so I had a good time nonetheless.

    But it would be nice if they would come out with better movies. The best one I've seen recently was back in October. A friend of mine put together a special Halloween show at an art museum featuring the original "Mask of Satan" (in the US, the title was actually changed to "Black Sunday", the film was heavily edited, and the musical score was changed). Since then, I've seen at least a dozen movies, and none could compare to that 50 year old masterpiece!
    Code:
    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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    Movie theatres won't be dying out anytime soon. Regardless of how widely available movies are nowadays nothing compares with the experience of viewing the movie on a huge screen and a very powerful theatre sound system.

    To put into perspective how crappy home theatre systems and playback devices are are you just need to look at the new DLP projectors. Home systems only get 1 DLP chip for all the colors whereas industrial versions (for theatres) get 3 DLP chips - one for each color boosting the range of colors and contrast ratios. Home theatre systems also might range from 500 to 1000 watts. Most high range theatre systems are probably topping 10000 to 15000 watts. It is also impossible to get low rumbling bass in a small room b/c the waveform bounces against the walls. When the length of the wave from crest to crest is about the size of the room you get a mess. However, in larger rooms, the wave has room to travel. Good pro-longed bass is not deafening nor is it loud. In fact with good bass you can carry on a conversation and yet the bass can still be felt. A move theatre sound system should be able to play loud and clear with no distortion and extremely high db levels and the bass should be felt in your seat and in your chest. The 'bass cannons' that are mistakenly called sub-woofers on some home systems cannot compare to a large sub-woofer when it comes to sound quality.

    I worked with church audio systems for a bit and one I worked on was pushing 35000 watts. Stacks and stacks of amplifiers and sound boards. Theatres won't have the sound boards per se since they only need 5.1 sound or 6.1 sound and no mic inputs but I bet they are pretty hefty systems much like you would find in a large church or auditorium sound system. Most theatre systems are probably auto-balanced by using white noise but obviously some are not or they never told the kid running it to leave the thing alone.

    Which brings me to my rant that the biggest problem with theatres is they are usually run by a bunch of kids who wouldn't know good sound and picture if it smacked them dead in the face. Volume too low, bass/treble adjusted incorrectly, blurry picture (fixed now by DLP), output too high so that the movie sounds distort before reaching the amps which then just amplify a distorted signal which will eventually destroy the entire system if left unchecked. Keep pushing distortion across the speakers and they will blow even if the amps are nowhere close to peak.

    I've also a time or two heard some theatre systems that were done wrong because I swear the speakers were out of phase.
    Last edited by VirtualAce; 06-23-2009 at 05:26 PM.

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