North American Movie-Going Hits 22-Year Low

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Hollywood is celebrating the end of 2017 with astronomical sales from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is on track to soon exceed $1 billion in global ticket sales and eventually become the biggest movie of the year. But that won’t be enough to write a happy storyline for the industry.

Although movie ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada are expected to dip just below last year’s record of $11.38 billion, the number of tickets sold is projected to drop 4% to 1.26 billion — the lowest level since 1995, according to preliminary estimates from studio executives.

The long-term decline in attendance reflects systemic challenges facing the industry. Audiences are spending less time going to the movies and are consuming more entertainment on small screens and through streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon that are spending billions on original video content.

  • The Professor

    Well, in NYC it is $17.00 to see a movie, plus $20 for popcorn = $27.00 plus you have to deal with ignorant assholes who are on their phones and loudly chatting like they are in their fucking living room. We’ll take Netflix and our couch, thanks.

    • HaHaHa

      I think your sums are a bit off there…. 😉

      • Tom Furgas

        But The Professor is quite accurate about “ignorant assholes” who act as if they are “in their fucking living room”.

        • HaHaHa

          Perhaps it’s a NYC thing, it’s absolute silence at the local theater. Coloradans must be a bit more considerate.

          • Tom Furgas

            Well, I live in Ohio and we have plenty of rude theater patrons here. But you’re making me think about moving to Colorado!

          • HaHaHa

            It’s getting hella crowded out here, then again it is the best place I’ve ever lived so I guess the cat may be out of the bag 😉

          • Butch

            I actually left Colorado 7 years ago. Beautiful but becoming crowded and way too expensive.

          • netxtown

            Same here. Left back when all got Californicated and prices shot clean over the front range. I loved the time i could spend up around Deckers – but being up there didn’t pay the bills.

          • Butch

            Actually lived near Deckers. I went back last year because Mother in Law was ill. Every flat square foot in my old area has been developed. My little hippie house in the country is now smack in a subdivision.

          • netxtown

            oh hell no! Say it ain’t so!

            What ever happened with the plan to drown it all out with a reservoir? I know there was a court battle going on…but that’s been a long time ago now.

            If only north texas had 1/10th the natural beauty…..

          • Butch

            That got defeated but they’re always looking for a new area to drown. I was in Pine Junction, which is a little higher elevation and north of there. Strangely, when I take the “back way” home from Norway (which is a town, not the country) through Pembine, there’s an area that really, really reminds me of Deckers, and I’m not sure why, because it’s hilly but not (obviously) mountainous (although there are mountains in the Upper Peninsula.)

          • HaHaHa

            Housing is ridiculously expensive.

          • Tomcat

            Stoned more like it.

          • HaHaHa

            That very well could be, I’m not a fan but by all means, let that tax revenue roll in! 😃

          • cleos_mom

            Which is a good illustration of the wisdom of that particular legal adjustment.

          • tomfromthenews

            Colorado native here as well…still live outside Denver. I avoid the multiplexes like the plague but will still do an art house film when it looks good enough. Audiences there tend to behave themselves.

        • JaniceInToronto

          We put the bad moviegoers out onto the ice and let the bears have them.

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            Or take them ice fishing like those guys did in the tv series Fargo…heh.

      • The Professor

        LOL totally. You got me. No more bitching in the comments before the second cup of joe. And no, I don’t teach math – although there is a rumor that music is mathematical.

        • HaHaHa

          I’ve always thought of music, classical music specifically, as an integration of mathematics and music. Then again you would know a heck of a lot more about that than I.

          • David Walker

            Points for the “I” at the end.

          • HaHaHa

            Is the I significant in some way?

          • David Walker

            Yes. “Me” seems to be the more popular choice. Sorry for pointing it out, but it makes a proofreader/editor/grammar nazi feel good. Thank you.

          • JaniceInToronto

            Wouldn’t that be Nazi? Not nazi?

            How does that work anyway?

            Cheers from the Great White North

          • David Walker

            Absolutely. No excuse, but the reason is a longtime feeling that a point can be made by capping nouns and adjectives that have earned it (Artist) or be utterly opposite the special notice that an uppercase first letter provides (The Truly Religious). Nazis don’t deserve an uppercase, whether historic, neo, or in fun. I love English and enjoy playing with it, and I’ve let what ought to be mistakes go if the writer can justify its use. Using “2” for “to,” on the other hand, makes my toenails curl. We all have our quirks. Happy Celebratory Days!

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          How come I can do music, but not math?

      • IDavid

        Agreed for popcorn. But $20 for snacks can be fairly normal if ya add a hot dog to the rest of the snacks i.e. Popcorn, a drink MnM Peanuts. A very happy movie meal. And if you’re going IMAX, $17 is the minimum. Love that snack combo.

        • Steve Smith

          Hot dogs smell awful and have NO place in a movie theatre!

          • IDavid

            My god, are you an American, or even an earthling? Seems you just don’t like hot dogs so probably aren’t appropriate anywhere. I agree though, movies in general need a huge IQ upgrade.

          • Steve Smith

            I’m a nice ordinary vegetarian living in Italy, home of decent food. Wouldn’t dream of eating pasta a l’olio in a movie theatre so why do you have to eat food that smells so bad in public place?

          • IDavid

            Hot dogs don’t smell awful to us and is a baseball and movie tradition. Being a vegetarian explains your distaste, but best not to try to change anyone’s mind about a tradition such as this, your from a different world being a vegetarian. The two really don’t mix. As the saying goes “to each his own”.

          • Steve Smith

            Exactly. To each his own. But hot dogs really do smell awful, you know…….but maybe its only the European ones.

          • HaHaHa

            These guys just like sausage in their mouths! Lolz, c’amon, it’s a joke 😉

          • IDavid

            Haha true. This is the last place to try and take a sausage out of the gay boy’s mouth. Viva LA Hotdog! W cokk-sauce!

          • thatotherjean

            Hotdogs an baseball are fine. The smell dissipates in the open air. Inside a small, often crowded, movie theatre, it doesn’t. It can get pretty nasty in there.

          • DavidAZ

            If the hot dog smell gets to you, bring along a bowl of freshly fermented Kimchi. I guarantee no one in the theatre will ask you to share.

          • thatotherjean

            My other half eats that stuff. I’d rather sit in a movie theater where every other patron was eating hotdogs and sauerkraut. I don’t like sauerkraut, either, but it’s miles better smelling than kimchi.

          • cleos_mom

            Because they sell it in the venue and it’s a tradition.

            Feel free to bring homemade pasta a l’olio to a movie theatre — as long as you’ve brought enough to share.

          • IDavid

            We eat meat so it doesn’t smell bad to us, and to most people. To us it smells very very good.

          • Xaca

            I eat meat, and hot dogs stink–whether in a theater, or in an arena, or in an open-air stadium, or in fuckin’ Central Park, they stink. STINK! S-T-I-N-K! That rancid wiener water gives off funk for days. You might as well commence a fart war. And don’t even start with the sauerkraut.

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            Theater hotdogs, I have to say, are the BEST. I also hate to say it, but I like movie hotdogs.

      • wds

        Actually, he’s really quite accurate about price … see my post about ticket prices here in Houston …

    • Xaca

      Yeah, at $17.00, I’m out. Even at $15.00, the movie had better be damned entertaining, and the theater clean and comfortable. Alas, that is apparently too much to expect.

      And regarding bad behavior by the moviegoing public, it’s not just for millennials anymore. Recently went to one of the newish, smaller theaters at Lincoln Center. Foreign film, no kids, looked to be an older, upscale UWS audience. And still, a trio of 70+ geezers came clomping in 15-20 minutes into the film, climbed over me to their perches, and then proceeded to discuss the film at conversational volume levels. (“Shhhh!”) Worse, the hag seated directly beside me kept whipping out her dumbphone every 15 minutes, for extended viewing, shining the light in my eyes. (“Lady, you’ve gotta be kidding!”) Finally, she decided the 2-hour film was 20 minutes too long, so she left early, climbing over me once more as a bonus distraction. I try to be patient, but I had to be rude with her as she left.

      I have a decent home theater setup, with Apple TV, and just added the Amazon Video app. It’s gonna have to be something compelling to make me brave the wilds.

      • Dayglo

        For most people, moviegoing is simply a conveyance device for expensive snacks. The talking. The loud incessant talking almost every time. Texting and message checking. Coughing. I saw a man dragged out by his feet by paramedics, choking on popcorn. Kills the vibe of a comedy film.

        I walked out of a screening of “The Founder” after some old guy actually took a phone call. He loudly announces to his caller, “I’m at some Michael Keaton movie … it’s not very good.” Seriously.

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      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        I’m willing to wait for Hulu or Netflix, or even Vudu sometimes. Going to a theater is a PITA these days. At home, I can kick back with a bong and adult beverage, and not have to worry about random jackasses, talkers, rustlers, screen shouters, and the random Bad Man with a Gun.

    • narutomania

      What the Prof said.

    • FAEN

      It’s the same outrageous price in DC.

    • caphillprof

      We prefer SoCal audiences.

    • Oh, Parker

      The only time we ever see a movie anymore is at the drive-in during the warmer months, and rarely then. We pay $10 for adult tickets, they’ve got better food and there are 4 screens showing double features so if you don’t like a movie that’s playing at one screen you can just drive to the other screen and watch the one there. The sound is broadcast on FM so you can just crank up the stereo and listen without hearing another soul, and the films are in digital, same as the indoor movie projectors. It’s the only way for us to see a new film on a big screen anymore. No hassles!

  • Silver Badger

    It’s been years since I went to a movie theater. I don’t miss it at all.

    • netxtown

      I can’t recall the last time I went. Couldn’t even tell you the movie i was there to see. And being out here in the sticks with really shitty internet – Netflix DVD’s on occasion are as close as i get to Hollywood.

      • Butch

        I can, and I hate to admit it, but the last movie I saw in a theater was Jurassic Park. The closest theater here is about 35 miles away and when I “get to town” I usually have enough on the agenda that a movie isn’t part of it. It’s also much more comfortable just to sit home and watch something. (Internet is also pretty spotty here; yeah, I still watch DVDs.)

        • netxtown

          My last three ‘sets’ were Downton Abbey, Rome, and Spartacus. I’ve got so many projects going on right now there’s just been little left-over energy to be entertained. Still – I’ll be looking after the top of the year for something that can carry me through the cold months.

          • Butch

            Yeah, they’re talking minus 13 tomorrow, so we’re definitely looking at indoor activities.

          • netxtown

            MINUS 13? You are more of a man than i ever hope to be! 🙂 I’d have to wrap a chain around my junk, hitch to the tractor…and pull, baby pull!

          • Butch

            Wood stove is going, the critters are all huddled around it, we have some heat bulbs going for the chickens…..we’re all fine. (My usual version of what you said is “stick your thumb up your ass and holler ‘snake” to get him back out.”)

          • Boreal

            We’re getting that on Weds and Thurs. Luckily I can work from home next week by the fire.

        • thatotherjean

          Spouse and I went to an art house in Greenbelt, MD to see “Mr. Holmes” more than a year ago, now. Great movie, but a nearly empty theater. I’d like to see “Darkest Hour,” but I’m not sure I can convince him to go. He wants to see “The Last Jedi,” and I don’t, so we’re at a bit of a stand-off. It’s no fun to go to the movies alone.

          • Librarykid

            How far are you from Greenbelt? I used to live there and live in Belchville, now.

          • thatotherjean

            Were 30-odd miles north of there, but it was the closest theater showing “Mr. Holmes,” and we both really wanted to see itl

          • Dayglo

            I live in Baltimore and traveled to Annapolis to catch “Mr. Holmes.” Worth the trip for me.

          • thatotherjean

            Nothing to see here.

    • margaretpoa

      I only ever go to Alamo Drafthouse anymore and that is increasingly rare. Those other theater chains? Pffft! Squalling children, jackasses who can’t put their phones down for five minutes and sullen, sour faced minimum wage employees. I haven’t been to another theater in a decade and I haven’t been to the Alamo in over a year.

  • Todd20036

    I went to see the Simpsons movie and people wouldn’t shut up. And I’m not talking about children, either.

    I went with my mother to see Star Wars a week ago. During the day during the week.

    THAT was ok – there were less than 5 people watching.

    If you can go during the day, during the week, then you will not have to worry

    • Reality.Bites

      True that. Last year I went with my father to an afternoon showing of La-la Land that was marked “sing-a-long,” but I knew we’d be safe and like you, there were fewer than five.

  • HaHaHa

    I’ve seen over 25 movies in the theater this year. I go to the local Cinemark bistro and I’m a member of their movie club which gives you unlimited $8 tickets and 20% off concessions. With reserved reclining seating and alcohol available I love to go, sit back, drink a beer and watch a movie. I hate seeing movies in standard theaters now.

    • Tomcat

      Say hi to Leonard, Koochapolli Howard and Sheldon for us.

  • Daveed_WOW

    moviepass: $9.95 a month

    • Frostbite

      Yeah, I had to subscribe to their service to find out there were no theaters within a hour drive of me. Canceled immediately after and found myself billed the following month, for a card I never received. Fought with their customer service for 3 months to try and get canceled and refunded, eventually filed a fraudulent charge claim, got a refund, and got them blocked.

      • Daveed_WOW

        Thanks for sharing.

  • Edmund Allin

    Please remove that picture of the travesty of a film.

    • HaHaHa

      It was decent and entertaining.

  • Frostbite

    Maybe if they put out movies worth watching I’d actually go, instead of yet another Avengers, Iron Man, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc. sequel.

    • Tomcat

      Catering to Millennial group. They are the base they want now.

      • Frostbite

        The group probably least likely to spend money on a theater. Good luck with that Hollywood!

        • margaretpoa

          Hollywood constantly shoots itself in the foot like that. I remember when they tried to outlaw home video and went all the way to the Supreme Court to do it, rather than embracing the technology. As a result they lost millions in attorney fees and probably billions before they got around to embracing the new paradigm.

      • Tom Furgas

        And a pretty childish lot they are, what with umpteen super-hero epics threatening to remainder each other. Not to mention crude slapstick masquerading as “comedy”. Most films being ground out today are pure trash.

        • cleos_mom

          I’d manage to put up with all the annoyances people have mentioned — if they’d make movies worth the trouble.

      • HaHaHa

        I’m not so sure, those of us in the 40-60 range who grew up with our comics in hand are pretty much loving life right now. It is a real treat to see superheroes on the big screen.

        It does seem that about all they make are comic book movies and right wing masturbation fantasy war movies, if you don’t like either then you’re pretty much hosed.

      • Joe

        Sorry but as a millennial, that’s nonsense. We’re not interested in the movies they’re putting out either. I’m tired of the endless sequels.

      • CottonBlimp

        No, it’s more like 90s kids than 00s kids they’re targeting. You can tell by what decade of movies is getting remakes. A little bit ago it was all 80s remakes. Now it’s all 90s remakes and retellings of 90s comic book storylines.

    • HaHaHa

      All movie I love 😉

      As a child when I read the Infinity War I dreamt of seeing it on the big screen, I knew it would never happen but here it is!!

  • safari

    O/T: A follow-up on the Mnuchin suspicious package story
    https://twitter.com/nkhensley/status/944812000122736641

  • Tomcat

    What did you expect? Everything about going to a movie cost a fortune and It is more relaxing to stay home and watch movies in the safety of ones home.

  • margaretpoa

    With large televisions, surround sound systems and blu-ray, why does anybody need to go to a theater? Snacks are cheaper at home, you can smoke a joint and pause the movie to take a whiz. Theaters are dinosaurs, albeit fondly remembered ones.

    • David Walker

      We stopped going a long time ago. We got tired of having to sit there watching the token gay gag or slur and surrounded by people who laughed at it. We totally stopped going when we could no longer enjoy the movie because of the audience. I do miss the experience and would like to see “Three Billboards,” for example, but the movie theater-going experience has been ruined once too often.

      • tomfromthenews

        Find “Three Billboards” at an arthouse with an adult audience. Totally worth it. Frances McDormand rules.

        • marshlc

          That’s one that is definitely better to see at a theatre. It’s such a good movie, but there are some huge plot holes and it’s easier to disregard that kind of thing sitting in front of the big screen.

      • margaretpoa

        Oh, I definitely get that. If the obligatory gay joke is offensive, it’s nothing compared to the constant barrage of trans jokes.

        • David Walker

          I can only imagine. Makes you feel so great, doesn’t it? Pay good bucks to sit and be laughed at and for the opportunity to see what you’re up against.

          • margaretpoa

            And if you say anything to the bigots, YOU get thrown out…

      • pj

        saw three billboards last week. awesome.

    • BearEyes

      when we built our house in 2003, I had all the wiring for the surround sound speakers as well as some cat 5 wiring for network access put in. Hubby thought I was crazy, but he enjoys watching the UConn women play basketball on the big screen with stadium sound. I can enjoy a good movie in the meantime.

  • Boreal

    Happy Holidays
    I bring you good tidings of great joy: the pasta will be al dente.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b4a579a08e4f5454141969e85f1e59b6e1ff75d9db51ee0bd39555f7a549c116.jpg

  • safari

    I’d settle for movies that held a shot for more than two seconds at a time.

    Oh — a fighting scene. That looks co— oh, wait, no it’s just a series of still images flashed at me as fast as possible with loud sounds.

  • Do Something Nice

    I see at least 20 movies a year in movie theaters. With the newer theaters having reclining seats, I would go every night if there were enough good movies.

    BTW, “God’s Own Country” is wonderful. Some are calling it “Brokeback Mutton”. I highly recommend it.

  • Boreal

    I can’t refill my bourbon at the movies or put the movie on pause or smoke some more weed plus it costs a lot. Mystery solved.

    • margaretpoa

      Duh, am I right? Jeeze, Hollywood. How much more time and money are you going to waste yet again defending a late 19th century format?

    • HaHaHa

      I refill my bourbon at the movies 😉

      OT: I went to a tasting on Fri night of high end rare Buffalo Trace varities, they were hella good but not for the prices they command on the secondary market. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8eca0db09302d3d9bb03f4ea186c3bdd6e3dab664e6c6bd15fd2c4e790d8cee.jpg

    • Acronym Jim

      If you’re ever in Portland, I highly recommend one of the McMenamin Brother’s establishments. You can’t pause the movie, but you can have a beer and good food for your pre-movie, legal-recreational, smoke-fest munchies.

  • Michael R
    • greenmanTN

      Ewww. Santa looks like he just found release.

      • Stogiebear

        O Magnum Mysterium…

    • margaretpoa

      I’m not laughing at that. I don’t find pedophilia very funny. Yeah it’s posed and meant to be humorous but I just don’t find the idea of prepubescent children being groped remotely funny.

      • Daveed_WOW

        I’m laughing. I’m a bad person.

  • orion dumptee

    love the three inches of legroom in those mall movie theaters,and enjoy watching
    (paying)…. the 1/2 hour of endless adds for upcoming releases.like most in here,much nicer at home…much cleaner,more comfortable

  • greenmanTN

    Like many here I don’t like the movie theater experience, particularly the other patrons.

    https://memegenerator.net/img/instances/49520193/why-you-punks-let-me-get-my-cane.jpg

    • Tomcat

      Throw popcorn on me and eat lead sucker.

  • margaretpoa

    One more benefit to staying at home: No coughing, sneezing strangers that love to share the virus du jour with everybody else. I’m not a germ phobe but theaters are perfect closed environments in which such things can thrive and spread.

    • Reality.Bites

      General tip: Learn to never say “I’m not a but.” When you say it, you automatically lose all credibility.

      All anyone has ever done with that phrase is convince everyone they are in fact exactly what they are denying they are.

      • margaretpoa

        Yeah, whatever you think must be right. Because you know me and know everything I’ve ever done. Would a germ phobe go into live sanitary sewers as part of their job in the past? Would a germ phobe eat in a lunchroom that only gets cleaned once a week with 8 other manufacturing employees on a daily basis? Would a germ phobe drive a car that was last cleaned out in 2012 or clean her home only once a week? I’m sure your opinion of your own judgment of people you don’t know is very high but in this case you are very much mistaken.

    • Makes you wonder how civilization ever survived the so-called “Golden Age of Movies.”

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist

    Netlfix, Amazon, Hulu, and other online streaming services legal and those NOT so legal have taken a bite out of the movie industry…

    Also some people do not want to give their money to Hollywood anymore considering the amount of sexual scandals

    In addition, it is VERY expensive to see a movie in ANY city when one can just wait.

    Lastly, while there have been some AMAZING films Hollywood has had far to many reboots and sequels

    • Reality.Bites

      Movies for one, if you live downtown and don’t have parking or transit costs, are OK financially. When you add in parking though, or multiplying the cost for 3 or 4 people and start thinking of how many months of Netflix that buys.

      • BlackGayVeganAtheist

        EXACTLY…no movie for a family is in this fucked up economy is not worth waiting for…it will all be there and it will be fresh like it never happened when you see it no matter how much people talk about it…

        Also it is a DAMN good lesson for many here in America to WAIT and conserve your money and energy…stop the mania emptying your pockets when something shiny is in front of your face

  • Tomcat

    They will go the way of the drive in movie theater as time passes, and good riddance.

  • Joe

    TVs are huge, crystal clear, and cheap now. Streaming means you can watch pretty much anything without leaving your house or waiting for a disc to arrive. Plus TV shows have been much more innovative and interesting than Hollywood in recent years. Why bother with the movie theatre? It’s a fun date night thing to do sometimes but movies have mostly been a snooze lately.

    • Seeing an exciting or heartbreaking movie in a crowded theater is a great communal experience. But our technology, rather than keeping us better connected, is isolating us as human beings. I have seen how people are losing their interpersonal communication skills. It’s very troubling.

      • Joe

        I find that only occasionally to be true. Get Out was great in the theatres. Most movies I’m just irritated by people’s boorish and inconsiderate behavior.

        • Boorish and inconsiderate behavior is simply emblematic of our Age of Narcissism.

      • MaryJOGrady

        I agree. I am all in favor of interpersonal interaction. I don’t use self-checkout stands in grocery stores for that reason, for example. I like to go to the post office and buy stamps, because all the clerks at my post office branch are very friendly and chatty.
        My state, New Mexico, seems to exist socially in a 1960’s time warp in the best possible way. People actually talk to each other, strangers even. I feel very lucky to live here.

        • Reality.Bites

          But what do you actually use the stamps for? I buy a booklet of 10 at a time and I’ve not finished the one I bought when I retired 4 years ago.

          Of course I’ve occasionally mailed bigger things, for which I go to the post office and get it weighed, but first-class letter mail? Almost never.

          • MaryJOGrady

            I write letters to my friends all over the world, on paper. They seem to like them.

          • cleos_mom

            WHAT? No obligatory “letters? what are letters?” response? Slap my ass and call me Fanny.

    • Steve Smith

      Depends where you live. I have an internet connection via a dish because there is no other possibility here. I can stream stuff in the winter but when the trees come into leaf in the spring, we go back to dial-up speeds!

  • Tomcat

    And if HBO, Showtime and the others would show a few decent movies on free weekends they might get more subscribers. But all they show is very old movies that have been here longer than the dinosaurs.

  • Bob

    Did I miss the “Dance of the Sugar plum lesbian” post?

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      Yeah, me too, ” CAR JMG Where Are You?”

    • Reality.Bites

      I think that comes later in the day, or on Xmas.

      • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

        Hopefully soon, I need a fix of loveliness.

    • BearEyes

      I would expect it tomorrow.

  • MaryJOGrady

    I’m doing my bit– I’m going to the movies a lot, because I get quite wrapped up in them and forget all my troubles.

  • OdieDenCO

    who wants to pay to sit next to an idiot talking on a cell phone or in front of someone with restless legs kicking the back of your seat?

    • Reality.Bites

      TBH, usually when I go to the movies I go to the so-called “VIP” screens. No one under 19 admitted, because they sell liquor, reserved seats, wide, reclining seats and only about 50 of them in the theatre, but with a full-sized screen.

      It costs something like $19 a ticket though, which means I carefully consider if it’s worth the expense.

    • I tell them to turn off the phone, as the message on the screen makes clear. I will confront them on this, and I have. They usually call me an asshole and then stomp out of the theater.

      • Randy Left Brooklyn

        Glad to hear they leave the theater

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      That’s what Air travel is for !

  • Michael White

    I see a movie in a theatre maybe once or twice a year. they all seem the same to me: humanoids, blowingl up stuff and lots of violence. No acting, no character develpment, no real plot except war, or mindless comedies. Computer generated stuff does not impress me. I find the “premium”channels a waste of money as they seem to rerun the same moves ad nauseum. But I am an old fuck who misses actors who provide subtle performances on sets actually createdby human beings.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent
    • Reality.Bites

      How DARE you accuse us of participating in something so vile, degrading and immoral.

      I mean really! A nativity scene???

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cknkQ8eAt2w

      • JAKvirginia

        Sigh. Just……….sigh………….

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      #EvenWhiterThanWhiteJesus

  • anne marie in philly

    the last movie I saw in an actual theater was “the best exotic marigold hotel part 2”. spouse and I found a local theater geared mainly toward us old farts with $5 tickets and no one talking loudly or on cell phones.

    our problem – the seats are VERY uncomfortable and our arthritis makes sitting for long periods painful.

    • Tomcat

      And they don’t even provide you with hemorrhoid pillows.

      • anne marie in philly

        no, no they don’t. pity.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I HATE gong to movies. The crowd, the sheer gross of everything.
    The only decent ones are small independent out of the way hidden little theaters.

  • Snownova

    I can’t speak for American theatres, but here in the Netherlands they could stop shoving that 3d shit down my throat. I have to pay three bucks extra for negative added value (glasses + 3d glasses = annoyed me) if I want to see the movie at a decent hour, if there even is a 2d showing, its usually at a time when decent people work.

    And then there is the fact that after forking over a pile of cash, I’m still subjected to upwards of 15 minutes of commercials. If I wanted to watch commercials, I’d watch tv, which I don’t for that exact reason.

  • Tiger Quinn

    We go to the movies every weekend here in Palm Springs – because even on opening night our movies have about forty people max in the theater. I HATED going before this because people are such assholes – in Dallas, people were on their phones, hooting and yelling and having actual fist fights. All of this is anechdotal, but changing the experience would go a long way towards saving theaters.

  • Texndoc

    I want to see “Shape of Water” but made the mistake of watching the trailer. Not that it’s bad, it’s just that I feel like I’ve seen the movie in condensed form including the end.

    • Scout

      Trailers are shameless in divulging plot twists, etc. I agree its like watching the quick version of the movie, saving time and money, so why watch the long version if there won’t be any surprises?

    • Dayglo

      Trailers show TOO MUCH! Especially that one.

  • bobbyjoe

    I stopped going to the movies so much when our main local cineplex made all its theatres reserved seating. While in theory reserved seating sounds nice (like how you have reserved seats at a concert or play) in American movie theatres it’s a disaster. There are so many problems, from people arriving late and walking around obnoxiously trying to find their reserved seat to getting a reserved seat and being seated next to someone with one of the problems (like being sick) everyone else is talking about here, and then if you get up and move having to risk sitting in someone else’s assigned seat, which means needless confrontation.

    The reason assigned seating works at plays and concerts is because you usually have a decent number of ushers and event managers working to make sure everything goes smoothly, but movie theatre chains don’t want to pay to have ushers who are even in the theatre when everybody’s being seated. Adding reserved seats was trying to solve a problem that didn’t really exist, and managed to make an experience already suffering from terrible audience behavior (texting, talking, not covering your mouth when having coughing fits, etc.) even worse.

  • marshlc

    I love going to the movies. It’s just so nice to sit in a big place with nothing else I have to do, watching a film. I don’t go constantly, but I probably see a dozen movies in the theatre in a year.

    And the kind of movies I want to see don’t tend to have the problems of noisy childish assholes, because they’re all over in the next theatre, watching superheroes. I’m sitting in a quiet theatre with other adults, watching something like “Their Finest”.

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    I couldn’t hear the lines anymore.

    But before I went this deaf, I was complaining about the re-runs and the lack of anything worth watching. From my pov, of course.

    • marshlc

      Have your tried using the caption devices? With the kind of hearing aids I use, I can still do fairly well without, but I’m thinking it’s nearly time to give them a try. I hear they work well, but it’s best if you call before you go to make sure they have some in the charger – otherwise you might get there only to find none of them have their batteries charged.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        I’ll wait until the movie comes out on dvd, then get it at the library.

        That way I can rewind if I want to see something again. And they’ve done the subtitles for me to choose. 🙂

        I’ll never spend 13$ on a film again. Fuck it, not worth the bother.

        • Scout

          Neflix, Amazon, and Hulu offer subtitles also.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            I’ve already paid for the library, I’ll get them there. 🙂

            Support your local library. It’s a beacon of freedom and liberty!

  • SoCalGal20

    Interestingly, I’ve been going to the movies more.

    However, I have access to several cheaper/cheap theaters or go during the bargain times. Even the very nice Angelika with reserved recliner seats and a full menu of food and drinks has a great deal if you go to the first showing of the day. It’s $8.50 and you get free Intelligentsia coffee and then when you get out of the movie, you can show your ticket stub any time that day and get 50% any drinks or menu items your order (that deal is hood for any ticket pucharse, not just the first showing).

    One of the other theaters around here has a Tuesday special with $5 tickets, $3 small popcorn and $2 small drink good all day on Tuesdays.

  • Nick in Pasadena

    I’ve always loved the collective viewing experience seeing a movie in a theater provides, but I do NOT love:

    — People around me constantly checking their cellphone, completely distracting me
    — People around me chatting with someone like they were home in their own living room
    — Trailers with the car chase scenes and explosions at ear-splitting volume
    — Being forced to watch commercials after I’ve already shelled out $15 to see the film

    Thanks, but no thanks. I have big screen, stereo viewing at home.

    • fuzzybits

      The ear splitting volume is so true. The last movie we went the trailers were so loud I wanted to walk out. The movie came on and it was lowered a bit.

    • Dayglo

      Commercials! There’s a crushingly unfunny M&Ms ad where they’re strapped to a missile. That fucking ad is over four years old now.

  • Miji

    I definitely don’t go as often as I used to, but just went to The Last Jedi on Friday night while in Michigan with family. I’ll have to say the perks in some new theatres makes it even more enjoyable. With reserved seating, we arrived right as the previews were starting and had the best seats, a row of recliners right in the middle with nice wide aisles.

  • Achilles Tsakiridis

    I have to say seeing Star Wars on a big screen is a lot of fun. BUT 17 dollars , plus a snack and planning to see it mid day , mid week when there are fewer crowds and less chance of obnoxious patrons makes me wait more often than not to just see it on my flat screen. The bigger TVs get , the more we stay at home

  • Steve Smith

    Last time I went to see a film, the place was full of people eating disgusting stuff in enormous quantities. The I had to sit through an eternity of advertising and trailers. The the film started and was constantly interrupted by the same people either talking on phones or getting up to buy yet more crap to eat.
    And maybe the industry should consider making some films for grown ups? There seems to be a pathetic stream of superhero garbage, endless bloody Star Wars and nothing at all which requires an IQ in double figures on behalf of the audience.
    And there’s my grumpy old man moment for the month. I shall now go and watch something in black and white. With actors.

  • Natty Enquirer

    At home, I sit 12 feet away from the screen. I have surround sound and a really big subwoofer for LFE. The movie starts when I’m ready and it pauses when I need to take a break. There are no commercials and the cost is about $1. There is delicious, bargain-priced food just steps away. And the best part: no smartphone zombies or moronic chatterboxes to spoil my enjoyment.

    Compete with THAT, you clueless, greedy exhibitors.

    • jmax

      I’ve been in a movie theater only twice in the past 30 years for those same reasons.

  • Vinnie NYC

    My last movie house experience was when I took my then 11 yr old niece to see Jurrasic World two years ago. She put her head on my shoulder and I felt like a human being. I was moved by the kind innocent gesture. though I did slip off my own heels during the film since the lead actress ran in hers throughout .

  • Lizard

    When they stop letting noisy little kids into the late-night showings, maybe I’ll reconsider. I’ve seriously pared back on theater watching because multiple movie experiences have been completely ruined by little kids yakking and running around the theater.

    Which is a shame, because some movies are best on a big screen.

  • Ninja0980

    Maybe it’s because for just one person in my area a standard ticket is $10 and even a small popcorn is $7.87.
    Throw in soda for $4.00 and presto, you have now spent more then twenty bucks on yourself.
    And if it’s more then one person..yuck.
    But wait a few months and you can watch the movie on Netflix and have popcorn etc. all for a fraction of that cost.
    That is why people don’t go to the movies anymore.

  • 3-Star

    Recently I had the “pleasure” of an Apple Watch on the arm of the man in front of me. Forget cell phone distractions this stupid thing was flashing better than a strobe light over the emergency exit door!

  • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

    The last movie theater I went to was one of those “View & Dine” sorts. Limited seating in each screening room–recliners with trays. You could order libations and staff would bring it to you. An expensive setting but worth it. At least once.

    Going to another movie tomorrow (a more traditional venue) after we finish the mu shu and egg flower soup.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Why does this surprise anyone? When the basic cost of living or in many cases, just getting by, is at an all time high, going to the movies is now a luxury for many families. It’s basic economics: paying people shit or stagnant wages while increasing the cost of living is going to cause the consumer to become less extravagant with their disposable income (assuming there even is any)…and yes, when taking the fam out to the movies runs you about $50-70 bucks (doesn’t including fuel or parking), that’s no longer a nice night out, it’s a luxury.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I go but I usually go to the first showing, almost never buy food/drinks and only pay for myself so the cost is manageable. By going to the first showing, I often avoid some of the problems because there’s usually fewer people and choose to sit more towards the back. Even so, I can go months without seeing a movie because Hollywood irritating often dumps the kind of thing I want to see in winter instead of spacing good stuff out throughout the year.

    I prefer to see Pixar in movie theaters because the animation is worth it.

  • Dayglo

    Honestly, I see at least one new movie each week as I’m lucky to have Baltimore and Washington theaters showing foreign, revival and arthouse stuff. Hell, you might easily be seated next to John Waters. That said, it’s been a weak year for movies.

    I have one problem, though. I really want to see Luca Guadagnino‘s “Call Me By Your Name” but I can’t bring myself to do it. I’m now at an age where I don’t want to come off like another Kevin Spacey chickenhawk perving after thinks. Just can’t do it, I’ll wait ‘til it hits cable or streaming.

    Saw “Darkest Hour” last night. I was expecting another paint-by-numbers biopic but it was surprising good.

    • stevenj

      Luca Guadagnino’s films are extraordinary. If you haven’t already seen I Am Love, it’s worth a watch. So is A Bigger Splash. Not sure why some are reacting negatively to Call Me By Your Name. The book was great and the film is at the top of a lot of critics “best” lists. I wouldn’t feel pervy at all going to a movie theatre to see this.

      • Dayglo

        I’ve seen “I Am Love” and enjoyed Tilda Swinton in it. I gravitate toward those filmmakers who skew really dark like Catherine Breillat and Michael Haneke. “Happy End” is the closest thing to a comedy we’ll get from Haneke.
        Reminds me of the critic who told an angry Lou Reed, “So, you’ve suffered for your art and now it’s our turn.”

  • JWC

    Wow signs of the times

  • SilasMarner

    I stopped going to the movies because of several factors. 1. Hollywood hasn’t had an original idea for a movie in decades. I’ve seen all their storylines years ago. 2. It’s too damn expensive to go to the theater these days, just to see a rehash of the same old stories. 3. People in the audience are rude. They talk during the movie, on their cellphones, etc., etc.

    • infmom

      Everyone in Hollywood wants to be first to do something second.

  • Dayglo

    Hollywood was putting all of their eggs in one basket anticipating the latest Star Wars film. That one movie was going to save the industry. It’s their Robert Mueller.

  • KaBoomBOX

    Despite places like Alamo Drafthouse improving the movie going experience, the reality is that’s the exception rather than the rule. Even without places like that, the thing that has ruined movie going for me has been sadly the thing that the theater owner really can’t control, and that is the people who go to movies. People and their lack of self control in public. Combined with the ever increasing size, quality and dropping costs of TV and home theater systems, I’m not surprised by this.

    • infmom

      One of the things I really miss about the movie experiences of my childhood (besides the grand old remodeled vaudeville theaters) was the vigilant staff of ushers who would promptly throw out anyone disrupting the show.

  • stevenj

    I love going to the movies and always have. My father took me to big screen westerns and sci fi as a kid and there were still lots of beautiful old movie palaces around. Times have changed. TV killed the nations movie palaces, video and dvd rentals killed off more theaters, streaming – another nail in the coffin. The husband and I rent dvds from Netflix and also stream Netflix, Filmstruck and Kanopy (this one through the public library) on Apple TV. But just 6 blocks away sits the Castro Theatre – in continuous operation since 1922 with it’s large screen and great sound system, able to project 35 and 70mm film, 3D and 4K digital. Plus there is an organ concert before every evening show. Their diverse repertory and first run showings bring us back month after month – there is always at least one film a month that interests us (date nights for us). And fortunately the theatre attracts an audience that seems respectful of people around them. Don’t like the shoe box chains but will occasionally fork over the big bucks for IMAX.

    • Chicago joe

      Film festivals rely on places like the Castro in SF and Music Box in Chicago. Festival goers are typically a thoughtful and polite crowd.

  • jerry

    I saw Star Wars yesterday…it was my xmas present from my sister. We went to the mall multiplex for the 1:30 PM showing, in 3D. They had remodeled since the last time I was there; put in the comfy recliner-type seats with the electronic leg extensions, so there was way fewer seats than before. Even with fewer seats, the theater was mostly empty. The 3D tickets, even for a matinee, were $12 each, and the medium popcorn and drinks were $21. I guess that’s why, even though school’s out and the mall’s food court was packed, that few people were in the theater.

    Also, this close to xmas, I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many empty parking spaces around the mall…must be why so many stores are closing.

    • Ninja0980

      Malls are fast becoming a thing of the past.
      I can tell you in my area Destiny is the only one still standing, the rest are simply shells.

      • jerry

        Yes, even the malls in the middle of cities are having multiple store closures.

        • zeroagent

          One word: Amazon. Why pay for thing at full prices, dealing with crowds, the hassle of finding the ever elusive parking space…and even then…not finding a good item to buy?

          Hate to say it..but Amazon has it all..and free 2 day shipping with Prime. Malls can just go fuck themselves.

  • John

    In reading the comments, I have to agree that the theater experience is less than desirable most of the time…not all of the time. I recently saw “Call Me By Your Name” at the Landmark Cinema in San Francisco. Comfortable seating that felt like leather (with drink holders). pleasant atmosphere, respectful audience. Prior to the screening, the theater manager announced, in person, to the audience that cellphones must be turned off, not silenced, Turned Off! I wanted to run down to the front of the auditorium and hug him. With senior discounted ticket, small popcorn and small drink, it cost me 23.75. Totally worth it.

    I have to take a moment to HIGHLY recommend “Call Me By Your Name” a first-love, Gay comedy/drama. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. Apparently the critics are right there with me, plus there’s significant Oscar buzz. Many critics are calling this the best film of the year. Search YouTube for the trailer and interviews with the stars. Then do yourself a favor and go see the movie. It’s a great story with character development, Not a CGI, green screen, violence filled extravaganza.

    • MassageBear

      Will look for it, on dvd.

    • zeroagent

      Saw it. Can certainly vouch for it. Very good movie.

  • infmom

    I used to love going to the movies. No better way to spend a day when I was a kid and my mom could get rid of me and my oldest brother for an afternoon for $2, which included bus fare, movie admission and popcorn and drinks to share. When my husband and I were first married, we went to the movies pretty near every weekend whether there was something good playing or not.

    Today? Well, the ticket prices are a much smaller chunk out of our budget than the $2 apiece of yesteryear, but the number of movies worth spending the money on is pretty near zero. Plus, every single freakn’ movie has a soundtrack so loud it comes close to blowing the whole audience out the back of the theater. My ears can’t take it any more. Love our Netflix subscription to both disks and streaming.

    Although we did go to the movies when AMC brought back Casablanca for a day. That is the best movie of all time, period.

  • SelectFromWhere

    Maybe if something other than SuperHero movies would come out, I’d go.
    I was all set to go to the new Woody Allen this weekend, and it already left town after ONE WEEK.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    Why spend movie theater ticket and concession prices for a remake of a movie that was a blockbuster 30 years ago, when for the price of one movie I can get a month’s worth of snacks and original programming on Netflix and Hulu?

  • MassageBear

    Several theaters around here require one to pre-select the seats (from a touch-screen) when purchasing tickets. The two times this year I went to a movie theater, I ended up selecting seats next to obnoxious people.

    On one side the couple reeked of cigarette smoke. The person in front of me kept texting. The other time had me seated next to a family of five with hyperactive kids. I tried moving but then those people eventually showed up so I had to return to me seat.

    I smuggle in my own soda and treats, refusing to buy their popcorn/candy.

    Never again will I waste on my money on an unpleasant experience and will gladly wait for the movie on DVD. Thank you, AMC and Marcus Theaters.

  • TheManicMechanic

    It’s cheaper to buy the video on Blu-ray with some Jiffy Pop and a liter of Coke for is, and I have a damn nice home theater setup to play it on, and there’s no jerks with cell phones, people yammering through the movie, and I forego the entire going-to-the-cinema slog that hasn’t been enjoyable for me since the last 15-20 years.

  • TheManicMechanic

    I used to be a movie fanatic. Several visits to the cinema every month on average. Home video didn’t put much, if any, of a dent in it, though I bought lots of the movies I enjoyed in the theater earlier. I started tapering off by the late 90s when it seemed that some of the local theaters no longer put any pride in their work. Theater floors full of rubbish and popcorn, shoes sticking to the floor, overpriced refreshments, indifferent staff, filthy bathrooms, etc. Then came the texting era, and, around the same time, the outright explosion of commercials and ads before the film. Twenty minutes before even the preview reels are rolling there are long form commercials, lame, sponsored interviews and trivia, and every preview bumpered by more ads. That was the final straw.

    Waiting for the ads to run is futile, as the seats become too full to find ideal seats before the movie begins. Folks now have pizza boxes and paper trays and jumbo candy and popcorn in noisy packaging that can get distracting. Now it’s people live streaming their experiences during the movies! We can’t even seek refuge in the later and midnight showings because of noisy children. It might be different in other countries (or parts of the US), but too often it’s a nuthouse in there. In the off chance the film I’m seeing is a quiet one without a large, disrespectful audience, I get to hear the explosions and noise from the latest blockbuster shoot-em-up in the neighboring auditorium. It’s sad, really, because a big part of the enjoyment of movies for me was the audience involvement. Knowing that I am not alone at that inevitable point in a Pixar film that turns on the waterworks, or the collective cheer when the good guy wins, or the gasps and shrieks those times in horror movies with the quiet shakey laughter as a lame cover that you weren’t really scared. Yes, being among the crowd is a big part of the whole cinema experience that I miss, but it doesn’t seem the same as it did back then.

  • ColdCountry

    Movies for geezers are $7.50 here. I think. I like going, but it’s a pain ’cause it’s half an hour away and about the only time I like going is in winter ’cause it’s dark so early. But my night vision gets worse every year, so that doesn’t help. However, I enjoy the movies and just saw The Last Jedi, AND the preview for the new Jurassic Park movie that I didn’t know was coming! Can’t wait!

  • Joe

    Now that we’ve seen how stupid so many Americans are, who wants to take the chance you could be sitting next to one at a crowded theater?

  • e jerry powell

    I think the last movie i saw in a theater was Dreamgirls. Just nothing all that entertaining enough to get me out of the house.

  • Thornton

    OK……The last time I went to a movie theater was to see Brokeback Mountain. What can I say? Not sure what year it was but the movie was just out.

  • DaveMiller135

    It’s the bedbugs.