Love Movies & Theaters but Hate the Movie-Going Experience
Over this past Memorial day weekend I took my family to two movies.. at the theater. There is something mesmerizing about the giant screen and the surround sound that makes the theater the best place to see a sci-fi or action movie. Those are the good things about going to the movies.
There are a few things that take away from the movie-going experience though:
- Long previews. I was so tired after 30 minutes of previews that I fell asleep during Night at the Museum #2
- Sticky floors and seats. My phone fell below my seat during Star Trek and I had to go boldly into unexplored territory. I think I still have some foreign substances under my nails. There was definitely alien life under my seat… no question.
- People and their food. I always get the guy with plastic wrapped candy and the 45 gallon popcorn to sit down behind so that I can enjoy his additional sound track during the movie. Nothing like hearing chewing during a quiet, intense scene.
- Late Arrivers. We have to show up early to shows in order to make sure we can get at least one companion seat next to a wheelchair slot otherwise people fill all those seats and Lauren has to sit by herself. Star Trek was in a small theater so my wife and I had to sit in the row behind our daughters because we could not all get companion seats. Sitting behind them kept us close so that we could interact with them. A family of about 6 came in about 25 minutes into the previews and after taking seats asked my wife and I if we would be willing to move so that they could all sit together.
All-in-all, I would much rather watch a movie at home but it sure is hard to create that kind of movie-going-experience …. 😉
What are your pet peeves about the movie-going experience?