I’m a big fan of movie theatres, also in the news cancer sucks, waters are wet, the sky is blue and fire is hot.
Actually though going to see a movie in the theatre is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Apparently, that makes me a somewhat special person because I keep seeing these ads before my movies where I’m thanked just for showing up to the theatre. I mean they’re thanking the other theatre attendees as well, but I’m there so often that sometimes I think they’re talking directly to me. The real reason they’re airing those is that movie studios are really really worried that people are just gonna stop coming to the theatre, and that might have something to do with the fact that 2017 was one of the worst years for theatre attendance since the early nineties, at least in the US. It might not seem like a lot since they only went from selling 1.3 billion tickets to 1.2 billion tickets, but I mean that’s 100 million tickets. Losing 100 million of anything is something to make noise about.
I get why it’s down though, it’s hard to justify blowing 10 bucks to go see a movie when A) It’ll probably be on Netflix eventually and B) Even if it doesn’t make it to Netflix, there are still a Bajillion other things to watch on there or Hulu or Amazon etc. We live in a time where there is an absolutely staggering amount of content out there so much so that even dedicated media junkies like myself can’t keep up with it all. I don’t think I’ve seen a single episode of any TV show that has aired in 2018. That has been a conscious choice though, I figured I could either find the time to watch TV or go see movies and for me, it’s always gonna be going to the movies. I love movie theatres. I love looking up at the giant screen in seats that are frankly too close to each other, I love it when the lights dim and the screen widens, I just love being at the movies. You know what the real honest to goodness magic off it all is for me though? When I’m at the theatre, I get to put everything else in life aside and just partake in whatever I’m seeing. It’s just me and the movie. I love it. I wish more people loved it like I do, but I’m perfectly happy to continue being in the minority on this one. Enjoy your Netflix, I’ll be at the movies.