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Nah. I thought about it when Tenet but then they announced that it's gonna release on Bluray in December. I can wait a few months and not risk getting covid.


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Last movie I saw in a theatre was Bombshell back in February.  My wife and I were celebrating Valentine's Day and our movie choices were basically Bombshell or Sonic the Hedgehog.  We chose Bombshell.

I haven't been to a theatre since.  I don't even think they are open in my area, but it's been a month or two since I've checked.  Even if they were open, I still wouldn't go.  I don't want the theatres to close down, but I don't want to get COVID either.  It's kind of a no win situation.

They’re re-running The Lord of the Rings, the Extended Editions even, in cinemas here in The Netherlands. So I figured I’d go. Been to Fellowship on tuesday, going to see The Two Towers tomorrow and will see Return of the King next week. Here, the maximum people allowed in any inside area is 30, given you can always be 1.5m apart, so the theatre which normally houses a couple hundred people feels quite barren. The upside is that I have plenty of empty chairs around me to dump my jacket and stuff on so that’s good. I think I’ll also go the James Bond next month or whenever it releases.

Last edited by S.Peelman - on 16 October 2020

Last time I went to a theater was in August. I went to see Matthias & Maxime (which is not a particularly known film) two months after the release, so I was expecting to find the theater almost empty. Surprisingly, there was actually a decent amount of people. Not many, but yeah.

My experience, however, was pretty good. In fact, it was even better than in pre-covid times. I don't know if it's just my luck, but many times I'm sitting close to someone that is not interested in the film at all and only keeps talking with their friends or eating noisily. Or I'm sitting close to someone who is soooo interested in the film that they can't wait for it to finish before they start discussing every single detail that draws their attention.

When any of those situations (or similar) happens, I don't get to fully enjoy the film, because I'm sensitive to noise and I end up being distracted a lot. And that's something that really annoys me, because, if I spend my money, I want to be able to enjoy the experience, which I can't do if I get constantly out of the film.

Thus, being in a theater with just a few people around, all of them perfectly quiet and not making absurd noises, just watching and enjoying the film, was like being in some kind of paradise for me, to be honest. So, in my personal experience, I didn't feel any kind of sadness, but just the calm and the enjoyment of the movie. It was almost a deluxe experience.

That said, I understand this is not good or sustainable for the industry, and I wouldn't want theaters to go away anytime soon, despite my complaints.

Besides, my experience happened a couple of months after the big, first lockdown, when the anti-covid restrictions were loosened in my country. But there's a softer lockdown right now in an ever-growing number of places here, so I don't know what the theaters looks like at this moment. The situation is surely a lot worse, because, even if it's possible to go out and watch a movie, it is by no means easy or safe. Much less than when I went, at least.

Last edited by Verter - on 15 October 2020

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Ain't no way I'm setting foot in a cinema again until I've been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

I miss it a lot, but not enough to risk my life.

Last edited by curl-6 - on 15 October 2020

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Heeeeeell no.

I don't want theaters to die out. But I'm also not going to put myself near dozens of people breathing down my neck.
Even if there are few people in the theater, the problem is that there are seats above you, and that stuff can travel pretty far.

Incidentally, I was in an empty cinema theater one time. Well, me and my friend were. It was in the early 2000's.
I think it was empty because we went to re-watch a movie after it had already been out for a while, and it got moved to one of the smaller rooms.

I'm not sure when I last went to the cinema though. I think I saw something after Detective Pikachu, but I can't remember what.

My favorite theaters to go to by far are the Alamo Drafthouse ones in Austin, but those are hours away and also have yet to reopen since the statewide lockdown. There are multiple AMC and Cinemark theaters that are open and located somewhat closer though and I've consistently landed at a "nearby" AMC of late as a result.

Last edited by Jaicee - on 18 October 2020

Last time I was in cinema, was back in february at the Berlinale movie festival. I used to go a lot to movie theatres, but that reduced in the last years, mostly because most blockbusters got more and more boring in my opinion and only attended movie festivals: Berlinale and FantasyFilmFest in my area. Back in february I got ill while the festival was ongoing (not covid) and actually gave away the last of my tickets to a friend, as I stayed home. So I was on vacation to fully enjoy the movie festival, went to being ill and stayed home for that and then I recovered we had homeoffice in the job.

Anyways, I decided that movie theatres are too risky at the moment and stayed away for the time being.

Covid might very well the death blow to most movie theatres. They weren't in great shape before. TV had reduced cinema a lot some decades back, but cinema had survived on a smaller scale. But streaming had recently begun to eat into their market too. Now with COVID it might very well be over. Maybe we will see a comeback of open air theatres though.

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