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Author:  Monkey_Driven [ Thu April 30, 2020 3:32 am ]
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I like going to to theater too.

Author:  tragabigzanda [ Thu April 30, 2020 3:33 am ]
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Yellow Moon

Author:  doone [ Thu April 30, 2020 3:38 am ]
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I'd miss the popcorn.

Author:  B [ Thu April 30, 2020 1:30 pm ]
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Jammer XCI wrote:
Movie theaters fucking suck, hope they all go out of business and kill off the shitty malls and strip malls they're in while they're at it. :finger:


Chapel Hill has a great one built in 1927. They're cheap ($7 for adults). They sell beer. They host local events. They'll even do a birthday party with popcorn, soda, and pizza for $250. You can show what they're showing or bring in your own DVD.

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There's also an "art house" theater supported by a non-profit that shows all the independent movies. They aren't as cheap, but they do sell beer or let you bring in coffee from the attached coffee shop.

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My family tends to frequent the six screen AMC in town, because we can get gift cards from Discover. Their concessions are cheaper than most places, and the manager, Thor ... yes, THOR, is great. He's suggested when to buy tickets, and once gave me my money back when I had to leave a movie with a crying baby. It's only ever sold out for Spider-Man 2 and The Last Jedi, which is a mixed blessing. No one's ever in the theater, but then, I don't know how they are making money.

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And lastly, there's the abomination, which charges $15-$20 a seat, but it's one of those fancy, reserved seat places that will bring beer, wine, and cocktails, and a full menu to your giant, cushy recliner. They also get the stuff like Let's Play Two and show old movies during the summer. They suck, but they also have their uses.

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I love movie theaters.

Author:  Bammer [ Thu April 30, 2020 2:25 pm ]
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Hardly ever go, won’t miss ‘em.

Author:  epilogue [ Thu April 30, 2020 4:53 pm ]
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I will miss the Alamo Drafthouse if it disappears.

Author:  DissidentRival4 [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:06 pm ]
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lennytheweedwhacker wrote:
i miss the dollar theater :(

This. Saw Pulp Fiction about 5 times and Independence Day about 5 times in dollar theaters back in the day, lol...
But now? It's rare to take the whole family to the movies - when we do - we take advantage of the free AMC membership and try to do $5 Tuesdays. But with kids in school, it's obviously not a very frequent occurrence. So we will occasionally go during the matinee priced show on a Saturday or Sunday. The rare times we pay full price is mommy/daddy date night.
So all that to say - I wouldn't miss the theaters if they went away. I'd rather spend the $20 to stream a brand new release in the comfort of my own home - a lot cheaper than taking a family of 4 and getting concessions too.

Author:  tragabigzanda [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:12 pm ]
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I haven’t had a dollar theater in my vicinity for years now. I’d prefer they survive rather than the multiplexes.

Author:  Mickey [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:13 pm ]
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If I still lived in Vegas I'd deeply miss the local casino theaters, which are lovely insofar as they're always empty but serve alcohol and have huge reclining seats. We never go to the movies in Philly though, it's too much of an ordeal.

Author:  tragabigzanda [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:14 pm ]
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How’s the awesome Philly food scene holding up in the pandemic, Mickey?

Author:  lennytheweedwhacker [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:14 pm ]
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DissidentRival4 wrote:
lennytheweedwhacker wrote:
i miss the dollar theater :(

This. Saw Pulp Fiction about 5 times and Independence Day about 5 times in dollar theaters back in the day, lol...
But now? It's rare to take the whole family to the movies - when we do - we take advantage of the free AMC membership and try to do $5 Tuesdays. But with kids in school, it's obviously not a very frequent occurrence. So we will occasionally go during the matinee priced show on a Saturday or Sunday. The rare times we pay full price is mommy/daddy date night.
So all that to say - I wouldn't miss the theaters if they went away. I'd rather spend the $20 to stream a brand new release in the comfort of my own home - a lot cheaper than taking a family of 4 and getting concessions too.

yeah the $5 tuesdays are nice...we have a theater here that tickets are around $5 no matter the time...they get pretty much everything the amc one does as well

Author:  lennytheweedwhacker [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:16 pm ]
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tragabigzanda wrote:
I haven’t had a dollar theater in my vicinity for years now. I’d prefer they survive rather than the multiplexes.

we had one for quite awhile here that got up to about $2...the only catch is that the movies came about four months or so after the normal theater release

Author:  DissidentRival4 [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:17 pm ]
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Mickey wrote:
If I still lived in Vegas I'd deeply miss the local casino theaters, which are lovely insofar as they're always empty but serve alcohol and have huge reclining seats. We never go to the movies in Philly though, it's too much of an ordeal.

They just recently opened up a theater (about two years ago) that supposedly does this as well. I say "supposedly" because I have yet to see the bar open when we've gone. The best thing about this theater is that we can pre-order the tickets and actually get to choose our seats ahead of time. I do like that aspect a lot.

Author:  tragabigzanda [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:17 pm ]
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lennytheweedwhacker wrote:
tragabigzanda wrote:
I haven’t had a dollar theater in my vicinity for years now. I’d prefer they survive rather than the multiplexes.

we had one for quite awhile here that got up to about $2...the only catch is that the movies came about four months or so after the normal theater release

That still sounds great. But I’m more interested in older movies: Hitchcock, Goonies, Reservoir Dogs...

Author:  Mickey [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:20 pm ]
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tragabigzanda wrote:
How’s the awesome Philly food scene holding up in the pandemic, Mickey?


It's okay, there's been a lot of rallying around local restaurants so most of the ones in our neighborhood have stayed open via delivery/pick-up and seem to be doing alright. But I can't imagine they're at full staff right now and without margins on alcohol sales I'm not optimistic. We're trying to do our part to put some orders in without doing takeout every night.

Author:  Mickey [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:21 pm ]
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DissidentRival4 wrote:
Mickey wrote:
If I still lived in Vegas I'd deeply miss the local casino theaters, which are lovely insofar as they're always empty but serve alcohol and have huge reclining seats. We never go to the movies in Philly though, it's too much of an ordeal.

They just recently opened up a theater (about two years ago) that supposedly does this as well. I say "supposedly" because I have yet to see the bar open when we've gone. The best thing about this theater is that we can pre-order the tickets and actually get to choose our seats ahead of time. I do like that aspect a lot.


It's a nice middle ground--I hate the Alamo Drafthouse style places with all the food and the servers, it's too distracting, but the old-style movie theaters really make you wonder what you're paying for when there's no beer and they're less comfortable than your house.

Author:  lennytheweedwhacker [ Thu April 30, 2020 5:46 pm ]
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tragabigzanda wrote:
lennytheweedwhacker wrote:
tragabigzanda wrote:
I haven’t had a dollar theater in my vicinity for years now. I’d prefer they survive rather than the multiplexes.

we had one for quite awhile here that got up to about $2...the only catch is that the movies came about four months or so after the normal theater release

That still sounds great. But I’m more interested in older movies: Hitchcock, Goonies, Reservoir Dogs...

never heard of any of those

Author:  Simple Torture [ Tue May 12, 2020 2:11 pm ]
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This certainly seems like something that's going to have effects felt for a while to come. This was supposed to come out in theaters of October 2021, and (according to the article) Disney was going to make $75 million in distro rights plus ticket sales, and now they're banking on people signing up for their service and forgetting to cancel after the free trial instead.


Author:  Bammer [ Tue May 12, 2020 2:51 pm ]
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Simple Torture wrote:
Disney was going to make $75 million in distro rights plus ticket sales, and now they're banking on people signing up for their service and forgetting to cancel after the free trial instead.


You can count Mrs. Bam among that group.

Author:  Superblood Wolfmoon [ Wed May 13, 2020 3:23 am ]
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I just bought this and this and will have my own movie theater in the backyard soon for my friends and family. Best part? No dumb-dumbs allowed! I will miss that popcorn though.

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