In the age of 4k TVs and state of the art home theater systems, is it still a good idea to head over to a movie theater? Why go to AMC when you can just watch from the comforts of your couch? Why spend money buying tickets and stand in line when you can buy a Blu-ray?
The answer is yes, there are a lot of reasons to go watch a movie in the theater, and as we will show, it is a superior experience to home viewing.
Really Big Screen
Maybe you’ve got a 60 inch 4K TV sitting pretty in your entertainment room and you marvel at how awesome King Kong looks. It does sound impressive but doesn’t hold a candle to watching the big fella on an IMAX screen. Whether it’s a space battle or lovely nature shots, the big screen is better.
The magic of the big screen isn’t limited to big budget blockbusters with special effects. Even in romantic films, documentaries and dramas, the screen makes the viewing experience large than life.
Ever noticed how funnier movies are when you’re in a theater? It’s just more fun to laugh with other people. And it’s not just comedies either. Imagine being in a movie house and hear the screams during a horror flick, or the cheers when Han Solo appears in The Force Awakens. The feeling is just different and adds to the whole experience.
You can watch movies any way you like, but most people agree that it’s best seen with others. Whether with your friends or just a crowd, it becomes a moment to remember. From the time you stand in line, excited like the rest, to when you come at the lobby and chat with friends, it’s one of a kind.
At home there are so many things that can distract you. The phone might ring, one of your family members might be chatting too loudly, neighbors could drop by, pets, kids, etc. The fact that you’re near the fridge might tempt you to pause the movie every five minutes to get some food.
Being at home it’s also too easy to get up, pay the bills, walk the dog or do some other chores. It takes you away from the movie. When you’re in a theater your attention is focused on the screen so your full attention is right there. A movie theater also forces you to empty your bladder before the show begins. Because the bathroom is nearer at home, you can just pause the film, and that’s disruptive.
No Pause Button
Watching films in cinemas generate a more powerful emotional response since you won’t be able to hit a pause button. The tension, adrenaline rush and scares can’t be rewind, fast forward or paused. You can’t control when and how the scene plays out and that makes a huge difference in terms of emotional impact.
A fancy surround sound system is music to the ears, but it’s nothing compared to the sound in a typical movie theater or IMAX. Everything just sounds bigger and better. Needless to say this is perfect for car explosions, jump scare scenes, songs, dialogue, sound effects etc.
The awesome visuals onscreen are best accompanied by a state of the art audio system, and that’s what cinemas provide. Combined, the two lead to a more immersive experience. Whether it is a science fiction action film, an epic high fantasy, historical drama or romantic comedy, sounds make a huge impact.
Some Me Time
No doubt, watching a film with your special someone, family or friends is an experience to remember. But watching a film alone in a mostly empty theater can be just as enthralling. Sitting by yourself, feeling the air condition and eating popcorn, just you and the movie.
There is no annoying chatter, no one asking you what’s happening or anything like that. There are some movies better seen with friends and a crowd, but there are also cases wherein it’s just as fun to be alone.
Watching at home doesn’t carry the same weight or experience as being in the theater because, well, you’re at home. This is where you wash the dishes, pay the bills, and do the usual routines.
It’s hard to get caught up in a movie because your laptop is right there. While watching the film it’s easy to give in and browse the web, turn to Netflix and so on. In a movie theater that’s not possible.
Home theater systems have come a long way and they’ll only get better as technology evolves. But there is nothing quite like watching your favorite film on the big screen. It’s something you need to experience. Nothing wrong with watching a film at home, but the theater is a totally different animal.