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Old 03-23-2020, 12:00 AM   #161
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((Shrug)) I forget where I read it but it was only a couple of weeks ago, some article about how they purposely nerf the audio so people will buy better (= more expensive) speakers. I'm no expert but the way they explained it made a lot of sense.

I mean, brake pads and fan belts don't last as long as they used to either. Pretty much everything we buy is designed to entice us to "upgrade" or "replace" with ever-greater frequency.

Gonna be a whole lotta people being "frugal" when this is all said and done, that's for sure.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:11 AM   #162
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I will say, in LA, I had chance to go to one of the big cinemas downtown.
It was a totally different experience than here. We have a chain called Cineplex Odeon, they chased most of the competitors out, and have a monopoly.

They are the big, cheap, shittier version of what we once had. Also, it’s no longer a comfortable experience. Yeah, as a kid, in my teens it was great,but there were no cellphones then, and people were a better at being quiet. It’s a weird thing to say. Going to a movie was a fun experience before, but that isn’t today. Today it’s a shitshow.

People who go and live tweet a movie should be shot, in the ****ing street.

Now, I have a great seat, everytime, no fighting for the arm rest with a stranger, and if I need to piss, I don’t miss a damned thing.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:19 AM   #163
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All the theaters here (well, maybe 90%) all have nice big reclining leather seats.

I remember Cineplex Odeon. That used to be a thing here in WA but I haven't heard that name in a decade or more.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:26 AM   #164
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It's gotten better recently (well, "recently" as in the last 10 years or so). The aforementioned reclining leather seats, better overall quality in general.

One thing I noticed, and only recently found out the "Why" of, is that on very rare occasions a movie will seem a little off or out of focus. Turns out that most likely it was because some operator neglected to swap the 3D lenses on the projector, and since it wasn't a 3D showing, the picture quality suffered. Apparently very few people are trained to swap the lenses correctly and since the projectors are mostly-automated now, it's become standard to just leave them in and thus some movies get played out of focus, and if anyone complains they just refund their ticket money since it wasn't going to the theaters' pockets anyway.

That kinda sucks, but it only happened a couple of times that I was aware of. Otherwise, I definitely enjoy going more now than I used to. They're generally cleaner as well, except for the bathrooms, which... well, all public bathrooms are f*cking awful, anyway. I pretty much have to be about to lose it before I'll even touch one. That's not really a theater problem, though, that's a general "I'm not at home so f*ck whoever has to clean up after me" problem, because people are inherently awful.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:48 AM   #165
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All the theaters here (well, maybe 90%) all have nice big reclining leather seats.

I remember Cineplex Odeon. That used to be a thing here in WA but I haven't heard that name in a decade or more.
We had Famous Players and AMC before. Both were killed.
IMAX used to be a big player as well.

Now. Itís all Cineplex. I wasnít exaggerating at the prices. 20$ for snacks for one. Tickets can be 22$ each. Itís madness.
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Old 03-23-2020, 01:06 AM   #166
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That's definitely wacky. I pay around $12 per ticket over here, sometimes less. One place I went to commonly offered Student prices of under $10 if the only seats left were in the first two rows, and with the reclining seats that's not even a huge deal-breaker anymore like it used to be. But they know it's annoying so they let you pay like eight bucks rather than leave. That's always cool.

A popcorn-and-soda bundle is generally about $8, give or take. My wife and I generally split one because we don't like to get up to piss during a movie, and I can't guzzle a giant soda and hold it for an hour like I used to. So yeah, a Movie Night is about $35 for the two of us, which isn't bad.

I definitely believe the $20+ horror stories, though, I hear it from lots of people who live elsewhere. Just glad that's not the standard over here.
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Old 03-23-2020, 01:37 AM   #167
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Yeah, it's like $12-14 here. Less for matinee. 3D is like $17 or so.
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Old 03-24-2020, 12:45 PM   #168
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August 14th 2020 is the new release date

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Watch them push it back again to November, don't see that date sticking.
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:37 PM   #170
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Our local theater is 10$, 6$ for matinees. Snack will run about 6-7$ a person, but we usually share a bag of popcorn, and get small drinks. I have a fairly big purse, though, so we can slip in a couple of the big candy packs. Same stuff as the theater, but cheaper from the grocery store.
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Our local theater is 10$, 6$ for matinees. Snack will run about 6-7$ a person, but we usually share a bag of popcorn, and get small drinks. I have a fairly big purse, though, so we can slip in a couple of the big candy packs. Same stuff as the theater, but cheaper from the grocery store.
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We also pay 13% tax on the whole shebang.

And yes, it's the Imax price, I refuse to pay 16.00 for a 15ft screen in a tiny theater.

If we buy snacks for everybody, it's anywhere from 80-100$, not including gas.
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