Does the quality of the cinema influence my reviews on films? yes! Do I feel different about the film if I watch at home, not cinema? Of course! I watched Red Dawn (the 2012 one) many years ago, I know, it is not a great film. It was the boxing day, I was on holiday in Salt Lake City, in USA. There was nothing to do, so my friend and I went to the cinema, and watched this film. I felt pretty awesome because I found something to do, so I was in a pretty good mood, not putting any critical thoughts towards it. The popcorn was yummy, drinks was nice and cold. At the end of the film, people clapped and shouted: Yeah America! Then they laughed. That was the moment I realized that most people there were not for the film, but for the experiences. The ‘not doing anything but eat and watch’ experiences.
However I start to realising that a day out at cinema can be a complicated thing. We pay for seats, food and drink, and if it’s a block buster, have to pay a little bit more; for better seats, pay more please. OK, I understand every part but the premium seats. I am willing to pay for the popcorn, extra large drink, but premium seat ticket is what I would consider as one of the unnecessary things.
I have never paid for a premium seat ticket, but I have sat at the premium seats without paying that extra money and I watched the entire film with a slight guilty feeling in my mind, well, I should. However, I don’t ever want to pay for it unless it’s a huge film and I like it and the room is extremely full at the time I plan to watch. And I will feel sorry for people who seat at the front row who leaves with sore necks and tired eyes.
To be honest, paying for premium seats do not necessary mean that you receive a better experience. You still can’t lie down like you can do at home. There is still chance of having annoying and disrespectable people give you a two hour nightmare. Well, yeah, at least there won’t be a kid kicking your seats because the extra leg room; possibly no need to change posture that much because the extra leg room. However, as a small person, it doesn’t really bother me that much.
Oh, let us not include those luxury cinemas, they are in a different category. What we talking about here is more about cinemas like Odeon, an average Odeon cinema.
When the newest James Bond- Spectre came out, I watched at the Odeon in Bournemouth. There was queue at the box office when me and my partner arrived at the cinema, he was terrified we were going to miss part of the film. Also we paid £1 extra because it was a block buster. However, when we got into the room just before the adverts start playing, the room wasn’t even half full, but all the premium seats were empty. I could be sneaky but I decided that we should be good kids, so we watched the film very uncomfortably by seating close to the screen. If I have to be more picky, the image quality could be better.
Maybe this premium seats thing is influencing the ticket sale! Cinema is dying? I guess yeah, certainly there are people choose to watch film at home because they can make themselves 100% comfortable throughout the entire film. I am a cinema lover, so I always go to the Odeon cinema in Bournemouth, not because I like it, it’s only because I have no other choices.
Not all cinemas are bad. One of my favourite must be the WTW Lighthouse cinema in Newquay in Cornwall, well-layout comfortable seats, reasonable price and no premium seats and other stupid unnecessary thing! It has four screens, one room features a stage in the front, which can host a live performance. Two of the rooms features Dolby 7.1 audio system, and the image quality always seems decent and correct. My boyfriend and I must go to watch a film every time we go down to visit family. Every time we are there, the room is almost full. It’s kind of cute, isn’t it? 80- 90 people gather up in a room with snacks in their hand to ‘hang out’ for two hours, laugh and cry together.
Under the same chain, The Plaza in Truro supposed to be better and more classic. The film critic, Mark Kermode is one of the regular visitor at the Plaza. Occasionally he presents a film there as well. It’s a cinema which plays old classic films, commence live satellite transmission of theatrical shows, such as ballet, concert and etc. That’s even cuter, people gather together for a ‘stream’.
I love cinemas. I love good cinemas. I don’t like to hear that cinema is dying but it might be true. Myself as an example, I have bought a decent project and sounds system, for someday I feel like watch a film in my leather sofa without hearing people eating popcorns and seeing people come in late with a torch light to distract me. Or someday I just can’t afford.