Strangling The Movie Theater Experience (10)

Unfortunately the movie theater experience is an expereience that i believe for many reasosns has been taken for granted in the past five or so years. With the ability to quickly download and stream videos from your computer, dvr, and even a telephone, many choose to skip the movie going event for the convenience and cost efficiency (free) of this new format. I completely understand why saving money seems appealing, but I would like to make my argumeant for why spending seven dollars for a movie beats streaming it on your Imac pro (also if you own an imac pro you can spare 7$ for a movie!).

I had a professor who used to say that if you have never seen Citizen Kane on the big screen then you have never seen Citizen Kane. I hadn’t seen it on the big screen until the night after he said that. He was absolutely right. The movie felt completely different to me and since I have been obsessed with understanding why. Here are some reasons I have gathered beyond the obvious atrocious quality of streaming it through 380p on YouTube.

#1 Filmmakers think about their movies played on the big Screen when considering the decisions that make the structure of the film. Little Details that tend to significant ideas about the film might appear too small on a television and especially a phone. You might not think that the small clock on the mantle in the murderes house carried any significance but quite often it does, and effects you in some way or another. This small detail would appear much larger on the big screen as intended.

#2 Sound. there is a reason why an entire team works together to create the symphony of sound you hear on the movie; Because it’s important and can only be truly appreciated with the sophisticated sound system this symphony was intended for. The explosions in saving private Ryan, Pacino commanding the screen in his dog day afternoon monologues, and the intricate sound design of the science fiction world of star wars just plain out sounds better at the movie theatre than on a computer.

#3 SIZE!!!! A train approaching the screen triggers much more of an emotional response in its massive scale then a tiny train coming at you.

#4 It’s 12: 20 Am. The last preview of the bunch closes up. Slowly the chatters of a couple hundred people slopes down toward zero. Silence. The first frame of The Dark Knight Rises takes control of the screen and the beauty and the tension is felt by everyone around you . Seeing a movie with a massive group of people who are all experiencing the movie changes everything. Who would want to ride roller-coasters by themselves all day. I hope no one.

Here is a clip of current filmmaker david lynch complaing about today’s trends http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKiIroiCvZ0

and here is a 1911 article about the beauty of the movie theater experience when it was very appreciated, at least by a certain class.  http://www.public.asu.edu/~dgilfill/pdf/articles/filmtheory/romains_cinematograph.pdf

I’m sure there are many more I have left out but I hope you get the idea. If you agree or disagree, or have even more reasons, I would love to hear your comments.

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