10 reasons the movie-theater experience is still worth the effort (2022)

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out passed the $150 million mark at the box office this weekend, making it the highest-grossing debut ever for a writer-director working from an original screenplay, breaking the 1999 record held by The Blair Witch Project.

This makes Get Out a unicorn. The movie-theater industry is bleeding, thanks to streaming services, rising ticket prices, and studios’ dwindling interest in original pitches. In 2015, the box-office take reached its lowest point in nearly two decades. There are obvious reasons for that besides the competition for time and eyeballs. Most of the films in wide release these days are reboots, franchise films, and Disney’s mostly regrettable live-action remakes. Theaters have been engaging in predatory pricing for “the next big theater upgrade” no one is asking for. But for Get Out, movie fans have apparently made time to visit actual theaters.

Many pieces have already been written about why Peele’s riveting, participatory horror-comedy is best experienced in a crowded movie theater, and he’s echoed the sentiment himself, explaining that it’s not available on any VOD services because “if you don't see it with the theater energy, you'll miss the full intended experience.” In the replies to that tweet, people are actually making plans to “get some friends together” to go see the film. So as movie-watchers who love the brick-and-mortar experience, we’d like to think Get Out is a sign of new life for the social space of the theater.

get out is a solid argument that a paper ticket is worth it

The reasons to see Get Out in theaters aren’t related to the new strategies cinema owners are betting on. At last week’s CinemaCon, theater owners and vendors flaunted Jack-and-Coke slushies, VR experiences, improvements to 3D — it refuses to die! — and other new gimmicks designed to get people back in the seats. They’re scrambling to create incentive for movie-lovers to go to physical theaters, seemingly unaware that the reasons already exist, and have been more or less the same for generations.

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So here they are are: 10 reasons why buying a ticket is still worth it. (Other than movie-theater popcorn, which is itself a pretty good reason.)

The big screen. There’s something to be said about watching visual storytelling on a three-story screen, particularly when the film really takes advantage of the format. Just think of what it’s like to see the Millennium Falcon jump into hyperspace in The Force Awakens, or the loving long takes near bodies of water in Moonlight. It’s tempting to think that sitting in a dark theater staring at a massive white sheet won’t matter when everyone has 40-plus-inch 4K TVs, but scale has a unique ability to sweep you away. You get pulled into the sound and color in a way that you don’t feel when you’re sitting on your couch at home. There’s nothing inherently wrong with watching Star Wars on your phone, tablet, laptop, or TV. It’s just that seeing something cinematic blown up big for the eyes to feast on is still a unique, worthwhile experience. —Kwame Opam

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People everywhere. Unless you're going to see Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle Part III in the middle of a snowstorm, chances are there will be other people in the theater with you. Although in other circumstances — the subway, a bathroom line — a large group of people can be a detriment to a particular experience, in the case of the movie theater, it's a net positive. A group of people laughing together simultaneously triggers a feeling that you should laugh, too; during a suspenseful moment, you can feel dozens of strangers suck in their breath together. Even if you're surrounded by the same friends who are always on your couch, by going to the theater, you're refreshing a familiar social setting. Instead of talking out loud about Matthew McConaughey's abs, you and your friends are forced to speak in wordless visuals: an eyebrow raise, a side smile, an arm grab. —Lizzie Plaugic

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Focus. In your own home, there are too many things. Some of these things are your roommates or family members who talk to you out loud, and some of these things are phones, computers, pets, and the temptation to get up and recheck the fridge every 20 minutes. Even people who try their hardest to give a movie their undivided attention on a living-room screen have fallen victim to temptations like “Well, I’m just sitting here, I might as well pay the electric bill.” In the movie theater, all you have is your chair, any snacks you brought or bought, and the movie you’re there to watch. You also have an empty bladder because you thought ahead, not wanting to have to get up in the middle of the film to climb over people and cause a ruckus. —Kaitlyn Tiffany

Relentlessness. Part of the advantage of that kind of focus is that movies that are tense, scary, or deeply emotional can cast much more of a spell over you when you don’t have the option to pause or turn away from the worst, then rewind later to catch it safely out of context. Watching Get Out at home, especially alone, it might be tempting to take breaks from time to time, to escape the oppressive emotions on the screen. In the theater, you don’t have that option —it’s going on with or without you, which makes everything more intense and insistent and demanding. You can’t get the same excitement and catharsis from an experience you completely control. In the theater, it’s out of your hands, and that loss of control is part of the emotional experience. —Tasha Robinson

A massive speaker system. Is it just me, or was there a lot of heavy breathing in Get Out? I realized this because I saw it in theaters, and if it wasn't in surround sound, it was at least a solid C-shape. Even if you've got some at-home speaker system so fancy, it makes you say things like "Just listen to those decibels!" while you're playing a Rush track, it's still not as good as the theater's. Horror movies in particular benefit from massive movie-theater sound: the jumps are jumpier, the screams more blood-curdling. But it doesn't hurt to hear a catchy pop song played loud as heck in a romantic comedy’s opening credits. And now that we've forced Ryan Gosling to start singing, it's on us to listen to his voice in the most dramatic way possible. —Lizzie Plaugic

Previews. I love a nice music video, and in particular a music video that gets me all riled up about Harry Styles’ film debut. What a nice way to start your evening — being reminded of all the movie magic still to come in your life. The previews are the perfect time to settle in, open your Red Vines, and clutch some cutie’s shoulder while you shout “Oh, I want to see that!” You can always watch trailers on YouTube, but the thrill is gone and there’s probably no nearby shoulder to clutch. —Kaitlyn Tiffany

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Disruption. No, not the kind where the dude in front of you won’t stop shouting lame quips, or the couple behind you keeps explaining the movie to each other. Those disruptions are still annoying. I mean disruption in the sense the word has taken on in cultural and professional circles, where anything that shakes up the status quo gives you a chance to re-evaluate it. A problem with watching movies at home is that it makes the film-watching experience blur into the same experience as surfing cable channels, running a Netflix comedy show in the background while you do dishes, or half-assedly watching an Adventure Time marathon while stoned. Leaving your house and going to a space specifically designed for movies disrupts your mental patterns and primes you for an experience.

leaving your house resets your expectations

It resets your expectations and your emotions with a new space, and sets you up to pay attention. It makes watching a movie into an event, something a little more special than clicking on the next YouTube video or letting the automatic play-next-episode function on your streaming service kick in. Watching media can be extremely passive. Physically going to a special space makes it a more active experience. —Tasha Robinson

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Alone time. Going to the movies with friends or your significant other can be a cherished pastime, especially when you’re surrounded by an excited audience. But there’s nothing quite like being in an empty theater, the air conditioning blasting away, while you’re enjoying a film free from judgment or rude voices. Not every film affords this kind of pleasure. You certainly wouldn’t watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show by yourself, because that’s a communal experience. But the ability to have something as majestic as Princess Mononoke wash over you and you alone is a powerful thrill. —Kwame Opam

32 ounces of cola in the dark. Did you know that a small beverage at AMC theaters is 32 ounces? I'm not here to monitor your Fanta intake. The important thing is, that's a lot of soda — fizzing up in a much bigger vessel than you probably have at home. And it's fountain soda, which is objectively the best kind of soda. This is all to illustrate the fact that going to the movies is an experience, and that includes everything leading up to the actual screening. You get to buy a little paper ticket (one of the last bastions of paper ticketing!), get yourself some special candy that you'd never buy at a drug store even though it's $7 more expensive at the theater, play a racing arcade game in the lobby, marvel at the ugly rug pattern, and let all that freshly popped popcorn air seep into your pores, as Mother Nature intended. —Lizzie Plaugic

Bragging rights. Tell me which one sounds better: “When I saw A New Hope at midnight at the drive-in…” vs. “When I watched A New Hope on VHS in 1982.” There’s no question, okay? That was just a rhetorical exercise. Jordan Peele has succeeded in marketing Get Out as an unmissable event, where attendance feels more like getting to go to an enviable concert or one-night-only stage performance than it does sidling into a matinee because you have nothing better to do. I saw it at a sold-out showing its opening weekend, which was fun not only because everyone was yelling and laughing, but also because not everyone in the world got to. —Kaitlyn Tiffany


Why are movie theaters still relevant? ›

It's an entertaining and immersive activity to enjoy with friends, family, dates, or alone. On top of that, you get to watch a movie right when it comes without having to wait for it to hit streaming services.

What are the benefits of going to the cinema? ›

Movies can provide several mental health benefits.
  • Boost mood. ...
  • Relaxation. ...
  • Motivation. ...
  • Improve relationships. ...
  • Reduce stress. ...
  • Inspire social and cultural reflection.

Why do people still enjoy going to the cinema to watch a film? ›

The reason we love going to the movies is that it is an experience. We get popcorn and get cozy in our theater's reclining seats. We experience a movie with the whole audience as well. Honestly, nothing is more fun than seeing a movie with a theater packed full of people invested in the movie too.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of theatre? ›

And there are more advantages: the very limits of theater present challenges for both the artists' and audiences' imaginations. The downsides include that live performance is not permanent; it is gone as soon as it is delivered. Mistakes can't be fixed as in film.

Do people prefer movie theaters? ›

Three in 5 consumers said they'd rather watch movies at home via streaming services, twice the share that said they prefer to watch movies in the theater. Despite consumers' preference for streaming, they were equally clear that they at least want the option to see films in theaters.

Is going to the movies still a thing? ›


The film industry continues to be big business in the United States, generating 6.4% of the country's economy.

How do movies inspire us? ›

They can make us think. They can make us compassionate. They can inspire us to help others and to do good to and for humanity. Romantic movies, on the other hand, can remind us why love is important and why it is worth fighting for.

How do films impact society? ›

Film can be used to reach a wide audience, to inform and inspire change through engaging audiences and reflecting society. Social film drama unites people in a common sense of humanity and shared responsibility, which gives it added power to help foster positive change.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of watching a movie in a movie theater? ›

Experiencing a movie in a theater lets you see the film on a huge screen with plenty of detail. It also offers a surround-sound system that enhances the overall experience, making you feel as if you're actually part of the story. The downside, however, is that you have no control over either of these.

Why movies are the best form of entertainment? ›

Films are one of the best forms of entertainment because they offer something for everyone. They are intense, dramatic, funny, and so much more. Whether you're feeling up or down, you can guarantee that you'll be able to find a film that keeps you entertained from start to finish.

What can we learn from watching movies? ›

Check out these important life lessons we learned from the movies.
  • Empathise. 'You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… ...
  • Make friends. ...
  • Make the most out of life. ...
  • Don't worry. ...
  • Respect nature and those who treasure it. ...
  • Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Jul 9, 2014

Do you prefer to watch movies in theatre or at home? ›

"Watching from the comfort of your own home is ideal but going to the cinema makes you remember the film more and enjoy the experience itself. I would rather go to the cinema as a nice treat." "They both are good and bad. At home you can pause it if you need the loo but it's not as much of a treat.

What are the benefits of drama? ›

The benefits are physical, emotional, social, and they help to develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts.
  • Self-Confidence. ...
  • Imagination. ...
  • Empathy. ...
  • Cooperation. ...
  • Concentration. ...
  • Communication Skills. ...
  • Fun. ...
  • Emotional Outlet.

What are the advantages of watching movies at home? ›

Here are seven reasons why it is more enjoyable watching movies at home in the comfort of your own place as opposed to going out.
  • It's Cheaper to Watch Movies at Home. ...
  • You Can Go to the Bathroom and Not Miss the Good Stuff. ...
  • You're Not Limited to Popcorn. ...
  • You Can Rewind if You Miss the Joke.
Sep 11, 2020

What is importance of drama? ›

Drama is an important tool for preparing students to live and work in a world that is increasingly TEAM-ORIENTATED rather than hierarchical. Drama also helps students develop TOLERANCE and EMPATHY. In order to play a role competently, an actor must be able to fully inhabit another's soul.

Are people still watching movies? ›

Although Americans' screen-time activities are gradually evolving away from TV and movies, the pandemic has brought about an increase in home-based new movie viewing.

Why dont people go to movies anymore? ›

Over half of respondents, 55%, said they are more interested in watching movies at home, 50% said it's too expensive to see movies in theaters and 32% said they aren't interested in the movies playing in theaters are major reasons why they don't go to theaters.

How many people watch a movie every day? ›

Movie viewership

Movies have long been a staple of the entertainment industry in both the United States and across the globe. Around 19 percent of U.S. adults claim to watch or stream movies every day, while an additional 26 percent state that they watch movies several times per week.

Are theaters making a comeback? ›

Those fears proved unfounded, and the ranks of movie theaters are actually growing again. New builds in the Middle East and China could increase the number of global screens to 240,000 from 200,000, according to Berenberg analyst Trion Reid, citing Barco management in a December note.

Are movie Theatres making a comeback? ›

Looking ahead, 2022 will be an important year for the future of movie theaters. While the initial return to theaters is gaining steam, box office receipts are still far below 2019 pre-pandemic levels. The long-term recovery will likely hinge on how the movie industry responds to viewers' shifting desires.

Are movie theaters declining? ›

The rise of streaming services has contributed to the decline of turnout in theaters. Going to the movies is a beloved experience for many, but has become less popular as of late.

Why are movies so important to society? ›

Movies are important to society because they reflect culture, change culture, and spur economic growth. Cinema is a reflection of its own society. Movies are important to society because they reflect culture, change culture, and stimulate economic growth. Movies reflect a culture in so many ways.

How did movies change the way of life? ›

They can help the economy grow, inspire individuals, and expand our basic knowledge of the world around us. Movies can also create violence and bad habits, can make people greedier, and can send a bad message to the public. The effects that films have on society are numerous and two-fold.

How movies can change the world? ›

Films can have an impact far greater than first imagined. They can influence culture, politics, laws, and more importantly, they can change the course of history (apologies for being melodramatic). As Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female director, perfectly put it; 'Art can touch people and make them open up.

How do movies impact the youth? ›

Many characters become role models, which means that children begin to imitate their actions and behaviours. Movies help youngsters to see the difference between good and evil. Many films can also help to make the right decisions and think independently.

Why do people love movies? ›

People go to watch the movies to feel and to escape from reality, movies transport us to a different time, place or situation we may never be able to experience. The emotions we feel when we're engaged by a movie is what makes us come back for more.

What is the purpose of a cinema? ›

A movie theater (American English), cinema (British English), or cinema hall (Indian English), also known as a movie house, picture house, the movies, the pictures, picture theater, the silver screen, or the big screen, is a building that contains auditoria for viewing films (also called movies) for entertainment.

What is the biggest disadvantage of cinema? ›

Disadvantages of Cinema:
  • Not all movies are worth a watch.
  • Wastes time.
  • Some movies Devoid of logic.
  • Some scenes may have negative influence on children and minors.
  • Encourages stereotype.
  • Lewd dialogues and song lyrics may corrupts the viewer's mind.
  • Some movies are devoid of any social message and relevance.
Aug 6, 2018

What is the biggest disadvantage of cinema answer? ›

Disadvantages of Films
  • Movies Profess Violence: There is no denying that movies today are more violent than ever before. ...
  • Movies are made for Profit: Ever heard of a movie made for charity, hard to say? ...
  • Establish False Notions: Some movies portray certain subjects or themes in a way which is far from real.
Sep 6, 2018

How can cinema be used to understand our society? ›

Movies mirror culture

Every movie is set and developed in a particular culture. They are an integral part of us; they mirror what we believe in and how we coexist as people. It is easier to see our concerns, attitudes, flaws, and strengths in films than it is to decipher them from our daily interactions.

Why watching a movie is better than reading? ›

Watching a motion picture is an inherently more passive experience than reading a book. Yet it imparts content in a much more easily consumable way than a book of commensurate length. Movies are more tangible, visual, and compact than comparable written works, and are therefore easier to remember.

Why are movies the best? ›

It can inspire you to make positive changes in your life, forgive someone, makeup with your loved one, volunteer somewhere, or anything that will improve your life. Movies often teach us what's good and what's not, and certain events or sentences said by the main characters can motivate us to change our lives.

How does watching movies relieve stress? ›

Movies bring us a sense of relief, even if they stress us out first. Watching something suspenseful releases cortisol (the stress hormone) in the brain, followed by dopamine, which produces feelings of pleasure.

What is the moral lesson of the movie in time? ›

LESSON #1: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST-- During the movie, Vincent Kartheiser's heavy drops a quote saying "for anyone to be immortal, many must die." While self-serving to his character, he brings up a good point that is layered in the old adage of "survival of the fittest." While he poetically means that immortality only ...

Does watching movies help depression speech? ›

“Along with the escapism, movies can [invite] your depression take a back seat. Movies can also help you release your emotions and act as a catharsis, sometimes helping you express some emotions you've been having a hard time expressing,” she says.

What do you like about theater? ›

When you think about how many different things come together to create a show, it isn't really a surprise that theatre is so magical: from the initial spark of inspiration, to the intricate detail that is poured into the set, costume and lighting, the thought and creativity that goes into translating a story onto a ...

What is the difference between watching a movie at home and at the theatre? ›

The differences between watching movies at home and at a theater include, the screen size, convenience, the ability to pause & rewind movies, additional snack choices, and the convenience of being able to talk when watching at home. There are numerous advantages and disadvantages with both mediums.

What is the difference between watching a film at the cinema and going to the theatre? ›

Theatre involves live performance with actors and actresses who act out a real or imagined event before the audience. In a cinema, the film is projected with a movie projector onto a large projection screen at the front of the auditorium.

What are the 4 purposes of drama? ›

expressing the need for social change, communicating a universal theme, recreating and interpreting information, ideas, and emotions.

What life skills can we learn from theatre? ›

25 Life skills gained in the Theatre
  • Oral communication skills.
  • Creative problem-solving abilities.
  • More than “just get it done”
  • Motivation and commitment.
  • Willingness to work cooperatively.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Time-budgeting skills.
  • Initiative.
Feb 12, 2019

Why do people watch movies? ›

We are brought into an empathetic mood. Some movies bring us into the community of the characters such that plot development resembles nothing so much as gossip. Time is transformed in the cinematic state; for us, it is an escape, a vacation, a portal out of the world and the uncontrollable nature of time.

Why is watching movies with family good? ›

Study shows that watching a movie with your loved ones is good for you—it strengthens bonds, promotes family togetherness, and builds tradition, among others.

What did you learn from theatre? ›

Theatre teaches you to willingly accept and respect authority. That's a trait employers look for in their workers. Theatre students must be adaptable and flexible. You need to be willing to try new ideas, accept new challenges, and have the ability to adapt to constantly changing situations and conditions.

What are the 10 elements of drama? ›

Role and character, relationships, situation, voice, movement, focus, tension, space, time, language, symbol, audience, mood and atmosphere.

Why is theatre important in education? ›

Theatre education benefits are numerous and powerful and exist across student populations, age levels and learning environments. Theatre education can help young people develop a strong sense of self and identity, build empathy and learning among peers and broaden the ways they make meaning of the world around them.

Are movie Theatres going to survive? ›

And yet, whether out of movie-loving optimism, showbiz-savvy pragmatism, or both, nearly all of EW's interviewees believe that we'll still be heading to theaters in 2032. "Movie theaters aren't going anywhere!," insists director/writer M.

What is the future of Theatre? ›

In the future, live performances will fall into one of two categories: 1-Formal, non-interactive experiences: ballet, opera, symphony, traditional theatre. 2-Informal, interactive experiences: live music, stand-up comedy, improv comedy, performance art, adaptive theatre.

Will movie theaters make a comeback? ›

Looking ahead, 2022 will be an important year for the future of movie theaters. While the initial return to theaters is gaining steam, box office receipts are still far below 2019 pre-pandemic levels. The long-term recovery will likely hinge on how the movie industry responds to viewers' shifting desires.

Are movie theaters still profitable? ›

Movie theaters make a lot of money, which is why they operate at a high profit margin. The vast majority of movie theaters make a profit on each ticket sold, implying that they make a high profit on each movie ticket. The global movie theater industry is estimated to be worth $8.2 billion.

Are people still watching movies? ›

Although Americans' screen-time activities are gradually evolving away from TV and movies, the pandemic has brought about an increase in home-based new movie viewing.

Are movies becoming less popular? ›

Over the past decade, however, movies have started to recede from the center of pop culture. Although overall domestic box office results were still going up, the number of tickets sold has shown a downward trend since 2002.

What is the purpose and function of movie theaters today? ›

Most, but not all, theaters are commercial operations catering to the general public, who attend by purchasing a ticket. Some movie theaters, however, are operated by non-profit organizations or societies that charge members a membership fee to view films.

What is the cultural significance of acting in current times? ›

Acting serves countless purposes including the following: It reminds us of times past and forgotten, or gives us a glimpse of a possible future. It portrays our raw, unadulterated, vulnerable, emotional, and at times, ugly, horrifying humanity. It provokes emotion, thought, discussion, awareness, or even imagination.

Which of the following has been perceived as a threat to the future of theatre? ›

Which of the following has been perceived as a threat to the future of theatre? 3D Gaming, Television, and Film.

Why is it important for a theatre company to have a mission statement? ›

A mission statement communicates the significance and strength of your theatre program to sponsors, parents, prospective students, and your school administration. It shows the rest of the world what you do, why you do it, and how you do it.

Are theaters struggling? ›

Since the start of the key summer movie season, films have generated $3.2 billion in ticket sales, still down about 20% from the same period of time in 2019, according to data firm Comscore. August has been brutal, with revenues for the month down 43% from the same month three years ago, before the pandemic.

Are movie theaters declining? ›

The rise of streaming services has contributed to the decline of turnout in theaters. Going to the movies is a beloved experience for many, but has become less popular as of late.

How long will movies be in theaters? ›

A movie can stay in theaters for as little as a few weeks and several months. It all depends on what other movies are coming out, the popularity of the film, and the availability of theaters at a particular location.

How can I improve my movie theater? ›

Voila, no more freezing in theaters.
  1. Theater Sushi. ...
  2. Pre-Screening Mobile Games. ...
  3. In-Theater Discounts For Future Screenings Of Upcoming Films. ...
  4. Required Reserved Seating For Parties Of 6 Or More. ...
  5. Order Ahead On Concession Snacks. ...
  6. Cut Down On Concession Offerings. ...
  7. More Event Screenings. ...
  8. Better Rewards For Good Theater Etiquette.
Dec 11, 2018

Are movie theaters profitable in 2022? ›

Through July 4, 2022 domestic revenue clocked in at an estimated $3.9 billion, according to Comscore. That's up nearly 250 percent from 2021, but down 32 percent from 2019. Summer revenue clocked in at $1.96 billion through July 4, up nearly 200 percent from the same period in 2021 and down 15 percent from 2019.

How profitable is owning a movie theater? ›

This will lead to higher marketing costs and an overall higher expense for the first few years of operation. Typically, the movie theater business owners can start to see some profit after a few years. Once a movie theater is established, you will see profits between $50,000 and tens of millions of dollars.


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