I Miss the Movies

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I miss the movies…..

I remember when, not so long ago (it seems, for me anyway) going to the movies on the weekends and holidays. It was a big event. When I was a kid (I am 42 now) I really looked forward to going to the movies with my friends and occasionally even my parents. Popcorn was a dollar or two, sodas 85 cents. I mention the cost of popcorn and soda really just as a secondary issue. We would plan days ahead and couldn’t wait. New movies weren’t released as often either. Maybe one or two a week, I think. A gang of us would meet and we would let our friends in the back door if we couldn’t scrape up enough change for admission for everyone. We loved hopping theatre to theatre, spending the whole afternoon just messing around. I think for the most part it isn’t the same anymore.

I think it started with the VCR (remember that?) Everyone wanted one, what a great invention! Slowly but surely ‘movie’ night consisted of running to the video store and spending much too long trying to choose a movie, it seemed we had so many choices! Then we had the worry of the late rental fees. How much did we pay for those? But it was fun. We would bug our parents until they took us and then go home and all watch a movie together. Mom or Dad would have the job of running by the video store to return our movies before work.

About the same time cable networks became widely available, then we HAD to have cable or we might die! Slowly, slowly the visits to the movie theatre began to decrease. Our parents didn’t have to pick us up and drop us off at the theatre; we could just wait for it to come out on video or on cable. Soon enough, visits to the movie theatre were reserved for the blockbuster hits almost exclusively. I think by now I should get to my point…..

I still go to the movies, and even now, it is fun for me. My kids, on the other hand, they are harder to please. There are long discussions about which movie we will see, because of course, our neighborhood theatre has 16 different movies to choose from. Will it be 3D or not, animation or not, so many choices make it too much work for my taste. I usually stay out of it, and wait for the meeting to adjourn. Then we pile into the car, by now my husband and I are a little frazzled.

We arrive at the theatre and my husband fights with the movie ticket dispenser for a while and when the tickets magically pop out of the machine, we go in. It is actually fun for us. The huge movie stadium, bright lights, and awesome sound can be exciting just on that level. The new movies are fantastically made. It is amazing what they can do with special effects now. But I do miss the movies…..the movies of my youth. The old excitement just isn’t there like it was. These movies now will be available in a few weeks streaming on the web. We are able to view movies on our; computers, cell phones, Ipods, Ipads, mp3 players, and who know what else will be next. So when I say I miss the movies, it really is that I miss the thrill of the once, special event that it was to go to the movies!

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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

What an excellent career choice! Film is such an interesting study. To be able to create and direct a film would be fabulous. Pursue your dream!Thank you the comment and taking the time to visit!


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Ironman1992 4 years ago

I enjoy going to the movies as well. It's one of my favorite things to do, especially when a new one comes out that I've been looking forward to. I would even like to become a movie director someday.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Molometer I have streaming at home too, but I do try to go to movies that, like you said, can be enjoyed on the big screen. Thank you for the comment and vote up, I am glad you liked my Hub.


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molometer 4 years ago

I agree with you there is nothing like going to the real movies.

I have streaming at home and it works when it wants to.

Some movies can only be fully appreciated on the big screen.

Voted up and interesting.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

Thank you some much. I am glad you enjoyed it!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, Kimberly! Great hub! Wonderful read. Voted Up and All the way across! Love your style of writing. Refreshing. Revitalizing. Keep it up.

Kenneth


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

I am planning on seeing that movie too. Glad to hear another good review.


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QualityContent 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this. I don't go very often either although I just saw War Horse which was a very good movie.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Yes, I miss the big event going to the movies used to be. Now movies are available anytime anywhere, so they don't seem as special. I still like to go though, so I can watch it on the big screen with surround sound. I enjoy it as long as people stay off their cell phones while it is on.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

They still have a drive in theater around me so I like to go there during the summer. It might not have the audio quality of the mega-theaters, but having the outdoors screen and watching the sky go dark before the movie starts adds to the experience. Thanks for the hub.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

Thank you for your comment. Your experience would make a great hub. Iwould love to read the whole story.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

You are right on target. As a shild growing up in the 1930's and 1940's I really enjoyed Saturday afternoon and the Westerns I got to see for a nickel or a dime. Also, the newsreels during WWII. I was in a movie in Oklahoma City when they interrupted the movie to announce that Japan had surrendered. Great posting. Robert


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the comment and taking the time to read my Hub. I am glad you enjoyed it. I think I will add another question to my poll if I can I didn't think of that. Again, thanks for your input! Have a nice day :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Going to the movies was a huge part of my teen years! It was what we did on dates and what we did with our girlfriends. I always enjoyed going to the movies when our children were young because it was a treat. Now we very seldom go the movies. It costs too much for one thing. We do still rent movies occasionally. I couldn't vote in your poll because we only go to the moes about twice a year, and we can't stream movies on our internet service... Enjoyed your hub, and loved the stories of you letting your friends in the theater through the back door!


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

Hi thanks for your input. When I wrote this hub I wasn't sure if there would be much interest. Happily I have heard from a few people like myself. I guess we are not alone in our feelings. I wish my kids could experience the excitement that we did. :)


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Me & my wife we love watching movies, it seems thought that we are going less and less, the higher the price is for the movies these days, and the more available on the web, and everywhere else as your hub points out here.

I miss the anxiousness of waiting for the next movie to come out, and to be able to see it with crowded theater's and like you said the trill of it all. So I to feel the same as you do.

Today we walk into an empty theater as if its a ghost town or something, and that doesn't feel quite as comforting, as years back with everyone looking all excited, to watch whats on that old silver screen.

Awesome hub, voted up


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks for your comment, yes it USA totally different experience in the theatre, just not quite the same as it used to be.


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nityanandagaurang 4 years ago

to watch the movie in theater is totally different experience.However VCR AND DVD players has changed it.Very interesting hub KimberlyLake.voted hub.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks for your comment. We don't go too often either. To take in a movie for four of us it takes about 70 bucks minimum. Way too much when we have streaming movies at home for 8 bucks a month from Netflix. Take care and again, thanks for the comment!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

I miss the movies at the theater too! It just became way too expensive for our family of four to go. We now have to be happy with our Redbox rentals and home popped popcorn. Kind of sad. Enjoyed the hub - voted up!


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

Thank for the comment! Fun memories for me too


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I used to hop theaters also. I still have and use my VCR and I love it! My husband and I go to a movie 2-3 times a month, it all depends what movie is out and how bad we need an escape from reality. Fun hub!:)


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healthwriterbob 4 years ago from United States

Hi Kimberly,

Thanks for taking me back to the days when I was kid (a much longer time ago than when you were a kid) and we used to wait for the weekly movie poster to show up in the barber shop window. We would debate on whether or not we wanted to see the particular movie that was featured. Unlike today, the cost of seeing a movie was very small, and if a good movie was on tap, you could look forward to a great Saturday afternoon as you worked hard at your lessons in school during the week. Voted up and interesting.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the comment. I think that as society progresses and we gain certain.conveniences, we also loose experiences


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

I think my children have been once or twice in their entire lives - mainly due to where we live. I too look back fondly at when I used to go to the cinema with my friends as a teenager and I also remember the excitement of going to the Saturday morning picture show with my sister when we were young. It was a safe way for us to have a taste of independence.

How times have sadly changed. I enjoyed the hub, thanks for sharing.

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