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Reasons You Shouldn't See Movies in Theaters

Updated on October 4, 2012
Pray for the victims and their families.  Nobody deserved this to happen to them.
Pray for the victims and their families. Nobody deserved this to happen to them. | Source

A moment of silence for the victims in Colorado

My heart truly goes out to the victims and their families of the recent Colorado shooting. It's a sad time we live in when someone does such a thing like this just for attention. I'm not giving him the attention. The families of the victims must be devastated, angry, and shocked. I know I am. We all should be. Not in light of this incident that I am making this hub. In general, I've always felt like seeing movies in theaters weren't worth it. This just adds fuel to the fire. I know sometimes seeing a movie in theaters can be a wonderful experience, but I would still advise against it. These are 5 reasons why you shouldn't go to see movies in theaters.

Too many people.  Oh, no thank you.
Too many people. Oh, no thank you. | Source

Too Crowded

If two is company and three's a crowd, then how about 300, or maybe even 3,000? Is it really worth it to stand in a large crowd just to go see a movie that might not even be good? Heck, you might stand outside for hours and not even end up with a ticket anyway. Seems like a waste of time. There are better ways to hang out with someone or go on a date with, than going to see a movie. Especially a movie that just premiered. Oh yeah, and you realize you have to try to find a parking space, right? There should be some kind of sound system outside of the movie theater that automatically plays the Benny Hill theme for anyone who is having trouble finding a parking space. Then there's the fun of actually getting in the movie theater, and finding a seat. You know that feeling you have when you walk inside the room and all you see is heads and not a seat in sight? Yeah, it just gets better in better. And just when you do find that seat, you might be just lucky enough to sit next to someone with a baby, a big mouth, who's too fat, who has bad odor, or someone who has a phone that vibrates every 5 minutes. These things happen quite often, and could be easily avoided if you didn't bother to waste the time.

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Too Expensive

This is probably the main reason why you shouldn't go. It's just too darn expensive. I've actually been to movie theaters where I had to pay for a parking space believe it or not. Yeah, so just to find a parking spot, I had to dish out some of my hard-earned money to find a parking space to go see a movie that drastically failed to live up to my expectations. This is not to mention that before I even made it to the theater, I had to spend money on gas just to get me to the theater. And gas prices are too high. After already spending money on gas and finding a place to park, I have to get legally robbed by the lady or gentlemen at the ticket booth for nearly 50 bucks. Oh, and I haven't bought anything to eat yet, and I'm starving. There's nothing worse than already being nearly broke before I even get to the concession stands. That's great. After you shell out about 15 more bucks just to fill my and the significant other's stomach, I finally make it to go see the movie. If you have children, I feel sorry for you. Not because you have children, but because of the money you will end up spending by the time the night is over. I remember back when 30 bucks was enough to get gas, plenty of food and see a movie. Now, you need to bring 100 bucks with you just to be on the safe side.

Unlike most, I waited for the DVD release of The Dark Knight, and was able to enjoy it in peace.
Unlike most, I waited for the DVD release of The Dark Knight, and was able to enjoy it in peace. | Source

Wait for the DVD release

Patience is a virtue. Something I'm glad to say that I have. Will it really kill you to wait three or four months for the DVD release? Yes, I know, you always hear spoilers from people who've already seen the movie before you, but are you really gonna let the fear of spoilers influence logical decision-making? It's logical to wait for the DVD release for a number of reasons. Watching a movie in HD in the comfort of your own home is much much better than watching it with hundreds of other people. The money that you would have spent wasting time going to theater to see it, could be spent on getting the DVD, and throwing a party as you watch it. Do you realize that you could buy a new released DVD, and enough food and drink for a party for about 50 bucks? That's about what guys have to spend taking a girl out on a date to the movies nowadays. If you like to throw movie parties, yeah, you may have friends or family who talk during the movie, but you can actually tell them to shut up or you are kicking them out without the fear that you might get your rear end beat like you would if you told someone to shut up in a movie theater. If you are like me, I like to go in my room, get in my bed, and watch a movie in peace with nobody bothering me whatsoever. That is the best feeling. That is much better than sitting in the movie theaters with a bunch of loud talkers and laughers, cell phone tunes, and babies crying.

Piracy on the Internet

In no way shape or form am I promoting piracy. But let's not pretend like it doesn't exist. Nobody is naïve here, and I'm certain all of you have some sites in mind where you get movies, etc. well before they hit shelves in stores. It may not be the best of quality, but it's better than nothing. It's better than wasting money in theaters. You can pretty much get anything for free on the internet. I'm not promoting it, but I'm just saying. That's all I'm gonna say about this.


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What happened in Colorado was unexpected and terrible, but movie theaters have always been, in general, pretty dangerous. I grew up in a bad neighborhood where bad things happened at movie parking lots or inside the theater where people got into fights just because somebody was talking too much. Or if someone was talking some smack inside the movie theater, they'd pay for it outside in the parking lot when the movie was over. Then there are other things that could happen like gunshots, people getting jacked, selling drugs, prostitutes trying to make a quick buck, or etc.. Movie theaters are so dangerous because most of the people who go to see movies are between the ages 18-39. Young punks to say the least. I'm a young punk myself, and I don't like to hang around other young punks, so I stay away from places where young punks get together. I'm certain with what had just happened in Colorado, they will start cracking down even more on suspicious or illicit activity. It's a dangerous world out there, folks. Stay safe. And one more time, my heart goes out to the victims and their families in Colorado.


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      4 years ago

      I have been so beedrielwd in the past but now it all makes sense!

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      4 years ago

      Oh, Robsten, Robsten! Wherefore art thou Robsten?Deny thy rumors and refsue thy haters;Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,And I will always be a fan of thee.DAMN I MISS THEM. This is want the drought does to me. I love looking at those old/new pics of them but it last very briefly and then drought starts all over again. Guess until they're ready to come out it will have to do.Thanks, S. You're the best. (Didn't mean to rhyme)

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      5 years ago

      Aurora never happened, it was a staged event to give the elite a reason to rid this country of guns

    • GiancarloLorenzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Ray Williams 

      6 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I don't. I appreciate your opinion and thanks for replying. You make great points.

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      Bernie Ment 

      6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I'm going to add my two cents here, even though what I have to say has been pretty much mirrored by other comentators here.

      I have never been to a movie theater that can hold 3000 people, but if there were one around here that could, I think I would enjoy the experience if you could actually make a movie that would attract that many - a new Star Wars film comes to mind, and I would be first in line for a ticket, because THAT would be an experience that would have to be shared. Normally, though, even if I go on weekends, the theaters in my city are rarely, if ever sold out, so I always find a seat and it's nice to share the experience of the movie with others.

      I will agree that movies have become outrageously expensive and that is a big concern for the wallet, but if you budget carefully, you can afford a movie or two a month. Forget the popcorn...the stuff you can make at home is better anyway. And if it costs too much to park at the theater, park a block away and walk. Or take a bus from a free parking area. That's what I would do.

      DVDs are great and I personally own thousands of them, but with some movies, you really just don't get that larger than life experience like you do on the big screen. I'm sorry - give me that 30 foot screen any day over that 30 incher, especially with any Star Trek or Star Wars movie. Like they say in the theater commercials - "Go Big or Go Home."

      As for pirated copies of movies, don't ever let me catch you with one. Some of my friends are FBI agents and they love to hear from me. And, by the way, crime can happen anywhere. That's why I only go to the movies with friends - very LARGE friends...ones with lots of hair and a bad attitude. Like a wookiee.

      I enjoyed your hub, though, and please don't take this wrong way, but it gave me a good laugh. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Voted up.

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      Ray Williams 

      6 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Yes, and paying for gas costs a lot of money when you factor it in with all the other expenses of enjoying the movie-going experience. That is a valid point. Paying for gas is just one of the many expenses required in going to see a movie. Yes, I know you need gas to go anywhere. Thanks for pointing that out. I live on a budget and I'm quite certain that people who do the same set aside money just for gas.

      Borderline ridiculous? Yeah, it was borderline ridiculous how you dissected this article. Why even bring up the fact that you've never been to a movie theater where they charged for parking but then defeated the purpose of that statement by in fact pointing out an instance where you get charged for parking when going to see a movie? LOL

      Me bringing up the Aurora shooting was the inspiration behind this article and I paid homage to them. Irresponsible? Whatever.

      I'm by no means trying to tell people not to ever go to the movies. It's just an article giving some reasons why you shouldn't go. There are hundreds of reasons why you shouldn't eat fast food, but people do it anyway, don't they? And speaking of nasty fast food joints, I didn't even mention in this article how unsanitary movie theaters can be.

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      6 years ago

      this is pretty terrible, your arguments are all borderline ridiculous. pay for gas? are you serious? if you want to go anywhere, you need to pay for gas. that has ZERO relation with going to the movies. also, i have NEVER been to a movie theatre that charged for parking. Now, the mall that the theatre is attached too, sure. but this is normal for many places, and comes with going out into the public and interacting with people, which im guessing you don't like to do.

      bringing up the aurora shooting is almost irresponsible. i have been to countless movies and not once experience an issue with crime. clearly, as someone else mentioned, you live in a bad part of town. maybe you shouldn't go to theatres there? just an idea.

      i don't want to waste any more time with your stupid arguments, but i do want to say that there are some valid reasons not to go to the movies. there are lots of people, mainly young people, that are very inconsiderate and talk/text during the movie. this ruins the experience, so i simply avoid going to the movies during the weekends, when they are more likely to be there. simple as that.

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      7 years ago from United States

      It depends on a movie, if I'd like to see it on a big screen or just on the DVD. If Lawrence of Arabia were just a newly-released movie, I'd rather see it on a huge screen inside the theater... if it were shown on TV it would look like a beach party movie. Lol.

      Great hub all around. :D

    • GiancarloLorenzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Ray Williams 

      7 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Netflix, and online shopping FTW.

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      7 years ago

      You also have to drive and possibly pay for parking to pick up the DVD btw.

    • GiancarloLorenzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Ray Williams 

      7 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Thanks for the comments.

      Melissa: I agree, some of this hub may stem from where I'm from. I can understand why people go for the experience, but maybe it's just me, but I think you can get the same experience at home. With HD, Blu-Ray, surround sound, etc., you can bring that experience to your home. But again, I do understand why people go for the experience. I just can't enjoy that experience with random people I don't know.

      And thanks montecristo.

      I can understand liftandsoar. There can be something special about it, but it's just not for me. I rather chill on the couch and watch my big screen. :)

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      Frank P. Crane 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Just got back from the movies. Agree with most of what you say but frankly, there's something special about being in a theatre and see a film on the big screen. And sometimes I'd rather cuddle up on a couch and watch my little 36 inch screen.

      By the way, the movie we saw was 2016 and the theatre was pretty full. A must for all inquiring minds!

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      Angel Caleb Santos 

      7 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Food for thought. Thanks for sharing . Voted up!

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      7 years ago from Here, There, and Everywhere. USA

      After reading your Hub I must say I think you need to move. If the crime worries, and waiting in a crowd of 3,000 to see a movie is an issue in your area, I am sorry. However, in many places across the USA, this is not the case.

      I will agree that the prices are skyrocketing, but at the same time, you are paying for the experience, the sound quality, and the size of the screen. Food prices are horrible there, but we won't pretend that many people don't just sneak in their owns snacks and drinks to get around it.

      Overall, this is a nice Hub, but it seems more targeting to a specific area(s) of the country.

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      7 years ago from earth

      i totally dig this; i refuse to go to the movies. i wait for dvd!

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      7 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

      I agree with I am kind of scared to see movies at the theaters after this incident..great hub btw

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      ib radmasters 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      The more that the media focuses on this tragedy, the more important it becomes to the copycats, and maybe even the foreign terrorists.

      The government as usual is being reactive, instead of proactive. It is this kind of random violence that can't be protected, but it can be detected. A terrorist is a terrorist, and that is why Homeland Security was created.

      There are too many soft targets in this country to play the reactive plan.

      It is sad that things like this can happen on main street USA.

      We not only feel sorry for the victims and their families and friends, but we also fear that it could have been one of us, or our family or friends.

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 

      7 years ago from Florida, USA

      All True

    • GiancarloLorenzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Ray Williams 

      7 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      @netslums You make great points. The movie experience can be enjoyable. I know any place can get shot up, but I'd be willing to take that risk with a concert, sporting, event, etc., because those events will be live and hard to get access to unlike a movie. So it's better to go to live events. I at least can buy a DVD to see movies, so that's why I don't go to theaters. I do agree, that sometimes it's fun to laugh with other people. But the negatives outweigh the positive imo. You are right though, if you can afford it, then by all means, do it. Thanks for your input.

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      7 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      I agree with you 100%! Movie tickets are so expensive now a days, it's unbelievable! Just like gas prices!

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      Blake J Rudy 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I agree with you on most of this stuff and after seeing "Ted" at a midnight screening, my girlfriend and I both decided that would be our last midnight screening, because of the crowd and overly expensive ticket price.

      I do want to say some stuff, and in no way am I trying to target your hub or ideas, so please don't take this the wrong way, but the incident in Colorado was a rarity. I always go to midnight movies and have never experienced anything remotely similar to what happened there. I think theaters are great. They have better picture and sound quality than most people have in their homes. The prices ARE ridiculous, but you're paying for the environment and experience. And I think that movies are more enjoyable with a crowd...especially comedies. I can't even count how many times I saw a comedy in theaters and laughed my ass off, only to be disappointed when watching it later on DVD/Blu-ray. I think the point is, if it is fiscally irresponsible to go to the movies, then don't. But if you can afford it without threat of financial troubles, then go for it. Anything can happen anywhere, but you can't let that stop you from enjoying life. Concerts, sports events, movie theaters, conventions, schools, malls, amusement parks, etc. all have the risk of someone 'shooting up' the place...doesn't mean we should all stay in our homes and board up the windows.

      Anyway, great hub! Keep up the good work!


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