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10th-Aug-2012 04:09 pm
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This is officially my FIFTH attempt to post a stupid 3-question poll, which means five rounds of typing or copy/pasting every. single. line. I am feeling distinctly murderous by this point, but I want input, so I expect to come back to lovely detailed comments. None of which say "I don't watch movies" unless you have illustrious explanations about why the movie industry has failed you. I would actually be interested in that.

"I was reading some articles about the (U.S.) box office, where a prevalent theme is always concern over how much movies are (or aren't) making compared to X years ago. And it just made me curious about why people do or don't go. For the purposes of this poll, all questions refer to actually going out to the cinema, not stuff you watch at home/online."

Poll #1859360 Let's all go to the lobby

How many movies have you seen in theaters this year? (since January 1)

None
20(27.0%)
1-3
34(45.9%)
4-6
11(14.9%)
7-10
5(6.8%)
11-14
0(0.0%)
15+
4(5.4%)

In the past year (or last 5 movies), which of the following factors motivated you to go see a movie in theaters?

General boredom/time-killer
11(7.2%)
Somewhere to go on a date
8(5.3%)
Something to do with friends or family
38(25.0%)
It had an actor you like
25(16.4%)
It's a story you really wanted to see
52(34.2%)
Free or deep-discount tickets
10(6.6%)
Other
8(5.3%)

What would you say is the MAIN reason you don't see more movies in theaters?

Too expensive
25(33.8%)
No one to go with you
6(8.1%)
There aren't enough that look good
21(28.4%)
No time
5(6.8%)
Inconvenient location or films aren't always released in your area
5(6.8%)
Other
12(16.2%)



Comments 
10th-Aug-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
The largest factor for me is I'd rather sit on my butt on the internet for 3 hours than in a movie theater.

Also I have nobody to go with.
10th-Aug-2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
Pretty sure I've only seen one movie this year so far (Dark Shadows). For me, the lack of wanting to go is a combination between not being interested in the films that have been released, the cost being stupidly high, and my tendency to not want to sit still for that long.
10th-Aug-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
i live 50 miles from the nearest theater and mot of what they show is junk an over priced.
High tech "action" and in your nose close ups are not what I want to see.
10th-Aug-2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
One of the main reasons I don't go to the cinema is the price - its over £8 a ticket, and that's before petrol and parking. I'll wait a couple months and get the DVD.

Also, I hate... it's too hot, or it's too cold. It's always too loud. Uncomfortable chairs. No leg room. People eating or talking or texting. Can't pause or rewind.
I'm a grumpy old cow who'd rather watch a movie in the comfort of her own home! :D
10th-Aug-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
The reason I don't go to many movies is I've got two kids and no sitter.
10th-Aug-2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
I don't mind going by myself, but I'd rather just watch tv. I get so much more out of television than I do out of movies.
10th-Aug-2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
Of the 7 movies I remember seeing, 4 were free because others paid, 2 were really cheap (two dollars or less) because of coupons I'd gotten for Christmas, and 1 was full price. I specifically try to go to theaters that either accept my coupons or have bargain matinees at certain times of the day.
10th-Aug-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
I've only gone to see one movie this year (The Avengers) and that was largely as I'd been given a free ticket as a Christmas gift. Even with that it was a least a month after release and I'd likely have not gone if I hadn't found out that Joss Whedon was the main man behind it.
Prior to that I hadn't been since TRON: Legacy and Prince Caspian were at the cinema. Both of which I saw because a friend wanted to go.

Basically, I don't go very often because the expense is more than I feel worth it and I don't like dealing with people in big groups. I'd also rather just watch DVDs so I can pause, rewind, or even have subtitles.
11th-Aug-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
AMC's $6 for any movie on any day on any showing before noon is my bestest friend evar.
11th-Aug-2012 12:51 am (UTC)
I only see one or two movies in the theater a year. I love seeing them there, I just don't usually think about it. There are so many other things I'm doing that it's just not on my radar. I never know anything that's out, either, I feel like, so even if I were to look at what's playing, I wouldn't know whether any were ones I might be interested in.

And I actually prefer to go to the movies alone rather than with other people. I hate talking during movies; I like to get there early to see the previews; I like to stay through all the credits at the end. I don't think it's a particularly social event so I hate to waste time with friends seeing a movie when we could do something interactive instead.
11th-Aug-2012 12:51 am (UTC)
I prefer to watch movies at home where I can do more than just sit and stare at a screen for 2-3 hours. If it's a story I really really want to see, though, I'll pay the student price at a theater or wait for the movie to come to a dollar theater. For reference, my taste in movies is about as terrible as it gets :) I think bad movies are hilariously good.
11th-Aug-2012 12:53 am (UTC)
I would rather watch a movie from the comfort of my own home, in my pajamas (or out of my pajamas), with the ability to pause and the freedom to drink a beer.

I don't want to sit on icky seats and deal with jackass teenagers (or adults).

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13th-Aug-2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
I haven't owned a television in years, and without its poking and prodding of movie adverts, there really isn't very much that compels me to watch them anymore. My movie buff friend can practically name every producer, director, actor, makeup artist, best boy grip, etc. on any film ever made, and has a seemingly endless DVD collection: everything from Charlie Chaplin to the latest Marvel movies. We rarely go to the theatres, but were it not for his friendly cinemaphilic invitations to see flics with him at his house, i'd never watch any new movies at all.

And really, if i never went to the cinema again, what would i be missing? The volume is deafening. Other patrons somehow talk over it anyway. Tickets are ridiculously expensive, and snack prices are even worse. And perhaps it's for my lack of a television, but i've no idea what's ever playing anyway.
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