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Old 01-12-17, 03:20 PM   #1
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Go out--- or stay in (regarding movies)

A continuing issue with my ex-wife was always going out . I dislike over crowded parking lots, long lines, sticky floors, and not being able to pause a movie for a bathroom break or a jaunt to the fridge for a fresh beverage

My answer was to convert some loft space over my garage to a "theatre room" of sorts---- admittedly the sound could be better because of the laminate floors so I have been thinking about adding some wall treatments,

But I would much rather stay in than go out. If you have to see the latest, Apple Store is not far behind theatre releases on most things

I guess women in general just like the act of going other places, - seems like a form of restlessness. Or maybe the technology available at moderate pricing now just makes it easier for guys like me to remain hermits IDK


So what say you? Go out or stay in?


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Maybe she's TIRED of the same old house every day. Just get out and do stuff she likes now and then.


So you're out 8 bucks x2 and the floor sticks. Go out to dinner afterward. She's asking you for something special now and then. Isn't that why she married you?


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Old 03-29-17, 07:47 PM   #3
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A continuing issue with my ex-wife was always going out . I dislike over crowded parking lots, long lines, sticky floors, and not being able to pause a movie for a bathroom break or a jaunt to the fridge for a fresh beverage

My answer was to convert some loft space over my garage to a "theatre room" of sorts---- admittedly the sound could be better because of the laminate floors so I have been thinking about adding some wall treatments,

But I would much rather stay in than go out. If you have to see the latest, Apple Store is not far behind theatre releases on most things

I guess women in general just like the act of going other places, - seems like a form of restlessness. Or maybe the technology available at moderate pricing now just makes it easier for guys like me to remain hermits IDK


So what say you? Go out or stay in?


That's a beautiful space!

For me what ruined movies was terrible parents bringing their young kids to R rated movies. Doesn't matter if I go at 11:00pm someone will bring their kids to a movie too mature for them and sit right in front of me. Which they will either end up crying, fidgeting or asking questions about what's going on all night which I find distracting.

These days your TV has better picture quality then most movie theaters, there's no one sitting in front of you and like you say you can pause to take a break. Theaters are pretty much obsolete.
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I rarely go to theaters for movies anymore. Either the audience noise spoils it, or the theater cranks up the sound to painful levels to drown out the audience noise. It would need to be a very special occasion to drag me back to a theater, such as a newly restored favorite movie, or something I can't find online for streaming or purchase.

But I will go out as often as I can afford to for local live theater, symphony, opera or ballet, or good local bands. Those cannot be adequately duplicated in a theater or on TV.

Keeping a spouse happy is essential, though. Maybe you can compromise on other entertainment besides movies. Or just let her pick a movie and go. If I'd followed my own advice I'd probably still be married.
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I love going to the movies and take my daughters or girlfriend as often as possible if there's something worth watching. While you might have a great theatre room, it's not the same. The atmosphere is just different. And, it's about spending time away from your home and doing something together, and not really about the movie. While I understand your reasons for not wanting to go, IMO those reasons are trumped by the fact that your spouse does want to go and it's a small thing to do to make her happy.

As far as other people being at the movies and the distractions they cause, that's small stuff. Go in knowing that there may be distractions, don't set your expectations so high, and you might not be as bothered. Enjoy your popcorn, have some Sno-Caps and hold your wife's hand. That's a pretty damn good day even if a kid is crying in the theatre.
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You shouldn't have to look up at the screen, it ought to be about a foot lower. Once you do that, pull the rug out a little, to kill any reflections coming off the floor.

What I do is use a good stereo for the sound. Most stereo speakers aren't ideal for HT, but we can talk about that stuff if you decide to go that route.

Lastly, I almost never go to the movies now. But most weekends we go out to a nice restaurant. Last weekend I took her to a J Jill sale and then we tried to a new place for lunch.
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Some movies for sure have to be experienced in a theater, buuut alot of them is watchable at home. Pausing, being able to discuss events and ofc - bathroom breaks and snack refills.
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Good advice --

My ex is still my ex, --- but last weekend I did take her to a movie --- WE went out for a bit of sushi, then saw the Chips remake . The evening ended amicably and I survived

I will be taking @late 's suggestions seriously about improving my little spot though -- I need to run some additional wiring in the walls for sound
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I used to love going to the movies. Now it's a torture session in dealing with crap; rude people on their phones throughout the movie, kids and babies in the movies, crappy parking at the megaplex, endless commercials, endless trailers that play at horrendous volume, and last but not least - most movies are not very good (and don't even get me started on the freaking costs of movies and concessions these days).

I told my wife once my son is grown and out of the house I'm done with going to movie theaters. If she wants to watch a movie with me, head over to our couch and we'll pull up Netflix.

I shall now step down off my grumpy old man soapbox.
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Stay in, unless it's the middle of the afternoon and the theater is empty. My girlfriend still doesn't understand why someone would go see a movie alone.
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Old 05-30-17, 10:33 PM   #11
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i usually stay in but have cheated and have maybe 100-120 on blu-ray or dvd just in case
netflix doesn't have something i wanna watch. there are a few weeks a year where the local
theater does oldies week and it's always a blast to see casablanca, 2001, sunset boulevard
or pulp fiction on the big screen-even if i own it on dvd/blu-ray. i try to hit one or two or those
retro showings every time to support the local theater. here in san diego, there are few film revival
showings. new york and los angeles always seem to have an embarrassment of choices regardless
of the day or time of year.

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Go out for something big. Action movies, superhero movies. The laugh-out-loud movie of the year. Hell yeah, always out.

Watching old favorites or a "thinker" I'd rather stay in
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Go out for something big. Action movies, superhero movies. The laugh-out-loud movie of the year. Hell yeah, always out.
Watching old favorites or a "thinker" I'd rather stay in
That's the way I do it. The latest StarTrek.... or a release everyone is waiting for... best seen in a theater full of strangers. The way movies were made to be enjoyed.

I built a Home Theater about 12 years ago. Regular upgrades keeps it current... 4K projector and a new screen are next. We used to by DVD's, then Blue Ray. We stream a bit more now.
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