The Stay-At-Home People

Written by Michael D January 12, 2012

There’s something strange about the cinema. It’s dark and ominous, filled with odd people: theater-enthusiasts, tweens and first daters. And, while I love the idea of theatres (who doesn’t?) as a haven of salted snacks, fluorescent lights, big screens and Dolby sound, that’s not the entire experience. Soggy popcorn, cramped quarters and high prices often make a mediocre experience feel anti-climactic.

Is it just me, or did other people stay home during 2011’s movie season? Did you see Breaking Dawn, The Deathly Hallows and Transformers: Dark of the Moon on a sixty foot screen, or a 32-inch LED? Do you subscribe to Netflix, own your own theatre system or buy a Blu-ray and relax at home on the coach?

It’s not as if we, the stay-at-home-people, aren’t watching films or watching them with other people. Its more a case of where we’re watching them – i.e. not beside the scary guy in the black trench coat who haunts Rainbow Cineplex. With the miniaturization of high tech gadgetry, no one has to play “guess that smell” while watching commercials on the big screen. We stay-at-home-people are choosing not to make the trip to local theaters, while still enjoying the privacy and quality of a cinema experience…in our very own homes. It’s 50% less-gum-in-your-hair guaranteed.

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