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Why do YOU still go to the actual cinema in Ireland?

  • 18-09-2022 1:24pm

    The movie if anyway worth it's salt will be out on Amazon prime Netflix within 6 months anyway.

    To be brutal about the only reason I can fathom is that there is one more building that is not derelict in your town. I recall that the cinema building in Waterford closed soon after I Ieft college there twenty years ago

    Thoughts interesting or otherwise?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,184 ✭✭✭✭Loafing Oaf

    More tomorrow in a lot of cases

    I mean there hasn't really been a reason since VCRs became a thing 35+ years ago and yet people keep doing it. Like others say big immersive screen is probably the main reason. Although with OLED tvs etc that gap is closing too...

  • Registered Users Posts: 666 ✭✭✭Oscar Madison

    No! I haven't been in over ten years.

    Just no interest anymore in watching *****!

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,082 ✭✭✭✭cnocbui

    I sit very close to a 65" OLED and have an excellent sound system connected. It provides a truly immersive experience also as the image engages your peripheral vision as in a cinema, if not more. The image quality from 4K OLED is superior to any cinema. Obviously this is not a very social way to watch films, but it suits me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,032 ✭✭✭Padre_Pio

    I've gone a few times in the past year

    Cinema is only good if you get a good screen and most cinema screens are rubbish compared to any modern TV.

    Add in the cost of the ticket, the food, etc and it's just not worth it for any movie that's not "cinematic".

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,269 ✭✭✭✭Penn

    I like the event of it. It's more than just watching something. Feels like something to do, somewhere to go, something to experience. A bit of a treat.

    Comedy films are also great watching with an audience.

    Plus, spoilers. Especially with the likes of Marvel films. Sure, they might come to Disney+ or whatever after about 3 months, but after the film has been out for a week you can't avoid spoilers on the likes of Twitter.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,686 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    this cinema in waterford?

    6 months?? id say i can probably get many current cinema listings as we speak, and at high quality to....

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,437 ✭✭✭✭AMKC

    No I wish. No but the one I go to is not that expensive. I would like to say my local but it ain't because I do not have a local cinema :(

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,032 ✭✭✭Padre_Pio

    Comedy is great in a packed cinema. I'll remember watching Borat in cineworld till the day I die. The whole audience was howling. Some movies have fantastic visuals, Dune was amazing, but I waited until a good few weeks after release so I got a near empty cinema to enjoy it.

    So many movies are forgettable enough or not visually impressive enough that they're not worth the price. I prefer movie nights at home to the cinema in a lot of cases, but you need a decent setup too, which is often not cheap.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,246 ✭✭✭✭Dyr

    Decent VR set up will give you the immersion of a big screen so you can watch whatever shite is on the cinema

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    There’s an age where that would make one feel like an absolute eejit.

  • Registered Users Posts: 637 ✭✭✭Butson

    The only way to watch a movie that you want to see.

    Also, get out of the fooking house.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 28,439 CMod ✭✭✭✭johnny_ultimate

    As much as I love VR gaming and am fascinated by the possibilities of VR film-making, watching a 'regular' film in VR still sounds like a very unpleasant experience to me. It's most important to be comfortable when watching a film, and having a headset on for two hours without any interaction is not a comfortable experience IMO. Not to mention VR displays aren't designed for displaying film anyway, unlike a cinema screen or a good modern TV (with motion smoothing off, naturally!).

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,976 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    It's getting harder and harder to justify tbh. The last few times we've been in Movies@Swords the experience has been affected by little shits whose parents (often sat beside them) don't seem to care what kind of animals they're dragging up. Given the price of admission these days surely they could afford to hire in some old-school ushers who wouldn't be afraid to turf out patrons that are excessively noisy / throwing food around etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,981 ✭✭✭Dodge

    I’ve been to the cinema about 5/6 times and genuinely haven’t seen any of the problems some of you here have encountered

    They've all been pretty decent nights/days out. Vue in Liffey Valley was €6 every time. The new one in Tallaght was €12 but was a lovely sofa style seat with popcorn and drinks included

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,538 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Have zero interest in paying 12 quid to sit in a poorly ventilated room full of mongs checking phones, whispering, talking, giggling, taking selfies, shots of the screen and whatever else…

    up to the onset of the pandemic I was a member of the IFI which enables you to sidestep that sort of clientele and exasperating, grim experience…, I’ll probably rejoin soon enough….. cafe bar there is decent and you rarely if ever get wankbag patrons out intent on spoiling the experience for others… in fact I can’t remember a single incident having been a member there 15 or so years..

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,416 ✭✭✭Shred

    I love the cinema and find it generally always enhances a film, not matter whether it's a 'made for the big screen' blockbuster or a thriller/drama of some kind. Comedies, as someone mentioned above, are so much better with an audience too. Now, I am certainly more selective about what I got to see these days but that's for numerous reasons, cost being further down the list. I often think about taking up one of those 'all you can eat' monthly subs so I can go more tbh and likely will do soon.

    Sure, there are times when you're unfortunate enough to be at a screening with a bunch of selfish assholes present, but I personally don't encounter that anywhere near as often as some people like to make out.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,093 ✭✭✭✭breezy1985

    1917 and Dune are the 2 that I won't forget seeing in the cinema any time soon.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 35,047 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha

    I live beside a Cineworld and I quite like going. I'm an introvert but the Cinema feels like an acceptable way to just get out of the house for a bit. Then, there's the immersion of watching a good film there for a few hours.

    That said, I've had a few instances recently where I've had to loudly ask people to be quiet. It's frustrating and sets things on a downward trajectory. The cinema doesn't care once they've sold their refreshments.

    I'd also find much of the fare hard to justify if I didn't have my Unlimited card. There's so much banal stuff and MCU dregs that just aren't worth the effort when Netflix exists. Buying something from Google Play will be cheaper, you don't need to leave the house and there's no risk of c*nts taking out their phones or chatting, ruining it.

    Sad but the cinemas seem to have done this to themselves. I've no sympathy for any that go under.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 28,439 CMod ✭✭✭✭johnny_ultimate

    Ah cool, reckoned it was something to do with the question format alright. Made it tricky to read the new posts as they were in totally random places!



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,857 ✭✭✭Pissy Missy

    I went to the cinema with my neice and sister, haven't been in over 3 years and it was fab (apart from the price which goes without saying). We got the screen to ourselves, talked as loudly as we wanted, we appreciated the big screen and gorged ourselves on pic n mix 🥰

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 28,439 CMod ✭✭✭✭johnny_ultimate

    I went three times in the last 48 hours alone, so… yes 😅

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,992 ✭✭✭✭Arghus

    It's still the best way to see a film.

    And I can sit still and suppress the need to look at my phone, which I often can't do at home.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,437 ✭✭✭✭AMKC

    Yes I do because there is less distractions the screen is bigger than any screen I could possibly have in my house the sound is better too and, it saves me using my own electricity and less change of the dogs interupting me oh and no advertisements during the film unlike in T.V.

    So yes if a film interests me I will go see it in the cinema as it is relatively in expensive too :)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,829 ✭✭✭eggy81

    Do you get into the cinema for free or how would it be less expensive than using your own electricity.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,108 ✭✭✭Staplor

    Cinemas patrons have become painfully rude, talking, laughing, phones etc. I rarely go to the cinema because of this. When I do go it's because there's a film I really want to see, I'll only go about once a year now, I go in the day when the cinema is quiet. Last film I saw in the cinema was The Batman, I couldn't have enjoyed that as much at home.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 99 ✭✭TagoMago

    Cinema is definitely the best way to watch a film, particularly for large scale epics, sci fi, war films, etc. Just thinking back to the last few years, there are multiple films that I'm glad I went to see in the cinema, as I may not have enjoyed them as much if I watched them at home (The Northman, Dune), and others that I enjoyed watching at home, but probably would have found them much more impactful had I went to see them in the cinema (Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, 1917)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 422 ✭✭RickBlaine

    I think the two most common answers to this question is an immersive experience and lack of distractions at home. But these are exactly the reasons I don't go to the cinema as often as I used to. Too many people on their phones or talking or kicking the seat. Impossible to get immersed in the film with that happening.

    To be fair, if there is a movie I want to see in the cinema rather than waiting for a home release, I typically go to the first screening of the day (preferably in The Lighthouse if they are showing the film) and those screenings are typically OK.

    Evening screenings, especially at weekends, aren't really for me anymore. The last time I attempted an evening screening was for The Batman and a group of teenagers set in front of us and were vaping the whole time. It wasn't the odd vape, but literally every minute. Disgusting smell and the vape was right in my field of vision. They were also taking photos of the screen with their phones. I left after about 15 minutes and told the cinema duty manager who just offered a refund rather than actually dealing with the problem.

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