The Movies…the place we go to see the latest popular movie. We go there with family, friends, significant others, even the kids we babysit. Paying for tickets, buying popcorn/candy at the concessions only to move on to a theater room that may or may not involve stepping in popcorn and/or spilled soda on your way to your seat…with a curiously sticky armrest.
With the rise of streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube and Disney+ the fact that we’re living in a growing streaming culture is no secret. There is an abundance of content out in the world and in cyberspace…and it’s all at our fingertips. That being said, the question of whether or not movie theaters will still be around by the end of the new decade, is extremely important. Now that the majority of streaming services release original content alongside content initially released in theaters, they are now in direct competition with the theater companies, and given that the average cost of a movie ticket is at or above the price of a monthly subscription to Netflix, it’s even difficult to see how they’re still around today.
The majority of what the theaters DO offer is simply the theater experience, that being the buying the tickets & concessions and walking into the theater room with the massive screen. This would usually involve making the effort to leave your house, go to the theater and spend money…which is difficult for a lot of people. Granted, since the first movie theater was opened in 1986, the movie theater has always been THE place to watch movies but now, we could get to watch those same movies without even leaving our beds, without the crying babies, or people talking on the phone. That being said, it would be safe to say that the movie theater as we know it today, has only a limited time before they’re completely replaced by the home theater comprised of TVs, Phones, Tablets and Computers
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