By Eric Jeffery
The average movie ticket today cost around $9.00. The average price just ten years ago was $6.08, and only ten before that $4.12. It is no secret that the cost of going to the movies is rapidly on the rise and it seems to be persuading people to wait until todays box-office hit becomes tomorrows DVD, BlueRay, or even appears on Netflix, to watch it. Or better yet, why wait when you can just pirate the movie for free and download it right to your computer in a matter of minutes? Going to the movies is not worth the price anymore. The traditional movie theater is going out of style, and the following is a proposed solution for Hollywood…
Let the stay-at-home movie buffs pay to watch your groundbreaking new films from the comfort of the worn in seat on the couch and warmth of their pajamas. Consumers would not mind dishing some extra dough for the luxury of home viewing. It’s just worth it. Sure it would make people “that much” lazier and immobile, but the image of grimy movie theater seats and sticky floors for nine bucks (closer to twenty if you want snacks and a drink) is not nearly as attractive as the image of shoes off and feet up only steps away from bed for, say, $20.00. People will pay the price demanded. Society has progressed to the point where a screen of ‘movie theater’ size isn’t really necessary. A fifty-inch screen is plenty big enough for a quality viewing experience.
Netflix has revolutionized media and compromised the way television is viewed. Its simplicity and convenience make it the go-to activity to occupy free time. Netflix has made watching a popular TV series, classic movie or intriguing documentary as stress-free as only lifting a finger. Production companies like Fox and Universal need to utilize this viewing platform that has become a pandemic in modern American households and realize the benefits it entails, such as reaching a wider audience. Imagine being able to watch the latest movies on your smart phones, making the films even more accessible to the people.
Perhaps this could become a new part of our culture. In the proximate future watching the newest films may be more of a social event where friends and family gather in the living room to enjoy and appreciate the art of film and the company of one another. The afore mentioned solution to the decline of movie theaters is the inevitable progression of public movie debuts and will make a lot of people happy once it is implemented.
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