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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 7:53 am

I must confess a growing discontent with the modern theater-going experience. In another five to 10 years, when affordable home entertainment set-ups and online streaming access have progressed to the point that movie theaters serve primarily as a social function for drunk teenagers, I don’t think I’ll miss the experience too much.

There are a select few films released each year that, ideally, are worth seeing on a big screen. But the trade-offs for that big-screen viewing (which can include but are not limited to inconvenient parking; excessively priced refreshments; often substandard framing and lighting; ringing cell phones; crying babies; talkative preteens in wildly inappropriate movies; and, my personal favorite, loud-mouthed idiots who get offended when you tell them to shut the hell up — all of which seem to be increasing at an exponential rate these past few years), in my opinion, are simply not worth it. If I didn’t have this column to attend to and had no need to stay current on new releases, then I probably wouldn’t go to the theater more than a half-dozen times each year.

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