Author Topic: Theaters Are Open  (Read 591 times)

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Re: Theaters Are Open
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2020, 11:45:20 AM »
Red flag was used by Dictator Santa Anna at the Alamo.

Better than a movie ...



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Re: Theaters Are Open
« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2020, 06:05:57 AM »
My system makes a good substitute for the theater too,



and the sound system is also very good.  But a good theater can still do better, both visually and sound, especially sound.  I've been buying dvd sets of TV series like crazy.  There's some good stuff out there, but it has to be sorted out from the crap, and sometimes I don't sort very well and end up with stuff on my shelves that is really just taking up space.

As to Master and Commander, I sometimes take that out just to play the first 10 minutes of the film and listen to it on my sound system.  It sounds and feels like my whole house is under attack.  It shakes the room.

Nice projector!

Since most of my home theater was fried by lightning, I decided to upgrade the entire system. I got a 85-inch Sony 4K television, Denon receiver and replaced the Bose Acoustimass cube speakers I've had for 23 year with MartinLogan. I replaced the damaged Xbox 360 and Blu-ray player with a used Xbox One X since it can do both. My family room isn't large enough for a 7.1 system so I went with 5.1. We watch a lot of television and movies and because I have no idea when I will return to a theater so I felt justified in splurging. I know by home theater enthusiasts standards our system is modest but we're loving it.

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

― Pema Chödrön

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Re: Theaters Are Open
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2020, 07:29:54 AM »
Nice projector!

Since most of my home theater was fried by lightning, I decided to upgrade the entire system. I got a 85-inch Sony 4K television, Denon receiver and replaced the Bose Acoustimass cube speakers I've had for 23 year with MartinLogan. I replaced the damaged Xbox 360 and Blu-ray player with a used Xbox One X since it can do both. My family room isn't large enough for a 7.1 system so I went with 5.1. We watch a lot of television and movies and because I have no idea when I will return to a theater so I felt justified in splurging. I know by home theater enthusiasts standards our system is modest but we're loving it.


I first got interested in a projector and home theater room around 20 years ago, but projectors back then were infant technology and produced images reminiscent of the very first Walmart digital cameras that produced wallet sized prints with visible pixels. About 12 years ago I was walking through a little mom and pop optics store that was projecting a cartoon on a 3 X 5 screen in a darkened room.  There were still pixels, but eight years ago, I was visiting my sister in Chicago, and went to some large tech store.  I think it's name was ABT, and they had a 25 X 40 foot projection theater with stadium seating and a screen that was maybe 20 feet wide where they were projecting Pirates of the Caribbean.  They had a price tag on the door for the theater, seating and all, for $20,000.  Out of my price range, of course, but the point was made. Projection was now a viable mode for presenting movies.  I'm on my third projector now, and my last one cost half as much as the first.  Bulbs are the big expense.

But now the size of TVs are getting there too, and I can imagine projectors becoming obsolete.  An 11 X 6 foot screen like mine is still a ways off, with the biggest problem being how do you get the thing into the room?  At times I wonder if maybe I should just be done with projection and satisfy myself with an 85 inch flat screen like yours, but I think I can still justify waiting for the 120 inch screen.  I'll probably die first.  An led screen is brighter than a projection system, so there's that.

My room is actually a converted bedroom that measures 14 feet by 12 feet.  5 people is a crowd, and as you pointed out, a 7.1 sound system doesn't make sense.  The room is not big enough for the right sound separation.  The middle/side speakers add zero to the experience, and I took them out.  With 5.1 the separation is clear enough that I have been tricked by knocks on the door, thinking someone was in the room behind me.  One time, a dog was barking behind me, and I wondered why they added a dog bark to the scene.  When I turned around my neighbor was standing behind me with her dog.  I had the volume up too high to hear the door bell, so she let herself in.

Your system looks very nice.  We live in remarkable times.

Re: Theaters Are Open
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2020, 11:23:22 AM »
I bought a few 4K UHD Blu-rays and they are terrific. To mark the 20th Anniversary of the release of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings all six films in the Middle Earth saga have been remastered in 4K UHD Blu-ray are set for release in 2021. I'm really looking forward to watching all the movies again.
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

― Pema Chödrön

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Re: Theaters Are Open
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2020, 11:53:05 AM »
I bought a few 4K UHD Blu-rays and they are terrific. To mark the 20th Anniversary of the release of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings all six films in the Middle Earth saga have been remastered in 4K UHD Blu-ray are set for release in 2021. I'm really looking forward to watching all the movies again.
Some people don't think Blu-ray makes much difference.  You can't always tell on a little 30 inch monitor, but on big screens, the difference is dramatic, and if sound makes a difference, it beats a DVD there too.  I haven't seen Ultra High Definition yet.

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Re: Theaters Are Open
« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2020, 12:56:21 PM »
Some people don't think Blu-ray makes much difference.  You can't always tell on a little 30 inch monitor, but on big screens, the difference is dramatic, and if sound makes a difference, it beats a DVD there too.  I haven't seen Ultra High Definition yet.

Go outside an see the sky.  Reality is better ;-)
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Re: Theaters Are Open
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2020, 03:01:06 AM »
People have been predicting the death of movie theaters for some time but I think COVID restrictions will have lasting changes on how people view movies. I predict people will still go to theaters for big event movies, such as Avengers, but most movies be released via streaming.  It's much more cost effective for studios and for families. Also, because of the release of high quality shows on Netflix, HBO and Amazon, there is much less "direct to video" stigma. Jeff from Films at Home below makes a good point by comparing the releases of Tenet and Mulan.

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

― Pema Chödrön

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Re: Theaters Are Open
« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2020, 09:14:51 AM »
People have been predicting the death of movie theaters for some time but I think COVID restrictions will have lasting changes on how people view movies. I predict people will still go to theaters for big event movies, such as Avengers, but most movies be released via streaming.  It's much more cost effective for studios and for families. Also, because of the release of high quality shows on Netflix, HBO and Amazon, there is much less "direct to video" stigma. Jeff from Films at Home below makes a good point by comparing the releases of Tenet and Mulan.
It might change things a lot.  I have been an avid movie goer, an I do miss my weekly trip to the theater, but not in a big way.  As everyone else, I have other things I can do, and when this is over, I'm thinking I won't be going to as many movies as I did before.  It was kind of like a habit, and the habitual nature of the thing seems to have been broken.  As for straight to DVD, I have rented the occasional sleeper that should have made to to the theaters, but in the last 4 months, I haven't found one of those at Redbox.  I too have read doomsday speculations from the theater industry long before Covid-19 came on the scene, and theaters around here have been trying to bolster movie going by installing spacious recliners, which cuts down capacity to 33% (capacity that wasn't being used), and when I went mid week during the day, theaters were only filling a handful of those spacious recliners for the last two years since they were installed.

It's amazing that theaters still exist considering that an employee once told me that almost all of the revenue for ticket sales goes right back to Hollywood, and that the profit to the theater owners comes almost entirely from the concession stand, which partly explains why popcorn costs $10.

Online Baruch

Re: Theaters Are Open
« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2020, 11:18:17 AM »
Only fish people like streaming ;-)
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