Given the choice, 99% of the time I'll opt to wait for a movie to come out on DVD or streaming to see it. If we do go to the theater, it will be for an early matinee a week or two after the movie's been released--I hate crowds. I've only attended evening showings twice in the past twenty years--once, for an advance screening for which Collin and I had been given free tickets, and more recently, for the Marvel Movie Marathon in 2012. It was fifteen hours of Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America, ending with the midnight premiere of The Avengers. In spite of my aversion to crowds, it was fun.
Next week, the latest from Marvel--Captain America: The Winter Soldier--opens officially on April 4th, though many theaters are offering an early showing on the 3rd. Collin and I have been anxiously awaiting this latest installment, and I would have preferred to see it at one of those aforementioned matinees--but because Collin's regular days off were Wednesday and Thursday, we would have had to wait almost a week to see it.
Collin suggested we go to the Thursday evening showing. Reluctantly, I agreed, and we ordered our tickets online. We had it all planned: an early dinner at TGI Fridays near the theater before the movie, followed by what could be a long wait in a long line for seating, even though we'd bought our tickets in advance.
Then his boss changed his days off to Mondays and Tuesdays....
Personally, I'm looking forward to the day movies go the way of books and music and, to an extent, TV: via the internet. I believe the day will come when new movies will make their debuts in the comfort of our living rooms. Instead of standing in line at theaters and having to deal with obnoxious moviegoers, we'll simply pay online theaters for a single showing and make our own popcorn and nachos....
What's your preference--seeing movies at the cinema or waiting for the DVD? Matinee or evening showings?
And on the subject of movies, William has a review of a classic, Monty Python and the Holy Grail over at his blog today. His reviews are great--be sure to check it out!