Movie theaters are not as fun these days compared to fifteen or twenty years ago. With all the cellphones and disorderly patrons, why pay $30 per person to get aggravated and watch long commercials? Besides, home theaters are more sophisticated and affordable now. It's more fun and enjoyable too. Video on demand (VOD) or streaming is here to stay, it's the future.
People will go to theaters again if it makes the experience more about entertainment and less up-selling – like the premium vibrating and elevating chairs that are maybe fun for those who pays extra but are distracting to patrons who sits next to it. There are also way too many commercials before the movie. It's just like watching television now. So why bother? We don't get any of these distractions and inconveniences in home theaters. If you like the energy from other viewers, invite friends over. VOD is here to stay, it's the future. Embrace it.
Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Steven Spielberg is continuing his quest to push filmmakers to make movies for theaters and not just for television.
“I hope all of us really continue to believe that the greatest contributions we can make as filmmakers is to give audiences the motion picture theatrical experience,” the directing legend said on Saturday night while accepting the Filmmaker Award at the Cinema Audio Society's CAS Awards at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. “I’m a firm believer that movie theaters need to be around forever.”
While he didn’t mention any one streaming service or network by name, Spielberg said, “I love television. I love the opportunity. Some of the greatest writing being done today is for television, some of the best directing for television, some of the best performances [are] on television today. The sound is better in homes more than it ever has been in history but there’s nothing like going to a big dark theater with people you’ve never met before and having the experience wash over you. That’s something we all truly believe in.”
In March 2018, Spielberg spoke out against Netflix films earning Oscar recognition. “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a … — Marc Malkin/@Variety