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Robin Taylor
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I go to the movies once or twice a month but I only go to what in Canada is call the VIP theaters. Kind of like an Alamo Drafthouse, it features 18+ only attendance as they serve food and liquor in seat. The seats are dramatically better, the theaters smaller and the audience more respectful (in general). It is also way pricier but I appreciate the trade-off. At double or more of a regular ticket cost, people don't mess around with talking, phones, or interrupting the experience. A single show with my wife and I will end up being over $100 and I am happy to pay it for an improved experience.

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RunPee?

Jeez, well done for being pathetic, humanity. 
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The only theatre near me is in the Galaxy Macau Casino so I usually make an evening out of it. First I head to the Macallan Whisky Bar for two Whisky Sours (happy hour) and all the olives I want. It is reminiscent of an old Gentleman's Club so the atmosphere is quite nice. Then off to the movies where I pay for the premium seats, which are 12 recliners in the entire theatre. There is a button you can summon the ushers who will refill your popcorn. The best part is that I can push the button and have the ushers deal with the mainland tourists who take selfies of themselves during the movie or text non-stop throughout the entire film. Completely befuddles me why someone would pay $35 USD a ticket and spend the entire time twitching over their damn phones. 
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Slight thread drift...regarding bottled water,at work
our manager was in the lounge eating lunch and drinking
a bottle of `Smart Water`, one of my colleagues
whispered to me that as she`d paid an extortionate
amount for a product you can get through the tap,the
`Smart Water` was actually smarter than our manager!

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People can laugh, laugh and then laugh some more about bottled vs tap water.  Y'all may live in a city where the tap is just fine.  I live in a city of nearly 20 million where the tap water is atrocious. Los Angeles. It's drinkable (barely), but that's the extent of it.  Drinkable.  It's not like the tap water I get when I go back to Minnesota.  So to imply that all tap water is the same and that your experience with it is the same as mine (and that I'm being silly to want good tasting water no matter the source) is ridiculous to say the least.  

I get the absurdity of being "precious" with water, but there are locations in the US where the water is just not that good and bottled water tastes better.  
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Penn and Teller Water Bottle Survey - Los Angeles

Couldn't resist. 
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But Matt,do you carry a bottle of water everywhere with
you when you leave the house?
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I get the absurdity of being "precious" with water, but there are locations in the US where the water is just not that good and bottled water tastes better.  

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I understand, Matt.

I currently live in the West Midlands. The tap water here is not nice at all.

Years ago, I was living in Staffordshire. Just a little over the West Midlands border, but a different water company (South Staffordshire Water). The difference was very noticeable, I was forever drinking tap water whilst living under their jurisdiction.
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 Bill Collins wrote:
But Matt,do you carry a bottle of water everywhere with 
you when you leave the house?

Filtered water in a 32oz Klean Kanteen metal water bottle, yes.
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I was reading that LA started switching away from chlorine starting 5 years ago and recently completed things last year, but when I was living there, the tap water smelled gross. Even if the water has improved, that wouldn’t fix the ancient pipes in my old apartment. I wouldn’t drink anything coming out of them. 
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This gem stuck out to me from the article:

But Hollywood is also to blame for serving up a string of flat out terrible movies — blame Rotten Tomatoes all you want, but audiences are savvier than ever, and can smell rotting product from a mile away.

And if only the music industry had just released better music, the compact disc market would be absolutely thriving right now...


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HA!
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Problem I've had with the last three movies I've tried to go see at the theater: Reserve Seating. Having lunch out with the family. We decide to try to see a movie afterwards. Look up online what's playing and where. Get to the theater a good 10-15 minutes before the movie starts only to find out it's reserved seating and the only seating for four is on the first two rows. Last time we were thinking about seeing a movie and noticed on the websites the movies we were interested in were reserved seating and we just passed on the idea.
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I did watch JUMANJI the other day (thoughts on it elsewhere).

I do like the big screen for something. That scenery (filmed in Hawaii) does look impressive on the big screen as did the CGI animals (rhinos, hippo, jaguars). I can see there always being a need for cinema screens to convey that.

But would I go to the cinema to watch a documentary? Do I really need a theater screen for the forthcoming THE COMMUTER? Not so sure. 
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Charles Valderrama
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Yes, there are a select few movies worth watching on the big screen for the impressive HD cinematic details... but for how long?? Flat screen 4K UHD TVs have become big enough to satisfy those needs for many people. Who knows where the tech will go in another 10 years?

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Ed: Problem I've had with the last three movies I've tried to go see at the theater: Reserve Seating.

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Interesting. For me, reserved seating dramatically improved the moviegoing experience and after I first tried it over a decade ago, there was no going back. It's the only way I will go to the theater.
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Posted: 09 January 2018 at 7:14pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Me too. For the longest time, the only theater I would go to was the Arclight in Hollywood, despite being pricier and a longer drive for me, because the reserved seating made it easier. I was happy that other chains started adopting it.
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Like Doug, reserved seating is the only way I will go to the theater.

Makes things very easy and stress free.

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 Doug Jones wrote:
 Ed Love wrote:
Problem I've had with the last three movies I've tried to go see at the theater: Reserve Seating.

Interesting. For me, reserved seating dramatically improved the moviegoing experience and after I first tried it over a decade ago, there was no going back. It's the only way I will go to the theater.

Agree with Doug.  I rarely, and I mean RARELY, go to a film where I can't reserve my seats.  F**k first come, first served.  You can't plan in advance to see a film, that's not my problem.  At $15 a pop in Los Angeles for a standard film ($25 for an IMAX presentation), I damn well better get to choose where I sit and not have to fight the masses to get the seats that I want.
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Usually going to the movies is just one part of an outing and more of maybe if we have time after whatever else we're doing that day. Seeing the movie is usually almost an afterthought, to continue the outing and not the goal itself. A spur of the moment treat, like deciding to go out for dessert. Probably why I see less than 12 movies a year on the big screen and most of those will be at the $2 theater. I can get to several movie theaters within 30 minutes drive from anywhere in town and a movie is usually showing at several theaters with slightly staggered times. So, planning which theater to see a movie at a set time is a hassle. I'd rather be able to enjoy having dinner with my wife and/or friends and family members without rushing through because we have to be at a specific theater at a set time. Or having to drive across town to see a show an hour from now opposed to the theater that happens to be a half a block away with a showing in 20 minutes - but you cannot sit together.
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Seeing the movie is usually almost an afterthought, to continue the outing and not the goal itself. A spur of the moment treat, like deciding to go out for dessert.

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I get this, but it makes your complaint about reserved seating confusing. Prior to reserved seating, my party and I would have to arrive at the theater 30-45 minutes before the screening started to make sure that we could sit together. I would have never expected to show up 10 minutes before a full screening started and find seats together. Unless you tried to get people to play musical chairs for you, which is an experience that I hated from both sides and I'm glad reserved seating got rid of.
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Reserved seating is good for me as my wife suffers from
Rheumatoid Arthritis,so i always book us rear seats on
the aisle or extra leg room.
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I much prefer reserved seating. My local multiplex plays silly buggers though and offers it for its biggest (and more expensive) screen, but not for all the other screens.
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Oh yeah, it's reserved seating or bust for me. I want to control where I sit and, as much as possible, control how many people are around me. I'll usually check a couple different times to make sure I can get what I want.

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Ed: I'd rather be able to enjoy having dinner with my wife and/or friends and family members without rushing through because we have to be at a specific theater at a set time. Or having to drive across town to see a show an hour from now opposed to the theater that happens to be a half a block away with a showing in 20 minutes - but you cannot sit together. 

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But, as Michael notes, if you show up 15 minutes before a movie starts, you have no guarantee whether you'll get good seats or not (regardless of the seating system), especially after a leisurely dinner, when showings become more scarce. And if you can check online to see where the film is playing, why not check further to see what seats are available? I can get the status on seating and book tickets in a fraction of the time it would take to show up at the theater and wait in line. That's what I love about reserved seating--it actually eases the hassle.
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