If you would have told me in February of 2020 that it would be 3 years before I entered a movie theater again, I would have called you crazy along with probably some other choice words. Well, it turned out to be 3 years and a couple of months of no movie theaters for me. A steak I’m proud to say I finally broke just last week.
In going to see John Wick 4 a couple of weeks ago (a good film I might add) I had broken the longest streak in my lifetime of not seeing movies in the theater. The pandemic played a large role in that, but also mee going to grad school and working full-time contributed as well. Some movies are really meant to be viewed in the darkened surround sound rooms that make up movie theaters. A home entertainment setup might not always cut it. Tom Cruise and the people behind ‘Top Gun Maverick’ would almost certainly agree.
Things have changed quite a bit in the time since I last stepped foot in a theater. Streaming has become more ubiquitous and even more influential. The average film now is only in theaters for about 4-6 weeks before it premieres on streaming networks. Also, I like many people, got used to watching things at home during the height of the pandemic and it was hard to break the habit. Ultimately, I did miss the movie theater experience and it seems like I’m not the only one as crowds have come back for some films while other genres are still struggling. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over the next year or so.