Will I still be able to see films on film if I move to the country?
May 15, 2010 4:59 PM Subscribe
How hard is it to see a movie in a movie theater in rural areas? Is the experience significantly different from seeing a movie in a theater in a city?
posted by bubukaba to Media & Arts (58 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Are they accessible, or do you have to drive an hour to get to them? Are they big chain multiplexes out near the Walmart by the highway with big plush seats and a full concessions counter, or is there a locally-owned single-screen house somewhere in the town an hour away with ratty carpeting and a weird old man in a paper hat putting butter on your popcorn?
Do the theaters play new releases? Second-run stuff? Old movies? A mix? Do lots of people go to them, or does everyone just use Netflix out there these days?
I'm curious because I've been working in movie theaters in Chicago for the last few years but only have a vague idea of what it's like to see a movie in a less metropolitan place. Seeing and projecting films in theaters has become a big part of my life, and I wonder about how it might be different if I moved away from the city (possibly - in my daydreams - to start my own solar-powered repertory cinema with a sustainable popcorn farm on the roof).
I'm particularly curious about the United States and Canada and maybe Mexico because I probably won't be moving anywhere else, but experiences from other places would be interesting and instructive as well.