From the Comfort of Home: Why Movie Theatres Are Declining in Popularity

First, they killed Blockbuster. Now, they are going after movie theatres. In the past few years, streaming services have exploded in popularity, especially in the wake of COVID-19. Thanks to the internet and streaming services like Netflix, there has never been a better time for home entertainment. Of course, why would you drive to a movie theatre when you can watch any movie you’d like from the comfort of your own home?

So whether you like it or not, streaming services and apps are the future. Here are a few reasons why movie theatres are becoming a thing of the past.

Streaming Services are Becoming More Common

Netflix is no longer the only streaming service. According to The Gazette, there are over 200 streaming services where you can watch movies, television shows, live sports, news, and more. With so many streaming options, you will never have trouble finding something to watch.

People are Using Streaming Services More

Not only are new streaming services popping up every day, but people are also using them more. According to recent reports, people are spending more time and money on streaming services now more than ever. The studies also found that the average viewer pays for at least four different streaming subscriptions.

It is More Convenient To Watch Movies at Home

When watching a movie on Hulu or Disney, plus you are in control. You can pause it when you have to go to the bathroom, rewind when you miss something and control the volume all from the comfort of your couch. In addition, you don’t have to wait for a specific time or schedule to watch a movie. You can stream any movie at any time of the day.

Movies are Released Immediately

At least before the pandemic, a movie would have a theatrical run before heading to a streaming service. Now blockbuster movies that would usually get a theatrical release are sent right to streaming services for a higher price. For example, instead of going to theatres, Disney’s remake of Mulan was available 29.99$ on Disney Plus. In addition, Amazon Prime has a feature titled Prime Video Cinema, where you can rent and buy-in theatre movies at home.

It Is Cheaper To Watch at Home

Instead of spending over 100$ to watch a movie like Mulan in theatres, a family of four could spend a fraction of the cost and have a movie night from the comfort of their living room. You can also save a nice chunk of change by eating snacks from your kitchen and the grocery store instead of paying high prices for popcorn and soda at the theatre.

You Don’t Have To Deal With Other People

There is nothing worse than paying a ton of money for a movie you’ve been waiting to see just to have the experience ruined by obnoxious people. Opting to stream a movie from the comfort of your home confines your entertainment to a private arena, eliminating that issue completely.

Maximized Comfort With Streaming Services

In addition to not having to deal with people, streaming services allow you to watch movies in a comfortable fashion. You no longer have to squeeze between two plastic cupholders in a chair that barely reclines. Instead, you can sprawl out on your couch or bed in your PJs and a blanket.

TVs Have Come a Long Way

For a long time, one of the biggest draws of movie theatres was the big screens and loud surround systems. However, in recent years home entertainment has advanced tenfold. Ultra HD flat screens are readily available at affordable prices with incredible features and crystal clear pictures.

Look Forward to the Future

While movie theatres are still around, it is evident the future of the movie industry lies in streaming services. As technology continues to advance, movie theatres as we know it are becoming obsolete.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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