Movies Or The Theater?



Let me start off with a confession. When Shackman suggested this title for our weekly LBC Friday posts, there was no question mark at the end of it. Being the coordinator I added it to add some spice to the topic. I hope that Shackman will forgive me.

For me it is not Movies Or The Theater, but Movies and the Theater. I am using the latter term here as one would use in the West though in India, even movie houses are called theaters!

My exposure to either started with the latter because in Montessori school, play acting is a very normal activity and I had acted in a few plays in school. That continued right till I finished high school, though from about the fourth grade in school, I had also started seeing movies primarily English ones, like Tarzan etc.

During the High School days, it was also quite normal for me to attend theater for Tamil plays which were very popular in Chennai where we lived then. During the same period, I also saw a great many Tamil movies but very few English ones, as they were screened by and large as Sunday morning shows due to lack of viewers.

After school life took very funny turn for me and I started seeing Hindi movies as we had moved to the North by then. From that time till about the mid nineties, I saw a great many Hindi and English movies but theater just dropped out of my orbit. By that time we were in Pune where I now live and it is a place where theater is a vibrant force, though I have not been to see a play in over seventeen years. One needs an appreciative companion to go and I simply haven’t found one since my late wife took ill and subsequently died.

I did not see any movies too during that time except for what came on in the TV. Since the last five years however, I have been catching up for the lost time by going regularly to movies in movie houses as well as via DVDs or Youtube. I am yet to start going to plays but I have every intention of when something nice comes along which should be a kind of a starting gun to get me into the mood. I will also have to find someone to go with and I think I know just who.

Shackman had suggested this topic for the weekly LBC blog posts. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin and Shackman.

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11 Responses to Movies Or The Theater?

  1. tammy j says:

    i too love live theatre! but i’m out of the habit of going. the last i saw was in london …
    and was the phantom of the opera. years ago now.
    and as a movie buff i have become more accustomed to viewing them either on my own tv or via the internet.
    the sound now in our movie theatres is so unbelievably loud as to sometimes even be painful. i think whole generations are going to have early hearing loss!
    and the price of popcorn is outrageous. they claim that is how they make their money. so… the days of my theatre going in both instances are not what they used to be when i went so much to both kinds before. now i enjoy in the comfort of my own home with my own popcorn. delish and lovely.
    except i will admit… SOME films just aren’t the same unless viewed on the large screen!
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    • I agree with you on the decibel levels in the movie theaters, but I have a pair of industrial quality ear plugs that I take whenever I go and if the noise is to much, I simply plug them in and despite them, can hear every thing quite well. Ranjan and Manjiree are also great home pop corn makers and home movie watchers. I prefer the movie theaters but if I can’t see something I like there, I do see movies at home sans the pop corn.

  2. shackman says:

    My movie going days have nearly evaporated since Lynn got sick and died. We went weekly – I have not ben in over a year. I watch them on my home theater system when they hit cable – my screen size is 48″ – not the biggest but sufficiently large even for stuff like Star Wars. The theater has priced itself out of my reach but I think I will search for some small local theater groups in Charlotte. As to that ?, you are fluent in shackspeak – LOL – it was implied.
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    • I am glad that I got the ? right. Both our paths seem to run parallel to each other and I am always amazed at how many things have cropped up to show that.

  3. Our movie theater is essentially at the end of our parking lot, but we almost never go. We also have an active little theater group in town, but it has been over twenty years since we’ve gone. I much prefer watching things at home while I exercise/move a bit. I don’t like to sit.
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    • Ranjan too is planning to get himself a working station where he can stand and work. Once he does that, I will see how it is and if it suits me, I too will change. I however have reservations considering my replaced/revised hip joints being able to take the strain. I will also consult my surgeon before I change.

    • Kaitlin says:

      I have a sit – stand desk at work and really like it. I find my back hurts less.

  4. Kaitlin says:

    I love the old theatres that are so lush and fancy with the balconies. Now all we have near us is what Tammy describes. Occasionally we will go – On a rainy or snowy day – but generally watch them at home.

    • It increasingly makes sense to watch movies at home due to so many options available to do so and with modern home theater systems delivering good viewing and listening experiences. I prefer going to the multiplexes because otherwise I don’t get out much at all.

  5. Big John says:

    To me, the cinema was ‘entertainment’ and the theatre an ‘experience’. When I was at school, one of my teachers was an out of work actor, who had ‘connections’ in London’s ‘theatre land’. This meant ‘free’ trips to such places as ‘The Old Vic’, which I have never forgotten.
    I gave up going to ‘the pictures’ many years ago when cinemas became places for eating, slurping, chatting, ‘phoning etc. I still miss the magic of the ‘silver screen’ and the old ‘Hollywood Greats’.
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  6. nick says:

    I like them both. There’s something more intimate about watching a film, it’s as if you’re right there, about to talk to the characters. The theatre is obviously more contrived and artificial but it has an atmosphere all of its own because it’s live and if the actors fluff something, there’s no chance of a “take two”.
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