The Future of Movie Theaters
by Ken Parker
Gimmicks and Gadgets
In order to keep the movie theater experience enjoyable and original, theaters will continue to amp up their technology to match the standards of the day. Whether this means improving the resolution of their projectors or installing a better sound system, the improvements will generally enhance the movie going experience for all.
|A very popular gimmick|
|Has Technology Advanced?|
The rumble seat and/or D-Box is another gimmick that is, just like 3-D, nothing new. A seat that rumbles depending on the noise level of the movie can enhance the experience as do the motion ride seats of D-Box in other theaters. These turn the theaters into versions of the motion rides of theme parks.
Other gimmicks still in the works include the smell-o-vision.
Already existing in a limited capacity are theaters with comfortable chairs, food servers at your request and other amenities. Reserved seating exists with IMAX and other specialty theaters and that idea may continue to expand to other theaters.
|Bigger the better?|
IMAX and other theaters like XD provide superior quality along with larger screens. The increasing size of the screen is in reaction to a trend of TVs getting larger and larger. Countering a trend in the 80’s as the theaters got rid of the largest screens just to make room for more theaters, the new large screens add an appeal for audiences.
Of course all these perks to improve the theater experience come at a cost and so only people with disposable income and movie fans will be able to take part. Others will have to pick and choose when they take part in these bonuses.
|Jackson shoots The Hobbit|
The improvement of visuals and better sound will make the theaters more attractive and keep people coming. No doubt that these technologies will improve as time goes on.
|Good ole film!|
|The latest digital projectors|
|Say bye-bye to these types of theaters|
People love nostalgia and that is why we still have a few old drive-in theaters around the country. Someday movie theaters may be another neat nostalgic oddity that kids ask their parents about. A day may be coming where all movies are available online for people to see for the first time in their homes. A day when 50+ inch TVs are common and the high quality images of a movie can be enjoyed at home may not be that far away. I doubt theaters will vanish as quickly and decisively as the drive-in theaters but many of these factors are moving in that direction. I would not expect to see this in most of our life times but it will be interesting to see what movie theaters do over the next couple of decades to keep the experience fresh and enjoyable for all.