From a personal perspective, going to the movies was always a favorite past time as a child. However, after the countless trips with primary school best friends feeling grown up going somewhere with out parents around, to high school boys in order to get away from the watchful eyes of parents, to actually going with parents… my interest of going to the movies has highly decreased. The way I see it is why spend the absurd amount of $15-20 on a ticket to sit on a chair that’s going to make my behind numb in under ten seconds flat only to view a movie with groups of random people around me (public space)? When I can just wait an extra few months to download a half decent copy of the movie spending $0, sitting on a chair that I could spend years in with a happy behind, and watch it with family and friends, or in the glorious company of me, myself and I (private space).
However, for the purpose of this blog task I decided to put movie woes behind me and put both my wallet and behind on the line and make my way to a movie. After a rush home through the Shell Harbor to Wollongong traffic at approximately 7 pm, post an eight an a half hour shift meeting every customers coffee demands, to beat four other roommates to the shower I successfully made it to the 8:40 screening of “The Inbetweeners 2” at Wollongongs Event X cinema.
According to urban planner Torsten Hagerstrad there are three human constraints that change the way social planning works; capability, coupling, and authority (csissclassics.com, 2014). During my movie experience I endured these three elements, and here is where I will break them down for you.
Capability describes the idea of if a person can get to the location. I decided to go to the movies with a friend that was free the same night I was and had the same desire to see the newest British comedy that awakens the inner immature humor majority of my generation have. Both said friend and I have cars and licenses and just so happen to live at the same university accommodation, therefore walking the few meters to their room to meet them and another few meters to my car wasn’t a challenge at all. Wollongong’s Crown Street Event Cinema was the closest movie theatre; therefore the choice of location is pretty self explanatory.
Coupling is the ideology that surrounds the concept of getting to the destination at the right time. My movie goer friend and myself chose the late time of 8:40 for our movie screening as it gave him the right amount of time to get study done and me enough time to get home from work without rushing.
Authority is the final constraint which defines if a person is allowed to be at the location. Considering my friend and I, aged 20 and 21, are legal consenting adults holding Australian citizenships and aren’t Bonnie and Clyde running from the law it is same to assume and acknowledge we had authority to go to the movies.
My adventure to the Cinema surprisingly reminded me of how good a movie experience can be. Both my friend and I were fans of sitting in the middle row of seats just about half way down from the back for the purpose of getting the best view, and as it was a Friday night there were a fair few other people surrounding us. I had forgotten how much funnier movies can be when there are other people laughing in hysterics around you, sort of like a sub conscious reassurance that the sense really was funny and your sense of humor shouldn’t be questioned. Although my experience was enjoyable, I still cannot picture myself doing it all to often in the near future due to the high prices and discomfort factors. Within the next 5-10 years I believe the cinema industry will decrease as it has done this decade, according to various blogs across the world wide web, specifically that of Roger Eber, there are 5 factors that cause such a decline:
1. Ticket prices are too high
2. Distractions in theatres such as noisy fan girls and cell phone users lighting up the entire room with their text messages
3. Refreshment prices are boarder lining ridiculous (I think house deposits are looking cheaper than the popcorn)
4. Competition from online streaming and downloading
5. Lack of film choice (the movie theatre may have 6 movies showing at the moment, but my online torrent site has probably 60,000)
And in conclusion, Roger and I are in complete agreement.
CSISS Classics . 2014. Torsten Hagers Time Geography. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.csiss.org/classics/content/29. [Accessed 31 August 14].
Roger Ebers Journal . 2012. I’ll tell you why Movie Revenue is Dropping. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.csiss.org/classics/content/29. [Accessed 31 August 14].