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20 reasons why it’s still better to see a movie in a theater

Do you prefer to stay at home? Here's why you should go out . . .
Do you prefer to stay at home? Here's why you should go out . . . Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images

On this 20th anniversary of Turner Classics Movies, and the beginning of the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood, here are 20 reasons why you should still go to see a classic in a movie theater.

Yes, a lot of the films being shown you can get on DVD, or you may have on VHS, or even can Netflix, but there’s nothing like seeing an old classic on a big screen.

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See A Film The Way It Was Meant To Be Seen.
See A Film The Way It Was Meant To Be Seen. Fox

See A Film The Way It Was Meant To Be Seen.

Yes, some horror movies you know were made to go straight to TV, but the classics were made to be seen on the big screen. You were made to see it in a big theater in the dark, and that is best place to see it. Some movies are just meant to be seen on the big screen, don’t you feel sorry for those who first saw the original “Star Wars” on TV?

See How the Audience Reacts
See How the Audience Reacts Universal Pictures

See How the Audience Reacts

There’s nothing better than hearing how the audience reacts when Norman Bates starts stabbing the girl in the shower, or when that first starship comes across the screen in “Star Wars.” The “oohs” and “aahs” and hysterical laughter is priceless in an audience, and yes, sometimes people react differently to certain scenes in the classic— that’s even more interesting!

Good Audiences are More Fun than Not.
Good Audiences are More Fun than Not. Warner Bros.

Good Audiences are More Fun than Not.

 If you have a particularly reactive audience that’s not distracting, it’s like a roller-coaster ride. You scream more, you laugh more, and you have a lot more fun, that’s true. Sometimes, that’s the best part of the movie.

No Distractions.
No Distractions. Terminator

No Distractions.

You know if you’re watching a movie at home, someone is going to call right when Arnold arrives naked at the Griffith Observatory in “Terminator” or just as Harrison Ford is running away from the giant ball as Indiana Jones. Lose yourself and don’t get distracted. You can watch a movie without being on Facebook or Tweeting at the same time.

You Can Be a Movie Snob.
You Can Be a Movie Snob. TCM Classic Film Festival

You Can Be a Movie Snob.

You can simply turn your nose up and say, “Oh, ‘Eraserhead’ is very much different when you see it on the BIG SCREEN, like I did.” Mostly for all the reasons above.

The Sound is Better.
The Sound is Better. TCM Classic Film Festival

The Sound is Better.

The audience is listening, and whether it’s Dolby, or whatever else, the sound system is going to better than what you have at home. The roar of Godzilla, the lasers, the screams, are all better in a theater.

You Will See More Than You’ve Ever Seen On TV.
You Will See More Than You’ve Ever Seen On TV. Warner Bros.

You Will See More Than You’ve Ever Seen On TV.

You will see that amazing shot of Atlanta burning and the pull back of the war wounded in “Gone with the Wind” and you’ll see what really is swinging in the background in “The Wizard of Oz” (it’s not a Munchkin hanging!)

Be Sociable.
Be Sociable. TCM Classic Film Festival

Be Sociable.

 It’s so much fun to have your friends and family with you to react. Yes, you can talk more at home, and yes, you can stop and start if you have missed something, or you can freeze-frame a nude scene, but it’s fun to be with friends in a movie theater, too.

It’s Still a Cheap form of Entertainment.
It’s Still a Cheap form of Entertainment. TCM Classic Film Festival

It’s Still a Cheap form of Entertainment.

Going to a baseball game? Going to a play?  A rock concert? Add in the parking, the hot dogs, the drinks, even a night out to dinner, it’s all more expensive generally than a good movie deal. Take the family.

Popcorn is Great.
Popcorn is Great. Warner Bros.

Popcorn is Great.

 You just can’t recreate the smell and taste of movie-house popcorn. Even if it’s a little stale and the butter is oily, movie popcorn is the best. Yeah, they’re trying to make it more healthy, but it’s still good, and you can’t make it at home like that no matter how you try.

For the Most Part, People are Polite.
For the Most Part, People are Polite. TCM Classic Film Festival

For the Most Part, People are Polite.

Sure, you don’t want to have to read someone’s text messages two rows up, but after a few shootings from people who are disruptive, for the most part people shut their phones and stop their talking and realize they’re not at home in their living rooms.

Lose Yourself in the Dark.
Lose Yourself in the Dark. TCM Classic Film Festival

Lose Yourself in the Dark.

It’s better for your eyes to be focused on the big screen in the dark, without having to focus back and forth like you will do if you’re at home while on your computer while watching TV.

If You’re Bored, Admire the View.
If You’re Bored, Admire the View. TCM Classic Film Festival

If You’re Bored, Admire the View.

Most of the great old movie palaces are playing bad movies but the venue is incredible. Check out the ceiling, the pillars, the lights, even the lobby, and there’s often some history in these old movie venues.

Black-and-White, No Sound, Technicolor, 3D.
Black-and-White, No Sound, Technicolor, 3D. Avatar

Black-and-White, No Sound, Technicolor, 3D.

Special ways of seeing a movie are more acclimated to the theater. Imagine seeing “Avatar” at home on a small screen? And, maybe smell-a-vision is best not done at home, either.

It’s a Piece of History.
It’s a Piece of History. Movie still

It’s a Piece of History.

Seeing an Academy Award-winning movie, for example, on the big screen, is impressive and historic. Seeing the first winner, “Wings” on the big screen is fantastic, even in black and white and without sound.

You Can Sneak in Snacks.
You Can Sneak in Snacks. Warner Bros.

You Can Sneak in Snacks.

If you’re careful you don’t have to pay $3 for Juju Beads, you can bring in your own, and if you’re not disruptive, share. Just open those crinkly wrappers before you get in, not during the movie.

The Seats are Comfy.
The Seats are Comfy. Republic Pictures

The Seats are Comfy.

Your back will be better most likely in a theater for three hours than the way you’re spread out on the couch at home in all kinds of awkward positions. Yes, they’re making the seats better in all the theaters now.

It’s Casual.
It’s Casual. Republic Pictures

It’s Casual.

You used to have to dress up to go to the movies, but for the most part you can wear sweats and jeans and anything you’d wear when you’re watching at home. Mostly.

See it First.
See it First. Republic Pictures

See it First.

These days some movies can be streamed the same time it is in the theaters, but it’s still great to be the first to be the first in your neighborhood to see a hot movie (or to tell everyone why it’s bad.)

You’re Getting Out of the House.
You’re Getting Out of the House. Republic Pictures

You’re Getting Out of the House.

You are moving, you are traveling, you may even be walking, and you may actually meet people. Go to a movie you lazy butt. Or, go to a film festival.