It seems like there’s a move to keep people in their homes, except for kids whom they’re more than happy to kick out, or at least restrict their movements by pushing things that keep you home. Here’s a new one: just stay home and watch a new release movie. J.J. Abrams is the latest director to advocate a new project called “Screening Room” where you can, for a fee similar to warehouse stores like BJs, rent new movies the same day they’re in theaters. No more going to theaters. Look, I understand some real jerks pop up at theaters and think they’re doing MST3K or talking on their phones (if they’re texting, why are you watching their text?) among other issues, but the theater is a good way to get out and find other fans of something, or just get out of the house and see something on the BIG screen. Then again, people watch a movie on their chocolate bar-sized screens and think it’s great, so maybe I’m just old.
ScreenCrush contributor Britt Hayes also tries to make the point that while Screening Room has it’s benefits so does going to the theater. What do you guys think? He also worries that the movie theater could go the way of the video store. Does anyone leave the house anymore?