Man, I hope movie theaters never go away. The experience at home just doesn't cut it for me. The biggest problem with theaters now is we're so tethered to our phones that you can't sit through a two-hour flick without seeing little lights pop up out of laps all around the room. That's a serious pet peeve of mine.
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There will still be movie theaters. Going to the movies is now more about the common experience or just getting out of the house for an evening which direct-to-TV-release cannot provide.
You have bored teenagers with money that want to get out of the house and don't have much else to do.. Teens have always watched the majority of movies. Middle aged guys (like the author probably is) don't watch many movies and forget about the teens.
Our family goes to movies occasionally just to get out of the house and do something different. Seeing "Thor" on a TV set just isn't the same, unless you are in a million dollar home theater room (and that's not going to be cheap in 20 years).
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I agree. Movie theater's was the one I thought he was wrong on when I read it. I don't see that going away. The fact that they charge $13 isn't an indication that they're too expensive and will turn people away. It's an indication that people still are willing to pay for the experience.
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I think he's wrong on a bunch of them. Digital cameras, landline phones and wired internet to name a few. Seems to me that businesses will continue to use landlines and will wireless ever be as fast and as secure as wired internet? I think this author should have kept the list at 10
Fax machines are so stupid. It's always a handy tipoff that I'm dealing with an archaic organization if someone wants me to fax them something.
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I like fax machines because they can send me a document that has an actual, written signature on the bottom. If I have to send something that requires MY signature, I always insist on faxing or hand-delivery.
When dealing with handwritten things (which is frequent, in my line of work), fax machines are great because I can send copies to people quickly -- vs. having someone sit at a computer, scan all the documents in individually, and then break up the various parts into attachments small enough to go through whatever e-mail provider I'm dealing with on the other end. With a fax, I just throw the stuff onto the machine, dial the number and walk away to do other things while it sends.
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As long as boys and girls and men and women want to date there will be movie theaters. It's kind of hard to sneak in that long kiss sitting in your parents den watching a movie on TV or the computer.
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Now, sure, they'll be cut back as more people will take advantage of watching movies at home, in their home theater, perhaps even as early as the original theater release date but its extremely costly to get a similar setup, even if scaled down for most americans. Think of movies like Avatar, a complete visual orgy that is best viewed in the theater. Frankly, the story line was unoriginal, predictable and cliche`, but the visual aspect of being immersed in an imax theater was unbelievable. You may get 3D at home, but you won't be getting it on the scale that you can get in a large theater.
You can buy microwave popcorn which is quite tastey, you can buy an air popper if you're like my wife and that is your preference, but getting popcorn like you get at a theater is unpracticle for most americans, and at least to my taste buds is significantly better than anything I've made at home.
You may be able to squeeze 10 people or so into a family room or viewing room in a house, but you'll never be able to replicate that feeling of having 300+ people all scream or wince or shout out in excitement at the same time. Ever been to a movie so good the whole theater clapped at the end? Good luck getting that experience at home. I specifically remember seeing Titanic in the theater on the day it came out. One of my roommates in college was always fascinated with the story of the titanic, it was the day after exams ended, so we hit the theater. As strange as it sounds, for a movie so big, there really wasn't a ton of buzz leading up to the movie about the movie itself. Most of the buzz centered on the Cameron's huge budget and the length of the movie, few were convinced it was going to be as commercially successful as it was, there were few people saying "this is a must see movie" As such, we went in with little expectation, and were visually blown away. What I remember most of all though, was the look on everyone's face, all 200+ (it wasn't sold out despite being opening night) people as we left the theater; we'd all just been taken on an emotional rollercoaster and were left speechless. You can't get that same feeling at home, that type of social interaction amongst complete strangers just can't happen in your basement.
On top of all of that, movie theaters are places of innovasion for movies. From the sound systems, to screen size, seating setup, so many things work better originally when they can be implemented on a large scale, the figured out how to scale them down and make them work in a home. 3D is all the rage now as they've figured out how to make 3D work better than the 3D stuff you saw in the 70s/80s. How long will it take for movies to implement 4D technology? Put misters into the ceiling to replicate fog in a particular scene? Pump in the smells of a swamp as a killer is lurking the dark waiting for his victim to pass? Put buzzers and pointers in your seats to make you jump just as bugs are crawling across the screen? Things like that, and much more I can't think of currently exist in special settings like Disney, but it can't be long before they're worked into some theaters for movies the way that every new theater has 3D capability today.
I'm pretty sure I read an article like this 12 years ago that had some of the same things listed as being on the way out.
Silly to try and predict the future.
I agree with most of the list. Some of those are more technologies in process anyways so of course they are going to change.
Movie theatres are an interesting one. I don't see them going away, but movie studios would love to find a way to give you that experience without going to the theatre. I can see something replacing them in the next 30 years, but not so sure in the next 10-15.
I'd have listed newspapers
In my business, signing documents is still required legally, but I can still do that paperless with my ipad. I think tablets can make the physical fax machine obsolete where people can send pdf files back and forth, sign them on their tablets, and then print a copy out if you need to. That's how we operate and it's sure saved me a ton of time, not to mention paper and ink.
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