Sunday, October 2, 2022


Have you watched a movie in a theater since the pandemic began?

Before the pandemic began, movie theaters were thriving. Theaters were coming out with membership programs where you could see almost as many movies a week as you wanted. Since the COVID pandemic began, movie theaters have been struggling.

Since March of 2020, have you watched a movie in a movie theater? If so, have you been more than once? Even often? Tell us in today’s poll. Thanks for voting.


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Gregg G.
8 months ago

Relevant to the poll: I’m not ready to be in crowds yet.
Joining in the comments: I used to really enjoy the theater for a full emersion experience (sci-fi, action, etc) or group dynamics (comedy) but stopped going a few years ago when common courtesy disappeared from a critical mass of folks… Talking, phones, folks walking around, all diminished the experience. The last 10 years or so I only go to theatres that enforce rules and serve alcohol, such as Alamo Drafthouse; this solved about 99% of the problem!

Vanessa Simmons
8 months ago

Probably haven’t been to a movie theater for at least 3 years before the pandemic. The movie about the book club was the last one.

8 months ago

we would go but apart from the new Bond film there’s been nothing worth seeing. we didn’t go to see Bond as my wife had and is still recovering from surgery. pre-pandemic times we went to the movies quite a bit usually matinee after the film had been out for a while. no crowds. we’d likely do the same so we can take off our masks. i can’t imagine being stuck wearing a mask for 2+ hours.

8 months ago

I haven’t been to a theatre in over 32 years. And that visit was to see the private viewing of Ghost in Sydney Australia. It was a cost issue and to many sick people, kids and all the talking and other interruptions that just took away the theatre fun. So VHS/beta and the video LPs then to DVD and now streaming all hooked to surround sound. VHS collection long gone. My own chair, bathroom, and food selection at savings more than half the cost. Once movie is over a 10 step walk and to bed.

James Gillett
8 months ago

No, but not because of covid but rather because of a lack of movies that aren’t geared towards 12 year olds.

Gary G
8 months ago

We have been to one, Tuesday $5.00 special. Do not normally go the movies. It was ok, but at home I can pause for bathroom and snacks 😁

Deborah Mason
8 months ago

We live in a rural area of Montana. The closest movie theater is in Idaho, about 70 miles away. So we just don’t do theater movies.

8 months ago

Did not go much before. Not at All now. It has gotten kinda pricey to go for what you get. Seems Hollywood wants to lecture ,with every movie, on how you should think. They are not the ones that should be lecturing.

Jeff Craig
8 months ago

Even before the pandemic we mainly went to the drive-in (90 minutes away from home, but 30 min from where we camp). However, since they reopened the local theaters I’ve gone to see seven movies, during the day when there are few people there, to help support them.

Diane Mc
8 months ago

Been to the theater 2 times in last 25 years. For 2 auto racing movies, Senna & Ferrari vs Ford.

8 months ago

Only once, but we did as we always do. Wait until the movie has been out a few weeks and then go to an afternoon weekday matinee. Seldom more than a dozen people in the theater and few or none in our high row.

8 months ago

I went to see West Side Story about a month ago. Only person in the theater.

8 months ago

Went to see a matinee showing of Nomadland. We were the only ones in the theater.

Donald N Wright
8 months ago

Watched Ghostbusters three times, fun movie.

8 months ago

Haven’t been to a Movie Theater in a long time, but just had to see the New (2021) Dune Movie.
It was good and there were very few viewers in the large Theater!

8 months ago

Haven’t been to a theater in years, too expensive!!

8 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Also no intermission for 70 year old bladders! Not that I could move fast enough anyway because my shoes were sticking to the floor😳

8 months ago

We live in a small town that has a theater. They have a Tuesday special $5. & a free small popcorn. We go to the early matinee only a few people there.

Neal Davis
8 months ago

I think that the last time that I watched a movie in a theater was 2018 because my nephew wanted me to go with him. Prior to that I saw a movie in 1988 while on a date and in 1983 with friends from graduate school. I tend to watch black and white movies on our television if I am going to have to sit somewhere for two hours or longer. I can pause the movie and accomplish things in addition to seeing the movie that way.

8 months ago

Just once in Dec of 2020. Daughter rented the theater and the family watched Christmas Vacation.

8 months ago

Movie going is the one past time we have enjoyed the last few years. Only went a couple times a year previously. Since we can now go during the day the theater is almost empty.

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