For those who haven't seen it yet, it's about a young orphan who lives in a train station in Paris and finds escape through the silent movies that play at the theater around the block.
I haven't seen all
In short, "Hugo" is an experience, especially on the big screen. And according to recent news, it's an experience that more and more people are passing on. I'm not referring to "Hugo" specifically, but to movie ticket sales overall; the
Is this an understandable phenomenon? Absolutely.
I could fill the rest of this column with reasons people I know have gotten fed up with going to the theater — starting with the ticket prices.
I am old enough to remember the days when people groused about having to pay $7 for an evening show; now the matinee price is higher than that in most theaters. As for refreshments, well, I usually don't eat during movies — an exception being that $18.50 I shelled out for two sodas and a popcorn with
Throw in those factors, plus
1. Seeing a movie in the theater is a communal experience. Yes, when someone's
2. A movie ticket is a vote. When I was an undergraduate at
There is a wonderful scene in "Hugo," where the title character and his young female friend watch a
Still, I could empathize.