A movie theater, also called a movie theater, or just theater, is an area, usually big enough to house a large screen television and several screens, where movies are exhibited. Initially, movie theaters were erected in the late 19th century by a entrepreneur, who was “up with the change of the landscape from the crude baronial house to the neat, clean, immaculate modern establishment”. The original theater designs were circular and similar to today’s state-of-the-art rectangular theaters. To cater to the increasing demand for movies, various innovations were made, such as extending the screen to accommodate the growing number of viewers. Another innovation was to mount the screens high above the ground.
As the technology improved, theaters started using more sophisticated equipment such as sound system, lighting, seats and ventilation. In the early 20th century, the invention of the VCR contributed to the advancement of movie viewing. The movie theater finally evolved into something we enjoy today. Today, movie theaters are open for a couple of hours during the day and feature three or more screens, sometimes featuring wide screen presentations of different formats. Usually, the main screen is directly below the projection screen. Depending on the size and technical features of the movie projector, a single, two, or even three screens can be operated at any given time.
A movie theater can be built out of a variety of materials. Most modern movie theaters use multiple screens to provide a sense of depth and dimension to the viewing experience. However, the original idea for a movie theater had nothing to do with depth and dimension. Instead, movie enthusiasts created the concept of what we now know as a movie theater to maximize the enjoyment derived from watching a film. In other words, it was an ingenious way of incorporating the idea of an “immersive” viewing experience into something we already enjoyed in another form.
Because the concept of movie theater evokes so much of the latest technological developments, modern movie theater designers and developers spend a great deal of time and attention paid to creating the illusion of quality in the theater. One prominent example is the special effects used in certain movies. Special light and sound systems coupled with computer generated effects produce a highly realistic environment that enhances the viewing experience.
If you like to go to the movies just for the pure entertainment aspect, then modern technology might not be suited for you. If you enjoy the interactive aspects of experiencing a movie theater with friends and family, then it’s a good idea to get involved with some kind of special programming. One popular type of this is referred to as “analog seating”. Essentially, this means that all of the electronics are located on the inside of the theater and each seat is equipped with an individual remote control unit and a drink code card that enables the user to enjoy their movie recliner in a manner similar to actual movie theater seats. This method lets you sit back and relax with your family or friends as the movie plays.
If you’re lucky enough to have a concession stand or buffet located within close proximity to your movie theater you’ll want to make sure that it offers a snack option for those who aren’t used to eating while they watch a movie. Some movie theatres even offer alcoholic beverages and soft drinks along with the snacks. Of course, you’ll need to make sure that the foods being offered are something you enjoy. Movie goers who enjoy fine dining will appreciate the variety of foods available. After all, isn’t that why people attend the movies in the first place?