Alloy youk See
MSc, Lecturer, CISPS
In case you missed it, Palladium, that old cinema off the Eastern Main Road in Tunapuna, is closing down. It will show its last movie next week, before shutting its doors soon. Is anyone going to miss it?
1. Two for the Money
Pound for pound, you probably paid less to go to the Big Eight than you pay now for a multiplex experience. Although new cinemas have more than one screen so you get more options to choose from, back then, you got two movies for the price of one! Here’s a breakdown of movie prices will cost you these days:
Movietowne - $50
Caribbean Cinemas 8 - $35
Globe or Palladium - $10 to $20
2. Something Old, Something New
Some people have more fun knowing that they are going out to a place that has a story to tell. Old cinemas always have such a sense of history, and in some cases deeply nostalgic memories. When is the last time you actually saw a large reel of celluloid film? Then again, if you have a broadband Internet connection, you might prefer to sit and reminisce at home, where you can download movies on AppleTV, or stream them on Netflix or binge-watch on Hulu, right from your mobile device.
3. The Social Network
Speaking of livestreaming, one of the fun ways to follow your favourite shows is to use a second screen—usually a tablet or smartphone—to share the excitement with other fans online. Some live TV shows even have mobile apps that allow you to follow the action during the ad breaks! That whole experience is absent from the cinema lime, especially in multiplexes where using cell phones is strongly discouraged.
4. Dude, where’s my car?
Another upside of going to the multiplex is personal safety. With such high crime rates in T&T, modern cinemas have to provide a secure perimeter for their clientele, and that extends all the way to their car park. Of course, you might just want to skip the hassle altogether and stay in the comfort of your home, where you can pause, playback and repeat as much as you want.
5. Soul Food
For many, the ultimate movie lime involves bubbling a pot, inviting friends over and watching a rental—or a “pirated” version from your friendly neighbourhood, illegal DVD salesperson. But multiplexes also offer a variety of distractions like arcades, shopping and food courts. But unlike old cinemas that allowed you to carry your own food inside, modern cinemas restrict your options to their own food courts, where items can be pricey.
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