While money is certainly a factor in whether to go to the movies or watch a DVD at home, there’s a few other reasons that DVDs are the preferred choice. In the theaters, the offerings are popcorn, candy and pop. At home - the menu can be more healthy - juice - fruit, etc. Secondly, many actors today don’t “talk” - they mumble and hearing what they said over the swelling music is nearly impossible - DVDs have Closed Captioning! Instant replay anyone? Add in that the feature starts when “you” say it starts and DVDs are just more people friendly!
For those that like the human contact that comes with seeing films in theaters, there’s a growing trend in banks and other companies presenting “film night” - showing the movies that are now in public domain in a smaller theater setting and at much lower prices. There’s a delightful touch of nostalgia in these more private showings as most of the people share a common element of living in the same neighborhood, working for the same company, etc.
Movies stopped being about Entertainment and Escapism and became about theater-size and profit. If DVD viewing at home and at smaller theaters in the neighborhood are any indication, smaller is better and lower prices can still bring people out to see a show.
Who knows, Mega-theaters may wind up going the way of the drive-in???