IMC6, San Jose
Come Friday night and the weekend, most of us Bay Area folks are into movie watching, be it at home on our DVD players or at the IMC6 theatre in San Jose. Several of us use netflix or go to a nearby Blockbuster or the Namaste Plaza shop to pick up a recent movie and just come home and watch movies in the comfort of our homes. The cost is either $4.50 at blockbuster or even cheaper at the other places. Also, the crash of DVD player prices and the glut of new technologies like your plasma TV etc. make movie watching at home an enjoyable and accessible experience to fans.
And, there are sometimes, when a good tamil movie releases on a Friday night at the India Movie Center here in San Jose and Balaji (bbthots.blogspot.com) writes about it in his blog and we read the initial review and decide to catch it at the theatre. The ticket is $8 per person and if its the first day of release for a good movie, like for instance Rang De Basati, then its safe to do an online booking before you head out.
Ticket price: Rs. 120-350
Popcorn and Pepsi/Coke: Rs.90-110
Small meal (if you want to have): Rs.140 or so
I am just stumped looking at the expense, thinking about the times when we used to be able to watch a movie for Rs.30-40 bucks or even cheaper. But, if you think of what special K and i spend for catching a movie at the local IMC or Naz, it comes upto slightly the same or higher in terms of an evening out.
But, i am sure that its probably worth paying in India to sit inside the Satyam's newly renovated digitally enhanced theatres to enjoy a movie. If you walk into the interior of the IMC6 in San Jose, a musty smell of oldness and peeling paint off the walls with a dull light greets you and makes you wonderfor a moment if this was a theatre in the US or if you were sitting inside the halls of a cinema theatre in a town like Chidambaram or Karaikudi. But still, with all the complaints, we end up going, just to get a taste of watching Thalaivar or a nice tamil masala padam on big screen.
I guess there will soon be a time when producers begin to realize that home viewing can become a great revenue source and the trend has already begun as new DVDs are being released sooner than they used to be. So, even if you don't end up going to the theatre, you will always have a chance to see it, which is what we decide to do many times when we don't feel it worth going to IMC6.
Again, privacy laws are being enforced more strictly and you can't argue with the fact that certain films are better enjoyed on big screen.