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Despite Streaming, Movie Theaters Still Appeal
The days of having to go to the theaters are seeming to come to an end. With the rise of the digital age, technology has become accessible to users at their fingertips. Especially in light of COVID, it seems almost redundant to go to the movie theaters anymore when you can enjoy the same experience from the comfort of your home. However, many seem to enjoy the experience of going to the movie theater and are more inclined to go back now that mandates have been lifted. So the real question is: Theaters or Online Streaming?
Although some people can argue that movie theaters have reached their downfall because of the pandemic, the stock market shows otherwise. Stocks in companies such as AMC Theaters have increased over the last few months. In addition, movie theaters have created many new ways for you to enjoy your watching experience, including 4D movies, virtual reality theaters, and being able to rent out a room for a private party experience. They also provide a nostalgic feeling that since COVID has been taken away. Many people have missed the experience of physically going to the movies, getting snacks, and enjoying the big screen that reminds them of their childhood.
However, many argue that online streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus are taking over. These services have brought the movie experience to you, allowing you to be able to watch and enjoy almost anything from your couch. The accessibility that these streaming services provide has become reality for many, and honestly who can blame them. It takes away the hassle of having to get ready and go out for a movie, as well as the costs for the movie itself. And with a large variety of options each one provides, it seems like an endless amount of options for you to choose from.
So what do you prefer: the experience of the movie theaters or the convenience of online streaming?