#BCM240 – Cinema

Cinematic’ is typified quite differently, in experiences centred on unbounded space, on immersion and engulfment, on the whole body as sense organ, on sensation rather than visual perception (Elsaesser 1998 as cited in Laine 2006).

Have you ever come across that watching movie in the cinema has become one of the favorite entertainment for the teenager nowadays? This week, we are going to talk about cinema. Smets et.al (2011) define film theater as semi public space, that is a private (privately owned) space open to the general public when conforming to a set of rules (admission, social and institutional conventions such as not smoking etc.).  In my opinion, it could be describe as a social space as well where we can go for a movie with our friends which involve of some social interaction.

Image URL: http://www.cinema.com.my/images/news/2009/7g_gsc_tropicana05.jpg

This is the common auditorium where people usually visit. As people nowadays are requesting for better quality lifestyle, some cinema thus come out with premium auditorium.

Image URL: http://www.timeoutkl.com/uploadfiles/image/Venues/Film/Big/goldenscreencinemas.jpg

GSC gold class auditorium that forms the usual movie experience in normal GSC halls, the Gold Class hall offers an even better service that includes wide and comfortable reclining seats and a table for every two seats with a service call button.

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This image abovebelongs to TGV Beanie  that features funky beanbag seats that come in pairs, offering patrons a cozy and relaxed viewing experience.  Space is a premium, with leg room of 2.0m, allowing customers to be at full recline.

As we could see from the attachment above, the gold class and beanie auditorium offers consumer much more private space compare to the normal auditorium that gives a better experience in watching movie. My elder sister shared some of her experience watching movie in the cinema. She visits to the cinema probably once or twice a month. The distance to the shopping mall nearby our house is pretty near so it is very convenient for them to pay a visit to the cinema. Most of the time they watch horror movie and she will have some interaction with people next to her, she said that she will hold her friend’s hand or maybe cover her eyes if there is some scary scene.  The latest movie she watched was Conjuring, she said that she even heard some audience shout in the cinema. I think everyone will have different reaction while watching movie. She prefers watching movie in the cinema than watching it at home because the auditorium will provide an overall better experience. Watching movie with the sound effect in the auditorium and the better environment tend to be more interesting. She experienced once watching in the gold class auditorium before and she said the feeling is much greater than watch it in normal auditorium. First of all is because of spacious and comfortable seat with bigger leg room and there’s no stranger sitting next to you, it feels like watching in the own private space. Besides, it consider as individual couple seat so there will be no other audience walking in and out near to you when compare to the normal auditorium because the seat is really pack.

References:

Laine, T 2006, ‘Lars von Trier, Dogville and the hodological space of cinema’, Studies In European Cinema, vol.3, no.2, pp.129-141, accessed 30/8/2013, http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=60018d36-3285-4462-ab9c-11807c554ee1%40sessionmgr115&vid=1&hid=114

Smets, K, Meers, P, Vande Winkel, R, & Van Bauwel, S 2011, ‘A semi-public diasporic space: Turkish film screenings in Belgium’, Communications: The European Journal Of Communication Research, vol.36, no.4, pp.395-414, accessed 20/8/2013, http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=514803ad-7d6b-499f-9cba-fde90421f574%40sessionmgr198&vid=1&hid=114

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