Sound Off is a weekly theater-related discussion post here at Fandango where we talk about topical issues related to moviegoing.
There's an fascinating (but sad) gallery over at The Globe and Mail that takes a look at how movie theaters in Afghanistan used to be luxurious and reserved for the elite, but in recent years have transformed into filthy, dilapidated structures that show movies to rowdy groups of largely unemployed people who simply want an escape from their difficult lives. It's an unfortunate situation these theaters are in, and you hope one day someone will come in and restore them (and the whole idea of moviegoing) to a place of love, celebration and enjoyment. Seeing the images did make us wonder what it's like to see movies in other countries; if you've noticed it's better in some places or worse in others.
I've only seen one movie in another country, and fortunately it was a James Bond film in London, where they just go bonkers for the character. It was definitely a fun experience, though I did notice their concession situation was dramatically different than here in the states. For instance, they're big fans of sweet popcorn across the pond, so you have the choice between that and regular popcorn. Also there was a considerable amount of candy choices -- more than I'd ever seen.
So this week's conversation is pretty much about that: have you ever watched a movie on the big screen in another country, and what was that experience like for you? Were there things the theater had that you wish we could have here in the states?
Sound off below with your thoughts and enjoy your weekend at the movies!