The essays below were written for a standard essay topic: "Why
do people still go to movie theaters despite the availability of
television movies, videos and DVDs? Discuss."
The first was written as a
class exercise with the Advanced Composition
class. The second was written by the teacher while his students
wrote their own. Which one do you like the best? Each is in
standard form and would accomplish the goal of demonstrating a
competent essay for your certificate tests.
Why We Love the Movie Theater
Most of us have a good TV, a VCR
and a DVD player in our homes and watch them often. However,
people still seem to be lining up at the movie theaters, despite
their cozy recreation rooms. Why do people still go to the
movies? Because they find in them a great escape, an attractive
physical environment and a social experience.
People like to escape from the
mundane, so movie theatres provide them with many opportunities.
Reality is boring. Movies, on the other hand, are fun and
interesting. The whole family, for example, can go to see
Finding Nemo. In this movie, all the fish can talk and argue and
sing as well. And, if the movie is a good one, we can forget
everything. The only thing we see is the screen and not even all
the heads of the audience. Movies provide us with a great
diversion from our everyday life.
Being diverted is not enough, our
physical comfort is much more in a theater as well. Theaters
have huge screens that are bright and easy to see. But, the
sound is more important than the screen. Theatres now have
speakers everywhere in the hall, behind the screen, and even
behind our seats. In some movies, we hear voices or birds
singing in any location. The seats are the most important
reason. In a modern theatre, the seats are even more comfortable
than in my house. Being physically
comfortable is one reason why we still
love to see a movie in a theatre.
Although we watch a movie quietly
and by ourselves, movies are a very social experience. There is
a special feeling in watching something with others. If we laugh
together with several hundred people, we can think that we are
part of a community; if we cry, we cry together, too. Movies are
also, very often, a place to find young people on their first
date. I have lots of fun watching uncomfortable teenagers in the
theatre. Even after the show, we can talk together about the
movie. Movies have always been a communal and social experience
and thatís why we love to go to them.
Movies are still popular, despite
our other attractions, because we find in them an escape, more
comfortable viewing, and perhaps most importantly, a shared
social experience. I firmly believe that my great grandchildren
will still be going to the movies!
(405 words; written with
the participation of the students in Advanced Composition on
November 18, 2004)
Why the Movies?
When TV was invented, many said it
would be the death of the movies. It wasn't! Movies have
survived the VCR and the DVD because they offer a social
activity, an escape, and an experience.
Movies are a social event. For the
young, a movie is a safe first date, not too expensive or
difficult to arrange. For parents, they offer a good excuse to
attend a cartoon or animation and share a good time with the
children. For adults, a trip to the movies may be a way to find
time to hold hands with your husband or wife. Not only that, but
movie theaters are full of laughing, talking and relaxed people.
To see a movie together with others is an essential reason for
their continued success.
Togetherness isn't everything; a
movie is also a splendid escape from real world pressures and
stress. One theater I go to has a large neon clock. If the movie
is a good one, however, I not only will not notice that clock, I
will not see the people or anything else but the screen. What
happens on the screen is an agreeable fantasy, one that has a
story, characters, and beautiful settings. Once, I escaped to
the mountain plateaus of Tibet (on the screen) and enjoyed
traditional folksongs! There is no doubt that movies help us
escape worldly stress.
The experience we have at the
movies cannot be duplicated at home. Technically, movies have
improved a great deal in my lifetime. For example, when I was a
boy, a movie screen might have three speakers, one behind it and
one on each side. Nowadays, the auditorium is filled with
speakers. Though the sound is sometimes too loud for my old
ears, it is always remarkable. The picture, too, is excellent
these days. Computers are used to complete the image, even in
non animated movies. The results are pleasing to the eye and ear
and make going to the movies worthwhile.
For socializing with others,
escaping from reality and experiencing a really good show, the
movies cannot be easily duplicated. Although movies have gone
through some tough times, the huge box office of a movie like
Finding Nemo makes me think that we still love the movies!
(378 words; first draft by
Brad Hyde; written on Wednesday, November 17, 2004)