timmmay: Reading in Wellington is decent. Like KopKiwi I do prefer a blu ray on my home system, with leather recliners, 55" LCD, Onkyo/Wharfdale sound, a volume control, and a pause button. If movies came out on blu ray around the same time as on movies i'd probably rarely go to the movies.
I rarely go to the movies anyway. The main thing for me is they're too loud, and too expensive.
The experience at Reading isn't bad, but the pricing is a bit on the steep side. I tend to buy my own snacks from the Starmart thingy outside rather than the concession stand, which saves a bit. Bur lately, I haven't been that often anyway - did go ans see the X-Men prequel though.
The worst experience I had was at the MidCity just before it closed. It was a multiplex and the soundproofing between the theatres was *very very* bad. There was a horror movie on in the next unit, and we were watching a deep and meaningful drama that the GF wanted to see. As the hero was dying and gazing into his loves eyes for one last time, we were treated to a very audible long scream from the film next door. Everyone started laughing (the timing was bang on) and it kinda ruined the atmosphere of the tragic ending.
Part of the theatres' problem is that home equipment is getting much better, which is raising peoples expectations and making the quality margin between movie theatres and home theatres much narrower. When you add in rising prices, and the idiots who want to talk and use their cellphones, the home option is staring to look much better.