©1995-2001, Evans A Criswell
Issues to consider when rating, or things about this site
that I feel may be unfair:
- Many problems at certain theatres are not the fault of the local staff,
and I need to make that more clear. Examples: aspect ratio problems at
Hollywood 16 and Madison Square 12, maintenance problems at certain locations.
- I have not visited every auditorium of every theatre, although at this
time there are few that I haven't visited.
- Some auditoriums of certain theatres get visited at a higher frequency
than other auditoriums within that same theatre. Since this is bound to be
true for most moviegoers, I don't see it to be problem. New releases tend
to be put in a certain set of larger auditoriums most of the time.
- It is difficult to determine exact dimensions by eyeballing.
Some of my screen and auditorium dimensions may be off by a foot.
I only measure width, and not height, by eyeballing.
Now, as a cruel
joke to me, I can imagine the fun a theatre company can have with me by
altering a particular aspect of their facility so that I'll overestimate their
screen and auditorium sizes. It would cost too much money, so they won't
do it, so I'm pretty safe. (I am currently checking aspect ratios more
carefully by using a rectangular card that folds to 1.85:1 and 2.39:1, or
by using a rectangular strip of paper, which I fold to make it the same ratio
as the screen, then measure it later.)
- I don't always sit in the same place in an auditorium. Simply changing
seats can cause certain problems to become more distracting, or less
distracting. For example, sitting in the rear of an auditorium makes focus
problems less noticeable. All moviegoers sit in different places from time
to time, so this isn't really a problem.
- I know the staff at some theatres, and do not know the staff as well,
or at all, at others. I make every attempt to not let this bias my ratings.
- In some theatres, I am more likely to mention problems to the staff
than at others, depending on my previous dealings with the staff, and on
their previous projection quality. A theatre that has an exceptional
projection quality record is more likely to get such comments, if I feel
the comments will result in the problem being checked out.
- Being admitted for free does not change the way I rate presentations.
Fortunately (or unfortunately :-) ), no theatre
staff members currently let me in for free.
- There have been a couple of occasions when I have visited a theatre
and was unable to see the movie I wanted (and my friends wanted) because
of it being sold out, or because of a technical problem. These are not
listed, and not counted as visits. I have never counted those as visits,
and I feel that the fair thing to do is to continue to consistently use
- Should unexpected inconveniences encountered between ticket purchase
time and entry into the auditorium be figured in a score? They should be
noted, but should they deduct from the score? For example, see
Cobb Hollywood 16, Star Wars, 1997/01/31, or Regal Madison Square 12, Flubber,
1997/11/28. I need to go back and be sure I am consistent in the way I handle
these situations. I currently deduct for such problems if it personally
caused me inconvenience.
- I decided in 1999 to not deduct more than 2 points for any
problems that only existed during the previews, or the credits, if the
movie itself did not have the problem, unless the problem was very severe.
I made the change retroactive and made adjustments to previous assigned
- Most of the time, I stay for the credits. Sometimes, I don't. If I stay
for the credits and something goes wrong, a point or two can be deducted that
wouldn't have been if I had left when the credits started. For examples, see
Regal River Oaks Cinema 8, Good Will Hunting, 1998/02/07; Regal Gateway
Cinemas 4, Waterboy, 1999/02/28, and Carmike 10, Dead Man on Campus,
- Under the current policy, a theatre, in an auditorium without
digital sound, can play an optical soundtrack and get
a 100 rating, but in an auditorium with digital sound, if the movie is
supposed to have digital sound (and is advertised as having digital sound,
such as DTS), points will be deducted for playing the
movie with optical analog sound. For example, see Carmike 10, for movies
"You've Got Mail", "Slums of Beverly Hills" in auditorium 2.
- Sometimes I see a movie more than once, and I'll notice a problem that
I may not have noticed if it were my first viewing. For example, see
Regal River Oaks Cinema 8, Good Will Hunting (The issue of the intermission
music being faintly audible, which I may not have noticed if I hadn't already
seen the movie.)
- I made the decision from the start of this rating system
not to count off for distractions
caused by members of the audience. It's true that kids with laser pointers,
crying babies, talking children, cellular phone freaks, seat kickers,
and rowdy groups of
pre-teens that get up and move a lot and throw candy at each other detract
from the movie experience, but these types of problems are difficult to
control. I note them when they're bad, but I don't deduct.
Site created February 9, 1998