Movie theaters in airports unlikely

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 12, 2013 at 7:50 am

The Los Angeles Times reported that people want movie theaters in airports more than any other amenity. However, don’t expect to see these anytime soon as they would be cost prohibitive given the limited space in terminals.

What other types of buildings would you love to see a movie theater in?

Comments (4)

SethLewis on July 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

Paris Orly had a single screen cinema the Publicis Orly at least until the mid 70s…The programming was generally French usually first run with what was on the Champs Elysees

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on July 14, 2013 at 2:17 am

In 1970 I worked as a projectionist at a theatre in Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport. It was a 16mm operation that showed travelogs and industrial films.

John Fink
John Fink on July 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Not sure this will take off (Pun Intended!) – surely a small multiplex or boutique theater might do well on occasion if there are heavy delays, but my experience is no one likes to spend more time than they need to in an airport so I’m not sure adding a 2 hour experience would be fun (especially if you’re checking an app to see if your next flight is going out on time). It might be fun to have a venue for short films with travel updates between films, but again many folks are traveling with entertainment loaded on their iPad, computer or phone (I know I load my iPad full of movies without nudity and excessive offensive images before a trip).

That and flying requires a lot of sitting – often not in great comfort: that last thing I want to do is add another 2 hours of sitting – I’d much rather go see a movie that night when I get into wherever I’m going.

RSM3853 on January 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

The former Greater Pittsburgh International Airport had a movie theater inside it back in the 1960s for people who had time to kill between flights or just coming from the residential areas around it. It finally gave way to expansion by USAir.

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