Presley Long and Ryan Javate – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – In the world of entertainment, the argument of theater vs. streaming is a frequent topic.

With newer releases starting to hit services such as HBO Max, Disney Plus, and Peacock, the conflict between the two outlets has never been more intense.

An unscientific poll was conducted on social media accounts to see which Mustangs preferred. We were shocked to see that 65% of Mustangs preferred the movie theater, while 35% preferred streaming movies at home.

Personally, we prefer going to the movie theater because of the experience. After streaming at home during the months of quarantine when theaters were closed, it feels nice to buy some fresh popcorn and watch a movie on the big screen.

“The movie theater has a better vibe,” senior Caleigh Herman explained, “There’s no better feeling than watching a movie when it first comes out in theaters with friends.”

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In the case of streaming, however, viewers have a massive library of movies to choose from and the ability to stop the movie and come back to it at any time.

“I like watching movies from the comfort of my couch. Why get dressed up and drive somewhere when I can watch whatever I want in my pajamas at home,” said sophomore Emma Wantuch.

Compared to streaming, theaters have significantly fewer new movies out. While a movie theater has six new movies out for viewers, a streaming site could have thousands of options to choose from.

It may also have to do with the popularity of movies. New theatrical releases this year include big names such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ryan Reynolds, opposed to movies on streaming sites that often star minor actors and are produced on low budgets.

No matter where a movie is seen, the most important thing for the industry is that the viewers enjoy it and return for more.