I know I can be a bit of an oddball, but I have had bad experiences almost every time out to see a movie I want to see in a theater, due to the volume levels being too high. Last time was Blade Runner 2049. Fantastic movie, but whoever set up the sound did a terrible job in that particular theater.
Anyway, a rant on that experience: everything in that theater was loud, not just “loud” moments. It sounded like the sound was set up by a 16-year-old EDM enthusiast. In the very first scene, foot scuffs on the floor from a character walking in a room were loud. That’s just stupid. This was not IMAX which I know to avoid like the plague; just one of the regular theaters. I’m just really tired of having to worry about bringing earplugs to a movie theater viewing. It’s not just about protecting my hearing - I just don’t like experiencing pain for no good reason! :mad:
Is anyone else frustrated with this trend? It does seem to vary from theater to theater on just how bad it gets, but it still is a trend, and it seems like a lot of the theaters also don’t want to hire people who know how to mix sound properly. I do think it’s fair (in my limited experience) to lay blame on local theaters, not the production made by the Hollywood engineers who I suspect really are competent.
I want to go check out a movie or two this weekend, but basically me previous experiences are scaring me off due to this issue.