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Whaddyareckon?: Home theatre vs movie theatre

Trips to the cinema: laughably old-fashioned or still a good night out? We put the home against the multiplex in this week's episode.

An outing to the cinema is a good night out for all. Watching an epic flick from a comfy seat, equipped with a bucket of cola and a trough of popcorn: what's not to love?

Well, perhaps the mobile phones that pierce the darkness with shrill ringtone versions of top 40 hits. Or those irritating kids that talk through the whole thing. Or that guy who rustles his Twisties bag so often that it must be intentional. Come to think of it, a trip to the flicks is traumatic for everyone. In this age of huge plasma tellies, Blu-ray and at-home Dolby, why do we still go?

In this week's Whaddyareckon? we ask whether people still hanker for the communal movie experience, or if they prefer to get their movie kicks in the privacy of their own abode.

Do you still fork over the cash for cinema tickets, or is your living room the only theatre you'll ever need? Tell us in the new Whaddyareckon? forum.