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Movie Theaters explain why movies look and sound so real while you're inhaling that giant tub of buttered popcorn and box of minty JuJu beans at the local multiplex.

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Where is the best place to sit when I go to the movies?

Some pairs argue over where to sit when they go to the movies. Some people just don't care. In most theaters, however, there is indeed a best place to sit, and we’ll let you in on the secret.


10 Ways Our Movie-going Experience Will Change

 10 Ways Our Movie-going Experience Will Change

Going to the movies is evolving as technology improves and consumers have more options. Find out about the future of cinema at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do movie tickets cost so much?

 Why do movie tickets cost so much?

Movie tickets aren't cheap. Why do movie tickets cost so much? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do some IMAX screens seem smaller than others?

 Why do some IMAX screens seem smaller than others?

We associate IMAX movies with big screens. But why do some IMAX screens seem smaller than others? Find out. See more »

Why don't movie theaters have ushers anymore?

 Why don't movie theaters have ushers anymore?

Movie theater ushers used to be a common sight in the golden age of cinema. So why don't movie theaters have ushers anymore? Find out. See more »

How Digital Cinema Works

 How Digital Cinema Works

Big changes are brewing in the movie industry: Emerging digital technology is about to revolutionize studios as well as your local movie theater. Find out why Hollywood's going digital! See more »

How did they get a huge IMAX camera to the top of Mt. Everest?

 How did they get a huge IMAX camera to the top of Mt. Everest?

I really enjoyed How IMAX Works. The article says the camera weighs over 200 pounds -- so how did they create the IMAX films in the space shuttle, or the one on Mt. Everest? There is no way people lugged a 200-pound camera to the top of Mt. Everest! See more »

How IMAX Works

 How IMAX Works

If you’ve ever seen an IMAX movie, you know it’s not a typical film. It sometimes takes years to produce, resulting in an incredible, unmatched viewing experience. Find out all about some amazing movie-making technology! See more »

Where is the best place to sit when I go to the movies?

 Where is the best place to sit when I go to the movies?

Where is the best place to sit when I go to the movies? See more »

How Movie Sound Works

 How Movie Sound Works

Spielberg says that sound is the major technological achievement of contemporary film. The current systems really are amazing. Learn all about movie sound! See more »

How THX Works

 How THX Works

When you see the THX logo splashed across a movie screen, you know you're in for an audio feast. But what does that logo mean? Find out what THX is and why it improves your movie experience. See more »