A Geek Movie Theater Idea

So substantial people now use their devices while watching TV, why can’t we adopt this in a movie theater?

Here’s my idea — a geek tier. You get last row (if mixed with non-geek tier, entire auditorium can be geek tier which case every single row can be like that) of the seat with a small desk with an AC power, an Ethernet port (and perhaps optional wifi for tablet users) that you can hook up your laptop, and get connected. (These desks can have a small stall high enough to not obscure eye level to the screen, to satisfy pirate-worrying Hollywood studios.)

The idea is, you have full connectivity during movies, as well as web service containing movie and cast information. It can also IRC-like in-auditorium chat system that connects with people watching the same movie, probably named something like CineWhisper™, that you can cheer or jeer with other moviegoers.

Not only this appeal to geek moviegoers, but also to people going to movies in solo — putting some social element during the movie. You survive two hours (or whatever the duration of a movie will be) of socializing, you can even set up a little after-movie drinking session with them!

I’d regularly go to a movie theater like that!

By Hideki Saito

In the video game industry for for more than 15 years. Currently working for Nintendo of America Inc. as a Localization Engineer, developing the translation solutions.