Originally Posted by fjtorres
It's pacing and control.
Books you read at your own pace. You can take a bathroom break, raid the fridge, check on the oh-too-quiet kids, and then return right where you were.
The theater experience? You're not in control: the thing streams by whether you're paying attention or not and you paid good money so you'd better be paying attention.
Very different experiences.
If anything, one could argue movie viewing is moving closer to book reading with the increasing popularity of home movie viewing. At home you don't have to deal with the bored kids chattering behind you (or you *can* deal, if they do it) plus you have control: as in pause, rewind, fast-forward.
A couple hours is a long time to really pay attention. A movie is very linear, it's here one minute, then it's gone. You don't get time to mull over what you saw, and if weren't paying attention, you might miss key moments.
Home video does let you pause and go back, so you do have more control, but it is clumsy compared to going back and checking something in a book.