For this assignment, I am interviewing my father, Steve Velky. Steve is a 53 year-old caucasian male who grew up in a small town outside of Poughkeepsie, New York called Legrangeville, New York, married my mom and moved to New York City. He is now a resident of Kings Mountain, North Carolina that I interviewed on February 12, 2019 about his film experience.
Me: What are some of the first films you remember seeing in the theater?
Me: What do you remember about those early film experiences?
Steve: I saw all three of the movies in a one screen theater at Saturday matinee and my group got the biggest popcorn and I got Milk Duds.
Me: Did you watch many films growing up in theatres or at home? If so, what films were you drawn to?
Steve: I watched multiple films as a child, most of which were in the theater. As I got older, and VCRs became more prevalent, I started watching more movies at home.
Me: Did you ever go to Drive-In Movies when you were younger? What do you remember about those?
Steve: Yes, I did go to Drive-In Movies when I was younger, but I don’t remember anything special about them.
Me: Do you remember when the event films like “Jaws” and “Star Wars” when they were in theatres? Tell me about those memories.
Steve: I do remember everyone wanting to see both of those movies, although my family didn’t see “Jaws” in theaters. We also never any films on premiere nights because it was too hectic.
Me: When HBO, Showtime, VCRs or DVDs were readily available, did that change how you went to see movies? Or which ones you went to see in a theatre?
Steve: When VCRs became mainstream, my family got one and we started to rent movies whenever they came out.
Me: Did you ever go rent movies from a video store? If so, how did you decide what to choose to watch with all those choices?
Steve: As I just said, we started with renting movies and not buying them. We decided which movies to watch based on what was new and our moods at the time.
Me: How do you watch most of your movies now?
Steve: I watch most of my movies now by streaming them from NETFLIX or watching DVDs.
Me: What kinds of films do you watch now? Do you feel those tastes have changed much?
Steve: I watch a little bit of everything, which hasn’t changed since I was younger. The only types of films which I don’t really voluntarily watch, which your mother drags me into, are rom-coms.
Me: How often do you go to theatres now to see films? How different is it now than when you first experienced films in theaters? What do you attribute the changes to?
Steve: I go to the movies very rarely. A few differences between then and now are that the theaters are multiscreen and the food is more expensive, although choices and sizes are the same. I believe the reason that it is because theaters want to make more money, so it is more convenient for viewers to see the movie they want to watch and more expensive to actually see the movie and have food.
-Edward Velky 9/18/2019 04:48