IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 825 - The era of the silver screen is coming to an end

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people warn that the era of the silver screen is coming to an end and that people will eventually lose interest in going to the cinema.

Do you agree or disagree with this view?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
It is believed that the popularity of cinema theatre is gradually decreasing these days since people will change their interest to other platforms of entertainment. I personally disagree with the statement as there are many people who still love going to the cinema, and the following essay will discuss it in details.

On the one hand, it is true that with the rapid development of information technology, people could select various kinds of movie entertainments these days, besides going to the cinema. Some people prefer to purchase or rent the DVD and watch it at home, since it is cheaper than going to the cinema. And then, with the existence of internet technology, people could just easily download the film and watch it on their computer. Therefore, a group of people have estimated that the era of cinema theatre will be finished in the next few years.

Despite of the various offer from other entertainment platforms, it is fascinating to see the number of people who watch films at the cinema have not dropped until today. Many people still choose to watch recommended films at the cinema, since they feel that the experience and the excitement are totally different than at home. The advanced digital effect and surround system do affect to the atmosphere and the tense of the film, which satisfy their viewers. And then several people choose to watch movie at the cinema due to they could concentrate more on than at home. They feel that there are many distractions when they watch films at home, such as the annoying noise of their little children or pets. As a consequence, cinemas still become one of the favorite entertainment places.

In conclusion, some people believe that cinema’s popularity seems to decrease as people choose to see films through other platforms. Although it is true that there are various types of devices which can be used for watching films such as video recorder or DVD player, I personally believe that the number of people who go to cinemas will not decrease, as the sensation and the excitement of watching films in theaters are totally different.

[ Written by - Darwin Lesmana ]

Model Answer 2:
In the 21st century, cinemas have become ubiquitous. However, being widespread movie theatres aren't able to lure people to spend their leisure time. It is agreed that gradually people turn up at theatres is going to decrease in view of current trends.  It is due to ticket prices that have skyrocketed over the last few years along with the advent of online movie rentals and download.

Firstly, the cost of tickets has surged in the last decade. For example, it is almost 10 times more that we are spending compared to 1990's. Unfortunately, this is something that has negative impact which is difficult to counter act despite advanced technology, better sitting and ease of booking. Thus, it makes it clear why the future of big screen is bleak.

Secondly, the introduction of online movie libraries for rentals as well as downloads at affordable prices. For instance, iTunes and Netflix have jumped into this area to offer customers economical options to buy or rent movies. It’s more appealing to stay in and watch something on a computer screen or tablet with no physical constraints. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine for people to show up at cinemas. The environment of the cinema halls and the quality of movies are also in question. Very few families nowadays go to cinema while this was a common trend even in later 90’s.

To summarize, it is the expensive tickets as well as the movie watching options on internet that has led to decline of people visiting cinemas to spend their free time. Thus, it is clear why the number of people going to watch a flick will eventually decrease further in years to come.

[ Written by - Ajeet Pal Singh  ]

Model Answer 3:
It is widely accepted that silver screen is a best way of entertaining people. While some people argue that the trend for going to cinema have decreased nowadays, some people are in the opinion that, still it is of interest to many more people who desire the mind relaxation through arts.

To begin, there is no denying the fact that time constraints encountered by people today haven't got spare time to spend on movies. Especially, because of the time lap one will have to spend on watching cinema may be a bit of long. Due to the busy life schedules of people, they will not deserve to commit such a long time for entertainment and will opt for short time entertaining activities. On the other hand, just because of this competitive nature of people's lives, they will have engage in more and more mind relaxation activities in order to reduce the stress level and go for a silver screen and watching a movie is a great for this.

Secondly, with the development of technology, people all over the world enjoy latest technological equipments and innovative as well as newly featured home theater systems lie in the top of the list. With the availability of such new, highly modified systems in hand, people tend to stay in home and watch movies with their entire family. In this way people will not have to spend time on traveling as well as they can enjoy more free postures while they are watching the movie in their own home. By opting to watch movies at home instead of going for cinema, people can also be flexible as when to watch it. Although it is free and flexible for watch a movie at home, the feeling of change will not sense by mind as that it watch in the cinema. Therefore, some people still prefer to experience the change that can have while they are sitting in the cinema with their loved ones.

To sum up, it is acceptable that people tend to be away from silver screen due to numerous circumstances. Yet, I believe, there are arguable reasons that the era of silver screen will not come to an end although there are reductions in number of people who will go for it and hence disagree with the statement.

[ Written by - Mahesha Kumudu ]

Model Answer 4:
Cinema was really popular amongst people in old days and still is, however, many believe that the age of silver screen is going to be over soon as more and more people become less interested in visiting cinema just to watch a movie. In my opinion, I believe they will never go out of fashion or forgotten.

The first point to consider is why some people would think that cinema is losing its popularity. One reason is that, nowadays, almost all the families have televisions in their home and they would want to see a movie in the conform of their home rather than going all the way to a multiplex. For instance, these days, it's easy to switch on TV and look for a movie you like and watch it laying on the couch. Likewise, many companies provides online video watching services and people are able to buy movies directly from internet and watch it later any time. For example, Netflix offers monthly subscription for their large online movie and TV series database making any program just a click away.

Nevertheless, there are two main reasons why silver screen will never become obsolete. First is that the feeling of watching movie on televisions or online will never surpass the instant gratification and thrills of watching in a theatre, because the screens in theatre are a lot bigger compared to a computer monitor or television screen and the sound systems, such as that of an IMAX theatre, is far better than home theatre system. It can be also observed that 4D movie watching is becoming a trend in the modern society and it is making cinema popular, especially for children. It is not easy to experience 4D at home as the equipments are expensive and not easy to set up.

In my conclusion, the silver screen will never lose its glitter and there always will be people wanting to watch first day first show of a blockbuster movie.

[ Written by - Sandeep Parekh ]

Model Answer 5:
Cinema is the entertainment mode for many people. It is the most affordable recreational activity which comes in handy for all kinds of people. If we see the development in the field of cinema, there has been a tremendous development in the field of silver screen. In the past, cinema houses were limited but people used to go to cinemahouses due to the inadequacy of entertainment media in houses.

As the technology developed, the technical advancements in the field of home entertainment made entertainment more affordable .This affordability made all to have their own entertainment systems. This change lead to the downing trend of the people’s interest to the cinema houses.  Eventually after certain period in the future, people might not be coming to the silver screen houses rather they would be liking to sit at home and enjoy.

If we see the recent number of people attending to a cinema house, we have to agree to the fact that there has been a considerable drop in the number of people attending cinema houses. As far as my opinion is concernedthe euphoria of silver screen is diminishing and it would not be surprised to note that people in future do not go to cinema house. If we consider an example of the cinema viewing experience, South India is a good example people used to see a movie in cinema hall and the released movie used to play in the allocated hall for at least 80 days but if we see the present situation a new movie in an allocated hall stays hardlyfor 2to 4 weeks. There is a considerable drop in the viewing experience of people, the reason behind this is the availability of home entertainment, access to various other programs which are attractive than movies, piracy, change in life style ,competitive world bulldozed by career goals. Not only this, few of the movies which are made now are not attractive in comparison with the movies of earlier era, they do not possess entertainment values.

From the above it can be adjudged that silver screen is definitely coming to extinction, may be not in the near future but after a certain period of time, the cinema houses would stand as a monumental piece.

[ Written by - Prasadarao Talluri ]

Model Answer 6:
These days, the existence of cinemas is a hot topic of discussion for not only the journalist but also common folk. Many daily's features and public debates topic have been focusing this issue. Though millions support the opinion of silver screen will exist in future, I strongly hold the view that the silver screen era will be taken its last breath soon.

One of the obvious reasons: advanced televisions and other electronic gadgets facilitate to watch all visual media programme, including films, from the home settings. These facilities cut down the number of cinema customers significantly. Moreover, cinemas mostly cost an arm and a leg for common folk. Televisions breach this barrier considerably. To cite an example, recent  UK statistical department study reveals that the ticket sales of cinema has significantly declined on Sunday evening because of a popular television music show  aired the same time.
Another reason to support my view is that the live football, cricket and music concert attract massive public attention. They give a complete visual treat, which can not be offered by many cinemas. Furthermore, these kinds of live activities explore several avenues of entertainment than cinemas. Increasing the number of music and sports events is a best epitome for public acceptance.

However, an army of people argues that cinema world will not be end because of the new talented artists will be come to silver screen soon. Perhaps it may be true to some degree, but we can not deny that the other medium of entertainment will also offer high quality of participants’ perfectionism.

To crown it all, the other mode of entertainment will shut the popularity of cinema in future, though some new talented will be appeared in tinsel world in future.

[ Written by - Snoopa Pap ]


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