The price of seeing a movie - WTF!

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    Oct 19, 2013 9:17 AM GMT
    Its been a while since I actually went to see a movie at a theater, I had to see Carrie remake, on the big screen.

    Talk about sticker shock...WTF?

    $12.50 for adult movie ticket
    $7.00 for medium size popcorn
    $6.00 for a small drink
    (any candy snack bag is +$4.00)

    $25 for an hour and half movie?
    $80-$100 for a family of four?

    At this rate, all movie theater chains will price themselves out of business and go the way of the drive-in

    This is insane, its even getting bad on cable, some on demand movies are costing $8 or $9 dollars added to your cable bill!

    Greedy studios?

    discuss your experience, do you sneak your own snacks and drink in? I don't think I will be back to another theater for a while
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    Oct 19, 2013 10:09 AM GMT
    I generally avoid movie theatres. Their main advantage is the big screen, and great image quality. But their disadvantages are:

    - High cost as you note
    - Uncomfortable seats for my bad back, in which I'm stuck for hours
    - Unpleasant fellow moviegoers
    - No talking
    - Bad seat location if I don't get there early
    - Sound usually too loud, which hurts my ears.Contrary to what you might think, many people with bad hearing like mine actually have more discomfort from loud sounds than other people do

    So I buy BluRay discs. Advantages are:

    - Nearly as good a large image on our HDTV, it even has 3-D
    - I can have any snacks I want at regular cost, and even alcohol
    - I can watch in comfortable seating, and move around, pause the disc if I want to take a break, miss nothing during a potty break
    - No rude & gross strangers around me
    - I can snuggle with my husband, and talk with him
    - I control the sound
    - Replay ability
    - Not much more expensive than an evening at the theatre, and I can rewatch the movie as often as I like
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    Oct 19, 2013 10:31 AM GMT
    scruffLA saidIts been a while since I actually went to see a movie at a theater, I had to see Carrie remake, on the big screen.

    Talk about sticker shock...WTF?

    $12.50 for adult movie ticket
    $7.00 for medium size popcorn
    $6.00 for a small drink
    (any candy snack bag is +$4.00)

    $25 for an hour and half movie?
    $80-$100 for a family of four?

    At this rate, all movie theater chains will price themselves out of business and go the way of the drive-in

    This is insane, its even getting bad on cable, some on demand movies are costing $8 or $9 dollars added to your cable bill!

    Greedy studios?

    discuss your experience, do you sneak your own snacks and drink in? I don't think I will be back to another theater for a while


    My last theater experience was Titanic. As drive-ins went the way of the dinosaurs, so too will movie theaters.
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    Oct 19, 2013 1:33 PM GMT
    One ballsy place is trying the opposite---showing second run movies for $5.00
    I hope they make a go of it. Maybe then the studios will sit up and notice that viewership has fallen off since DVDs and the internet.

    But, just like Captain Edward Smith, they'll dismiss it until it's too late!
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    Oct 19, 2013 3:21 PM GMT
    I do treat myself to popcorn/soda when I go so yes going to the movies can get expensive.

    To offset some of the cost, I joined a five dollar movie club at a local theater. The movies shown will be a few weeks old and every Tuesday the theater offers free popcorn (albeit a small portion)! I tend to avoid 3D version unless the premium paid will blow my mind. Also, I only watch movies I am moist for or those movies that come highly recommended by my friends.

    I love watching in the theaters especially if the movie is a comedy or a horror flick. I enjoy the 'group experience' of laughing/screaming with the crowd which to me is so much more fun than watching alone in my apartment with my cats.

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    Oct 19, 2013 5:21 PM GMT
    It's been like that for years, and I hardly ever go to see a movie. When I do, I do sneak my own snacks in sometimes, it's a lot cheaper.
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    Oct 20, 2013 12:18 PM GMT
    Go to matinees which can cut $4 off each ticket and bring a bag of microwaved popcorn from home
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    Oct 21, 2013 1:00 AM GMT
    I buy tickets from my student union. and it costs like $11.
    and i don't like eating popcorn, i am counting calories you kno
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    Oct 21, 2013 1:30 AM GMT
    The cost of home theatre equipment has come down big time over the years.. flat screen tv, blu-ray, 7.1 surround.. Is there really a need to go out anymore? Also consider how crappy current movies are. And crappy people sitting in the audience. It's really not worth it.
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    Oct 21, 2013 9:55 AM GMT
    In Tokyo it's $18-28 for a ticket. I don't usually eat anything from the theatre unless I bring in my own snack, lol.
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    Oct 21, 2013 11:41 AM GMT
    Every time I got to a theater I am reminded why I don't like going, from cellphone text checkers to morons talking during the film. Way too many people think it's their living room and they can chat with their friends and talk to the screen to warn characters of the dangers lurking behind them, or take a call from someone. It's just way too much.
    I maybe go once a year, only to realize I don't go for all those reasons I seem to run into every time I go.
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    Oct 21, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
    We always go in the afternoons and we usually wait about 2 to 3 weeks after its release date. The less the crowds, the better. And I wouldn't pay more than $10 for a movie.
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    Oct 21, 2013 1:48 PM GMT
    Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Netflix - great sound system and large flat screen with HD. I will never allow another person in a movie theater to ruin a cinema experience for me. Americans are illiterate moronic demons who think their loud, obnoxious behavior should be allowed everywhere, including the silence of a movie theater.