Is this one of those "Only In America" "There's a sucker born every day?" things

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    Dec 24, 2009 5:43 PM GMT

    "Move over movie theater popcorn. At Gold Class Cinemas, going to the movies has taken on a whole new dimension, if you're willing to shell out $29 a ticket for the luxury cinema experience.

    Customers sit in gigantic recliners with small tables and each has its own dedicated server on hand to bring $49 bottles of sparkling wine, $14 platters of fried calamari with ginger and lemon or a $19 New York strip-steak sandwich, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    The Pasadena, Calif., theater is the fourth in the U.S. for Aussie cinema chain Village Roadshow, which has two Gold Class theaters in suburban Chicago and one in Redmond, Wash., home of Microsoft.

    "We've never experienced anything like this," theater customer Tina Galloway told the paper.

    "Our secret agenda in America is: Not only are we going to make money, we'll make a lot of money. . . . This will shake up those exhibitors, and there are a lot of them, that have poor offerings," Graham Burke, chief executive of Village Roadshow told the Times. "You go into some of these places and there's gum on the floors. Gold Class is the opposite. [Customers] get treated like royalty, like a king."

    The company plans to open up to 30 new Gold Class Cinemas around the U.S. in the next five years, the Times reported.

    Each theater has between 24 and 40 seats and other menu items and shows standard Hollywood fare with "Up in the Air," "Avatar" and "Invictus" on the schedule. "

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    Dec 24, 2009 7:24 PM GMT

    Not sure if you're criticizing the theater owners or the customers. Or both. icon_lol.gif

    Anyways, this is nothing new. There are other theaters in the LA area that cater to adults. Not as "upscale" as the one mentioned in the link. But basically, they're 21+ only because they serve alcohol, usually beer and wine. They also serve actual meals and appetizers in addition to the junk food typically offered at theaters.

    I think paying a little extra for this type of movie going experience might be worth it for some people. In some cases, the admission price is only a few dollars more.