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A new low, errr high, movie ticket prices topping $20

05.21.2010

Wow, I swear it seems like yesterday I was paying $6 for a movie ticket, but those days are long past, as a new record has been set as some theaters in New York as charging $20 for an adult ticket for a 3D IMAX showing of SHREK FOREVER AFTER this weekend.

Movie ticket prices are skyrocketing at such a rapid pace, it’s even sparked an article in the Wall Street Journal which details the new high.

"With the state of the economy remaining questionable, we worry pricing is simply moving up too quickly," cautioned Mr. Greenfield in a research blog post, adding that he was especially concerned about how quickly children's ticket prices are increasing. "The danger is scaring consumers away from the movie theaters."

The $20 ticket may prove to be a psychological barrier too steep for some moviegoers to overcome, but the industry appears ready to take the risk, especially in the wake of a string of 3-D blockbusters, from "Avatar" to "Alice in Wonderland." 3-D movies accounted for the vast majority of last year's 10% jump in domestic box-office sales. That figure is likely to climb even higher for 2010.

After ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D actually made me pay more for a worse movie, I vowed never to pay more for an “upconverted” 3D movie ever again. Unless something is specifically filmed for 3D like AVATAR or works well in 3D like HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, the raised ticket prices are just criminal.

But even for those kinds of movies, I’m not sure I could ever justify spending $20 on ONE ticket. Lord forbid I go on a date, and I’m dropping $60 on two tickets, drinks and popcorn. Sorry babe, no dinner first!

Would you ever pay $20 for a movie? (Though you might not have a choice soon).

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Extra Tidbit: Don't tell me the glasses cost money. I can spend $2 and bring my own damn glasses every time.
Source: WSJ

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6:48AM on 05/24/2010
20$ is an absolutely ridiculous price for one admitance, Christ, where will this end? in my country the price is still not that high, but i think that as soon as theatre owners get wind of these prices, they´ll raise prices here faster that you can say "avatar in 3D" :P
20$ is an absolutely ridiculous price for one admitance, Christ, where will this end? in my country the price is still not that high, but i think that as soon as theatre owners get wind of these prices, they´ll raise prices here faster that you can say "avatar in 3D" :P
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12:01AM on 05/24/2010
yea 20 bucks is pretty ridiculous considering you can buy a brand new blu-ray movie for about 25 bucks, and then watch it anytime in the comfort of your own home in your underwear if you want to! Of course that's before taxes, and a lot of older blu-rays films are as low as 8 bucks.
yea 20 bucks is pretty ridiculous considering you can buy a brand new blu-ray movie for about 25 bucks, and then watch it anytime in the comfort of your own home in your underwear if you want to! Of course that's before taxes, and a lot of older blu-rays films are as low as 8 bucks.
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11:56PM on 05/23/2010
yea 20 bucks is pretty ridiculous considering you can buy a brand new blu-ray movie for about 25 bucks, and then watch it anytime in the comfort of your own home in your underwear if you want to! Of course that's before taxes, and a lot of older blu-rays films are as low as 8 bucks.
yea 20 bucks is pretty ridiculous considering you can buy a brand new blu-ray movie for about 25 bucks, and then watch it anytime in the comfort of your own home in your underwear if you want to! Of course that's before taxes, and a lot of older blu-rays films are as low as 8 bucks.
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11:53PM on 05/23/2010
yea 20 bucks is pretty ridiculous considering you can buy a brand new blu-ray movie for about 25 bucks, and then watch it anytime in the comfort of your own home in your underwear if you want to! Of course that's before taxes, and a lot of older blu-rays films are as low as 8 bucks.
yea 20 bucks is pretty ridiculous considering you can buy a brand new blu-ray movie for about 25 bucks, and then watch it anytime in the comfort of your own home in your underwear if you want to! Of course that's before taxes, and a lot of older blu-rays films are as low as 8 bucks.
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2:47PM on 05/23/2010
no possible way i'm paying 20 bucks for a movie ticket. I get pissed when I have to fork over the 22$ for TWO tickets let alone one. I've only been seeing movies at the theater sporadically because it's just too damn expensive. I just wait the extra few months for the blu ray. Most movies don't end up being worth that price tag.
no possible way i'm paying 20 bucks for a movie ticket. I get pissed when I have to fork over the 22$ for TWO tickets let alone one. I've only been seeing movies at the theater sporadically because it's just too damn expensive. I just wait the extra few months for the blu ray. Most movies don't end up being worth that price tag.
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11:20AM on 05/23/2010
wow that is f'in horrible. Luckily for me my local theater (which is one of the better ones in the state) charges 5 bucks for a matinee. And I really don't care for 3D anymore so I do my best to see a movie during the day. Since my days start b4 most people even go to sleep (3am) I'm usually up early during the day. And if it's supposedly great on IMAX I'll get it on blu-ray and save the money
wow that is f'in horrible. Luckily for me my local theater (which is one of the better ones in the state) charges 5 bucks for a matinee. And I really don't care for 3D anymore so I do my best to see a movie during the day. Since my days start b4 most people even go to sleep (3am) I'm usually up early during the day. And if it's supposedly great on IMAX I'll get it on blu-ray and save the money
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11:56PM on 05/23/2010
dude 5 bucks for a movie ticket, where do you live? That's pretty good. I guess mine's not too bad. About 7 bucks, though we do have a theater that plays films that just left the regular theater for 3.50.
dude 5 bucks for a movie ticket, where do you live? That's pretty good. I guess mine's not too bad. About 7 bucks, though we do have a theater that plays films that just left the regular theater for 3.50.
5:57PM on 05/22/2010

Why bother then..

I'll wait and get it on Bluray for my $20.
I'll wait and get it on Bluray for my $20.
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5:48PM on 05/22/2010
No wonder Shrek 4 opened with $20 million on Friday.
No wonder Shrek 4 opened with $20 million on Friday.
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2:31PM on 05/22/2010
Thank God there are local theaters around here that are independently owned and operated and charge only $5-$8 during the day and have special $3 days and show all the brand new latest and greatest movies in digital projection with great seating. And the $2 3D upcharge isn't bad either overall, I'll seek out cheap theaters cuz there's nothing like seeing a movie in a theater unless there's little brats ruining it. I prefer frequenting mom and pop chains of theaters than the big boys cuz I never
Thank God there are local theaters around here that are independently owned and operated and charge only $5-$8 during the day and have special $3 days and show all the brand new latest and greatest movies in digital projection with great seating. And the $2 3D upcharge isn't bad either overall, I'll seek out cheap theaters cuz there's nothing like seeing a movie in a theater unless there's little brats ruining it. I prefer frequenting mom and pop chains of theaters than the big boys cuz I never enjoy the experience as much. Plus I've worked at 2 movie theaters already, I know how this shite works. Anyway, yeah screw the price uptick and up with the piracy.
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1:19PM on 05/22/2010

mistake

I saw Robin Hood last night with my girlfriend and it cost me $30 for tickets alone after taxes. What a waste of money. Congratulations Ridley, I'll be downloading your companies films from now on, that's how ripped off I feel.
I saw Robin Hood last night with my girlfriend and it cost me $30 for tickets alone after taxes. What a waste of money. Congratulations Ridley, I'll be downloading your companies films from now on, that's how ripped off I feel.
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12:02PM on 05/22/2010

AMC $20 price mistake

The $20 price is used for Special Event programming, like the 3D Kenny Chesney concert or live-broadcast UFC fights (the price mandated by Sony, Fathom or whoever's doing the event). Some of the New York AMC theatres had the Shrek prices at this price before the error was fixed, and they're giving price adjustments to anyone affected by the error. This was fixed in most places pretty quickly, but since NYC prices are usually higher more people thought it was just another price hike. My local
The $20 price is used for Special Event programming, like the 3D Kenny Chesney concert or live-broadcast UFC fights (the price mandated by Sony, Fathom or whoever's doing the event). Some of the New York AMC theatres had the Shrek prices at this price before the error was fixed, and they're giving price adjustments to anyone affected by the error. This was fixed in most places pretty quickly, but since NYC prices are usually higher more people thought it was just another price hike. My local theatre is charging $4 extra for the IMAX digital 3D.
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11:23AM on 05/22/2010
All the more reason to be a pirate :D I used to be totally against it but I wholeheartedly support stealing now. Sneak in, tell the usher drone u might have dropped ur keys or make some fake paperwork that says ur doing a trailer check. Fuck the corporations!
All the more reason to be a pirate :D I used to be totally against it but I wholeheartedly support stealing now. Sneak in, tell the usher drone u might have dropped ur keys or make some fake paperwork that says ur doing a trailer check. Fuck the corporations!
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10:05AM on 05/22/2010

Hell no

Paying 20 dollars for a movie is too much. Thanks god I only pay 6 dollars in Maryland.
Paying 20 dollars for a movie is too much. Thanks god I only pay 6 dollars in Maryland.
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12:02PM on 05/22/2010
Whoa, I'm in Rockville and haven't seen 6 bucks for a ticket in a long time.
Whoa, I'm in Rockville and haven't seen 6 bucks for a ticket in a long time.
9:46AM on 05/22/2010

Saving For Summer

I've actually resorted to waiting for the can't miss movies!I used to go year round but now I wait.
So far this year I have on favorite can't miss on my list...INCEPTION!
I've actually resorted to waiting for the can't miss movies!I used to go year round but now I wait.
So far this year I have on favorite can't miss on my list...INCEPTION!
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8:54AM on 05/22/2010
"We're posting record profits, let's charge more!" This is one of those situations, like gas, where people would need to do something, but won't. I'm already appalled every time I go to the movies and have to sit through 20 mins. of car commercials before the previews even start. We are sheep, and don't kid yourself - you will still go, and you will still pay the price. Once you've paid, what, 10$ for a coke and a popcorn (which costs them, at most, 50cents to make), you'll pay for anything.
"We're posting record profits, let's charge more!" This is one of those situations, like gas, where people would need to do something, but won't. I'm already appalled every time I go to the movies and have to sit through 20 mins. of car commercials before the previews even start. We are sheep, and don't kid yourself - you will still go, and you will still pay the price. Once you've paid, what, 10$ for a coke and a popcorn (which costs them, at most, 50cents to make), you'll pay for anything. Like that first time gas went up past 1$ here... people cried. Now, everyone pays, even when it's 1.30$.
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9:05PM on 05/22/2010
I would literally murder someone if it meant I only had to pay $1.30 for gas. $35 to fill up my civic, how the hell is the economy so bad?
I would literally murder someone if it meant I only had to pay $1.30 for gas. $35 to fill up my civic, how the hell is the economy so bad?
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3:14AM on 05/22/2010
I can wait the 4 to 6 months and buy it for $20 on DVD. Fuck these ass-monkeys.
I can wait the 4 to 6 months and buy it for $20 on DVD. Fuck these ass-monkeys.
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1:53AM on 05/22/2010

wtf

this means i would have to work 3 hours to afford one movie ticket (as I work a minimum wage job). Fuck that bullshit, I love movies as much as anyone but that fuckin sucks dude. No wonder i have a fairly large library of torrented flicks.
this means i would have to work 3 hours to afford one movie ticket (as I work a minimum wage job). Fuck that bullshit, I love movies as much as anyone but that fuckin sucks dude. No wonder i have a fairly large library of torrented flicks.
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10:50PM on 05/21/2010
H-m-m-m-? Spend $20 at the theatre or wait a few months and rent it from Redbox for a dollar? Hollywood is sad nowadays because of the economy. Tons of remakes and reboots because they're afraid to take a chance on something original. And they find a way to jack up theatre prices called 3D.
H-m-m-m-? Spend $20 at the theatre or wait a few months and rent it from Redbox for a dollar? Hollywood is sad nowadays because of the economy. Tons of remakes and reboots because they're afraid to take a chance on something original. And they find a way to jack up theatre prices called 3D.
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12:01AM on 05/24/2010
yea redbox is frickin smart. I bet the guys that invinted that and movieqube are millionaires!
yea redbox is frickin smart. I bet the guys that invinted that and movieqube are millionaires!
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10:31PM on 05/21/2010
Thank you, James Cameron. You might've given us a good movie, but now Hollywood will rape our wallets. Thanks.
Thank you, James Cameron. You might've given us a good movie, but now Hollywood will rape our wallets. Thanks.
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9:59PM on 05/21/2010
I will never spend more than $15 for a movie. EVER!
I will never spend more than $15 for a movie. EVER!
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9:41PM on 05/21/2010
I was stunned after wasting $11 for an Iron Man2(boo!) ticket but I can't justify paying more than that in the future. I mean if you wait 3 months you can own the dvd for, roughly, $4 extra. That's absurd.
I was stunned after wasting $11 for an Iron Man2(boo!) ticket but I can't justify paying more than that in the future. I mean if you wait 3 months you can own the dvd for, roughly, $4 extra. That's absurd.
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8:52PM on 05/21/2010

Everyone, sing with me!

3D go away, come again some other day... and FUCK YOUR OWN FACE!!!!!
3D go away, come again some other day... and FUCK YOUR OWN FACE!!!!!
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7:48PM on 05/21/2010
Thank u Nite Owl. We are who we are cuz u make us this way.
Thank u Nite Owl. We are who we are cuz u make us this way.
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7:03PM on 05/22/2010
Your welcome fella.
Your welcome fella.
7:46PM on 05/21/2010
that price is outrageous. i don't think people should pay that. having been a manager at a movie theater before I can say it's not the theater chains setting prices. Theaters only take in about 2% of ticket sales. They have to make their money on private/press screenings and concessions.
that price is outrageous. i don't think people should pay that. having been a manager at a movie theater before I can say it's not the theater chains setting prices. Theaters only take in about 2% of ticket sales. They have to make their money on private/press screenings and concessions.
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8:51PM on 05/21/2010
And the ticket prices are so high most people don't buy consessions. Theatre's should unite and refuse to show movies unless the studios lower prices.
And the ticket prices are so high most people don't buy consessions. Theatre's should unite and refuse to show movies unless the studios lower prices.
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7:10PM on 05/21/2010

GREEDY PRICKS

And they call us pirates.
And they call us pirates.
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6:44PM on 05/21/2010
I;m from Amsterdam, the Netherlands and here I pay 6 euro and 50 cent to see that movie.

But hey, that's like 25 dollar, isn't it?

lol
I;m from Amsterdam, the Netherlands and here I pay 6 euro and 50 cent to see that movie.

But hey, that's like 25 dollar, isn't it?

lol
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6:34PM on 05/21/2010
I never thought about it before this, but prices, it seems, could be the downfall of movie theaters. I understand they have to charge a good amount to make a profit, but people won't spend that...

And quite frankly, if they're going to raise prices like that, how about trying a little harder at making the experience better? Like say, if you are talking/obnoxious, you get kicked out. No babies. Better seats. etc...

Theaters need to change their business model to survive this horrible
I never thought about it before this, but prices, it seems, could be the downfall of movie theaters. I understand they have to charge a good amount to make a profit, but people won't spend that...

And quite frankly, if they're going to raise prices like that, how about trying a little harder at making the experience better? Like say, if you are talking/obnoxious, you get kicked out. No babies. Better seats. etc...

Theaters need to change their business model to survive this horrible economy
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10:30PM on 05/21/2010
Or changing projector bulbs, not letting a high out of their mind 15 yr old frame the picture, maintaining their screens, etc...
Or changing projector bulbs, not letting a high out of their mind 15 yr old frame the picture, maintaining their screens, etc...
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6:29PM on 05/21/2010
I would never pay 20$ for a movie ticket. That is ridiculous. The movie theater going experience is still worth it to me, but if prices like that reach my area, I will stop going. Who the hell can afford that? And why spend that much for a one time viewing when you can wait and buy a dvd/bluray for infinite viewing!!
I would never pay 20$ for a movie ticket. That is ridiculous. The movie theater going experience is still worth it to me, but if prices like that reach my area, I will stop going. Who the hell can afford that? And why spend that much for a one time viewing when you can wait and buy a dvd/bluray for infinite viewing!!
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6:24PM on 05/21/2010

Solution's real simple, folks

don't pay for upconverted 3-D movies. Nothing wrong with basic 2-D.
don't pay for upconverted 3-D movies. Nothing wrong with basic 2-D.
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6:15PM on 05/21/2010

Crazy Cats

I can buy any new movie for $20 at Wal mart or Target for that price, and own it forever! That is totally insane, I guess thats how they get you, charge $8 for kids and then the parents have to go and fork over $20 bones?
I can buy any new movie for $20 at Wal mart or Target for that price, and own it forever! That is totally insane, I guess thats how they get you, charge $8 for kids and then the parents have to go and fork over $20 bones?
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6:00PM on 05/21/2010
I tend to hit up the theater Saturdays or Sundays before 5:30 and only pay $5.50. Ten dollars would be too high of a psychological barrier, let alone twenty. Fuck that noise.
I tend to hit up the theater Saturdays or Sundays before 5:30 and only pay $5.50. Ten dollars would be too high of a psychological barrier, let alone twenty. Fuck that noise.
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5:53PM on 05/21/2010

Horse Shit

The day $20 becomes the standard price of admission, I'll have gone to the theater for the last time. Seriously, never again. These people aren't starving. It's already become ridiculous. No, you know what? Fuck you, Hollywood.
The day $20 becomes the standard price of admission, I'll have gone to the theater for the last time. Seriously, never again. These people aren't starving. It's already become ridiculous. No, you know what? Fuck you, Hollywood.
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5:44PM on 05/21/2010
hell no
hell no
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5:24PM on 05/21/2010

Early Bird Special

My local theater in Reno (Cinemark) has an early bird special of $5.50 for the first showing of every movie every day of the week. So my wife and I only see movie then, usually Saturday or Sunday. I refuse to pay full price for movie tickets. Especially $20. I can wait the 3 months it takes to get to Blu-ray.
My local theater in Reno (Cinemark) has an early bird special of $5.50 for the first showing of every movie every day of the week. So my wife and I only see movie then, usually Saturday or Sunday. I refuse to pay full price for movie tickets. Especially $20. I can wait the 3 months it takes to get to Blu-ray.
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5:05PM on 05/21/2010
In another few years the regular non-3d movie ticket price will be at $20 and occasionally we will pay it.
In another few years the regular non-3d movie ticket price will be at $20 and occasionally we will pay it.
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4:49PM on 05/21/2010
Way too expensive to go to the movies. When Avatar came out, here in Sweden it cost 150 SEK to see it in 3D, equivalent to $20 in US, and that's not even IMAX which we don't have here. Regular 2D non-IMAX was $17 (125 SEK). Expensive to be a movie buff and see a lot of films in theater with those prices. I wish they could at least have something along the lines of matinee prices during the day, but they don't. :(
Way too expensive to go to the movies. When Avatar came out, here in Sweden it cost 150 SEK to see it in 3D, equivalent to $20 in US, and that's not even IMAX which we don't have here. Regular 2D non-IMAX was $17 (125 SEK). Expensive to be a movie buff and see a lot of films in theater with those prices. I wish they could at least have something along the lines of matinee prices during the day, but they don't. :(
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4:47PM on 05/21/2010

A bitch fit that goes on too long. Sorry everyone...BUT 20 BUCKS?!

They bitch about piracy! This is robbery! Why is cinema so intent in shooting itself in the foot?

Once in my town there was one cinema. It charged 10 euro a ticket and the smallest popcorn you could think of along with a thimble of drink got away with being 8.50!

A new cinema moves in. 5 euro for medium popcorn and drink with deals for students on certain days you get in for four euro. Parent friendly screenings for screaming babies. Audio and visual impairing aids. They were the first
They bitch about piracy! This is robbery! Why is cinema so intent in shooting itself in the foot?

Once in my town there was one cinema. It charged 10 euro a ticket and the smallest popcorn you could think of along with a thimble of drink got away with being 8.50!

A new cinema moves in. 5 euro for medium popcorn and drink with deals for students on certain days you get in for four euro. Parent friendly screenings for screaming babies. Audio and visual impairing aids. They were the first to get 3D and not to mention they have a fucking bar!

Who do you think i frequent now? If the studios are really anti piracy this is where they need to start investigating.

There should be more regulation for the consumer to make sure this stuff doesn't happen!
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4:45PM on 05/21/2010
at those prices i might start considering going to the theater sober.
at those prices i might start considering going to the theater sober.
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4:43PM on 05/21/2010

This is just plain greedy

Fortunately, I live in a place where a movie ticket is still 8.25 and 3-D (which ruins everything except Avatar) is "only" $12.

This is ridiculous, and greedy. I love that they feel justified in this, but this is the kind of crap that is killing the theatrical experience for films.

This type of pricing could kill all the good that smaller budgeted films are doing, and the indies as now people will only go to the theaters to see the tent-pole pictures because that's all they're willing
Fortunately, I live in a place where a movie ticket is still 8.25 and 3-D (which ruins everything except Avatar) is "only" $12.

This is ridiculous, and greedy. I love that they feel justified in this, but this is the kind of crap that is killing the theatrical experience for films.

This type of pricing could kill all the good that smaller budgeted films are doing, and the indies as now people will only go to the theaters to see the tent-pole pictures because that's all they're willing to spend their hard earned money on.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
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4:50PM on 05/21/2010
An even worse casualty i didn't think of! Nowadays it seems they're tryign to comabt piracy by making movies like avatar. Spectacles that you HAVE to see on the big screen. You're right. If they keep driving up the prices all the big audiences are going to flock to the biggest bang that's worth their money and smaller gems are going to get ignored.
An even worse casualty i didn't think of! Nowadays it seems they're tryign to comabt piracy by making movies like avatar. Spectacles that you HAVE to see on the big screen. You're right. If they keep driving up the prices all the big audiences are going to flock to the biggest bang that's worth their money and smaller gems are going to get ignored.
4:41PM on 05/21/2010

hey..

I thought Alice was filmed in 3d? No?

No, 3D's not good enough to be worth that amount
I thought Alice was filmed in 3d? No?

No, 3D's not good enough to be worth that amount
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4:55PM on 05/21/2010
I think it was supposed to be, but I read it was a mess and Burton abandoned it shortly after shooting started, leaving it for post-production upconversion.
I think it was supposed to be, but I read it was a mess and Burton abandoned it shortly after shooting started, leaving it for post-production upconversion.
4:33PM on 05/21/2010

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a theater i frequent imax was already 20 bucks.. and that was a couple years back... hate to see what the IMAX 3D ones are : /........hence why i no longer frequent that theater.
a theater i frequent imax was already 20 bucks.. and that was a couple years back... hate to see what the IMAX 3D ones are : /........hence why i no longer frequent that theater.
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4:32PM on 05/21/2010

$90

It cost my wife and I $90 in ticket cost alone to go see a 3d movie (how to train your dragon) with 4 kids under the age of 6.

At that price, I can afford to take my kids to the theater once every two years. And forget buying popcorn or anything.
It cost my wife and I $90 in ticket cost alone to go see a 3d movie (how to train your dragon) with 4 kids under the age of 6.

At that price, I can afford to take my kids to the theater once every two years. And forget buying popcorn or anything.
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5:36PM on 05/21/2010
That is BEYOND shitty :(
That is BEYOND shitty :(
4:19PM on 05/21/2010

Solution's real simple, folks

don't pay for upconverted 3-D movies. Nothing wrong with basic 2-D.
don't pay for upconverted 3-D movies. Nothing wrong with basic 2-D.
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3:49PM on 05/21/2010
I agree with you, Tassi. After the shitfest that was ALICE, I absolutely refuse to see an upconverted 3D movie. I pay $10.50 at my local theater for a regular movie, an extra $3 for 3D. Not a bad price, if the movie is ACTUALLY IN 3D, and not this get-rich-quick scam studios are pulling.

As for IMAX, I hate it. The large majority of "IMAX" theaters in the U.S. are fake, tiny-ass screens called the "IMAX Experience." My local theater has a digital screen twice the size of one of those stupid
I agree with you, Tassi. After the shitfest that was ALICE, I absolutely refuse to see an upconverted 3D movie. I pay $10.50 at my local theater for a regular movie, an extra $3 for 3D. Not a bad price, if the movie is ACTUALLY IN 3D, and not this get-rich-quick scam studios are pulling.

As for IMAX, I hate it. The large majority of "IMAX" theaters in the U.S. are fake, tiny-ass screens called the "IMAX Experience." My local theater has a digital screen twice the size of one of those stupid fake IMAX screens. The real IMAX screens are harder to find than the ark of the covenant. The closest real IMAX screen to me is 3 hours away, and all they show is science and education shit. Therefore, fuck IMAX.
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4:21PM on 05/21/2010
IMAX was originally created FOR DOCUMENTARIES to be screened in high-resolution. IMAX's primary feature is NOT big screens; it is HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGERY. You sound like an idiot bitching about the exact purpose for which Imax exists in the first place.
IMAX was originally created FOR DOCUMENTARIES to be screened in high-resolution. IMAX's primary feature is NOT big screens; it is HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGERY. You sound like an idiot bitching about the exact purpose for which Imax exists in the first place.
5:35PM on 05/21/2010
Red4 my brother, no need to be so negative. Let's go over the facts. IMAX was actually intended to be an update of cinema and the traditional 35mm film, the same way CinemaScope and VisaVision tried to do years ago. Yes, it was meant for high-resolution images, but also meant for a very large picture. The first IMAX screen was twice the size of today's real IMAX screens. IMAX was not intended to be used only for documentaries, but rather as a medium for all motion pictures. In fact, the very
Red4 my brother, no need to be so negative. Let's go over the facts. IMAX was actually intended to be an update of cinema and the traditional 35mm film, the same way CinemaScope and VisaVision tried to do years ago. Yes, it was meant for high-resolution images, but also meant for a very large picture. The first IMAX screen was twice the size of today's real IMAX screens. IMAX was not intended to be used only for documentaries, but rather as a medium for all motion pictures. In fact, the very first IMAX movie was a dramatic short. Unfortunately, because the format is so expensive, producing and presenting IMAX films means shorter running times compared to normal movies. That's why museums and educational centers use them more often than regular theaters.

What I was "bitching" about is that I wish they would TRULY use IMAX for bigger and better things, instead of just whoring out the IMAX brand when it is not a real IMAX screen. If they're going to shoot movies in the IMAX format (like The Dark Knight, for example) then it might as well be shown on a real IMAX screen, and not these tiny little fakes. Get it? Read up on your stuff before you blast someone, and lighten up.
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3:30PM on 05/21/2010
Of course this happens in new york. i live here. I swear I get financially raped just waking up in the morning.
Of course this happens in new york. i live here. I swear I get financially raped just waking up in the morning.
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3:13PM on 05/21/2010

Don't get it...

I'm not sure what's happening with you guys in the U.S. but prices remain the same up here in Canada. For any IMAX film whether it is 3D or not, we pay $14 total.
I'm not sure what's happening with you guys in the U.S. but prices remain the same up here in Canada. For any IMAX film whether it is 3D or not, we pay $14 total.
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3:05PM on 05/21/2010
I blame 3D for this shit. The companies realized people are willing to hand out double the money for the same product, so why not triple? Fuck you 3d and your price gouging ways.
I blame 3D for this shit. The companies realized people are willing to hand out double the money for the same product, so why not triple? Fuck you 3d and your price gouging ways.
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3:03PM on 05/21/2010

I have a better solution...


... just don't go to see IMAX 3D movies. You won't be missing a thing. After "Avatar" I never again have the need or desire to see a 3D movie.

What's hilarious about this push for 3D is that it's already antiquated technology, especially if you're trying to entice viewers away from their HDTVs. The 3D HDTVs are even better quality than theatrical 3D!

As for IMAX, I don't see the need. The size of the screen becomes self-defeating when you have to sit in the back row to watch it without

... just don't go to see IMAX 3D movies. You won't be missing a thing. After "Avatar" I never again have the need or desire to see a 3D movie.

What's hilarious about this push for 3D is that it's already antiquated technology, especially if you're trying to entice viewers away from their HDTVs. The 3D HDTVs are even better quality than theatrical 3D!

As for IMAX, I don't see the need. The size of the screen becomes self-defeating when you have to sit in the back row to watch it without getting eye-strain. Not to mention the nearest authentic IMAX screen to San Diego is in Universal City.
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3:03PM on 05/21/2010
See my rant in the King Kong article by Merchan.
See my rant in the King Kong article by Merchan.
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