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Feb. 11, 2011by: Chris Bumbray

The other day, I decided to catch THE MECHANIC, which I missed reviewing when I was away at Sundance. Arrow gave it a 7/10, and that sounded about right to me for a Jason Statham flick, so I gave it a look. Sure enough, Arrow was right, 7/10 was the perfect rating for THE MECHANIC. But this column is not to bitch about THE MECHANIC or how it might have been better, but rather how much I paid to see the damn thing.

By working at JoBlo.com, Im mostly spoiled in regards to seeing new movies. Im usually invited to either press screenings or sneak previews, and I rarely have to pay to see a new big film. That said, before I worked here, I used to regularly pay to see AT LEAST a movie a week. Im what you would call a heavy filmgoer. What can I say, I love movies. Back then, seeing a film in the evening cost around 10 bucks.

Oh, how times have changed

I decided to hit up a Monday matinee for THE MECHANIC, figuring Id be paying around eight bucks to see it. Ha! When I got there, I discovered I had two options. I could either see THE MECHANIC in 35MM for the already outrageous $12.50, or I could spring for something called AVX, which I was told means its a digital copy. That option: $15.50.

What the hell?


Taking a look at the prices, I was just happy it wasnt in 3D, as that would have cost me $17.50. And IMAX? $19.50. So, if I took a date to IMAX, Id be paying forty bucks, just for the tickets not counting the insane snack prices. What is going on here? If I wanted to see it with Rumble seats, that would have been an 8 dollar premium. If I went to see something like the latest HARRY POTTER, alone, in IMAX, and sat in a rumble seat, it would have cost me $27.50, which is more than it would cost to buy the Blu-ray once it comes out.

I suppose these new AVX or ETX or whatever you want to call it scams are to compensate for declining revenues thanks to piracy, or the home theater revolution, but youll never get people back in the theaters by charging this much to see a movie. The fact that ETX is nothing more than a digital copy really burns me up. Digital projection is actually cheaper for the studios than film, as they dont have to make prints anymore. Instead, they can actually send the digital files via high speed servers over the net.

Now Im sorry, but theres no way THE MECHANIC was worth $12.50, much less $15.50. Very few films are worth that kind of cash. I dont mind paying a premium to see something like INCEPTION, CAPTAIN AMERICA, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, or the new 007 movie. Other than that, I dont know what would really be worth spending over twenty bucks on. Heck, even the slickest blockbuster, like IRON MAN 2 is hardly LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, and doesnt really lose all that much if watching it in HD at home.


Of course, theres also the notion that seeing a film in cinemas is a dying trend, with studios already experimenting with VOD. I really hope that doesn't catch on, as I enjoy watching a film in theaters. I enjoy the communal aspect of watching a film in theaters (provided people turn their bloody phones off, and cant refrain from texting). People already dont get out enough, and the last thing any film-obsessed person needs is yet another reason to stay home.

However, if Hollywood wants us back in the theaters, they need to cut down on the ticket prices, but quick! I would have happily spent 8 or nine bucks to watch Jason Statham kick ass for ninety minutes. $15.50? No way!

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12:44PM on 02/11/2011
I agree it sucks, but it's not like the prices will be going down anytime soon.....
I agree it sucks, but it's not like the prices will be going down anytime soon.....
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12:52PM on 02/11/2011
I wanted to see Sanctum last weekend, but at all the theaters near me, there wasn't even an option for a 2D screening. Normally student prices are $7, but there are no discounts for 3D movies, where tickets are $14. I was forced to pay literally double for the movie I wanted to see, without even an alternative option. Visual issues aside, this is what I hate most about the industry's obsession with 3D today. 100% ticket hikes like this are inexcusable for technology that is flawed at best.
I wanted to see Sanctum last weekend, but at all the theaters near me, there wasn't even an option for a 2D screening. Normally student prices are $7, but there are no discounts for 3D movies, where tickets are $14. I was forced to pay literally double for the movie I wanted to see, without even an alternative option. Visual issues aside, this is what I hate most about the industry's obsession with 3D today. 100% ticket hikes like this are inexcusable for technology that is flawed at best.
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12:58PM on 02/11/2011
Very reasoned and sensible arguments!

I didn't realize it until reading this, but I guess I am lucky. Here, at all theater of our theaters, the digital copies and the film prints are the exact same price. I cannot imagine having to pay more for a cheaper service. Terrible!
Very reasoned and sensible arguments!

I didn't realize it until reading this, but I guess I am lucky. Here, at all theater of our theaters, the digital copies and the film prints are the exact same price. I cannot imagine having to pay more for a cheaper service. Terrible!
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1:33PM on 02/11/2011
Completely agree. I can only afford to go see a film at the theater about every other month or so since everything else has also gone up in price. The only way I'll go now is if it is something that HAS to be seen on the big screen, other wise I wait for Netflix. Hell most of the time you can watch the movie online the very next Monday, which I wouldn't do if the ticket prices weren't so high. As you said, by the time you pay for a ticket, popcorn and a drink it's cheaper to buy the DVD/BluRay.
Completely agree. I can only afford to go see a film at the theater about every other month or so since everything else has also gone up in price. The only way I'll go now is if it is something that HAS to be seen on the big screen, other wise I wait for Netflix. Hell most of the time you can watch the movie online the very next Monday, which I wouldn't do if the ticket prices weren't so high. As you said, by the time you pay for a ticket, popcorn and a drink it's cheaper to buy the DVD/BluRay. If I watch it online and like it, I'll buy it, but I really miss the whole theater going experience. I used to go at least once a week sometimes 3 times a week to see the new films, not anymore. Between rent, insurance, perscription meds, utlities, gas, food, cable, a phone and my pets.....my paycheck is pretty well gone, I miss disaposable income like I had in my teens and 20's....(old bitch sighs heavily)
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1:56PM on 02/11/2011

It's so true

To me there are two ppl who pirate movies. Those who look to make money off it ala a both at the flea market and those who either can't or refuse to pay the ridiculous prices they've set. I believe that the majority is the latter which means jacking the prices higher is not the solution. Hell they are making business for the former cause with higher prices less and less ppl are going!

I remember the days when a tuesday matinee was $2.50!
To me there are two ppl who pirate movies. Those who look to make money off it ala a both at the flea market and those who either can't or refuse to pay the ridiculous prices they've set. I believe that the majority is the latter which means jacking the prices higher is not the solution. Hell they are making business for the former cause with higher prices less and less ppl are going!

I remember the days when a tuesday matinee was $2.50!
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3:09PM on 02/11/2011
F*ck movie theaters with their high price tickets. I hope the box office slump of 2005 returns so movie theaters will be forced to lower the prices.
F*ck movie theaters with their high price tickets. I hope the box office slump of 2005 returns so movie theaters will be forced to lower the prices.
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3:21PM on 02/11/2011
I too am what you might call a heavy filmgoer, while nominating for the Golden Schmoes I noticed I saw 50 of the films that came out in 2010, 43 of those in the theater sometimes with my future wife which means double ticket price. We saw 4 movies in one day and I paid over 100 in ticket prices and snacks. (1 matinee, 1 3-D matinee early bird, 1 regular, 1 XD) Im glad I live in TX where our prices arent as high as they are in like LA and NYC otherwise Id have spent 50% more.
I love going
I too am what you might call a heavy filmgoer, while nominating for the Golden Schmoes I noticed I saw 50 of the films that came out in 2010, 43 of those in the theater sometimes with my future wife which means double ticket price. We saw 4 movies in one day and I paid over 100 in ticket prices and snacks. (1 matinee, 1 3-D matinee early bird, 1 regular, 1 XD) Im glad I live in TX where our prices arent as high as they are in like LA and NYC otherwise Id have spent 50% more.
I love going to the movies I love the theater atmosphere, I love hearing others laugh and scream, and the little things that happen during a show. But it is getting hard for me to justify the expense. I mean to take me and my fiance out to a movie costs the same as buying it on Blu-Ray where we could watch it multiple times and lend it out to family and friends and though its not the best 42 of 1080p is not a bad way to watch a movie. Ive noticed with costs soaring I am actually weighing what comes out this week vs what comes out next week to see if my money wouldnt be better spent on another movie instead where a couple of years ago I would have just watched both.
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3:38PM on 02/11/2011

Here here

I consider myself an avid movie watcher. I can go through 4-5 movies a week using Netflix (none of that by Watch Instantly, need to get faster internet for that). So I can watch 20ish movies a month for the price of 2 tickets to see a movie in theaters. Going to the movie theater is not worth it. The annoying people on cell phones, digging at the bottom of their popcorn bucket endlessly, or gossiping with their friend are not worth it. Movie theaters are losing money from me because they've
I consider myself an avid movie watcher. I can go through 4-5 movies a week using Netflix (none of that by Watch Instantly, need to get faster internet for that). So I can watch 20ish movies a month for the price of 2 tickets to see a movie in theaters. Going to the movie theater is not worth it. The annoying people on cell phones, digging at the bottom of their popcorn bucket endlessly, or gossiping with their friend are not worth it. Movie theaters are losing money from me because they've jacked up the costs too much. I'll only really go see those special tentpole movies (Inception, Star Trek, Avatar) that really are better seen on the big screen. I would love to see more movies on the big screen. I love the atmosphere and the scope of the auditorium. But not at that price.
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4:28PM on 02/11/2011
Excellent article. That si why I catch movie on discount days. I just can understand paying those prices. You need to take out a second mortgage when the summer movies come out.
Excellent article. That si why I catch movie on discount days. I just can understand paying those prices. You need to take out a second mortgage when the summer movies come out.
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4:32PM on 02/11/2011

I mourn for you my brothers

As out here in Utah, I still only have to pay at most $8.50 for a digital screening. It's like $11 if I want to see 3D, but still, like I ever do that.
As out here in Utah, I still only have to pay at most $8.50 for a digital screening. It's like $11 if I want to see 3D, but still, like I ever do that.
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4:50PM on 02/11/2011

Senior Tickets at Multiplexes

People, why are you still paying full price. I pay more than the price of a senior or children's ticket (I'm 29). I know, I know. But it works at a theater that has 1 ticket-taker per 10+ screens. Do the math. They're not paid enough to squint to see that price difference on the ticket that's barely legible. I guarantee you'll get into any AMC/Regal 98% of the time. If they say something, say you've made a mistake and they'll let it slide.
People, why are you still paying full price. I pay more than the price of a senior or children's ticket (I'm 29). I know, I know. But it works at a theater that has 1 ticket-taker per 10+ screens. Do the math. They're not paid enough to squint to see that price difference on the ticket that's barely legible. I guarantee you'll get into any AMC/Regal 98% of the time. If they say something, say you've made a mistake and they'll let it slide.
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5:39PM on 02/11/2011
Well said.
The movie business isn't losing my business to pirating. They're simply losing my business. They're pushing me out of cinemas with a lack of choice and high prices and gimmicks. With so many high profile movies coming out being remakes and adaptations I'm not particularly interested in the output. I was also quite satisfied with film as opposed to digital and I've never needed or wanted 3-D. These are all things that have been thrust at me. I'm just not interested in paying for
Well said.
The movie business isn't losing my business to pirating. They're simply losing my business. They're pushing me out of cinemas with a lack of choice and high prices and gimmicks. With so many high profile movies coming out being remakes and adaptations I'm not particularly interested in the output. I was also quite satisfied with film as opposed to digital and I've never needed or wanted 3-D. These are all things that have been thrust at me. I'm just not interested in paying for these things.

Video rentals got ridiculous with Blockbuster and now it's ridiculous with itunes and whatever else exists out there. I have no problem paying for a product, but I have a problem with how it's being served. Hollywood is not interested in what I have to say, so I just don't go. I rarely go to the movies anymore. When I do, it's for the good old fashioned dramatic stuff or for directors that I love. Like Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola or The Coen Brothers.

I'm not willing to pay for what has become over priced and generally bad service. I select the movies I want to go to and the rest get lost. What I'm worried about is when the physical product of a DVD or a Blu Ray is gone and the only choice left is digital. That's the day the will lose all my business.
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7:26PM on 02/11/2011
Agreed 100%! I have wrote about this before on my MFC profile and others have chimed in, I even went as far to write AMC and tell them how I felt about rising ticket costs, and all they said was they want to keep customers so they are doing the best the can to insure that. I am not down for VOD, becuase I like going to the movies, I like the big screen and I like hanging out with friends and seeing a movie. Lower prices = more ticket sales.
Agreed 100%! I have wrote about this before on my MFC profile and others have chimed in, I even went as far to write AMC and tell them how I felt about rising ticket costs, and all they said was they want to keep customers so they are doing the best the can to insure that. I am not down for VOD, becuase I like going to the movies, I like the big screen and I like hanging out with friends and seeing a movie. Lower prices = more ticket sales.
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7:56PM on 02/11/2011

YES

though at my local AMC theater, tickets are $11.50 normally (+$3.00 3-D). $8.50 for student, and $6.00 for any movie before noon. Needless to say i watch a lot of movies in the morning. Charging less for movies may mean less profit but when you consider getting more people into theaters, its not a bad idea.
though at my local AMC theater, tickets are $11.50 normally (+$3.00 3-D). $8.50 for student, and $6.00 for any movie before noon. Needless to say i watch a lot of movies in the morning. Charging less for movies may mean less profit but when you consider getting more people into theaters, its not a bad idea.
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8:20PM on 02/11/2011
I rarely go to the cinema nowadays because the ticket price is just skyrocketing a lot. If I do go to cinema, I'd usually go with my family. That's just for one screening only. With a bit more money added, I could buy a Blu Ray or DVD and multiple viewings of those Blu Ray/DVD.
I rarely go to the cinema nowadays because the ticket price is just skyrocketing a lot. If I do go to cinema, I'd usually go with my family. That's just for one screening only. With a bit more money added, I could buy a Blu Ray or DVD and multiple viewings of those Blu Ray/DVD.
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9:07PM on 02/11/2011

This reminds me...

I distinctly remember taking a date to see Dinner For Shmucks and it was 24 bucks for two. Got in the theater and half the movie was out of focus til they fixed the projector. An out-of-focus shitty movie for 24 bucks? sigh.
I distinctly remember taking a date to see Dinner For Shmucks and it was 24 bucks for two. Got in the theater and half the movie was out of focus til they fixed the projector. An out-of-focus shitty movie for 24 bucks? sigh.
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9:16PM on 02/11/2011
That's nothing we pay a lot more in Australia!
That's nothing we pay a lot more in Australia!
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9:36PM on 02/11/2011
I agree. I just feel bad because it hurts the smaller films. Movies with built-in audiences like Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean will make money no matter what. But when I see previews for films like Unknown or Adjustment Bureau, I have to think twice about whether its worth the cash to see them in a theater, even though I'm really interested in checking them out.
I agree. I just feel bad because it hurts the smaller films. Movies with built-in audiences like Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean will make money no matter what. But when I see previews for films like Unknown or Adjustment Bureau, I have to think twice about whether its worth the cash to see them in a theater, even though I'm really interested in checking them out.
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10:50PM on 02/11/2011
Its just a classic side effect of greed on the studios part. They get the most expensive, lavish things for themselves as well as their croonies and then they just keep passing on the costs to others until it reaches the audience at the theater. We in the end are left fitting the bill in ticket prices. That is why mgm went out of business. Shitty films and no one paying for them put them in the shitter hence why they are working on big budget films in hopes that it will allow them to pass on
Its just a classic side effect of greed on the studios part. They get the most expensive, lavish things for themselves as well as their croonies and then they just keep passing on the costs to others until it reaches the audience at the theater. We in the end are left fitting the bill in ticket prices. That is why mgm went out of business. Shitty films and no one paying for them put them in the shitter hence why they are working on big budget films in hopes that it will allow them to pass on the buck to audiences who will refill their bank accounts one more time. The solution in essence is to have a lot of people see less movies in order to force the studios to reduce their budgets and work better with the money they got. Sadly since that will never happen we will just have to wait until a lot of the studios go belly up and we get discount days again.
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11:01PM on 02/11/2011
Wow, and I thought we had it bad here in southern Maine. I pay $9.50 to see a movie in the evening, and I'm always bitching about it. IMAX is $15.00. Guess I need to stop complaining.
Wow, and I thought we had it bad here in southern Maine. I pay $9.50 to see a movie in the evening, and I'm always bitching about it. IMAX is $15.00. Guess I need to stop complaining.
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11:14PM on 02/11/2011
Completely agree....that's why I only go for the movies that I need the theatre experience for (i.e. scifi/fantasy, special effects movies) the rest I'll wait for.
Completely agree....that's why I only go for the movies that I need the theatre experience for (i.e. scifi/fantasy, special effects movies) the rest I'll wait for.
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3:33AM on 02/12/2011
I live in Green Bay, WI (Go Packers!) and the cinemas in our area charge 7.00 for movies at matinee (before 5:30) and 8.50 during the evening. I don't care about 3D movies. That appears to be the standard price for Marcus Theatres. In general, it is hard to complain about those prices.
I live in Green Bay, WI (Go Packers!) and the cinemas in our area charge 7.00 for movies at matinee (before 5:30) and 8.50 during the evening. I don't care about 3D movies. That appears to be the standard price for Marcus Theatres. In general, it is hard to complain about those prices.
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3:12PM on 02/12/2011
Wow, that is a ripoff. I never thought I'd say this but I'm happy i live in utah right now. $5.50 for a matinee, 8.50 for evening, 2 dollar charge for 3D. Plus more than half the screens are digital but they all cost the same. I knew living in an area densely populated by cheapskate mormons would pay off someday.
Wow, that is a ripoff. I never thought I'd say this but I'm happy i live in utah right now. $5.50 for a matinee, 8.50 for evening, 2 dollar charge for 3D. Plus more than half the screens are digital but they all cost the same. I knew living in an area densely populated by cheapskate mormons would pay off someday.
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3:50PM on 02/12/2011
I heartily agree! I'm an admitted 3D junkie. With 3D fast becoming the norm for tentpole features, WTF is with the additional surcharge. I remember, as a kid, when "Sens-A-Round" came out (basically surround sound). None of the studios or chain theaters would have even dreamt of charging extra, back then.
I heartily agree! I'm an admitted 3D junkie. With 3D fast becoming the norm for tentpole features, WTF is with the additional surcharge. I remember, as a kid, when "Sens-A-Round" came out (basically surround sound). None of the studios or chain theaters would have even dreamt of charging extra, back then.
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8:08PM on 02/12/2011
The article has a very good point, why does almost everyone below have "green" comments even when you agree the prices are too high. Show the red people.

I live in Sweden, one of the most expensive movie countries in the world I think. (prices I mention I have converted to USD for comparison) Regular film is minimum at least $15, and often up to $17. If 3D, then usually another $5. Thankfully we don't have any IMAX cinemas here, or we'd be ruined. Avatar for example, with quite the runtime
The article has a very good point, why does almost everyone below have "green" comments even when you agree the prices are too high. Show the red people.

I live in Sweden, one of the most expensive movie countries in the world I think. (prices I mention I have converted to USD for comparison) Regular film is minimum at least $15, and often up to $17. If 3D, then usually another $5. Thankfully we don't have any IMAX cinemas here, or we'd be ruined. Avatar for example, with quite the runtime 150mins+, was $18.50 in standard 2D and $23.50 in 3D (and they know people want to see that in three dimensions, right?). Now I've seen they even try to trick people into buying custom personal polaroid 3D-glasses at the theatres before the movie that cost like $47, like that's gonna make a difference and that people will forget to bring next time they go to a 3D film anyway. I'm no idiot, that i'll never do.

Unfortunately I love going to the movies too much to make a stand and not go. I usually see at least one every week in theatres.
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11:01PM on 02/12/2011

AMC in KC

I moved from KC last year where AMC is headquartered. Mon-Thurs all movies are $5. Since that started, they have added a buck on to the nicer theatres, and say that if it is the first day of release, then you pay full price. Before that kicked in, I remember going to Wed and Thurs new releases for $5. Unfortunately, I moved to Dallas and the AMCs do not do that here.
I moved from KC last year where AMC is headquartered. Mon-Thurs all movies are $5. Since that started, they have added a buck on to the nicer theatres, and say that if it is the first day of release, then you pay full price. Before that kicked in, I remember going to Wed and Thurs new releases for $5. Unfortunately, I moved to Dallas and the AMCs do not do that here.
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1:16AM on 02/13/2011
At the theater in my small town, matinees around $5 and regular adult tickets see six. In my college town, it's $6 and $7.50, respectively. In the nearby city I go to when I want to see a blockbuster on a really nice screen or in 3-D, it's $6 matinees, $8 regular tickets, and $10 for 3D. Not too bad, but I live in a mostly rural state.
At the theater in my small town, matinees around $5 and regular adult tickets see six. In my college town, it's $6 and $7.50, respectively. In the nearby city I go to when I want to see a blockbuster on a really nice screen or in 3-D, it's $6 matinees, $8 regular tickets, and $10 for 3D. Not too bad, but I live in a mostly rural state.
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6:38AM on 02/13/2011

Shouldn't be a problem for many

I understand that in SOME areas, a long drive to an AMC chain is the only option, but for many who live in or near even small cities in North Anerica, there are plenty of independent movie houses. Sure, there's no rumble seats, or 3-D. Sure, it might not show BOTH of the brainless SFX-laden blockbusters opening weekend - just one of them, sorry.

But what do you get? 4-6$ a ticket, 4$ for popcorn, and employees who are much more likely to care about their job.
I understand that in SOME areas, a long drive to an AMC chain is the only option, but for many who live in or near even small cities in North Anerica, there are plenty of independent movie houses. Sure, there's no rumble seats, or 3-D. Sure, it might not show BOTH of the brainless SFX-laden blockbusters opening weekend - just one of them, sorry.

But what do you get? 4-6$ a ticket, 4$ for popcorn, and employees who are much more likely to care about their job.
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7:44AM on 02/13/2011
You're not living in the same small towns as I had lived in if admission is 4-6 bucks.
You're not living in the same small towns as I had lived in if admission is 4-6 bucks.
6:38AM on 02/13/2011

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I don't have a tremendous amount of sympathy for a guy who gets press screening passes.
I don't have a tremendous amount of sympathy for a guy who gets press screening passes.
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8:22AM on 02/13/2011
Amen Mr. Bumbray.

Shit's not much better here in Holland. Normal ticket costs about 13 dollars, 3D or IMAX around 16.
So thank god that Pathe (one of the biggest movie theater chains in Europe) has has a subscription called Unlimited, which allows you to go as much as you want to any movie you want for just 18 euros (which is about 23 dollars) a month. And seeing as how I often go 3 or 4 times a week (top that Bumbray) that's a great deal.

You should have something like that in the
Amen Mr. Bumbray.

Shit's not much better here in Holland. Normal ticket costs about 13 dollars, 3D or IMAX around 16.
So thank god that Pathe (one of the biggest movie theater chains in Europe) has has a subscription called Unlimited, which allows you to go as much as you want to any movie you want for just 18 euros (which is about 23 dollars) a month. And seeing as how I often go 3 or 4 times a week (top that Bumbray) that's a great deal.

You should have something like that in the States.
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9:38AM on 02/14/2011
We've got the same with one major cinema company in the UK, it's 13.50 ($22) a month for unlimited films. I go to the cinema about 10 times a month if not more.
We've got the same with one major cinema company in the UK, it's 13.50 ($22) a month for unlimited films. I go to the cinema about 10 times a month if not more.
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8:59AM on 02/13/2011

For Real!

A- where you live that you have that many options for movies... here in NJ its digigal, 3d, imax or nothing... B- friend of mine took her daughter to see gnomeo and juliet this weekend and cost her 70 bucks by time they were done between the 25 to see it and concessions... its just a shame. I was like you, movie a week for years... now if i go see 4 a year it A LOT. Shame on th industry for making people second guess seeing a film on big screen!
A- where you live that you have that many options for movies... here in NJ its digigal, 3d, imax or nothing... B- friend of mine took her daughter to see gnomeo and juliet this weekend and cost her 70 bucks by time they were done between the 25 to see it and concessions... its just a shame. I was like you, movie a week for years... now if i go see 4 a year it A LOT. Shame on th industry for making people second guess seeing a film on big screen!
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12:01PM on 02/13/2011

Memphis

I live in Memphis, and ticket prices here are $10 after 6pm, $8.50 matinee, then add $3.00 for 3D. I used to go to movies a lot, but now I'm much more selective with the movies I see in theaters.
I live in Memphis, and ticket prices here are $10 after 6pm, $8.50 matinee, then add $3.00 for 3D. I used to go to movies a lot, but now I'm much more selective with the movies I see in theaters.
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12:11PM on 02/13/2011

movies and tattoos.......

matinees are still about $7.50 around here...when you live amongst swamps and bayous. cant imagine prices mentioned in the story. no matter what you pay, or how its projected onto the screen, SUCK IS SUCK. looking at you Alice in Wonderland.
movies and tattoos...two things you cant return if you dont like the end product.
matinees are still about $7.50 around here...when you live amongst swamps and bayous. cant imagine prices mentioned in the story. no matter what you pay, or how its projected onto the screen, SUCK IS SUCK. looking at you Alice in Wonderland.
movies and tattoos...two things you cant return if you dont like the end product.
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12:14PM on 02/13/2011

Want them to stop?

Stop opening your wallet. As long as people still go, they won't lower the prices.
Stop opening your wallet. As long as people still go, they won't lower the prices.
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3:47PM on 02/13/2011
Sadly, this is why I never get to the theaters as often as I'd like. Even matinee prices aren't what they used to be, anymore. Although, I'll still go for the latter just to save a few bucks...
Sadly, this is why I never get to the theaters as often as I'd like. Even matinee prices aren't what they used to be, anymore. Although, I'll still go for the latter just to save a few bucks...
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5:25PM on 02/13/2011
Consider yourselves lucky. In Australia there's no cheaper matinee tickets and the cheapest ticket, for an average size screen, of average quality would be $17 american dollars.
Consider yourselves lucky. In Australia there's no cheaper matinee tickets and the cheapest ticket, for an average size screen, of average quality would be $17 american dollars.
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8:13PM on 02/13/2011
Once, when I was working for AMC Theaters we had a pre-summer staff meeting, they asked how we could get our "guest" numbers up. When I raised my hand and said lower ticket prices my Manager looked at me like I was a 4 year old and said "It's bad business to lower prices because once you raise a price for something it can only go up." After that I preceded to sulk in my chair and mumble under my breath for the the rest of the meeting.
Once, when I was working for AMC Theaters we had a pre-summer staff meeting, they asked how we could get our "guest" numbers up. When I raised my hand and said lower ticket prices my Manager looked at me like I was a 4 year old and said "It's bad business to lower prices because once you raise a price for something it can only go up." After that I preceded to sulk in my chair and mumble under my breath for the the rest of the meeting.
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1:56AM on 02/14/2011
I work at a theater right now and we hear a hundred times a day how bad prices are. Ours aren't nearly as high as the ones talked about in this article, but we still get complaints. But people still shell out the $12 for a 3D movie so the prices won't go down. An extra quarter will be added to the price every 8 months or so and no one will notice. I'm fortunate enough that I get to see movies for free if I go to my theater, if I didn't I'd be seeing way less than I do now and just wait for
I work at a theater right now and we hear a hundred times a day how bad prices are. Ours aren't nearly as high as the ones talked about in this article, but we still get complaints. But people still shell out the $12 for a 3D movie so the prices won't go down. An extra quarter will be added to the price every 8 months or so and no one will notice. I'm fortunate enough that I get to see movies for free if I go to my theater, if I didn't I'd be seeing way less than I do now and just wait for Netflix!

As for ridiculous concession prices. Theaters get none of the ticket sale cash, their profit is from the snacks sold so that is why the prices are outrageous. Business is business.
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8:01AM on 02/14/2011
the prices up here in Canada are crazy
12.00 for a normal film
17.50 for IMAX 3D

and my friends would why i haven't gone seen anything in the theater since summer of 09
the prices up here in Canada are crazy
12.00 for a normal film
17.50 for IMAX 3D

and my friends would why i haven't gone seen anything in the theater since summer of 09
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