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#2401597 - 10/10/11 08:51 AM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: Turk]
Patman Offline



Registered: 05/27/02
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Loc: Oakville, Ontario
Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Somebody answer me...........

What is it... WHY do people pay outrageous prices & buy popcorn, drinks, etc. for a movie? Can't people go 2 hours without eating? Really?




Part of the "movie going experience" is having the popcorn though, I'm sure a lot of people agree that the popcorn you get in the movie theaters tastes better than anything you can make yourself at home.

When my ex wife and I first started dating we would go to the movies every single week (sometimes twice a week), and to save money we wouldn't always get popcorn, but when our son was born and he was old enough to take him to the movies, we would only go about once every few months and would always get popcorn since it's just part of the entire experience, IMO.

The last time I saw a movie was back in August, I saw the movie Horrible Bosses and even though it was a Saturday night I found a decent theater that only charged $8. My friends and I already ate before we got there, so that movie night was inexpensive.

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#2401627 - 10/10/11 09:26 AM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: andrewg]
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I have not been to a walk in movie in decades. I do ocasionally go to the drive in. Much easier to sneak food into the drive in.
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#2401641 - 10/10/11 09:39 AM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: andrewg]
jcwit Offline


Registered: 07/24/07
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Loc: no. indiana
Haven't been to a movie in at least 10 years, so can't comment on movies. But wife and I were planning to go to State HS Band Competition at the Lucus Oil Stadinum in Indy. They want $20 bucks to get in the door, plus parking. By the time gas is encluded both ways its over 100 bucks to watch 15 minutes of local HS Band, and thats not encluding eats.

Take a wild guess who's not going.

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#2401663 - 10/10/11 10:15 AM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: andrewg]
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Registered: 09/04/06
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The last time I was at the movies was about 2 years ago. I don't know why I even bother to go. No matter what kind of a movie it is, if it's playing in one of those megaplexes, it is bound to be showing the garbage churned out of Hollywood for mass audiences. It certainly is a waste of time and money. I prefer to go to the zoo or museums when taking out kids on a weekend for an intellectually challenging trip.
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#2401710 - 10/10/11 11:25 AM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: CivicFan]
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Registered: 10/05/08
Posts: 2480
Loc: Covington, Wa.
Originally Posted By: CivicFan
The last time I was at the movies was about 2 years ago. I don't know why I even bother to go. No matter what kind of a movie it is, if it's playing in one of those megaplexes, it is bound to be showing the garbage churned out of Hollywood for mass audiences. It certainly is a waste of time and money. I prefer to go to the zoo or museums when taking out kids on a weekend for an intellectually challenging trip.

I hear you....that's why I rarely go myself. The last movie I went to was '2012' (wanted to see it on a theater screen for full effect). And you are correct about most films being garbage. I'll go further and say they are not so much garbage but more like propaganda. Sad thing is that many people soak it all up like a sponge and become exactly like what the film makers want them to become. Hollywood and the mega-structure surrounding it influences millions of people. It's funny how you can go to any college and find classes about the Nazi propaganda machine during the 30's and 40's....yet no mention of what is going on today with Hollywood. Sad really.
Anyway....my girlfriend just wanted to take the grandchild out and have a good time watching a kids movie. Perhaps next time I will suggest she go to the park or just take him out for ice cream.
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#2401711 - 10/10/11 11:28 AM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: Patman]
Turk Offline


Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 7688
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: Patman
Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Somebody answer me...........

What is it... WHY do people pay outrageous prices & buy popcorn, drinks, etc. for a movie? Can't people go 2 hours without eating? Really?




Part of the "movie going experience" is having the popcorn though, I'm sure a lot of people agree that the popcorn you get in the movie theaters tastes better than anything you can make yourself at home.

When my ex wife and I first started dating we would go to the movies every single week (sometimes twice a week), and to save money we wouldn't always get popcorn, but when our son was born and he was old enough to take him to the movies, we would only go about once every few months and would always get popcorn since it's just part of the entire experience, IMO.

The last time I saw a movie was back in August, I saw the movie Horrible Bosses and even though it was a Saturday night I found a decent theater that only charged $8. My friends and I already ate before we got there, so that movie night was inexpensive.


Hummm. I can experience the movie just as well without popcorn, actually better because I'm not looking down at the bag or getting a napkin.

This stuff actually takes the concentration away. Thus a waste of not only money, but concentration!

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#2401826 - 10/10/11 01:12 PM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: andrewg]
bigmike Offline


Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 3239
Loc: Florida
First, +1 to JHZR2's comments. I won't get started, I promise!

To take this thread in a *slightly* different path, I remember not that long ago before marriage when I dated my now wife and it didn't cost nearly as much as it does today. For the record, we still date, but we rarely do movies.

I really feel for people wanting to go out and do the same stuff as their parents did, but can't afford to. It's understandable that a movie might be expensive today, but I remember we used to go to the "dollar theater" all the time or the drive-in. Now, there's neither of those available. Apparently, it's now a monopoly.
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#2401927 - 10/10/11 02:21 PM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: andrewg]
Billy007 Offline


Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 962
Loc: midwest
I don't see any harm spending $32 once in a while on your grandchild. There is good chance he will take care of his grandma when she is old.

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#2401954 - 10/10/11 02:50 PM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: Billy007]
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Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 8799
Loc: PA
Originally Posted By: Billy007
I don't see any harm spending $32 once in a while on your grandchild. There is good chance he will take care of his grandma when she is old.

Of course. I think this thread is more about what you get for that $32.
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#2402091 - 10/10/11 05:25 PM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: andrewg]
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Registered: 11/16/04
Posts: 905
Loc: Mississippi
I haven't been to the movies in years. Last time I went and took the wife...it was a bad experience......noisy kids....theater was a mess.

I wait for the DVD now or catch it on PPV.
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#2402116 - 10/10/11 05:54 PM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: andrewg]
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Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 8843
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: andrewg
I'm almost in shock. Here's the deal.....my girlfriend decides to have a nice Sunday and take her six year old grandson out to see the new Dolphin Tale movie. I'm thinking what a nice inexpensive yet fun time she will have. WRONG!!! She arrives home a few hours later and tells me I'm not going to like what it cost us. I'm thinking....ok, no big deal...maybe fifteen bucks tops. NOPE! Keep in mind that she took her grandson to the early matinee showing. It cost her $7.25 to get in....and the same price for the 6 year old. Then she gets two cokes and a medium buttered popcorn. Here's the part where I almost passed out.....total cost of the movie trip for a grandma and grandson.....$32.50!!
That's just sickening. How can families even afford that? I was told that she even saw several large families in there buying loads of food and seeing the 3D version of the movie ($4 more each ticket). That must have cost them over $100 easy!
What a rip-off.


I don't pay to watch movies. I get them free at the local library. I also use free redbox codes texted to my phone once a month. I watch online if possible. I use the free birthday movie admission for regal cinema in the entertainment book once a year. I also got netflix streaming for $8/month. there are new releases on there that came only late last year. I don't feel the urge to splurge on the movie theatre experience. I used to spend the cheese for girlfriends, but I'm married now, so I don't need to impress anymore. my wife loves me just the way things are. LOL
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#2402826 - 10/11/11 11:14 AM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: andrewg]
Anies Offline


Registered: 01/29/09
Posts: 2704
Loc: NJ
Hence why I stopped going to the movies. I used to use the Optimum rewards card for free movie Tuesdays, deal with the enormous lines for the movie and buying 2 sodas and popcorn was like $20.

Stopped doing that real quick. Money is better spent in my pocket.
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#2403292 - 10/11/11 06:35 PM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: Anies]
Stewart Fan Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 852
Loc: Everett,Wa.
Just took the kids to see "The Lion King 3D". Three tickets,three small drinks,and a small popcorn was $62.

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#2403304 - 10/11/11 06:47 PM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: andrewg]
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 563
Loc: Fresno, CA
dang...
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#2403329 - 10/11/11 07:12 PM Re: Movie outing...EXPENSIVE!!! [Re: Stewart Fan]
Turk Offline


Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 7688
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: Stewart Fan
Just took the kids to see "The Lion King 3D". Three tickets,three small drinks,and a small popcorn was $62.



shocked duh The Lion King has been out for many years and you can watch it cheap or free.

Total Ripoff.

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