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(USA Today)   Two thirds of Americans went to the movies last year. The other third are still trying to save up enough for a ticket and popcorn   (usatoday.com) divider line 56
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2013-03-24 05:48:36 AM  
No, the other third are sick of paying too much money to see shiatty movies in the theater.

We also have large screen TVs and decent audio systems in our homes and don't feel like we need to see a movie as soon as it is released.

From the stats in that article ($10.8 billion in revenue from Canadians and Americans) a back of the envelope calculation says we spent on average over $30 at movie theaters and I'm pretty sure that doesn't include popcorn, soda or candy. Given that a third of us didn't go to the theater at all, some of you are spending a lot more than that.
 
2013-03-24 10:26:58 AM  
Last movie I seen in a theatre was Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, and we all know that that movie doesn't really exist.  So sometime prior to that.  Yeah, it's been a while.
 
2013-03-24 11:13:06 AM  
I'm sure that missing third has nothing to do with the reboots of remakes NOW IN 3D!
 
2013-03-24 11:14:30 AM  
I'd rather watch movies and TV shows in the comfort of my own living room theater system the way god intended:  Naked, sipping a beer with access to a pause button.
 
2013-03-24 11:16:38 AM  

raerae1980: Last movie I seen in a theatre was Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, and we all know that that movie doesn't really exist.  So sometime prior to that.  Yeah, it's been a while.


Last time for me was No Country for Old Men...before that, Revenge of the Sith...before that, I have no idea.

Happy Hours: No, the other third are sick of paying too much money to see shiatty movies in the theater.

We also have large screen TVs and decent audio systems in our homes and don't feel like we need to see a movie as soon as it is released.


This.
 
2013-03-24 11:19:54 AM  
Went for Dark Knight Rises, the costs were rapey and the movie itself was the lack of lube.
 
2013-03-24 11:44:26 AM  
We went to a *matinee* yesterday and it was a $35 bill after snacks. But at least I got to enjoy the sounds and smells of my fellow moviegoers, including a woman who was enjoying candy that was apparently individually packaged by Royal Egyptian Mummification Masters who work exclusively in brittle plastic.
 
2013-03-24 11:54:13 AM  
A few months ago I chaperoned my daughter's third-grade class to a showing of Hotel Transylvania at the local second-run budget theater. Total charge for ticket, popcorn and soda was $8.

I actually don't remember the last time I saw a movie on first run. It's been years.
 
2013-03-24 11:56:54 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: We went to a *matinee* yesterday and it was a $35 bill after snacks. But at least I got to enjoy the sounds and smells of my fellow moviegoers, including a woman who was enjoying candy that was apparently individually packaged by Royal Egyptian Mummification Masters who work exclusively in brittle plastic.


Lucky you!
 
2013-03-24 12:06:12 PM  
Last movie I saw in the theaters was Zyzzyx Road
 
2013-03-24 12:06:28 PM  

Happy Hours: No, the other third are sick of paying too much money to see shiatty movies in the theater.

We also have large screen TVs and decent audio systems in our homes and don't feel like we need to see a movie as soon as it is released.

From the stats in that article ($10.8 billion in revenue from Canadians and Americans) a back of the envelope calculation says we spent on average over $30 at movie theaters and I'm pretty sure that doesn't include popcorn, soda or candy. Given that a third of us didn't go to the theater at all, some of you are spending a lot more than that.


Old people are not the demographic the movie business is angling for.
 
2013-03-24 12:18:10 PM  

HempHead: Old people are not the demographic the movie business is angling for.


Shiat. Do I sound old?

Older people have more money - except very often they give it to their kids. I used to see a lot more movies in the theater when I was younger.

The last movie I saw in the theater was Shaft.

And could you please get off my lawn?
 
2013-03-24 12:19:17 PM  
Average of $30 per person?  Whatever happened to using your girlfriend's unnecessarily large purse to sneak in snacks?

/Tickets here in Denver are $10.50, $8.00 matinee (unless you go 3D or digital or certain theaters).
//No reason to pay more than $10.50 for two hours of entertainment
///Hell, I spend more than $5.25 an hour for entertainment at the bar.
 
2013-03-24 12:21:51 PM  
I saw The Dark Knight Rises.

There was nothing else worth seeing for more than it costs me to keep a Netflix subscription for a whole month.

/ just kidding
// Dark Knight Rises wasn't worth it either
 
2013-03-24 12:27:27 PM  
I see a movie every week. I either go on cheap Tuesday or a matinee.

Even though there is a good system at home I don't have the Land to have 8 story screen and I'm sure neighbors would complain if i blasted the sound system to 110 Db.

Plus it's an excuse to get out of the house. And the wife and I do place movie going into the monthly budget. (Most times we do bring our own snacks and pop bought at the dollar store.)
 
2013-03-24 12:37:29 PM  

Happy Hours: No, the other third are sick of paying too much money to see shiatty movies in the theater.

We also have large screen TVs and decent audio systems in our homes and don't feel like we need to see a movie as soon as it is released.

From the stats in that article ($10.8 billion in revenue from Canadians and Americans) a back of the envelope calculation says we spent on average over $30 at movie theaters and I'm pretty sure that doesn't include popcorn, soda or candy. Given that a third of us didn't go to the theater at all, some of you are spending a lot more than that.


I suppose I counted, although I went twice (Argo and Sleepwalk With Me, both date nights to get the SO and I out of the house and both at our local small theater, they threw us the student rate without asking so... $14 I think for the two of us?).
 
2013-03-24 12:52:51 PM  

raerae1980: Last movie I seen in a theatre was Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, and we all know that that movie doesn't really exist.  So sometime prior to that.  Yeah, it's been a while.


The one movie I saw in the theater last year was Skyfall, because Skyfall. I really hate theaters because the seats and sloped flooring make my back and knees hurt, and the two teenagers behind me almost ruined it by talking several times. Apparently I've reached cranky old lady status because I shushed them.
 
2013-03-24 01:02:28 PM  
Wifey and I went to A movie last year on a date night.  A new Studio Movie Grill opened up in town, so we went to see Skyfall while we ate dinner. Around $70 -- not too bad.

The other 50or so movies we saw were on the big-screen home theater.
 
2013-03-24 01:05:04 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Average of $30 per person?  Whatever happened to using your girlfriend's unnecessarily large purse to sneak in snacks?


THIS. When my wife and I were dating, we once snuck in an entire box of thin mints into the theater. It was winter, I had a big coat, and we took the cookie sleeves from the box and stuffed them in my big coat pockets. It was a fantastic experience. Plus, we saw Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, which was well worth seeing on the big screen.

Nowadays we often catch a matinee and then go out to eat after, so movie tickets usually run $10-15 for both of us. The idea that we HAVE to factor in popcorn and snacks is silly, though sometimes I do feel guilty for not buying food because that is how the theaters actually make money.
 
2013-03-24 01:05:47 PM  
My wife and I have the big TV, a sound system (although not too great), leather couches, etc. But there is still something cool about seeing a movie on a screen the size of my house with bone-rattling bass.

There's just some flicks you gotta see in the theatre. The Hobbit, Avengers, or a Transformers movie, etc.
Although it's annoyingly expensive, we're childless with two incomes so it's handleable for us. I don't want to think how much it'll cost when we have two kids who will each get popcorn, etc.

/I admitted to seeing Transformers movies, that means I'm a slobbering retard right?
 
2013-03-24 01:10:00 PM  

soporific: Plus, we saw Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, which was well worth seeing on the big screen.


Ah.  I'd heard someone liked the 'magic flying Chinese people' movie, but I didn't know who it was.

/Got suckered by my kids into watching that
//Got arrested for beating my kids
//Acquitted after jury watched the film
 
2013-03-24 01:26:40 PM  
Last movie I saw in theater was the Man With the Iron Fists, and I use the term "movie" at its loosest when I describe that work.
 
2013-03-24 01:32:11 PM  
Sorry every other movie theater on earth -- the Alamo spoiled me years ago.

The "DC" Alamo in Loudoun can't come soon enough

/and hollywood, enough with the farking 3D.
 
2013-03-24 01:45:23 PM  

Happy Hours: HempHead: Old people are not the demographic the movie business is angling for.

Shiat. Do I sound old?

Older people have more money - except very often they give it to their kids. I used to see a lot more movies in the theater when I was younger.

The last movie I saw in the theater was Shaft.

And could you please get off my lawn?




A lot of chains have $5 Senior Tuesdays.
 
2013-03-24 01:52:45 PM  
It's not just the shiatty films.
It's not just the exorbitant prices for sugar water.
It's not just these damn kids and their texting.
It's the  commercials!

From the second I set foot in the theater, it's like I'm bombarded on all sides by hucksters trying to take my money. Trucks I don't want. TV shows I won't watch. Music videos that make me envy Helen Keller. And they don't even segment the commercials based on the film.  The Artist gets the exact same treatment as  shiat Got Blowed Up III. It's like they're saying, "We don't care what your tastes are. We think you want to buy this Bod aftershave (or whatever that tear gas is) because we told you to. Moar cocaine!"

For me, even the most innocuous commercial is like being accosted on the street by a hobo begging for change. I get absolutely nothing out of the transaction, they view my refusal as an invitation to be more aggressive, and whenever I complain, the only response is, "What can you do?"
 
2013-03-24 02:02:21 PM  
You know what, I have a nice TV and decent speakers to watch movies at home, but it's still more fun to watch them in a theater. I can understand why you wouldn't want to take a family of five to the theater instead of renting a DVD, but I think it still works pretty well for an easy entertainment option for a couple people.

The action flicks or dramas I don't see a big advantage in a theater where I'm just quietly sitting there with everyone else, but I really enjoy a good comedy in a crowded theater. It's easily worth the $12 ticket to laugh out loud with 200 other folks than to do that with a couple friends or by myself.

// Probably see 5 movies a year in theaters.
 
2013-03-24 02:14:07 PM  

Fabric_Man: It's not just the shiatty films.
It's not just the exorbitant prices for sugar water.
It's not just these damn kids and their texting.
It's the  commercials!

From the second I set foot in the theater, it's like I'm bombarded on all sides by hucksters trying to take my money. Trucks I don't want. TV shows I won't watch. Music videos that make me envy Helen Keller. And they don't even segment the commercials based on the film.  The Artist gets the exact same treatment as  shiat Got Blowed Up III. It's like they're saying, "We don't care what your tastes are. We think you want to buy this Bod aftershave (or whatever that tear gas is) because we told you to. Moar cocaine!"

For me, even the most innocuous commercial is like being accosted on the street by a hobo begging for change. I get absolutely nothing out of the transaction, they view my refusal as an invitation to be more aggressive, and whenever I complain, the only response is, "What can you do?"


Yep.  I treat all commercials as a physical assault, at a bare minimum I mute them instantly if I don't change channels.  In theaters, I'll get a seat and put my worthless coat on it, then wait outside until the previews are over before going back in.
 
2013-03-24 02:22:26 PM  

Happy Hours: No, the other third are sick of paying too much money to see shiatty movies in the theater.

We also have large screen TVs and decent audio systems in our homes and don't feel like we need to see a movie as soon as it is released.

From the stats in that article ($10.8 billion in revenue from Canadians and Americans) a back of the envelope calculation says we spent on average over $30 at movie theaters and I'm pretty sure that doesn't include popcorn, soda or candy. Given that a third of us didn't go to the theater at all, some of you are spending a lot more than that.




Also, nobody walking looking for a seat mid-movie, no cell phones, no screaming babies, no one talking over the movie, being able to sit in my own recliner, no sticky floors, being able to pause the movie and being able to eat/drink what I want to.

Wait, why do theatres exist again?
 
2013-03-24 02:26:18 PM  
Two thirds of Americans went to the movies last year. The other third are still trying to save up enough for a ticket and popcornsaid "F*CK that!" and downloaded the film from Pirate Bay for free.

FTFY
 
2013-03-24 02:30:14 PM  
When you buy a ticket at an AMC theater, Mao smiles.

media-2.web.britannica.com
 
2013-03-24 02:32:48 PM  
Eh. I like movies. Some times the big screen is worth it.

Also, You don't have to buy gigantic popcorns/sodas and overpriced candy.

Last movie I saw in theaters was The Hobbit. In 2D because 3d hurts my eyes.
 
2013-03-24 02:35:25 PM  
The rest of us streamed them on zmovies.tv
 
2013-03-24 02:38:42 PM  
Tank of gas or a movie?

One gets me to work.
 
2013-03-24 02:42:16 PM  
Happy Hours: No, the other third are sick of paying too much money to see shiatty movies in the theater.

1) Pay $10 to go to a theatre and either fight for seats, or get there early and sit through 30 minutes of crappy commercials and then watching a movie with a ton of weirdos without being able to take a bathroom or snack break (without missing part of the movie).

+ bigass screen
- other theatergoers
- can't take breaks
- highway robbery snacks
- smallass seats

VS

2) Paying $18 / month to get two DVDs at a time from netflix, watching movies a couple of months after they were in the theaters. But being able to lay out on the couch with whatever snacks I want. Pausing the movie for breaks, and even watching a long movie over a period of two or more days if I like.

- smallass screen (only 51", boo hoo)
+ no other theatergoers
+ can take as many breaks as I want
+ I can have any damn snacks I want
+ I can lay out on the couch

// or, you can go to the fancy theater that serves food, but that's $20 for a ticket.
 
2013-03-24 02:57:43 PM  
This is what I have.  It pays for itself after only two movies
http://www.marcustheatres.com/passport

Before anyone starts saying "waste of money", I don't pay for it.  It's covered as a perk for my job (I'm a service manager at a computer shop)  so free movies...can't complain.
 
2013-03-24 02:59:38 PM  
They still letting everybody use smartphones during the movie?
Please send out a PSA if that has stopped and I'll go back.
 
2013-03-24 03:08:52 PM  
I wonder where they got those numbers, TFA didn't say.  How the numbers are obtained makes a difference.  Did they take all of the tickets sold and compare that number to the population? Was a survey conducted? Was the survey conducted using phones numbers from a database that they gathered from "special offers"? Was the increase in sales from increased ticket prices?

Bah terrible article with no information is terrible article with no information.

Aside, I went to two movies last year, the Avengers was so worth it seeing it with other like minded folks added to the experience. Dark night rises was terrible I should have just waited to see it at home so I could have fallen asleep on my couch watching it, rather than in the theater.

/saw two movies was I counted twice?
 
2013-03-24 03:08:55 PM  
You can probably go an hour and a half without shoving butter into your gaping maw if the price is too high, fatty.
 
2013-03-24 03:09:14 PM  

Squidbait: They still letting everybody use smartphones during the movie?
Please send out a PSA if that has stopped and I'll go back.


If you're waiting for everyone that attends a movie to obey all the rules the theater puts on the screen, you'll never see another film in the theater.  A percentage of the people have been ignoring those requests since theaters got started.  Hasn't changed in a hundred years; not gonna change any time soon.

/when I was a kid it was teenager girls gabbing with each other.  Now it's the same thing, just with smartphones.
 
2013-03-24 03:35:04 PM  
WE ARE THE 33%
 
2013-03-24 04:11:03 PM  

Happy Hours: No, the other third are sick of paying too much money to see shiatty movies in the theater.

We also have large screen TVs and decent audio systems in our homes and don't feel like we need to see a movie as soon as it is released.


This.  No lines, no obnoxious patrons, inexpensive drinks and popcorn, teeth-rattling bass, comfortable leather seats and the ability to pause the movie all make going to the movies a rarity for us now.

/133" screen FTW
 
2013-03-24 04:15:47 PM  
I imagine my movie going days are gone, Ive grown to feel ripped off by the mass of commercials and added 30 minutes of previews and junk that IMO I should be paying that 10-20 bucks to NOT SEE. Like most others have said, either drop 10-20 dollars going to a theater, or spending the same and seeing some live music.  Live music just seems more satisfying for my dollars.
 
2013-03-24 04:53:47 PM  

lordargent: Happy Hours: No, the other third are sick of paying too much money to see shiatty movies in the theater.

1) Pay $10 to go to a theatre and either fight for seats, or get there early and sit through 30 minutes of crappy commercials and then watching a movie with a ton of weirdos without being able to take a bathroom or snack break (without missing part of the movie).

+ bigass screen
- other theatergoers
- can't take breaks
- highway robbery snacks
- smallass seats

VS

2) Paying $18 / month to get two DVDs at a time from netflix, watching movies a couple of months after they were in the theaters. But being able to lay out on the couch with whatever snacks I want. Pausing the movie for breaks, and even watching a long movie over a period of two or more days if I like.

- smallass screen (only 51", boo hoo)
+ no other theatergoers
+ can take as many breaks as I want
+ I can have any damn snacks I want
+ I can lay out on the couch

// or, you can go to the fancy theater that serves food, but that's $20 for a ticket.


Bunch of old Farkers in this thread.
 
2013-03-24 07:06:02 PM  
Yeap, I wnet to my annual "post Christmas presents trip to the movie theater" last year to see The Hobbit with my mom and step-dad.  They still owe me for Benjamin Button back in 2010 or so.
 
2013-03-24 08:06:28 PM  

dukeblue219: You know what, I have a nice TV and decent speakers to watch movies at home, but it's still more fun to watch them in a theater. I can understand why you wouldn't want to take a family of five to the theater instead of renting a DVD, but I think it still works pretty well for an easy entertainment option for a couple people.


Solution: budget theater (showing second-run movies). There's one down the highway from me that charges $1.50 for matinees....
 
2013-03-24 09:00:31 PM  

mcreadyblue: Bunch of old Farkers in this thread.


Bunch of jealous haters, more like it. I've got 55" 8000-series Samsung LED-edge-lit 3D HDTV (with a nice set of glasses), surround sound, PlayStation 3 for Blu-Rays and Vudu, and a quad-Tuner TiVo with a HBO/Cinemax/Showtime/Starz, so it takes a big, highly anticipated movie like The Hobbit, Iron Man 3, or Django Unchained to get me out of the house. I'm sorry your setup sucks so bad that you feel the need to drop $10 to go see Jack and The Giant Slayer.
 
2013-03-24 09:46:48 PM  

Mad_Radhu: mcreadyblue: Bunch of old Farkers in this thread.

Bunch of jealous haters, more like it. I've got 55" 8000-series Samsung LED-edge-lit 3D HDTV (with a nice set of glasses), surround sound, PlayStation 3 for Blu-Rays and Vudu, and a quad-Tuner TiVo with a HBO/Cinemax/Showtime/Starz, so it takes a big, highly anticipated movie like The Hobbit, Iron Man 3, or Django Unchained to get me out of the house. I'm sorry your setup sucks so bad that you feel the need to drop $10 to go see Jack and The Giant Slayer.


More like I've got a girlfriend that enjoys doing something other than sitting at home watching tv.
 
2013-03-24 09:49:14 PM  

mcreadyblue: More like I've got a girlfriend that enjoys doing something other than sitting at home watching tv.


And yet here you are, trolling Fark threads on a Sunday night.
 
2013-03-24 10:07:26 PM  

Mad_Radhu: mcreadyblue: More like I've got a girlfriend that enjoys doing something other than sitting at home watching tv.

And yet here you are, trolling Fark threads on a Sunday night.


She must be in the Niagra Falls area.
 
2013-03-24 10:42:30 PM  

mcreadyblue: More like I've got a girlfriend that enjoys doing something other than sitting at home watching tv.


And how is sitting in the movie theater any different?  The content is the same,  the presentation quality is only a bit better for most with decent home entertainment systems, the seating worse, a bunch of sometime annoying strangers and hugely overpriced snacks and drink, and there's no pause button.  I'll take the house.
 
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