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(Deadline)   The day after Spielberg and Lucas announce the future of cinema will mean $50 tickets, Paramount says the future is now with $50 mega tickets for WWZ   (deadline.com ) divider line
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2013-06-14 11:29:35 AM  
Mild threadjack:

If you live in Houston you should probably check out the Sundance theater downtown.  Matinee ticket prices are 7 or 8 dollars (can't remember which, but the point is it's right in line with other theaters if not slightly cheaper), you can reserve your seats online (it costs like a dollar extra but it's totally worth it to not have to go stake out a seat 45 minutes before a movie starts), every seat has two armrests, it has a bar that serves good beer/cocktails which you can bring to your seat, and the food is pretty good (for a theater).   I generally hate going to movie theaters for all the various reasons mentioned in this thread, but every movie I catch there ends up being a great experience.  I've actually started going to the movies again because of this place.

That being said, $50 for a movie ticket is totally insane.  I'm going to go see WWZ (I love the book and have already dealt with the fact that the movie is going to have nothing in common with it), but there's no way any movie is worth paying that much to see TWO DAYS EARLY. Weirdly, the initial reviews for WWZ seem to agree that it's not quite the disaster that we all expected.
 
2013-06-14 11:31:10 AM  

doczoidberg: Wow. You are one cheap bastard.

A cunning cheap bastard.

I salute you.


The trick is to do on a cool day, so you can wear a jacket in along with two thin t-shirts so you can change up your clothes from time to time.
 
2013-06-14 11:32:56 AM  

CapeFearCadaver: Ya know, I haven't been to a movie theatre in..... 6 years. That's not going to change any time soon.


Last movie I seen in a theatre was Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull....

/even though this movie does NOT exist!!
 
2013-06-14 11:36:11 AM  

Eagles409: How is this a $75 value or even a $50 value?

$10 for a ticket to the movie
$15 for a download of the movie in 6 months
$5 for a movie poster
$5 for a small popcorn
so those crappy plastic 3D glasses are worth $40? or even $15?

I don't think so.  I can wait the 6 months to see it for a $1... or not at all.


3-D movies around here(Boston) are $15. If it's in IMAX 3-D it's $16 or 17

As for the movie poster, if it's a full sized poster, it's probably $15-20, and if it's actually a 'limited edition'(unique art)(maybe 1000 or less printed) you would likely be able to ebay it for more than that. Some of the mini posters they give out at Imax premieres have sold for pretty good prices and they are much smaller in size and printed in much larger numbers.  And I would guess you could get $5-10 on ebay for the glasses as well.

As for the movie, it's at 80% on RT currently, with positives from both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, both of whom have pretty good movie critics. It is funny to read people screaming about the 'canon' of the book being violated ha ha, like it was some Nobel prize winning material. I enjoyed the book, but there is no possible way that it could be made into a 2 hour movie as it was.

It is kind of funny that they don't even include a soda, ha, since like the popcorn, it costs them practically nothing.

I wouldn't do the $50 deal myself, but I'm sure they will get enough people to make it worthwhile, and you'll probably see more of this stuff in the future(I don't even want to think what they will do for the next Star Wars film)
 
2013-06-14 11:36:17 AM  

Decillion: Going to a movie is the most basic date night. Date night is not going away. People used to scoff at $15 tickets. You will go to $50 movies and you will like it.


Holy shiat - $15?

/haven't seen a movie in the theater since Shaft and I probably biatched about the price of that ticket - and look, I haven't been back.
 
2013-06-14 11:38:44 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Call me a cheap ass, but I take the large buckets and large drinks out of the trash take them to the bathroom, wash them out and then take them back to concessions for the free refills Then again I've also been known to pay for one show, and then dip in another as well.


You are a cheap ass.  Also, that's disgusting.

/might be time to get tested, dude
 
2013-06-14 11:39:10 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x505]

In the future you will pay between 10 to 13 dollars for a movie ticket


When I was a kid, moves were between $1.50 and $3.50. We went to the movies all the farking time. Every weekend. Sometimes twice a weekend. If it was a good movie, we'd see it again and again.

These days, movies are a treat for my kids. There is no seeing it again and again, except by waiting for the dvd.

$50 a ticket, and movies will be out of reach for the HS crowd, who are the only ones who can stomach some of the trash being passed off as movies these days.
 
2013-06-14 11:40:53 AM  
Hmm $50 for an 'advance' screening or $0 for a screener released several weeks before the 'advance' screening.

/ Hollywood is eating it's own tail...
 
2013-06-14 11:41:04 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Mugato: LOL, a "small" popcorn. Because popcorn is so expensive to make, they couldn't spring for a large.

Call me a cheap ass, but I take the large buckets and large drinks out of the trash take them to the bathroom, wash them out and then take them back to concessions for the free refills Then again I've also been known to pay for one show, and then dip in another as well.

Haven't done that in years, but the kids and wife are out of town this week so I may make tomorrow movie marathon day for me and see how long I can stay before they kick me out.

Few years back it was from around 11 until finally at 7 they figured out my schtick


that's nasty.

I've done the double (or triple) feature on a single ticket. I've paid for the 2D ticket and fished a pair of glasses from the return bin to see the 3D version.

but eating and drinking from containers that have been in the bathroom? is your insurance co-pay less than the cost of a big purse and snacks from the local mega mart?

also, while ticket sales mostly go to the studios, concessions keep the local theater in business. so when all your local theaters close and you don't even have the option of seeing it on the big screen, or more likely there's only one theater left and tickets are $50 because there's no competition, you can look into a mirror and thank yourself.
 
2013-06-14 11:41:38 AM  
js34603:

/"I haven't been to the theater in 6 years"...is that the new "I don't even own a TV"?

No, "I don't use Facebook" is the new "I don't even own a TV".

/Doesn't use Facebook
//Owns a TV
 
2013-06-14 11:42:09 AM  

LeroyBourne: Wow, just think if they made it just like the book.  They might have sold some of these premo tickets.  I know I'd consider it.


Meh.  The book was very average in my view.

I realize it's trendy to slam the flick on the web right now, but people might want to do some checking before jumping on a bandwagon that hasn't even seen the thing.

80% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes is a pretty high score, even if it's still early days.
 
2013-06-14 11:44:44 AM  

SmokinTrees: You are a cheap ass. Also, that's disgusting.

/might be time to get tested, dude


Well not always, most of the time I also get them from the second concession stand that's closed down during matinee times. Just a quick hop over the counter, grab the containers I need and then take them back to get filled mid movie
 
2013-06-14 11:46:04 AM  
I don't like spending 10 bucks to sit in a germ ridden chair surrounded by noisy eaters, loud talkers, and cell phone users.
 
2013-06-14 11:47:05 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Call me a cheap ass, but I take the large buckets and large drinks out of the trash take them to the bathroom, wash them out and then take them back to concessions for the free refills Then again I've also been known to pay for one show, and then dip in another as well.


After paying so much for a ticket, I can't stand having to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the film. Which of course I have to do after drinking that honkin' big soda. So I usually just pee in an empty drink cup or popcorn bucket, then dump it out and throw the container away on my way out. I never miss a minute of the show that way.
 
2013-06-14 11:47:14 AM  

Jument: Netflix and a projector. Priceless.

The hard part is patience but once you get yourself trained it's really quite easy. The wife and I will still go see 1-3 movies a year but usually I come away from them wishing I'd waited for Netflix.


My wife and I have gotten pretty good at deciding which films we'll wait for on Netflix, and which we really want to see "for the theater experience" - which is really just an excuse for date night.

Count me in as another with a projector and a great HT set up.
 
2013-06-14 11:50:21 AM  

namegoeshere: After paying so much for a ticket, I can't stand having to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the film. Which of course I have to do after drinking that honkin' big soda. So I usually just pee in an empty drink cup or popcorn bucket, then dump it out and throw the container away on my way out. I never miss a minute of the show that way.


I watched This Is The End last night, pee ain't so bad apparently
 
2013-06-14 11:54:47 AM  

Mugato: LOL, a "small" popcorn. Because popcorn is so expensive to make, they couldn't spring for a large.


Figure a regular 3D ticket runs you around 15 bucks. You'd sell more $50 tickets if you offer a large popcorn and a large drink, which sells for almost another 15 bucks but cost you next to nothing to produce, and now the customer thinks they're really getting a deal. Hell that's already a $30 value, might as well spring for the other $20 to get the cool glasses and poster and other shiat.

But no, let's look like cheap pricks instead.
 
2013-06-14 11:59:47 AM  
Wow.
I guess the 2013 is going to be known as the year the entertainment industry lost it's collective mind?
 
2013-06-14 12:02:31 PM  
I'm going to spend the fifty bucks just so I can go in and pee in all the empty popcorn buckets in the trash.
 
2013-06-14 12:04:10 PM  
count_chimpula:

As for the movie, it's at 80% on RT currently, with positives from both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, both of whom have pretty good movie critics. It is funny to read people screaming about the 'canon' of the book being violated ha ha, like it was some Nobel prize winning material. I enjoyed the book, but there is no possible way that it could be made into a 2 hour movie as it was.


It could have, but it would have been documentary style and they aren't the type to bring in big summer money.
I could almost see it as a companion piece to this movie. Something direct to Netflix or Amazon.
 
2013-06-14 12:04:30 PM  
Is it just me, but does this seem like little more than a tacit admission that the studio *knows* the movie is awful, and is attempting to bolster what little BO take (purely by numbers alone) they'll get so they can say that it's not so bad after all? Maybe run one of those "#1 movie in the world (based on 1.5 days of BO revenue)" commercials?
 
2013-06-14 12:04:54 PM  
here you can get a cup that gives you $1.50 soda all year, or free seltzer water like i drink.  for christmas, my dad buys me a t-shirt that let's you get a free medium popcorn all year.  movie theatres without popcorn does not compute for me.

/csb
 
2013-06-14 12:06:27 PM  
How many times do I get to kick Brad Pitt in the balls for my $50?
 
2013-06-14 12:08:38 PM  

Petit_Merdeux: CapeFearCadaver: Ya know, I haven't been to a movie theatre in..... 6 years.

DLP projector. 100" screen. 7.1 surround. Cheap food & booze.

And patience.

Don't need to see it NOW!



A DLP and only 100" screen?  Sorry to hear that.  Go with a properly set up quality CRT for a true cinema experience.
 
2013-06-14 12:08:50 PM  
 
2013-06-14 12:09:45 PM  
This is why God invented BitTorrent.
 
2013-06-14 12:09:50 PM  

Decillion: Going to a movie is the most basic date night. Date night is not going away. People used to scoff at $15 tickets. You will go to $50 movies and you will like it.


Please, people courted long before movies existed. If theaters price people out of a cheap date, they'll just find something else to do for fun. And maybe pay attention to each other instead of a terrible movie.

/wait, what am I saying? yeah, we're boned
 
2013-06-14 12:10:00 PM  

Walker: I wouldn't pay $5 to see that movie.


I will. Every movie here is $5.00 on Tuesday.
 
2013-06-14 12:11:00 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Mugato: LOL, a "small" popcorn. Because popcorn is so expensive to make, they couldn't spring for a large.

Call me a cheap ass, but I take the large buckets and large drinks out of the trash take them to the bathroom, wash them out and then take them back to concessions for the free refills Then again I've also been known to pay for one show, and then dip in another as well.

Haven't done that in years, but the kids and wife are out of town this week so I may make tomorrow movie marathon day for me and see how long I can stay before they kick me out.

Few years back it was from around 11 until finally at 7 they figured out my schtick


This post gave me tongue cancer.
 
2013-06-14 12:11:11 PM  

Carth: I'll pay $50 for a movie when they guarantee it won't be ruined by some asshole taking out his cellphone, a teenager who doesn't know how to run the sound/projection and annoying people talking behind me. Oh yea, and I'll only go to one or two movies a year instead of the twenty or so now.


You forgot the lazy a$$ parents of screaming and/or whining toddlers who claim they can't afford a babysitter....
 
2013-06-14 12:14:18 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Call me a cheap ass, but I take the large buckets and large drinks out of the trash take them to the bathroom, wash them out and then take them back to concessions for the free refills Then again I've also been known to pay for one show, and then dip in another as well.


I'm going to assume that you aren't being serious because that is farking disgusting.
 
2013-06-14 12:16:42 PM  
We've got a great local theater. They only show one movie at a time, and generally only for a week, and often a month or so after it's been in theaters...

But the tickets are $6 each, A large popcorn with two drinks is like $6-$8, and it has a goddamn balcony.

It's awesome.
 
2013-06-14 12:16:47 PM  

R Kelly's Doo Doo Butter: Thats cute how a lot of you people are judging this film before even seeing it.


White-knighting Lindelof? You can do better than that.
 
2013-06-14 12:17:42 PM  
I stopped watching movies in the theaters a few years ago, aside from one outing where my coworkers really REALLY wanted to see The Man with the Iron Fist. I really would just rather wait the week or so that it'd take for the movie to reach Netflix, if I even bother watching it at all.
 
2013-06-14 12:18:54 PM  
I only go to the movies so i can jerk off in the used popcorn containers I find in the bathroom....
 
2013-06-14 12:20:37 PM  

LeroyBourne: Wow, just think if they made it just like the book.  They might have sold some of these premo tickets.  I know I'd consider it.


The book was a great concept but really poorly written.
 
2013-06-14 12:21:00 PM  

Virtual Pariah: count_chimpula:

As for the movie, it's at 80% on RT currently, with positives from both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, both of whom have pretty good movie critics. It is funny to read people screaming about the 'canon' of the book being violated ha ha, like it was some Nobel prize winning material. I enjoyed the book, but there is no possible way that it could be made into a 2 hour movie as it was.


It could have, but it would have been documentary style and they aren't the type to bring in big summer money.
I could almost see it as a companion piece to this movie. Something direct to Netflix or Amazon.


Someone will do it eventually as a mini series, and then the complaints will be about how long and bloated it was.

Anyway, here's the site to buy your $50 tickets ha. It is a full sized movie poster, but don't think the art is unique(though it is better than the one with Brad Pitt). And hey, they're comping you the Fandango ticket fee!.

That said, I don't think the glasses are anything great, if they had a big plastic zombie attached to them, they'd be pretty cool, but as it is, they're just regular glasses with the movie logo.

http://www.worldwarzmovie.com/megaticket
http://www.fandango.com/worldwarz3dmegaticket_165509/movieoverview
 
2013-06-14 12:21:25 PM  

Jument: I'm going to assume that you aren't being serious because that is farking disgusting.


Sheesh you people, it gets washed out in the bathroom sink first. Nothing a little hot water and alcohol don't clean up.
 
2013-06-14 12:22:54 PM  

R Kelly's Doo Doo Butter: Thats cute how a lot of you people are judging this film before even seeing it.


I don't have to see it. I've read the book.
 
2013-06-14 12:26:18 PM  

Petit_Merdeux: CapeFearCadaver: Ya know, I haven't been to a movie theatre in..... 6 years.

DLP projector. 100" screen. 7.1 surround. Cheap food & booze.

And patience.

Don't need to see it NOW!


And no assholes sitting behind you talking during the film.  THAT is important!
 
2013-06-14 12:28:07 PM  

NutWrench: Well, let's see what's playing at the local theater:

Man of Steel.     Maybe
Man of Steel 3D:     No
This Is The End:     No
The Internship:     No
The Purge:     No
Now You See Me:     No
Fast & Furious 6:     hell No
After Earth:     Aww, hell no
Epic:      And . . .  no.

Must be "piracy" that's costing the studios all that money.


I wouldn't go see these for free.
I wouldn't even download these.
 
2013-06-14 12:28:19 PM  

kab: mcmnky: is this the thread where people who don't own TVs let us know they also don't go to the movies?

yup.

No, this is the thread where folks who own tv's say that going to a theater is a waste of time and money regardless of their television ownership.

 
2013-06-14 12:29:00 PM  

Girl On Couch: Carth: I'll pay $50 for a movie when they guarantee it won't be ruined by some asshole taking out his cellphone, a teenager who doesn't know how to run the sound/projection and annoying people talking behind me. Oh yea, and I'll only go to one or two movies a year instead of the twenty or so now.

You forgot the lazy a$$ parents of screaming and/or whining toddlers who claim they can't afford a babysitter....


God that is the worst. We had one bring a baby into Iron Man who was SHOCKED their little precious started crying at the loud noises. The father then went out and asked them to turn down the volume and they actually did it.
 
2013-06-14 12:30:09 PM  

namegoeshere: IdBeCrazyIf: Call me a cheap ass, but I take the large buckets and large drinks out of the trash take them to the bathroom, wash them out and then take them back to concessions for the free refills Then again I've also been known to pay for one show, and then dip in another as well.

After paying so much for a ticket, I can't stand having to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the film. Which of course I have to do after drinking that honkin' big soda. So I usually just pee in an empty drink cup or popcorn bucket, then dump it out and throw the container away on my way out. I never miss a minute of the show that way.


I just sit upside-down in my seat and piss and shart like a fountain all over everyone else, and their buckets of snacks and soda. Then make sure to do another massive piss all over everything else on my way out of the theater.
Some people take exception to this, but I just smack them in the mouth then piss and shart all over their dates, and their buckets, especially the buckets.
 
2013-06-14 12:30:16 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x505]

In the future you will pay between 10 to 13 dollars for a movie ticket.



encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
If there's a shot at winning a '53 Pontiac I'll buy a ticket
 
2013-06-14 12:30:25 PM  

Dman33:   Let them trip balls (sure a few may OD) and then write up some original creative work.  Who knows, it might actually end up worth watching!


Lots of original creative movies out there - it's just that you can't give the tickets away. In the meantime, Sparkly Vampires fill theatres.
 
2013-06-14 12:31:14 PM  

raerae1980: CapeFearCadaver: Ya know, I haven't been to a movie theatre in..... 6 years. That's not going to change any time soon.

Last movie I seen in a theatre was Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull....

/even though this movie does NOT exist!!


I think I've figured out why you can't get a job in your preferred field.
 
2013-06-14 12:32:21 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I stopped watching movies in the theaters a few years ago, aside from one outing where my coworkers really REALLY wanted to see The Man with the Iron Fist......


What a coinkidink!  That was the last movie that I went to the theater to see.  I have some regrets in my life and that is one of them.
 
2013-06-14 12:33:55 PM  

Carth: skozlaw: NutWrench: This Is The End: No

You're a bad person on the inside, aren't you? This looks pretty damn funny, despite the cast.

NutWrench: Fast & Furious 6: hell No

Surprisingly, this one is actually getting pretty good reviews. It's not the type of movie I'd pay the outrageous fee to see in theaters, but apparently if you just want some goofy action fun, it hits the nail on the head.

How can you see James Franco in anything and not want to punch him in the face?


He was perfectly cast as a weed dealer...and I did sit through Howl, mostly for the animated sequence.
 
2013-06-14 12:37:06 PM  
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