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(LA Times)   Movie theater owners finally realize that it's asinine to charge $10 or more for tickets when consumers have home theaters and their own cheap snacks   (latimes.com) divider line 184
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2014-03-26 10:06:39 PM  
Movie theaters are basically overpriced convenience stores that happen to also show films.
 
2014-03-26 11:34:53 PM  
Theater owners aren't the problem, the studios are. For most first run movies the percentage of the box office ticket sale can go from 70-100 percent to the studios. (in the first few weeks then it slides down).

Theaters are forced to charge 7 bucks for a box of popcorn.
http://themovieblog.com/2007/economics-of-the-movie-theater-where-th e- money-goes-and-why-it-costs-us-so-much/

They've been predicting the death of movie theaters for decades....with Laserdics,VCRs, DVD's, Home Theater Sound, and not HDTV. (which is pretty damn good).

The thing is that the "date night" and the 18-27 yo's often don't have superlarge screens in their homes now, just really nice computers. And for younger people living at home, but are old enough to drive it's a 'get out of the house' thing.
 
2014-03-26 11:48:10 PM  

optikeye: Theater owners aren't the problem, the studios are. For most first run movies the percentage of the box office ticket sale can go from 70-100 percent to the studios. (in the first few weeks then it slides down).

Theaters are forced to charge 7 bucks for a box of popcorn.
http://themovieblog.com/2007/economics-of-the-movie-theater-where-th e- money-goes-and-why-it-costs-us-so-much/

They've been predicting the death of movie theaters for decades....with Laserdics,VCRs, DVD's, Home Theater Sound, and not HDTV. (which is pretty damn good).

The thing is that the "date night" and the 18-27 yo's often don't have superlarge screens in their homes now, just really nice computers. And for younger people living at home, but are old enough to drive it's a 'get out of the house' thing.


Yeah, pretty much.  The don't get any revenue during the first two weekends.  It's not their fault the studios steal all that money.
 
2014-03-26 11:57:57 PM  

Lsherm: optikeye: Theater owners aren't the problem, the studios are. For most first run movies the percentage of the box office ticket sale can go from 70-100 percent to the studios. (in the first few weeks then it slides down).

Theaters are forced to charge 7 bucks for a box of popcorn.
http://themovieblog.com/2007/economics-of-the-movie-theater-where-th e- money-goes-and-why-it-costs-us-so-much/

They've been predicting the death of movie theaters for decades....with Laserdics,VCRs, DVD's, Home Theater Sound, and not HDTV. (which is pretty damn good).

The thing is that the "date night" and the 18-27 yo's often don't have superlarge screens in their homes now, just really nice computers. And for younger people living at home, but are old enough to drive it's a 'get out of the house' thing.

Yeah, pretty much.  The don't get any revenue during the first two weekends.  It's not their fault the studios steal all that money.


Came to say this. Raising ticket prices doesn't seem like a good way to raise money to pay for theater upgrades.
 
2014-03-27 12:10:24 AM  

optikeye: Theater owners aren't the problem, the studios are. For most first run movies the percentage of the box office ticket sale can go from 70-100 percent to the studios. (in the first few weeks then it slides down).

Theaters are forced to charge 7 bucks for a box of popcorn.
http://themovieblog.com/2007/economics-of-the-movie-theater-where-th e- money-goes-and-why-it-costs-us-so-much/

They've been predicting the death of movie theaters for decades....with Laserdics,VCRs, DVD's, Home Theater Sound, and not HDTV. (which is pretty damn good).

The thing is that the "date night" and the 18-27 yo's often don't have superlarge screens in their homes now, just really nice computers. And for younger people living at home, but are old enough to drive it's a 'get out of the house' thing.


Not quite.

The problem is theater owners got greedy. Pricing used to be very fair.

Then they opened multiplexes. More movies could get shown. Win-win right?

Except the multiplex owners encouraged people to go buy one ticket, then see as many movies as they wanted. Therefore many movies weren't even getting paid for as viewers they had.

theater owners didn't care. After all, they made their money on concessions. A high school talk from the owner of a Regal Cinema said as much. That's Why George Lucas demanded that each ticket be torn in front of the theater showing Star Wars movie.

It's why Studios demand the first two weeks: it's the only way to get their fair take.
 
2014-03-27 12:59:11 AM  
Not all theaters suck. Harkins (an Arizona company, although I think they expanded to Texas?) allows matinee pricing until 6pm, even Saturdays. And they sell a souvenir soda cup for $1 more than the comparable size regular drink, that allows $1.50 refills all year. Finally, if you buy a $25 t-shirt it is good for a $5 medium popcorn voucher, so it pays for itself in 5 movies.

I do not miss AMC one bit, and am amazed there is even one standing in Phoenix.
 
2014-03-27 01:01:02 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: That's Why George Lucas demanded that each ticket be torn in front of the theater showing Star Wars movie.


I never saw that happen with any SW movie.
The "megaplex" was a different animal in the 80's. The screens would be considered laughingly tiny today.
I'm pretty sure any policy of 'buy one ticket stay the day' would be met with the franchise not being able to get any movies show. How exactly did theater owner "encourage" people seeing multiple movies?

At most places the concession stand and even the restroom is outside of the ticket check---so a person going to one movie and then going to the concession stand to get a coke and corn before the second movie would have to show their ticket with show time again for reentry. Otherwise I could just pull a old ticket from last month and go again and again.

I've only seen a few places with the second concession stand..and a restroom behind the 'ticket checker'...and even then 90 percent of the time the second stand is closed except blockbuster openings.
 
2014-03-27 01:01:12 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: optikeye: Theater owners aren't the problem, the studios are. For most first run movies the percentage of the box office ticket sale can go from 70-100 percent to the studios. (in the first few weeks then it slides down).

Theaters are forced to charge 7 bucks for a box of popcorn.
http://themovieblog.com/2007/economics-of-the-movie-theater-where-th e- money-goes-and-why-it-costs-us-so-much/

They've been predicting the death of movie theaters for decades....with Laserdics,VCRs, DVD's, Home Theater Sound, and not HDTV. (which is pretty damn good).

The thing is that the "date night" and the 18-27 yo's often don't have superlarge screens in their homes now, just really nice computers. And for younger people living at home, but are old enough to drive it's a 'get out of the house' thing.

Not quite.

The problem is theater owners got greedy. Pricing used to be very fair.

Then they opened multiplexes. More movies could get shown. Win-win right?

Except the multiplex owners encouraged people to go buy one ticket, then see as many movies as they wanted. Therefore many movies weren't even getting paid for as viewers they had.

theater owners didn't care. After all, they made their money on concessions. A high school talk from the owner of a Regal Cinema said as much. That's Why George Lucas demanded that each ticket be torn in front of the theater showing Star Wars movie.

It's why Studios demand the first two weeks: it's the only way to get their fair take.


This is a story that must be told to Hollywood producers on coke, because it has no basis in fact.
 
2014-03-27 01:56:38 AM  
Really, $8-$10 isn't that bad, especially when you're considering IMAX 3D and 2+ hours of runtime frequently these days.  And the ones that sell real food and beer and stuff usually aren't that much higher priced than an equivalent bar/restaurant.  The traditional theaters where they sell hot dogs for $7 and popcorn for $10 for a monster bucket, however, are charging upwards of $20 for the IMAX 3D and as I said, plain generic hot dogs for $7.  Bad move.
 
2014-03-27 02:30:09 AM  

optikeye: At most places the concession stand and even the restroom is outside of the ticket check---so a person going to one movie and then going to the concession stand to get a coke and corn before the second movie would have to show their ticket with show time again for reentry. Otherwise I could just pull a old ticket from last month and go again and again.

I've only seen a few places with the second concession stand..and a restroom behind the 'ticket checker'...and even then 90 percent of the time the second stand is closed except blockbuster openings.


LOL REALLY???

not sure that there is a single place in chicago where that is still true, and that includes the burbs ...
 
2014-03-27 05:32:30 AM  

optikeye: I've only seen a few places with the second concession stand..and a restroom behind the 'ticket checker'...and even then 90 percent of the time the second stand is closed except blockbuster openings.


Not one of the three theaters I regularly go to, nor any that I can think of, have the ticket guy after the concession stand.
 
2014-03-27 05:53:31 AM  
So if the studios demand a huge amount of ticket sales, why not price them reasonably and then charge the current prices for snacks? I don't mind buying popcorn and a drink at the local discount theater just because the tickets aren't $10.
 
2014-03-27 05:55:34 AM  
This isn't a new idea. The theater where I went to movies back in college offered matinee prices all day and 2 dollar popcorn every Tuesday.  And that was in the late 90s. (saw L.A. Confidential, Boogie Nights, and Good Will Hunting the same day and didn't even break a 20.)

Hell, the theater I frequent now just decided to waive the 3-D surcharge. Along with their policy of not showing commercials before movies (you get 3 trailers and it's showtime), they are packed every weekend.
 
2014-03-27 05:55:37 AM  
I can't imagine why anyone would want to pay $10-15 for a ticket to watch a movie in a sticky room with 200 other people, especially when those people might obstruct your view, kick your seat, chat with their friends or use their phones.  I also don't get why people pay $8 for 10¢  worth of old popcorn and watered-down soda.

At home I can download or stream a movie for free, eat much better food for much lower prices, pause whenever I want and, most importantly, watch the movie in peace and quiet.

As for the social aspect, watching a movie with friends at home is always better than watching it in the theater.  The big screen and surround sound is no longer that exciting, given what most of us have in our living rooms.
 
2014-03-27 06:01:15 AM  
Well, Duh! Haven't gone to a Theater in close to 20 years now. Why? Don't like crowds for one. Just not a People person. Here on the couch I can enjoy whatever I want to watch in Peace!
 
2014-03-27 06:01:15 AM  
Let me know when I can drink alcohol, eat an actual meal, smoke some herb and pause the movie to take a piss whenever I please. Until then the movie theater does not really appeal to me at all.
 
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2014-03-27 06:03:17 AM  
Decent theater near me has $5 tickets, Mon-Thurs, all day. I like it. Personally wouldn't go to normal theaters if it was ~$12 a ticket, yeesh.
Only expensive theater I've gone to recently has tables, serves dinner, and serves alcohol. Excellent experience if you know the movie you are going to see is good. I imagine alcohol sales might jump during a shiatastic movie though.
 
2014-03-27 06:03:17 AM  
I still go to movies, but I've not bought a concession in years. And the movie has to be a strong draw for me to even consider it, else I wait for its eventual Netflix release instead. This year so far we've seen The Lego Movie, and the Peabody movie. Both were good. But I've skipped several others that I might have considered seeing, just because it doesn't feel worth the $8 to do so.

there's maybe 4 more movies coming up this year i plan on seeing in theater. There's maybe a dozen movies I'm actually interested in, but only the four might be worth the cost of admission.
 
2014-03-27 06:03:29 AM  
The theater in the Issaquah Highlands has the ticket checker after the concessions stand which is in the lobby.
 
2014-03-27 06:08:12 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: The theater in the Issaquah Highlands has the ticket checker after the concessions stand which is in the lobby.


Issaquah Highlands?  Sounds like a black Scotland.
 
2014-03-27 06:08:54 AM  

ekdikeo4: Really, $8-$10 isn't that bad, especially when you're considering IMAX 3D and 2+ hours of runtime frequently these days.  And the ones that sell real food and beer and stuff usually aren't that much higher priced than an equivalent bar/restaurant.  The traditional theaters where they sell hot dogs for $7 and popcorn for $10 for a monster bucket, however, are charging upwards of $20 for the IMAX 3D and as I said, plain generic hot dogs for $7.  Bad move.


About that whole 2+ hours thing...

It isn't as coomon as we would like. Sure, biggest films like Batman movies and expansive dramas might be just at two hours, but lately I keep seeing films running from 80 minutes to 110 minutes, which seems to be sort of a sweet spot for actionf films. And I don't like paying ten bucks for what amounts to an extended television episode.
 
2014-03-27 06:09:09 AM  

timujin: optikeye: I've only seen a few places with the second concession stand..and a restroom behind the 'ticket checker'...and even then 90 percent of the time the second stand is closed except blockbuster openings.

Not one of the three theaters I regularly go to, nor any that I can think of, have the ticket guy after the concession stand.


FWIW, the two theaters we go to regularly have someone tear your ticket a few feet behind the ticket booth....and then check it when you pass the concession stand.

/if you pay for Movie A, they sure as hell aren't letting you see Movie B
 
2014-03-27 06:11:24 AM  

Pattuq: AverageAmericanGuy: The theater in the Issaquah Highlands has the ticket checker after the concessions stand which is in the lobby.

Issaquah Highlands?  Sounds like a black Scotland.


It's near Seattle. Not Ireland.
 
2014-03-27 06:13:06 AM  
First world problems...
 
2014-03-27 06:15:38 AM  

Pattuq: Issaquah Highlands? Sounds like a black Scotland


A Washington state resident will tell you the idea of the city of Issaquah being a black anything is highly amusing.
 
2014-03-27 06:16:55 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Pattuq: AverageAmericanGuy: The theater in the Issaquah Highlands has the ticket checker after the concessions stand which is in the lobby.

Issaquah Highlands?  Sounds like a black Scotland.

It's near Seattle. Not Ireland.


Seattle in Mexico, right?
 
2014-03-27 06:18:04 AM  

Pattuq: I can't imagine why anyone would want to pay $10-15 for a ticket to watch a movie in a sticky room with 200 other people, especially when those people might obstruct your view, kick your seat, chat with their friends or use their phones.  I also don't get why people pay $8 for 10¢  worth of old popcorn and watered-down soda.

At home I can download or stream a movie for free, eat much better food for much lower prices, pause whenever I want and, most importantly, watch the movie in peace and quiet.

As for the social aspect, watching a movie with friends at home is always better than watching it in the theater.  The big screen and surround sound is no longer that exciting, given what most of us have in our living rooms.


Clearly the draw is new releases. Go and stream a bluray version of Divergent or any other new movie in the last month...oh wait...all you might find are hidden camera copies. But, to your point, as long as you are ok being 6 months to a year behind in movies, your plan works out fine. If studios suddenly made bluray available the same time they hit theaters, the movie theaters would be done.

That being said, the title is misleading--the owners are instituting a cheap Tuesday, that's far from admitting prices are crazy.
 
2014-03-27 06:19:17 AM  
Thank f*cking goodness.
I like going to the theater, but I can't justify the $12 ticket.
With the quick DVD cycle these days I just wait for the RedBox to spit it out for a buck.
If they cut it down to a more manageable price I'd see a lot more films on the big screen.
 
2014-03-27 06:20:08 AM  
well going to the movies with my gf and getting a drink and shiat shouldnt set me back $50 and as long as pirate bay is around it wont (very often). no pirate bay then ill do stuff other than movies, fark hollywood. I dont need to be infront of a screen id rather go blow some shiat up
 
2014-03-27 06:20:51 AM  
What adult couple would pass up watching a film with a hundred loud, obnoxious teenagers eating food and talking as though they are watching TV in their own filthy hovels. $40??? OK!!!!
 
2014-03-27 06:26:30 AM  
I just figured that with the way the movie industry is they would try to get a law that makes home theater system illegal. Well that and blame drop of attendance on piracy.
 
2014-03-27 06:36:23 AM  
I haven't seen a movie in a theater in about 12 years, but I can tell you it wasn't the prices that did it.  12+ years ago I had friends that I hung out with outside of school or work who liked to go see movies.  When I did go to movie theaters I never went by myself.  Now I watch movies by myself a few feet from the screen with headphones on (and am quite content to do so).

Going to the movies is a social experience.  Even if you go by yourself you're still surrounded by people.  Discussions of ticket prices and value should use as a comparison other social experiences.  Comparing watching a movie in a theater to doing so at home is like comparing going to a restaurant or cooking at home.  We still have restaurants despite the fact that people can eat at home.
 
2014-03-27 06:36:38 AM  
When Kerasotes owned the theatres in town, it used to be $5 all day or something, and only expensive for evening shows.  Then AMC took over and... yeah no, you're paying full price if it's after like 3pm or on a weekend.  So fark them, I use /r/fullmoviesonvimeo these days.

I wonder if theatres have done the calculus on purchases vs. price.  I would be very happy to buy a soda and popcorn and some candy if they were even close to fast food/convenience store prices ($1.50 for the soda, $2 each for the popcorn and a decent-sized bag of M&Ms or whatever), but because they're so outrageously expensive, I often buy absolutely nothing.  Lower the price, more people buy.  Is the peak of the net profit curve really that high?
 
2014-03-27 06:37:28 AM  
For anyone over 20 there is nothing positive about the theater experience.  Give me a legitimate way to watch a freshly released movie at home.
 
2014-03-27 06:39:55 AM  

stoli n coke: their policy of not showing commercials before movies


I love this policy.  In my neighborhood you'll arrive at the theater on time, only to get hit with 20 minutes of commercials.  It's obnoxious.
 
2014-03-27 06:43:24 AM  
I've seen move movies in the last three years since moving to Houston then I have in the previous 15 years solely because of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
http://drafthouse.com/houston

Plenty of leg room, they serve good food and beer, show older movies, foreign movies, damn awesome setup.
 
2014-03-27 06:44:02 AM  

optikeye: Theater owners aren't the problem, the studios are.


Darth_Lukecash: The problem is theater owners got greedy.


FFS I don't have a bone in this fight; greed killed cinema for me, plain and simple.  Well that and higher quality media.  Basically I used to go to the theatre back when my only other alternative was VHS tapes played on a 13" mono CRT (ironically, you spend more on movies when you're poor).  Now, about the only appeal to the theatre is the experience, which is. . .

shiat.

The speakers are turned up way too high, the acoustics are terrible (can't understand what the actors are saying half the time), the walls aren't even soundproof (WTF why can I hear the movie next screen over), the crowds aren't ushered at all so rudeness reigns, the staff itself is rude and the food is all crap.  OK, so why should I pay a three-star dinner's worth of money for this experience when it's quieter at home, the food's better & cheaper and I can pause the movie if I need to take a piss?

You can't commoditize an experience and charge premium prices.  I can't remember the last time I went into a theatre and. . . Oh no wait, Japan.  Movies are expensive there but at least you get what you pay for.  I still go see movies but nowadays it's to just watch special effects on a huge screen (like Elysium).
 
2014-03-27 06:46:35 AM  
Tuesday nights in atlantic Canada at least.

Guess what the only day I ever go to the movies is?
 
2014-03-27 06:49:22 AM  

baufan2005: I just figured that with the way the movie industry is they would try to get a law that makes home theater system illegal. Well that and blame drop of attendance on piracy.


They already tried both of those in the last few decades MPAA Jack trenton vs vcr in the 80's and tagging along with Metallica and the RIAA against pirates in 00's. Now they're on to blaming something else and next decade they'll move on to another target.

Gig103: Not all theaters suck. Harkins (an Arizona company, although I think they expanded to Texas?) allows matinee pricing until 6pm, even Saturdays. And they sell a souvenir soda cup for $1 more than the comparable size regular drink, that allows $1.50 refills all year. Finally, if you buy a $25 t-shirt it is good for a $5 medium popcorn voucher, so it pays for itself in 5 movies.


This, look like a goofball in their shirts but then again when don't I.

Pattuq: I can't imagine why anyone would want to pay $10-15 for a ticket to watch a movie in a sticky room with 200 other people, especially when those people might obstruct your view, kick your seat, chat with their friends or use their phones.


Sunday night showings solved this for myself, if I go to the theaters I go to the last showing on Sunday night it's me and maybe 5 or 6 other people who don't talk, don't yell, and don't have enough of a social life to be on the phone throughout the whole movie. Even on opening weekend the last sunday showing for blockbusters like The Avengers only had maybe 15 people max and they weren't annoying teens mybooking on their twitfaces. Though I will admit not a perfect plan every other horror movie I've seen this way had a couple bring their baby in with them, but that is usually for horror movies only.
 
2014-03-27 06:49:52 AM  
I don't see more than 3 movies a year in a theater. Usually, the movies need to be epic in scale and story (Hobbit, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, etc...). The visuals cannot be duplicated at home without a lot of money.

Otherwise, 7-11 rentals are fine. If I like the movie enough I will go to Target, Wal-Mart or Amazon.com to buy the movie.
 
2014-03-27 06:51:57 AM  
Theatre prices are absolutely ridiculous. I go on pretty rare occasions when there's a movie I really want to see right when it comes out, which isn't often these days. There's plenty for me to watch at home.

We just finished setting up a projector with a 120 inch screen in our basement. I've got the convenience of my own comfortable furniture, food/beverages of my choosing, and the ability to pause a movie as I see fit. I don't have to worry about overpriced concessions, or a room filled with random assholes hacking up their lungs in the seats all around me. I can also drink myself silly and not worry about the trip home.

I don't think theatres are going the way of the dodo, but I won't be sad to see them struggling. Drive-ins are still pretty cool, though.
 
2014-03-27 07:06:30 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: I've seen move movies in the last three years since moving to Houston then I have in the previous 15 years solely because of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
http://drafthouse.com/houston

Plenty of leg room, they serve good food and beer, show older movies, foreign movies, damn awesome setup.


I was going to bring them up as well. I was in Austin and went to one and it was brilliant. Such a better experience. Even the stuff they play in between the films was way better than the crap advertising stuff they show at most places. They're supposed to be opening on in SF in an old theater on Mission, so that will be cool to have one here.
 
2014-03-27 07:07:57 AM  
www.southernspaces.org
If you don't know what this is, you don't know what an awesome movie experience you're missing.
 
2014-03-27 07:08:45 AM  

Chaide: Theatre prices are absolutely ridiculous.


Your complaint is the prices?  Given the costs and what they have to put up with from studios and the volatile nature of screening a movie (they gotta hedge against the "flops"), not to mention all the dead times of year, theatre ticket prices are probably as close to the floor as they can go.

The problem is that they really, really, really cut the corners to get there in a day and age when home experiences have improved in leaps and bounds.  They should be restructuring to appeal to a more date-friendly social experience and/or diversifying instead of homogenous diarrhea.  They have to pack the rooms, but the only way they can really do that is lean on the studios to make movies people want to watch.  Which is a crapshoot at best, and at worst asking hacks like JJAbrams or Michael Bay to save your business.

Ideally I'd like to split the market.  Want to just see the flick on a big screen for $5?  Cattle car is to the left.  Want us to roll out the red carpet?  That'll be $50 but you get our best ushers, our best facilities and real food.  No, you can't bring your kid -- you can stay with your kid, but you go to the cattle car.  Instead we're all forced to pay $20 to get shuffled to a cattle car by a zit-faced twerp surrounded by crying babies and chatty assholes.  For that offer I'll just wait for RedBox.
 
2014-03-27 07:10:12 AM  
The most expensive ticket I've seen around here is $22.50, which is for evening (meaning anything after 4pm regardless of day of the week) showings of 3D IMAX (though IMAX is misleading since it's a larger than average screen but not nearly the size you get at a museum). The cheapest is around $12 for before 4pm on weekdays, non-3D (which I consider a benefit) normal size screen.

The best deal is the drive-in. $8 for adults, $1 for children, all shows are double features of recent release movies with six screens to choose from. You can bring all the food and drink in you want. We usually show up an hour early and make a tailgate event out of it. Sound is in stereo and broadcast on FM so it's as good as your car's speakers.
 
2014-03-27 07:12:35 AM  
Discounted movie tickets one day a week - In Australia we used to call this "Tight @sre Tuesdays".
 
2014-03-27 07:14:16 AM  

Deadite: baufan2005: I just figured that with the way the movie industry is they would try to get a law that makes home theater system illegal. Well that and blame drop of attendance on piracy.

They already tried both of those in the last few decades MPAA Jack trenton vs vcr in the 80's


It was Jack Valenti. His thoughts on the matter: "The VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman alone".

From here.
 
2014-03-27 07:16:21 AM  

dragonchild: Chaide: Theatre prices are absolutely ridiculous.

Your complaint is the prices?


Well there were plenty of other things I mentioned in my post, but sure, let's just ignore all that.
 
2014-03-27 07:17:17 AM  

Principal Clarinet: Movie theaters are basically overpriced convenience stores that happen to also show films.


Well, that about sums it up..
 
2014-03-27 07:17:19 AM  
Right now, I have "The Artist" on DVD that I borrowed from the library--cost:  $0.00.  Sure, I had to wait a couple of years after it came out in the theaters, but it's not a real big deal for me if I don't see a movie the moment it's released.

Theaters suck.  There's 30 minutes of annoying trailers; it costs $10 a movie and $5 for popcorn; there's inconsiderate people with cell phones or who chat during movies; annoying kids who throw crap; horribly dirty bathrooms used by slobs who weren't potty trained; you can't pause the movie or toke up; and you have to drive out of your way instead of watching at home.

My computer monitor is only a 17" diagonal CRT, but it's viewing angle that counts, not absolute screen size, so I get a decent enough picture.  For movies, there's the library, borrowing from my one brother's extensive DVD collection, getting bit-torrent downloads from the other brother, the Internet Archive, and Vimeo.

I'm amazed that people still waste money on cable TV or going to movies.  Last movie I saw at a theater was 3 years ago at Grauman's Chinese, mostly as an excuse to visit a historical theater.  I paid $14 or $15 to watch "Final Destination V" which was so rotten that it reinforced my decision not to waste money on first-run films.

Heck, I don't even have a working television right now and when I do watch TV in a hotel room during a gig, I'm amazed at how little it's changed.  When I was on network TV a few years ago, I actually had to go to a relative's house to watch my appearances.  I don't even have a high-speed connection, just a dial-up, and I've still downloaded hundreds of hours of movies.  I'm actually afraid that if I did get a fast connection and could stream YouTube, I'd have far more video than I could ever watch.
 
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