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2017-12-28 07:29:59 PM  
I'll read this article later when it comes out on Netflix.
 
2017-12-28 08:34:30 PM  
Twenty bucks for a SINGLE ticket?

Weed and Netflix is cheaper than a night out in LA.
 
2017-12-28 09:24:07 PM  
Do they still make the Pacer?
 
2017-12-28 09:36:38 PM  
Well, bye.
 
2017-12-28 09:42:44 PM  
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2017-12-28 09:57:25 PM  
That's fairly standard in theatres and concert venues, isn't it?

Can see them having problems with people adjusting, but if there are smaller audiences (Netflix, etc) then should be easier to implement.
 
2017-12-28 09:58:53 PM  
Nobody wants to pay more for a good seat but I bet plenty of people would pay less for a crappy seat
 
2017-12-28 10:02:34 PM  
How much are they going to charge for the best spot right in the middle where they've removed all the chairs so wheelchairs can park there, even though they never do?
 
2017-12-28 10:03:04 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Do they still make the Pacer?


And also Gremlins.
 
2017-12-28 10:04:40 PM  
It won't stop me coming to see the  1 or 2 blockbusters a year I watch that benefit from a huge screen and great sound system... but it will definitely discourage me from seeing the "smaller" movies in the theater, I'll just wait and see them via streaming or DVD.  Fark you, AMC.
 
2017-12-28 10:04:48 PM  
What's the charge to get a seat away from people who don't understand I don't want to hear their comments nor have enough self control to sit and watch a movie without texting on their phone every twenty seconds? I'll pay for that seat.
 
2017-12-28 10:06:27 PM  

Reasonable Human: That's fairly standard in theatres and concert venues, isn't it?


I would think it's pretty rare for venues as small as most modern movie theaters like the pic in TFA, which in the performing world would be considered black boxes.  Also the performing world does lots of standing room only venues for small capacities.  Once you get to enough capacity for there to be a significant difference based on seat, different prices by section are very common but usually not micromanaged to a particular seat or row.

This is an inevitable development given the decision of many to have assigned seats.
 
OOF
2017-12-28 10:07:16 PM  
 
2017-12-28 10:14:47 PM  
Harkins is way better, anyway.
 
2017-12-28 10:15:45 PM  
I can see them doing this with blockbusters but it might deter people wanting to see smaller movies.

If I'm on the fence about seeming a movie that looks interesting yet is receiving mixed reviews and I have to pay a premium for decent seats, I'll just wait for Netflix.

It will look odd to see a theater 1/3 full yet the middle seats are empty.
 
2017-12-28 10:18:27 PM  

Reasonable Human: That's fairly standard in theatres and concert venues, isn't it?

Can see them having problems with people adjusting, but if there are smaller audiences (Netflix, etc) then should be easier to implement.


Yeah, this is a pretty standard practice in most public exhibition venues, I can't say I have a problem with this.
 
2017-12-28 10:22:38 PM  

Reasonable Human: That's fairly standard in theatres and concert venues, isn't it?

Can see them having problems with people adjusting, but if there are smaller audiences (Netflix, etc) then should be easier to implement.


A venue as small as a standard movie theater would have the same prices for all seats. It's small enough that it's almost like watching a band at a bar or a small club. They 'might' have a more expensive seat in the first row or two, but everything I've been to at a venue that small has been general admission.
 
2017-12-28 10:26:24 PM  

Sailing Starflower: How much are they going to charge for the best spot right in the middle where they've removed all the chairs so wheelchairs can park there, even though they never do?


buy a used wheelchair and park there.
 
2017-12-28 10:28:23 PM  
Sure, I don't care. I love going to the movies.
 
2017-12-28 10:28:52 PM  
Why screw around with half measures, just adopt the airline pricing model in full. It's proved very popular with the public.  Oversell the theater? Sure thing. They could even bump people from the good seats in favor of people who paid more. Its a sure win.
 
2017-12-28 10:30:06 PM  

dewihafta: Harkins is way better, anyway.


Harkins is the best non-specialty theatre chain around (excluding places like Alamo). I love having one just a mile away, have the giant screen about 10 miles away and then the special theatre in Scottsdale that plays all of the indy movies only about 20 miles away.
 
2017-12-28 10:32:22 PM  
Meh.  AMC doesn't really show classic American movies anymore.  I'll stick with TCM for now.
 
2017-12-28 10:34:18 PM  
Good thing there's like 1 AMC in the entire metropolitan area... Fark 'em, we have other options that have a far better movie experience.

And $20 a seat? We can pay the upgrade for luxury recliners AND watch the movie at a non-matinee time and still pay less than that.
 
2017-12-28 10:37:34 PM  
FTFA: My first thought was that maybe the theater wants to offer discount prices for seats in the front row in order to attract people who might have otherwise brushed off the idea of going to the movies at all because the prices were too steep.

I laughed for a solid minute.  Funny stuff.
 
2017-12-28 10:38:19 PM  

jetzzfan: dewihafta: Harkins is way better, anyway.

Harkins is the best non-specialty theatre chain around (excluding places like Alamo). I love having one just a mile away, have the giant screen about 10 miles away and then the special theatre in Scottsdale that plays all of the indy movies only about 20 miles away.


Up here in Utah we have Megaplex theaters, all the stuff Dan Harkins originally talked about back in '00 or so, but never got around to implementing, at least until the last movie I saw in AZ back in' 08 or so. They're still good theaters, but we have one location that not only has more like a food court, with burger place, a deli, and a small Mexican stand, but has 3 or 4 restaurants on site that you can bring your food in from. It's awesome, and all the theaters have reserved seating, which makes it nice so you don't have to get to the movie half an hour early just to stake a claim.

If I was back in AZ though, I'd definitely choose Harkins.
 
2017-12-28 10:40:03 PM  

Polish Hussar: Reasonable Human: That's fairly standard in theatres and concert venues, isn't it?

Can see them having problems with people adjusting, but if there are smaller audiences (Netflix, etc) then should be easier to implement.

Yeah, this is a pretty standard practice in most public exhibition venues, I can't say I have a problem with this.


Not in a venue as small as a movie theater. Maybe 500 people in a large auditorium. You seat 500 people for a concert and start trying to charge VIP rates, the promoters are gonna laugh you right out the door.
 
2017-12-28 10:43:28 PM  
FTFA: Seeing a movie in a theater can be magical or godawful, depending on a host of factors. (Seriously, is it STILL too much to ask for them to institute some consequences for cell phone usage?)

God, I'm spoiled by Flix. Not only does it feel weird to try watching a movie without a burger and a beer, but I can't remember the last time I saw a cell phone out during a movie.
 
2017-12-28 10:43:40 PM  
fark AMC in the ass.

I never go to the go to the one here for other reasons, and if Marcus tries this crap I 'Lloyd's never go on opening weekend.

$5 Tuesdays are just fine.
 
2017-12-28 10:44:35 PM  
AMC?  Who gives a fark.  I'm lucky enough to have an Alamo Drafthouse right down the road.  I get beer, I get a noise and distraction free movie, and I get a some cool features and specialty shows.
 
2017-12-28 10:46:43 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Twenty bucks for a SINGLE ticket?

Weed and Netflix is cheaper than a night out in LA.


I'd pay twenty bucks for a no talking and no texting zone in the theater.
 
2017-12-28 10:47:16 PM  

icebergcomics: What's the charge to get a seat away from people who don't understand I don't want to hear their comments nor have enough self control to sit and watch a movie without texting on their phone every twenty seconds? I'll pay for that seat.


This one.  This one gets it.
 
2017-12-28 10:47:54 PM  
Won't lie, I might pay extra for seats like this.
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Wow, my local theaters suck in comparison.
 
2017-12-28 10:47:57 PM  
Family dragged me to see Star Wars at a Mall Theater a few days ago. It was packed. The kid next to me wriggled and smacked her porg doll around a lot. Then she ate something REALLY stanky. The woman in front of me kept turning her phone off and on, and the teens behind me would not stop yapping at normal volume. Luckily, I had seen it a few days prior at an Alamo, where I saw a father and son (Well, the son, but the father followed) get evicted for playing with a phone during the first ten minutes of the film. All the while I had a craft beer in hand. I drive 40 minutes to the Alamo, and I refuse to go anywhere else. Made the one exception for family holiday. Never again.
 
2017-12-28 10:48:38 PM  
Those of us for whom $10 doesn't wipe out our life savings are ok with this.

That's MY seat, riff-raff!
 
2017-12-28 10:49:48 PM  

skyotter: Won't lie, I might pay extra for seats like this.
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Wow, my local theaters suck in comparison.


The AMC's here in north Texas are amazing and I am surprised it took them this long to do this.
 
2017-12-28 10:51:22 PM  
I have an AMC 24 near me, I stopped going to them.

Got the Regal app and go to them exclusively now.  Cheap tickets on Tuesdays (Under $8 for new releases), plus $4.65 for the large tub of popcorn (with a free refill)..(50% off).  Good enough for me.
 
2017-12-28 10:52:26 PM  

jaggspb: Sailing Starflower: How much are they going to charge for the best spot right in the middle where they've removed all the chairs so wheelchairs can park there, even though they never do?

buy a used wheelchair and park there.


CSB: I went to a big rock music festival about ten days after a major surgery, so I got a doctor's note and had full ADA access for myself and my SO. Camping near the stage, raised ADA-only viewing platform (with its own semi-private porta-pottie) etc. Was awesome. Highly recommended.
 
2017-12-28 10:58:56 PM  

skyotter: Won't lie, I might pay extra for seats like this.
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Wow, my local theaters suck in comparison.


The recliners weren't in a stadium layout, but I only paid $5.50 to see "The Last Jedi" in seats like those.  Got to love matinees.
 
2017-12-28 10:59:27 PM  
I don't mind paying more for a movie, but I expect the theaters to step up.

When we went to see Star Wars at a sold out show, there were onesie seats all over and families were forced to sit apart.  A decent theater would have had someone arranging people, asking them to move down one, etc to fit the people in.

It sucked that little 4 year olds had to sit apart form parents.

They also need people to enforce no talking no texting, etc.

Alamo Drafthouse is a good example.
 
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2017-12-28 11:02:04 PM  
Seems reasonable to me. But as someone who recently booked a ticket on the AMC website for an AMC theater, they can take their god damn "convenience fee" and shove it up their rear. That alone will prevent me from repeating the experience.
 
2017-12-28 11:03:07 PM  
I think many of us are just never going back. I do like Slow To Return's point about the riff-raff. I used to love going to 3D showings of every movie that had it as an option. For all but the very biggest releases every year, very few people were willing to pay a few bucks extra per ticket. But Other People is only one of the awful things about movie theaters. Some of you like the ones that have gone all in on parts with beer and full restaurant service - the noise and smells are absolutely worse to me.

I'm not in any rush to see the latest during its opening weeks - I fall farther behind all of it every week. And the viewing equipment scale and quality just don't make that much difference to me. It's far easier for me to get totally absorbed at home than if I'm packed in with a crowd and had to deal with all the prerequisite steps to make that an option. We have small groups of friends over once in a while too - people are a lot more tolerable in small numbers and when you know you can tell them to STFU without it being misinterpreted. I can't imagine any way for the local theater to draw me back as long as the options we have at home now remain.
 
2017-12-28 11:03:37 PM  

Mikey1969: jetzzfan: dewihafta: Harkins is way better, anyway.

Harkins is the best non-specialty theatre chain around (excluding places like Alamo). I love having one just a mile away, have the giant screen about 10 miles away and then the special theatre in Scottsdale that plays all of the indy movies only about 20 miles away.

Up here in Utah we have Megaplex theaters, all the stuff Dan Harkins originally talked about back in '00 or so, but never got around to implementing, at least until the last movie I saw in AZ back in' 08 or so. They're still good theaters, but we have one location that not only has more like a food court, with burger place, a deli, and a small Mexican stand, but has 3 or 4 restaurants on site that you can bring your food in from. It's awesome, and all the theaters have reserved seating, which makes it nice so you don't have to get to the movie half an hour early just to stake a claim.

If I was back in AZ though, I'd definitely choose Harkins.


Dan Harkins is a hypocrite. Years ago, he sued the movie studios because he thought he was being shut out of running several features. Now, he has a virtual monopoly on art-house film in the Phoenix area. I haven't bothered to patronize one of his theaters in 20 years.
 
2017-12-28 11:04:26 PM  
Got a new Imax inserted into my local AMC.  The seats are nice, but the legroom is limited. I actually am more comfortable in the first row of the middle section, letting my feet go thru or on the railing that defines the the handicapped wheelchair area just one row ahead. Don;t show this to AMC, those Chinese bastards will charge extra for that leg room.  They just bought out the "Carmike" reserved-seating theatre chain here and I expect that to go down the shiatter any day now. Wish there was a competing chain in my market.
 
2017-12-28 11:09:14 PM  

skyotter: Won't lie, I might pay extra for seats like this.
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Wow, my local theaters suck in comparison.


Theater here just switched to this and it rules. But come on, clear out that front row. Who wants to sit that close to a giant goddamn screen
 
2017-12-28 11:14:50 PM  

paulleah: I don't mind paying more for a movie, but I expect the theaters to step up.

When we went to see Star Wars at a sold out show, there were onesie seats all over and families were forced to sit apart.  A decent theater would have had someone arranging people, asking them to move down one, etc to fit the people in.

It sucked that little 4 year olds had to sit apart form parents.


The easy way to do this is reserved seats.  Stipulate that you can't leave a single seat on both sides.  Sometimes one side is unavoidable because of odd numbers, but you can enforce it so that at ticket purchase/reservation time you can't do it unless it can't be avoided.

The other thing (and I don't mean to sound harsh) is that if you want to make sure you sit together, get your ass to the theater early.   I know sometimes it doesn't work out (but once again: reserved seating solves this problem).

I'll never forget the time several years back before reserve seating was the norm.  We got to the theater early, get seated and the movie is about to start (several previews in) and these folks march up asking us and several other folks to move (i.e shift the entire row down one) Everyone had already "decamped", and taken coats off, etc.  The movie is about to start. Some guy down the row said something like "sucks to be you, get here before the previews next time". They stormed off in a huff.
 
2017-12-28 11:21:56 PM  
I went to our local AMC theatre to see The Last Jedi the other day.  I haven't been there in a while, as I've taken to going to a competing "value" theatre, that has huge rows with fully reclining chairs and much cheaper concessions.  As I wedged myself into AMC's cramped, dirty, chair (that I paid $5 more for), I couldn't help but notice watching a movie at AMC was now like paying full freight for a "economy class" seat on an aging Delta 737.  I will never go back.  So they can charge whatever they want, I'd rather watch a movie in my basement then pay $100 to take my family to that old dump again.  Congrats, AMC !
 
2017-12-28 11:27:51 PM  

icebergcomics: What's the charge to get a seat away from people who don't understand I don't want to hear their comments nor have enough self control to sit and watch a movie without texting on their phone every twenty seconds? I'll pay for that seat.


Here that's the Alamo Drafthouse... and tickets are only 10-11 dollars. AMC can EABOD.
 
2017-12-28 11:34:01 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: icebergcomics: What's the charge to get a seat away from people who don't understand I don't want to hear their comments nor have enough self control to sit and watch a movie without texting on their phone every twenty seconds? I'll pay for that seat.

Here that's the Alamo Drafthouse... and tickets are only 10-11 dollars. AMC can EABOD.


I'm pretty furious that the sole Alamo Drafthouse in Michigan was forced out of business by their greedy landlord earlier in the year.
 
2017-12-28 11:46:58 PM  

skyotter: Won't lie, I might pay extra for seats like this.
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Wow, my local theaters suck in comparison.


$5 bucks on Tuesdays too.
 
2017-12-28 11:48:19 PM  

Emposter: skyotter: Won't lie, I might pay extra for seats like this.
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Wow, my local theaters suck in comparison.

$5 bucks on Tuesdays too.


Oh, and yes, those are recliners.  Power recliners.

And yet you still have to share an armrest...
 
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