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The Motion Picture Industry Complaint - Outrageous cost of movie going

Review by Philo5 on 2007-05-29
Over the recent Memorial Day weekend, I, like many of my fellow Americans, decided to take in one of the several offerings by Hollywood with my thirteen year old son and two young daughters. I will not specify the movie but suffice to say it was one of the innane childrens movies currently being overproduced and over-advertised. Now, considering I took in a matinee and had two children under twelve with me, it still cost me twenty eight dollars.( 7.50 a piece for my son and myself, a whole dollar cheaper for my two under six daughters). Now if thats not bad enough, if you include a large tub of popcorn for four of us to share, each one with a drink,(4.50 for a small, 5.00 for a large) and each with their own box of candy, were talking about 53.00 for food. Thats right, 53.00 for food. Snacks. At a movie. So the cost of my afternoon at the movies with my kids? 81.00. Eighty one freaking dollars. With gas climbing higher every day and no end in sight, and summer upon us with the normal fare of Hollywood summer blockbusters, when is enough enough?. These high priced mannequins with their drug and alcohol and weight management problems do not deserve our hard earned pay. I am tired of being hammered day in and day out with their ceaseless advertising and their claims of importance. Our children have imaginary heroes with as much substance as a Disney movie these days. It's apalling and I, for one, will not encourage it any longer. I'm calling for a boycott of all motion pictures this summer. Spend the time helping your children find real heroes, like you and your family, to believe in. Not this false reality Hollywood has led us to believe is real. None of those people or the things that they do matter in the world except to those around them. Nothing and I mean nothing they do gives them the right to expect the money they do for allowing them to entertain us. They are entertainers. Thats all. Nothing more. Nothing less. So lets show them it's time to get real. Even if reality bites.....
Comments:19 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-05-29
Posted by adzidek on 2007-05-29:
I applaud your call for spending quality time with your kids, away from a TV or movie screen. I'm not so clear on the math, though. $53 seems high. Even if each item purchased was $5, that's 4 drinks, 1 popcorn, and 4 boxes of candy, totaling $45. And there's no way candy is $5 each. Nevertheless, I think $7.50 for a movie is not bad at all. North of the border, we're at $11, and even with the exchange, that's significantly higher.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
Philo5, I to applaud spending quality time with your kids, it does pay off in the long run.
The movie thing is a rip-off as far as I am concerned but that is how they claim to make there money by selling crap for 5 times what its worth. I don't go to movies anymore.
Posted by Skye on 2007-05-29:
Wow, 7.50 for a ticket! That's a bargain. It costs 10 bucks for an adult here. Forget snacks at the movies. I buy a bottle of expensive Dansani water from the concession stand, and have my own snacks in my pocketbook.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
It also doesn't take as long as it used to for movies to come out on DVD, so it's worth the wait to buy it/rent it and have a family movie night at home.
Posted by Sparticus on 2007-05-29:
We are at around $9.50 for a movie ticket here. PLUS they now show ads/commercials before movies. Double-dipping! I can't remember the last time I went to an actual movie theatre... too expensive.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
Were running as high as $12.00, $7.50 if you use coupons of some sort in the L.A. area. It is only going to get worse, ever see movie prices go down? I did some work for the old Edward's chain, the real rip off is at the concession stand. That $6.00 popcorn costs them about $ .50 cents!
Posted by Ponie on 2007-05-29:
Since you have a 13 year old son, may I assume you're around 33 (give or take a year or two)? Just how long did it take you to have this 'ephipany?' Don't misunderstand, I, too, feel prices for entertainment are high. But I've refused to feed their coffers for ages. Unless someone else is buying, I very seldom go out to see a new movie. If it's a movie I really want to see, I wait until it's available for rental and not during the first couple of weeks--that also waits until it's on the lower priced shelves.

It's indulgent parents such as you (even though you've finally said 'no more') who keep these hucksters in business.

I agree with Skye and adzidek. $7.50 for a ticket is low in our area. I also wonder how free you were with the snacks to run up a bill of that size. From all reports I've read, this is where movie theatres make their money--not on the movie itself. Although I may be wrong.

Glad to hear you plan to spend less expensive quality time with your children. Don't know in which area you live, but in mine there are plenty of opportunities for no-cost entertainment.

You may counter with 'my kids are bombarded by commercials to see these movies so we have to go.' Do what Nancy Reagan said: 'Just say no.'
Posted by yoke on 2007-05-29:
We go to the drive-in. It costs $18 for a family of 5 and we can bring our own snacks (it was about $20). The kids love it. We saw Pirates this weekend. I talked to some friends who saw Pirates at the indoor theater and spent close to $100 (for a family of 5).
Posted by Ponie on 2007-05-29:
yoke, lucky you to still have drive-in theatres around. In my large Metropolitan area, the nearest to me is about 40 miles away. Bummer!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
Our last drive-in turned into a swap meet!
Posted by yoke on 2007-05-29:
Our drive in is about 30 miles away, but the kids love going and we can spend family time there also. The theatre we go to has 3 movies going at the same time and if you get in between screens you can watch both if you bring a radio with you. My daughter got bored with Pirates so I brought her into the van and turned on the radio and watched the movie on the other screen (dh and the boys were outside with their radio anyway). It is worth the drive for us, even with the gas prices we are still saving lots of money. What we find funny is that the snacks there are not unreasonable either.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
Netflix!!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
There's all kinds of free things to do every weekend in most cities. This last weekend I took my son (10) to an Arts Festival (free & lots of things for the kido's), we rode our bikes around the historic downtown area (free) and took in some kiddy shows at the public library (also free). Also volunteering with your children for civic type stuff is not only fun but a great bonding experience while also being a real world education.

This whole plastic entertainment industry with its glitz and glamour and shiny twirling orbs just burns the eyes and starves the soul. There are so many things to do in this world that are free, there are so many things to explore in this country and there is just no end to the non-corporate entertainment possibilities. Take a look around – you'll be glad you did.
Posted by heaven17 on 2007-05-29:
The price of movies doesn't bother me so much as this growing obsession we seem to have with celebrities in general. Why was that no-talent Trash Princess Anna Nicole Smith given so much press after she died? Why do we take note of every time Lindsey Lohan so much as burps?
Who gives a ratzazz?

I agree that concessions are outrageous at theaters; it's messed up that a medium soda and a bag of candy can run you almost $10, but that's where they make the majority of their money. They don't net much from ticket sales.
Posted by Sarah May on 2007-05-29:
Fill your pockets before you go! You can fit several cans of pop in a big coat or decent sized purse, plus sandwich bags with pretzels or chips or whatever in them and candy if you really want it, and that would bring your total back down to $28. Which isn't *that* bad, assuming that everyone enjoyed themselves.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
I took my family to the drive-in this weekend,We saw Shrek,and Blades of Glory.The drive in was a little run down,but I dont care.We all had fun,and will go again.

Oh yeah it was $6.50 a person.
Posted by MRM on 2007-05-29:
Go to the movies only on special occasions. On every other day, rent movies.
Posted by imjustasteph on 2007-05-29:
Movies are overpriced. But then I've been inside a theater a total of six times in my entire life. (My mom was convinced theaters were a tool of the devil, and that the soul of a small child watching Little Mermaid on the big screen was a mortal danger. Actually 3 of my 6 times WERE watching Little Mermaid.) I've discovered I wouldn't enjoy it anyway- sitting straight up in chairs in a crowded room? When you could be lounging on the couch or floor in your own livingroom, able to get up and go to the bathroom without missing anything? I just couldn't pay for the 'priveledge' of a theater.....

That said, yeah. Boycott 'em, if the theaters stay empty, the prices will drop.....but what are you going to do about the teenagers who have summer jobs and think that they're rich and that $50+ is nothing to throw away on a weekend? They're not gonna boycott, I can tell ya.....
Posted by DBone on 2007-05-29:
I put cheeseburgers in my pocket

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