July 28, 2007

Movie prices

As mentioned below, I saw "Order of the Phoenix" yesterday. It was the first movie I'd seen in a theater since "Goblet of Fire," which I saw on Dec. 26, 2005. I didn't record the ticket price in that entry, but I suspect it was at or close to the same amount I paid for my ticket yesterday, which was $6.50 for a matinee ($9 for Friday-Saturday nights). The place where I saw it is a stadium-seating theater. It's quite comfortable. I bought the largest bag of popcorn they sold for $5.50 (to take some home for Mom) and a medium soda for $4.25.

Let's review:

  • $6.50 to get in the door
  • $5.50 for enough popcorn for two
  • $4.25 for soda for one

That's $16.25 for one person's entertainment. How the hell does a family of four afford it?

What's a night at the movies cost in your neighborhood?

Posted by Linkmeister at July 28, 2007 08:36 AM | TrackBack

Two matinées: 11:00
Medium popcorn and 2 med. drinks: 11:00

So, 22:00 for two adults who both have time to attend matinées.

We have not seen a movie for fill price in I-can't-tell-you-how-long.

Posted by: shelley at July 28, 2007 05:58 PM

Wow, you get away cheap. Tickets here are around $7.75, last time I was at the movies. We only do matinees, which are about $4.50, if I recall correctly from Night at the Museum (hey, I have a five year old). I think the snacks were about the same as yours, we just share the single soda and the popcorn.

Needless to say, we do movies at home most of the time. Usually only going to the theater when we get a free ticket or two - though we all go together as a family. Rather wish we hadn't for the last one. Ben Stiller really annoys me - at least the boy had the big fun, which is rather the point.

Posted by: DuWayne at July 28, 2007 06:04 PM

There used to be a number of second-run theatres here where you could go see a movie for cheap, but most have closed. The one remaining is far enough away that gas costs chew up any advantage to going there.

That's why the last film I saw in a theatre was "Goodnight and Good Luck."

Posted by: DXMachina at July 29, 2007 01:28 PM

Matinee - $7 and Evening - $9. I don't know about the food because we eat before we go. Families wait for DVD.

Posted by: Karan at July 29, 2007 01:33 PM

We rarely go to the movies. We're so far behind in movies, that we can often see "new" movies on television.

Much less expensive, and better popcorn.


Posted by: cassie-b at July 30, 2007 01:51 AM

That is CHEAP.

Movie tickets here are $12, and a lot of theaters don't have matinee prices anymore. You can get reserved seating for an extra $2. Which, actually, is pretty worth it if you're already spending $12 anyway.

But between the absurd prices and rude fellow movie goers, I very rarely feel a movie is worth seeing in the theater. Netflix and On Demand are the way to go for me.

Posted by: Kim at July 30, 2007 06:53 AM