I surprised myself by going to the movies today. I go maybe once every 2-3years if there’s something I would really love to see and breaks the rule of, I’ll just see it when it comes out in a couple months. I went to see Paranormal Activity 3. This isn’t a review of the movie, but it was just plain awesome. I heard many iffy reviews of it thanks to Facebook, but it didn’t stop me from actually going to a theater to see it.
In preparation of the theater, I headed to my local Walgreens to get some snacks after standing helpless in the Rite Aid a minute away without anyone to ring me up. Walgreens is so smart. They sell movie box snacks. The same exact stuff you get at the theater. The difference? They sell their boxes a dollar a piece, while the theater sells a box at around six bucks. This is the ONLY time women with big purses are acceptable to me, to stash my goods into a theater if it isn’t cold enough to wear a winter coat to do so.
Since I was little we were always clever and would bring in cans of pop and snacks to avoid spending 100$ for tickets and snacks. It was always an awkward moment when we were young snapping open the can, but that’s why you do it early, before the previews or movie. Now, I hear many people doing it because they are finally wising up and realize that they can buy a 12pack of cans for less of a price than one small cup of a fountain drink at the cinema.
Because it is only hoodie weather, and womens jean pockets are only big enough to fit a penny in, I couldn’t sneak in a drink, so since I already saved a bundle on the snacks, I caved and bought an ICEE. I love having those during a movie, anway, so I was like okay three bucks shouldn’t be bad. Wow was I wrong. I guess since I only go to the movies once every couple years, I’m behind. It was $4.50 for a small ICEE. Meanwhile, Walgreens sometimes sell them at 99cents. If not, $1.19. Gahhh
Anywho, I chuckled when I read posted signs on the entry doors stating that all outside food and drinks are forbidden. (I wonder how many times people have tried that with the 200 restaurants in that town surrounding the theater, including the ones right next door). Then, I remembered a page I joined a long, long time ago on FB for this matter. There’s a page now that’s “sneaking cheaper candy into the movie theater”. The one I joined way back when was filled with many triumphant stories of people bringing in full meals and getting away with it. The only down side to that is the aroma would be too obvious in an enclosed theater and could be quite dangerous if people were allergic to what’s brought in. Which brought me to another thought, why don’t they have more of those fancy theaters where you can dine while watching a movie? Oh that’s right, because it would probably cost $50 per person. Next thought…
I paid $6.25 for a ticket to watch a movie for less than two hours. That isn’t all too horrible, especially since I never give my money to them; it made me wonder though. Why would people spend around $18 per ticket on a weekend night in XD. Sorry folks, but there’s nothing great about XD. Plus, with that $18, you can BUY the movie when it’s released and watch it comfortably wrapped in a snuggie with tons of food on a comfy couch with numerous people for a one-time price as many times as you would like. I just don’t understand it.
My thought as to why cinemas are still in existence when there are nice home theater systems to buy, having the ability to pause movie, rewind it, control the volume (so you don’t go deaf instantly), ect is because people just have nothing better to do when they want to go out. It’s the classic, hey let’s go out for dinner and a movie. It’s also dark, and you are to be quiet while watching the movie, so it’s great for first dates to release awkwardness. One day it’ll be a thing of the past and kids will go, OMG! You used to GO to a THEATER and spend all of that MONEY!? Say Whaaaaat!?
I read this a while ago, and is a nice link to add to this post. It’s worth a look: