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Old 06-15-2006, 06:47 PM   #21
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Matinee price in our area is $5.00. We probably make it to 3-4 movies per year. DD goes more often. We go to Blockbusters. I would get Blockbuster coupons with our Discover Bonus and Blockbuster was one of the Double bonus vendors. We were getting our movies for around $2.00. They are not as generous now and it is costing more. I have been thinking about trying Netflix and have an offer from then for up to 10 free dvd rentals during your two week free trial. I might check out what they have to offer.
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Re: Outrageous Prices at the Movies
Old 06-15-2006, 08:48 PM   #22
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The Piggly Wiggly supermarket gives "greenbacks": virtual green stamps stored on your "pig card" whenever you shop--for those old enough to remember green stamps from the 40s/50s. We go to about half a dozen matinees for free each year by swiping our pig card instead of a credit/debit card or paying cash.
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Old 06-15-2006, 09:20 PM   #23
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We love the movies too, but really miss the dollar theaters ... haven't found one in Nashville ... DFW had one in Plano.

We try for the matinees, and rather see a shared butter popcorn and shared drink as a major reason for going to the big screen.*

$6/adult for matinees here, $8 for later shows.*

Just saw "A Prairie Home Companion" ... highly recommended.* I'm planning on listening to the radio show this weekend ... has been quite a while since I enjoyed Garrison Keillor.

Still, don't go nearly as often as we used to. We've gotten cheap, and the movies seem to have gotten worse. Too many special effects, too little acting, plot ...
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Old 06-15-2006, 10:37 PM   #24
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Just saw "A Prairie Home Companion" ... highly recommended.
ditto---you'll like it if you like the radio show or just the sound of Garrison Keillor's mellifluous voice, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin as a singing sister act and Lindsay Lohan as Meryl's daughter, Woody Harrelson & John C Reilly as singing cowboys who think it's Funny Joke Thursday, Kevin Kline as Guy Noir, lots of music...what's not to like?!
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Old 06-15-2006, 10:55 PM   #25
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I like the movies too; always have

In Bangkok I pay about $2.50 to $3.00 for first run western movies. The theaters are as good (even better) than those that I went to in the USA. In Bangkok almost all of the movies are in english; a few are in Thai (or other languages) with english subtitles.

Large popcorn costs $1.50; bottled water $0.38; large coke $1.00.

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Old 06-15-2006, 11:23 PM   #26
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Gave up movie theaters a long time ago too for all of the reasons already posted. I use Netflix and watch movies on my laptop using Bose headphones (good for apartments). I've found that the experience of watching a DVD with my laptop 20-25" from my face is similar to watching a big screen. And I can crank up the volume with the headphones and it's as good or better than theater sound IMHO. Also, now I don't need to buy a big flatscreen TV* .
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Old 06-15-2006, 11:33 PM   #27
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I'm amazed that you haven't been labeled a whiner! Hawaii's cheapest tickets start at $6.25... and spam musubi are selling for prices that must mean that they're made out of gold bullion.
$6.25 is cheap! Try $15/ticket, and you can't even get spam musubi. I do actually prefer the communal, big-screen experience, but dang. I haven't been to a movie theater in about 10 years. My kid probably doesn't even know that movies come in any format other than video.
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Old 06-16-2006, 05:00 AM   #28
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We like the theater experience, but lately there's not much out there that we want to see so we end up going out only about once every 2 months. We have Netflix (yes they deliver to military addresses abroad, and with a pretty decent turnaround time too) and an average size TV. I could probably get by without the Netflix, but the husband has pretty obscure taste in film.
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Old 06-16-2006, 08:51 AM   #29
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Our matinee is 6.25 and the evening movie is 10.50.

Lately, I've been going to the movies with my son; the 18 year old son who moved out last October. We go to lunch before the movie so we don't need a snack or drinks. I always bring a water in my purse.

I'm willing to spend the money to spend time with my kid. Otherwise I wouldn't pay for the movies. I wait until free HBO or another movie channel on DirecTV and record all the movies I want to see.
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Old 06-16-2006, 09:03 AM   #30
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I'm content to see most movies at home, but I prefer the theatre for great cinematography or sound--so far this year Brokeback Mountain, The New World, The DaVinci Code, Prairie Home Companion. DH went to MI-III and X-Men III, but I require redeeming social value in a guy movie

I care about the "shared experience" when I see movies with friends or family. But as an INTP, I tend not to bond with groups of random strangers, even if we happen to laugh at the same thing I like to go to the movies when as few people as possible are there (not the first weekend, for example).
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We like movies too but don't go often because of the cost - it's about $9.50 here for regular tickets.

We have a Cinema-N-Drafthouse that we go to more often - they have $1 movies on Mondays, and it's $5 the rest of the week. They serve regular food (pizzas, hot sandwiches, salads, appetizers), snacks, and have a full liquor license. It's great. And the food/drinks are not overpriced.
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... but I require redeeming social value in a guy movie*
Well, heck, then it wouldn't be a guy movie!
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What is this "redeeming social value" that you speak of?
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I find it very difficult to watch some types of movies at home. Some films require that you're forced to sit through uncomfortable or even boring parts. These can be great films, but if I'm at home it's just too easy to become distracted or fall asleep. An example is David Lynch -- Eraserhead or Mulholland Drive. It's also much easier for me to engage in a film with subtitles while in a theatre.
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What is this "redeeming social value" that you speak of?
Something to watch & listen to besides stuff blowing up, car chases, and scantily clad women--like characters & relationships with a little depth. The Matrix (decent premise & acting, unusual visuals, interesting interpretation of the hero's journey, "There is no spoon"), Star Wars (great music & production, Alec Guinness, relationships), Total Recall (good story & visual effects, relationships), The Fifth Element (unusual!), some of the Bond movies, classic 50s sci-fi like Forbidden Planet (good story, sound effects & Theremin), The Day the Earth Stood Still (Michael Rennie--swoon, good story), Them, some film noir (Dark Passage, Maltese Falcon, White Heat), Treasure of the Sierra Madre (story, direction, Bogie, the Hustons)...
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Something to watch & listen to besides stuff blowing up, car chases, and scantily clad women--
Sorry, you lost me when I noticed that this list doesn't include "body count"...
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CINEMARK

If you have a Cinemark theater in your community as I do, you can see movies for a cheap as 75 cents if you get there for the first showing of the day (around 11-noon usually) during school days. On Tuesday during the summer all seats are $1.00. Normal admission cost is $1.50.

Not all moveis are available, but they are ones that are just about to go to DVD.* Most have been in release for a couple of months.

Skip the concession stand and smuggle in your own eats. I often bring lunch in my jacket pocket.
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Thats funny. I've bought my own food and drinks into movie theaters for years and not once ever had anyone say anything to me. Until I read this thread it never occurred to me that the movie theater people would have any problem with it.
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Don't go to the movies anymore, primarily because people disturb me with cellphones, yaking, taller, etc.* Also, the price.* I like getting the DVD and watching at home; if I wanna stop the video for phone call, bathroom break, or snack break, booze break, or even to replay a scene, I can... for half the price.

When we were going, we used to bring our own popcorn, candy bar, etc.* I think the movie industry calls people who bring food "picnickers".* Most of the food at the movie theater is way over-priced. I even get the DVD from the library when I can. I've been watching The Sopranos lately. I am just a cheap ba$tard, I guess.*
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My son was stopped last week walking in with a soda. Had to throw it out before going in.
We usually take water bottles in, but they are in my purse or in pockets. So, apparently if they can see it, it isn't allowed.
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