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#1 mjtian

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:22 AM

As this article points out, less and less people are going to the theaters.  From my own perspective, I am sick and tired of paying $8.50 per ticket and another $10 for Coke and popcorn.  Oh, not to mention the lack of quality products.  Thats just my $0.02.   :)

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:36 AM

Ditto for me. It takes an exceptional film to get me out to the theaters these days. High ticket prices combined with low entertainment value are definitely the deciding factors. I wish Hollywood would stop wasting their time remaking shows I can watch on TV Land, and do something else. Another thing is the rapid transit time for films these days. Even when a movie comes along that interests me, by the time I work it into my schedule to go, it's gone.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:39 AM

How does a person know if a movie is high quality or not, without seeing it for themselves?  :blink:
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:40 AM

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Another thing is the rapid transit time for films these days. Even when a movie comes along that interests me, by the time I work it into my schedule to go, it's gone.

Good point!  I much rather sit on my couch, watch the dvd on my sony flat screen.  I am more comfortable, it cost me $4.25 and all the snacks I want for under $5.00.  The savings escalates when you have a couple of friends with you.
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:43 AM

theaters charge ridiculously--especially for snacks.  and i just love how they try to say no one can bring in outside food or drinks.  (at least ours does).  in these days of so many health problems, many ppl CANNOT eat buttery, salty popcorn and candy and poorly cooked hot dogs.  so they should either start offering healthy alternatives or drop that rule.

not to mention that unless they see you carrying a full bag of peanuts or fruit in your hands on the way in, how will they know you have it?  it is illegal for them to search your belongings.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:48 AM

DWF, on Sep 5 2005, 11:39 AM, said:

How does a person know if a movie is high quality or not, without seeing it for themselves?  :blink:

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I think this is a matter of shell shocked.

After awhile you just say why bother.

But I do believe people are looking more into a films storyline and makeup (production) before they bother with it.

I think some of this is also a backlash of the internet.  You can log on and get viewpoints from people that are on both sides and they aren't critics who have some sort of agenda.
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:57 AM

I'm the world's worst procrastinator.  I keep telling myself I'm going to see a movie and I just don't get around to it.  So I just wait for it to come out on cable or DVD.

When I did go to the movies I always brought my own snacks(another reason for carrying a big purse ;) .

Now I'd rather just wait until I can get the DVD(if it's something I really want).  I can sit at home, pause it when I have to, and have the snacks I want that they don't have in theaters.
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:59 AM

Three things:

1) Second-run theaters rock.  $2.75 for an evening show?  That's totally my speed, even if they have totally raised the prices up from $2 since I've been here.

2) Matinees and student tickets if you can get'em.  Gotta love that.

3) "High-quality" is what you make of it.  The main trick AFAICT is to know what you're about to see and be willing to pay the ticket price for that level of entertainment.  F'rex, I went to see The Fantastic Four last month with a friend, paying $8.25 for a ticket IIRC, knowing full well the movie would be pretty crappy... precisely <i>because</i> I knew it'd be pretty crappy and that was what I was willing to pay for that amount of entertainment.

This last obviously doesn't always work, but I've found that I've almost never regretted any cinematic decisions I've made in the past five years regardless of the prices I've paid.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 12:19 PM

Anarch, on Sep 5 2005, 11:59 AM, said:

Three things:

1) Second-run theaters rock.  $2.75 for an evening show?  That's totally my speed, even if they have totally raised the prices up from $2 since I've been here.

2) Matinees and student tickets if you can get'em.  Gotta love that.

3) "High-quality" is what you make of it.  The main trick AFAICT is to know what you're about to see and be willing to pay the ticket price for that level of entertainment.  F'rex, I went to see The Fantastic Four last month with a friend, paying $8.25 for a ticket IIRC, knowing full well the movie would be pretty crappy... precisely <i>because</i> I knew it'd be pretty crappy and that was what I was willing to pay for that amount of entertainment.

This last obviously doesn't always work, but I've found that I've almost never regretted any cinematic decisions I've made in the past five years regardless of the prices I've paid.

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I'm actually pretty selective about what I do go see.  And yes if you know what kind of film it is then you can watch it from that pov.

Like knowing that a film is just a car chase, booby girls and gun slinging then watch it from that perspective.

But price is a deciding factor.

And then we have the gas prices :whistle:  :whatsthat:
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 12:32 PM

Hibblette, on Sep 5 2005, 12:19 PM, said:

And then we have the gas prices :whistle:  :whatsthat:

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Thankfully I don't have to worry about that. There is a movie theater almost right around the corner, well within walking distance.

The main thing about going to the movies is: The Movie itself. That's the bottom line for me.

There just haven't been many movies that I wanted to pay that high of a price to go and see. I saw Fantastic Four at a Matinee, paying almost $5 bucks, then the coke and popcorn. Bring the total to around $15.

Dukes of Hazzard I had a free ticket for, so went and saw it. Only costed me around $11 for the coke and popcorn.

Other then that, haven't gone to too many theaters for movies. I find it's much more enjoyable to wait for the DVD, sit on my couch and watch it. Not only is it cheaper, but I'm able to smoke while watching it. Don't have some annoying baby crying through the entire movie, or people talking throughout it.
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#11 mjtian

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 12:55 PM

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2) Matinees and student tickets if you can get'em. Gotta love that.

Well, the thaters around me no longer accept Student Discount.  I remember paying $3.50 for student discount in Highschool.  The one theater (AMC) that accept it, its still $6.50 I believe.  

As to the quality, yes, if the movie is indeed that good I will go.  How do I know?  Word of mouth, ratings.  A good home theater system can stand up against the movie theaters as long as you're not a sound fanatic.  I can't tell much of a difference.
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 01:00 PM

Based on the title, I thought this thread would be about bra sizes or along that line. ;)

I rarely go to the theater anymore.  I'll take my girls to movies they want to see...I consider that indulging them.  But generally, my GF and I would rather wait for the movie to be released and watch it in the comfort of our own home.
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 01:03 PM

I love this quote:

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"In an ideal world, people would say 'OK, we have to think more creatively, we have to think outside the box and come up with new and different things,' " said Steven Friedlander, head of distribution for Warner Independent Pictures, which released "March of the Penguins." (Warner Independent Pictures is a unit of Time Warner, as is CNN.)

"But I'm afraid what's going to happen is, we're all going to sit in a room and say 'We need more penguin movies.'"
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 01:21 PM

hm...

whenever i go to the cinema, most of the previews i hate. :lol: there are always a few good ones, but most of them look bad. the problem i've had this spring/summer was that there were many movies that looked good that were all coming out at once.

i don't have enough money to see a movie a week. or, more specifically, my parents don't have enough money. i still rely on them, i don't have a job yet.

also, i haven't had any opportunities to see a movie recently.

for me, the problem isn't lack of good movies, it's just not being able to see them.

(of course that'll change when GoF comes around :wideeyed: )
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 01:33 PM

The only movie I am waiting for is Serenity, And I would be willing to pay a evening admission for.

Hollywood should understood it was doomed when the big release of a week was Duece Bigalow. The movie sick from the trailers of watching a stream of wine shoot out the hole a person has in their throat from having the voice box removed.

If that is high comedy then I am ever so glad I got to miss it.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 02:01 PM

There were actually a number of decent movies this summer, it's just that a) there were fewer than usual, b) there was a higher proportion of crap than usual, c) what crap there was was heavily marketed, and d) what crap there was was worse than usual.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 02:17 PM

I'm actually enjoying 'Hollywood' this year
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now I'm no rabid fanboy who goes to 45 movies a year or anything ...
but I think I went to nine or ten; I like to sneak to the last matinee of the day around 4.30 so I can get in for 6 bucks, and no drinks and candy, just 6 bucks and the gas to drive there. But some years you can't do that in the week but I'm in this demarkation stage of life I don't have to still be at work til 6.30, but only for this year
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I went to blockbusters like Batman Begins, and littler ones like I just saw Skeleton Key, and I'm really glad I went to Kingdom of Heaven, but I can't just now remember and list every movie I enjoyed: but I think the movie makers have done sort of well this year. I go to Blockbuster and go down rows and rows and rows and rows of dvds and 'just not interested', I think last year (these dvds now) was not as good as this year for movie making, but then last year I saw a ton o dvds (the prev year's movies made), so it just goes to show: there are biorythms to the movies as there are to US.
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Now I think I'll go to the secret spy garden or the gardenia gardener or whatever the heck that movie is, casual gardner? Ralph Fiennes finds out those who killed his wife are really pharmaceutical world players who needed to shut her up, so what's the HUS' gonna go and do? they maybe should have hired Brad Pitt or Damon or Mr Jane for this? eh?
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 02:28 PM

I go to the cinema pretty much every week, unless there really is nothing on - and we sneak our own snacks in.  It'd be madness to buy food whilst we're there.  I get a student discount, and Vue gives out these little discount vouchers, so you get another pound off or so.  Comes to about £8.50 for two of us.

There's a lot of films I'd never see on DVD that I enjoy at the cinema - the big screen makes them more interesting, I find.  But then, maybe I just have a rubbish television ;).
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 02:29 PM

You mean most of the folk in this thread pay for food at the cinema?

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 02:45 PM

I almost never go to the cinema and probably won't anymore now that we have a new big screen TV. The screen is 65" and the whole unit takes up almost a whole wall of the living room. To me it's just as good watching a movie on that as going to the cinema and paying an arm and a leg just for tickets, popcorn and drinks.

I don't even have to go to Blockbusters or the equivalent, my SIL has a pretty good DVD collection and when we want to watch something we just borrow a few of his DVDs.




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