Sunday, October 16, 2005

 

Movie Going Morons Make News...again

For the umpteenth time in recent years, I saw a little item on the news about how much it costs to go to the movies and they ALWAYS do some street interview with some moron who has a complaint that goes something like

"The movie admission is $12.50, $25.00 if you have a date, so by the time you pay for parking, popcorn, and a coke, you've paid close to $50 to see a 90 movie that probably sucks."

Who are these shitheads who can't seem to figure out how to NOT pay $50 to see a frickin' movie? What is the problem here? First off, where, other than MAYBE New York City, does it cost $12.50 to see a first run movie? Hey assholes, ever hear of *matinee price*? People ALWAYS exaggerate this number. Secondly, no one ever said you HAD to buy popcorn and snacks at the concession stand. I know this is how the theater makes its money to pay employees and overhead, so if that's what you want to support, fine, just don't complain about the prices. If not, for god's sake, eat before you go or sneak food in like normal people do. That's why it's called a *concession stand*, because you CONCEED to patronize it, but you DON'T HAVE TO. Thirdly, read some reviews about the movie you are thinking of seeing before you go. If the movie is getting thumbs down by most critics, than caveat emptor, dude. In the end, in order to lodge what is a legitimate complaint about the cost of the movie-going experience, these people exaggerate so greatly that it makes them look like obtuse oafs who can't seem to manage their spending.

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Comments:
Excellent point! I never get anything at the concession stand, although that's mostly because I know my bladder wouldn't be able to hold out for the length of an entire movie without me getting up. But then I sneak the Twizzlers in with me. I pay $.99 for the pack at CVS or somewhere, and save $3 right there alone. Even full price non-matinee showings are "only" around $9.

On the other hand, $18 for a movie for two is about the same as the price of the eventual DVD, which eliminates all of my complaints about the movie-going experience: the other people in the theater.
 
I worked in a movie theater in Santa Barbara for several years back in the early 90s. It was a small, two screen complex. I was constantly amazed by the number of people who would come up to the concession stand, ask about the prices, be "shocked" at how expensive everything was, then proceed to spend $20 or more on food and drink. To me, the only thing more ridiculous than paying $3 for a pack of candy you could buy for 75 cents down the street was complaining about it, then paying it anyway.
Although I do the same thing with gasoline now. "Three dollars a gallon????" as I fill up my car. I suppose gasoline is more of a necessity than Red Vines, though.
 
I worked in a movie theater in Santa Barbara for several years back in the early 90s. It was a small, two screen complex. I was constantly amazed by the number of people who would come up to the concession stand, ask about the prices, be "shocked" at how expensive everything was, then proceed to spend $20 or more on food and drink. To me, the only thing more ridiculous than paying $3 for a pack of candy you could buy for 75 cents down the street was complaining about it, then paying it anyway.
Although I do the same thing with gasoline now. "Three dollars a gallon????" as I fill up my car. I suppose gasoline is more of a necessity than Red Vines, though.
 
I worked in a movie theater in Santa Barbara for several years back in the early 90s. It was a small, two screen complex. I was constantly amazed by the number of people who would come up to the concession stand, ask about the prices, be "shocked" at how expensive everything was, then proceed to spend $20 or more on food and drink. To me, the only thing more ridiculous than paying $3 for a pack of candy you could buy for 75 cents down the street was complaining about it, then paying it anyway.
Although I do the same thing with gasoline now. "Three dollars a gallon????" as I fill up my car. I suppose gasoline is more of a necessity than Red Vines, though.
 
I worked in a movie theater in Santa Barbara for several years back in the early 90s. It was a small, two screen complex. I was constantly amazed by the number of people who would come up to the concession stand, ask about the prices, be "shocked" at how expensive everything was, then proceed to spend $20 or more on food and drink. To me, the only thing more ridiculous than paying $3 for a pack of candy you could buy for 75 cents down the street was complaining about it, then paying it anyway.
Although I do the same thing with gasoline now. "Three dollars a gallon????" as I fill up my car. I suppose gasoline is more of a necessity than Red Vines, though.
 
oh jeez. Nothing like posting in a blog about how stupid people are, then having your comment show up four times. Oops. Pot, meet kettle.
 
great rant. movie tickets at a major chain in Massachusetts are $11, $6.50 matinee. i have to say, though, that if some guy asked me out on a movie date and mentioned that the matinee would be "better" for him, i would've dumped that cheapo. however, when my son and i go to movies, we try for the matinees. guess i'm also a cheapo!
 
Movies are far too expensive for what they are, but I don't spend a lot of time complaining about it.
I just don't go.
"Life's too short", to quote one of my favorite movies.
 
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