Do you still go to the movies?

United States
April 13, 2008 2:53pm CST
Does anyone here still go out to the movies? Last time I went I could not believe the cost. It's not almost 10 dollars a ticket. So lets just say theres a family of 5. Thats about 50 dollars just to get tickets. Myself, I do not go to the movies anymore. It's just too costly, I could do so much more with the money. And the fact that on the day the movie is released on DVD that I can buy it for only $13.99 just seems like the better bargain to me.
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@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
14 Apr 08
I do it on a monthly basis and I do not go with my family. I go with my girl friend. Yes It is costly. But I prefer it to watching movie at home. It has that special thing specially when I am with my girl friend.
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@icyorchid (2566)
• United States
14 Apr 08
My family and I went to the movies for my birthday in March. The total cost for us to get in was $15, we saw a matinee (before 6pm) that actually was not bad. The shocker was the cost for refreshement: 2 medium drinks and a medium popcorn was $10!! WHOLLY MOLLY!!! My daughter bought herself a med. drink and nacho's and paid $8!!! Now I would not have paid for that if I had bought my big purse. I would have snuck in a bag of microwaved popcorn and 2 20oz drinks from home. I do think they are too expensive on this....seems to me if they want to make money, they'd have a solution to the high prices
• United States
15 Apr 08
oh Wow that just brought back some memories. When I was a teenager we use to sneak owr own bottles of soda and our own candy into the theaters. We never went as far as the microwave popcorn though. We just use to shell out the 5 bucks for the big bucket and share it. The bucket would have free refills. So on our way out of the movies we would look for a family who had young kids who would be about to go into the movies and give them our bucket (emptied of course) so that they could get their popcorn for free
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@icyorchid (2566)
• United States
15 Apr 08
That was very nice of you to do. We didn't have free refills
@mbs730 (2155)
• Canada
14 Apr 08
I very rarely go to the movies! If I want to watch a new release I can do so through a DVD or netflix or something. Much cheaper by far. I will only go to a movie if its huge and something that I HAVE to see at a big theater.
• United States
14 Apr 08
I agree, I usually wait until they are released on dvd and than will go and buy it. This way I can watch it when I want and when I have to pee I can actually pause the movie and not miss anything, lol. And it only makes my DVD collection get bigger.
@mbs730 (2155)
• Canada
15 Apr 08
Yes, having to pee when the movie is going sucks because you miss some of it, but with a DVD, no worries there!
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@egdcltd (5700)
13 Apr 08
I usually go at least once a week on average, but I have an unlimited card, so I can go as many times as I want for £11.99/month (about $25). For families, even with the available offers, staying at home is usually cheaper.
• United States
14 Apr 08
yes if you do not have a family and you are only paying for yourself than going to the movies isn't bad, but when you are paying for more than 2 people to go it becomes rather expensive.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
15 Apr 08
OH! I forgot to mention... sometimes there are coupon deals on movie tickets, like I know they are available at Costco and are something like $7.50 or less a ticket and purchased as a pair. You can then use the tickets at any time, for any movie, at the designated theater(s) listed on the tickets. If you love movies as a family, this is a great gift idea, friends or family can purchase movie tickets or gift cards instead of just toys or clutter or clothes and then you can all go out and enjoy the gift.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
15 Apr 08
Yes! We still go to the movies. Tickets here at the nicer cinemas are probably about $9 or so, but the cheaper ones are less than that, I'm thinking around $7. You can cut the cost even more by going to a matinee (before 5 or 6 pm) and then your tickets are $5 or less. The early bird matinee is even cheaper, which is the first showing of the day, so if you aren't picky about your family movie time, you can get in for sometimes as little as two or three dollars. I will admit that we don't go as often as we used to. Before my daughter was born (she is four), we went to the movies as a family pretty often, both of us and two older kids. It was one of the fun family things we liked to do - and will probably do again when the little one is a little bit older. I still like the experience of going to the theater once in awhile, even with giant flat screen hdtvs, it is not the same. The outing aspect is one thing we go for when seeing a movie. I also want to mention that if you still have drive-ins available that those are an even cheaper way to take the family out for a good time. I think you are only charged per car and you can bring a whole cooler of your own snacks so you don't have to plug the concession stand with more money.
• United States
17 Apr 08
We do not have a drive in movie available to us. I wish we did though. They have all been long gone from around here. It is something that I would like to do.
• United States
14 Apr 08
the last time we went just me and my wife it cost us about $30 with the entry ticket and popcorn and drinks it is crazy the prices they charge for a drink $ 4.50 fro a regular drink
• United States
15 Apr 08
now these are the prices I know about. Others have talked about dollar movie night and such, but no way does that happen where I am from. It's just way too expensive for the movies
@reene0225 (352)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Me and my boyfriend go to the see a movie at least once a month. Where I live the theater is cheap. It's a pretty small town and there are only 4 big screens in the entire theater. It's only $10 for me and him to see a movie and then extra for drinks and food. We spend about $20 total when we go. We don't have any kids unless you count our dogs. lol Where I lived before it was outrageous on movie prices. The tickets were like $7.50 per person and $2 for drinks and popcorn was expensive too. When I lived there I hadn't seen a movie in a theater for like 3 years at least. I don't know where you're buying your dvds for that cheap, but it is a lot better. We rent at the redbox a lot. It's only $1 per night and it's open 24 hours cause it's outside of McDonalds.
• United States
14 Apr 08
wow that is cheap, right now where I am at it's about 10 dollars a person to get in, 5 dollars for popcorn, 5 dollars for something to drink. It adds up very quickly.
@bdugas (3584)
• United States
14 Apr 08
here we have dollar cenima and it only cost a couple bucks to get in. That is great unless you want popcorn and a drink. That is $10.00 for a medium size popcorn and a medium drink. If you can do without the refreshments then it is not bad to go to the movies once in awhile. I too wait for it to come out on dvd most times unless something i really want to see or my daughter takes the kids to the show and she wants me to go
• United States
14 Apr 08
lol when we were teenagers me and my friends use to sneak our own bottles of soda and our own candy into the movies so that we didn;t have to pay those high prices.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
13 Apr 08
We have a theatre that does $4 matinees on weekends and than another one that does $2 movies, once they leave the $10 theaters. We only go maybe 3 or 4 times a year. We do enjoy the drive-in once ever 2 or 3 years. Last year it was $5 a person. I love the iMax, but when we went a few years ago it was $20 a person....forget that!
• United States
14 Apr 08
I've never been to an imax because of that. We use to have one of those 2 dollar movies theaters as well, but it closed down a few years ago. We do have a movie night here where it is 4 dollars and than you get a free popcorn, but that is only on Tuesdays night. With working and everything who really has time to hit a movie theater on a Tuesday night.
@eoeoeo (125)
• United States
13 Apr 08
That is very true. But these days when everything costs so much from computers, to plasma telelvisions, to blu-ray players, it seems cheaper to me just to visit the movies. In fact, I'm going to watch a movie this weekend with my friends... the Forbidden Kingdom. =] Of course, if you already have the items above at your disposal then sure, buying the dvd might be a good idea. Really up to you... It's also nice if you watch the movie when theres still so much hype about it, rather than watching it a month or few after it's released.
• United States
14 Apr 08
well yeah I already do have all the above mentioned items, but if you think about it if your a person who goes to the movies on a regular basis just saving your movie money will get you these items rather quickly
• United States
13 Apr 08
Yeah I know it's like so expensive to go. I haven't gone to the movie in more than four to five years. So I just wait until they come out on DVD and I actually get them from the libraries which is even cheapier because I don't have to pay for it. But I'm hoping that I could go at least once to the movies during this summer. The thing about going to the movies it that it feels better when your in that big room, that big tub of popcorn, nachos and all that junk food. So hopefully I could go once this summer.
• United States
14 Apr 08
true, I use to love going to the movies. We use to go almost every week. But that was over six weeks ago. I took my son to the movies when shrek the 3rd was there. It cost me over fifty bucks, and that was only the two of us.
• Canada
17 Apr 08
rarely ever do i go, i just download movies off the net if i want to watch them, doesn't cost me anything, lol, or if i really want to see it bad just go buy the ones i really want to see or for that matter rent it for $5
@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
15 Apr 08
i usually only go to the 'real movies' when it's just me I have to pay for, or one or two other people. My family usually went to the cheap movies. The ones where the movies just about to hit DVD and the tickets are only about 3$ I recall being mad when an evening movie went from 2.50 to 3.00
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I know, it is so cost prohibitive anymore... no wonder young folks find other types of "entertainment" to occupy themselves with on a "date" who can afford to take a gal out anymore? I think that the cost should be minimal, and then let them make their money on volume - plus concessions. I guess part of the problem is the ridiculous payments to the actors.
@soulist (2987)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I don't go to movies that often. I usually wait til the movie comes out on DVD or during the summer I'll go to the drive in and see two movies for about 6 dollars.
@roxanne271 (2035)
• Trinidad And Tobago
14 Apr 08
Actually I do. Here the movies ticket ranges anywhere from 12 dollars-40 dollars in TTD...that's about 2USD-7USD per ticket. This price depends on where you go to see the movie. My and my boyfriend usually go to see a movie once a month and go to Trincity's Caribbean Cinema 8. The tickets are $22TTD (about $3.75USD) and there is a special on Tuesday where the tickets are $12TTD ($2USD) for all ages! Too bad we can never go to those. I agree it is costly but I guess in my case, when you are dating, it;s nice to go to the movies in a cinema.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I agree with you. I haven't gone to the movies in a very long time. It's just too expensive. It's actually cheaper now to buy the DVD when it first comes out and if I don't like it oh well I'm only out maybe $20? Where as if I go to the movies I wouldn't go alone and just the admission for 2 people comes close to $20 let alone drinks, popcorn or anything else. It just seems silly to put out all that money when the DVD is cheaper and if you wait long enough half the time you can get it for a better deal.
@thuynhu (663)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I still go to the movies. But I know what you mean about these prices for going to see a movie. It might be because fewer people are actually going and they are buying bootleg copies instead. I mean I know thats what I did when I was in Korea for 15 months. I couldn't really go to their theater and expect to understand the language. I'm also lucky because I pay about half that $10 price, because me and my husband are both military. Well I'm actually done, but I still get the price because I'm a military spouse with a military id. So we still go see movies depending on the movie. Other than that we usually watch it online for free once it finally comes online. I mean its not the same day, it maybe a few days or a week before it gets online, but its still cheaper than going to the theaters.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
14 Apr 08
Well for us to go to the movies here it is nearly a $100 event. The theater is over an hour away so there is nearly $30 on gas, tickets for me and three children is $36, and snacks are over $30 as well. We are lucky if we go there once a year if that. So we watch movies at home. We get a rental for $3.00 from the convenience store. We can walk to the place so that is free and less than $10 on snacks from the grocery store. so that is about $13 for a night instead of $100. We watch a lot of movies at the house. Easy
@4xmyworld (183)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 08
Yes i still go to the movies but selected titles only. Titles which have good sound or special effect that i would miss if watching on the small screen. However, in this country of mine, they censor a lot and it tends to spoil the movie especially on violence and foul language. Yes the price of ticket rise manifold that sometimes its just worth to stay at home and watch.