Can you still afford to go to the movies?

@sudalunts (5526)
United States
January 10, 2009 6:49pm CST
the economy is bad, and prices are rising for everything. Are you still able to afford to go to the movies? I have not been to the movies in such a long time. I think the last time I went the fare was about $9.00, then add in the snacks, it can become rather costly. Have you been lately, and what did you see?
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@syeryn (574)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I don't go to the movies anymore. It is a long drive to get there and the price is about 7.50 per person to get in. Add the snacks and not being able to comfortably enjoy watching the movie and I'll stay home. We do movie nights here. We get together and either watch a new release on HBO or watch a DVD we just purchased. We call if girls night in... since we aren't really going out.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I rather watch movies at home too. The movie is so costly, you can make you own snacks at home, and be comfortable and warm. I am always so cold whenever I go to the movies.
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
11 Jan 09
We have a Netflix account. Most of the time we wait for the dvd. Haven't been in a long time. But a friend invited me to go tomorrow. I will only be buying the ticket. No frills, snacks etc. And then it will be along time before I go again.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
11 Jan 09
The snacks is what kills you, enjoy the movie.
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
11 Jan 09
Yeah sudalunts, the bad economy is becoming worse than before recently and we have to live a more frugal life during this economic recession period to save at least some expenses. So we have to cut down some of the expenditure on amusement. You are right we have to spend a lot for the admission tickets, snacks and drinks. We had to pay $30 for 3 tickets on the Christmas Eve for watching the IP man 3 weeks back. Besides we had to pay for the auto parking as well as the gasoline to drive there. Anyway we could get better effect watching the movie on a huge and solid screen and enjoy the better sound system in the cinema while watching martial art show. Of course due to the costly expenses, we try not to visit the cinema too often unless there is any big game movie that worth to pay for it. Happy posting and have a nice day.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I agree the picture in a movie theatre is better. I hope you enjoyed it. thanks for posting, and you have a nice day as well.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
Well I have gone to theaters too much to tell you the truth. The last time I went to the theaters was around the summer before one of my best friends left for college. I actually may go this week before she leaves for college again so that we can spend some time together. So hopefully I get paid this week so that I can go to the movies with her before she leaves. And yeah things are really expensive right now, so I probably won't even buy that much food at the theaters I'll probably just buy a small popcorn or something.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Movie food is soooo expensive. Where I live a large popcorn is $8.00, a hot dog is like $2.50. My pockets are not that deep
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@galoforce (264)
11 Jan 09
hey, i had this same discussion with my father a few nights back. i was looking after my little brother on boxing day night, so in the morning i took him to the cinema. all in all for the 2 of us, with drinks and snacks it cost £50 (including entrance) i remember a year or so back, we could have done it for about £20, the prices go up so sharp, and they wonder why most people prefer to purchase pirate copies of the movies. i do not agree with priated movies, but im saying maybe there is some justification in doing so
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
11 Jan 09
You are correct, most people these days would have a hard time paying such high amounts to go to the movies. Once you get into the movie, you really can not deny children the snacks that are available, and that can surely add up in cost. Thanks for responding.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
Funny thing you ask... Well, with the huge EXPLOSION of horrible stupid bad movies over the past several years in this decade, the good ones are few and far in between, causing my family and I to go to the movies 'not as often', maybe like every 3 months or so. I mean let's see, we saw "Quarantine" in October and then last month, we saw "The Day The Earth Stood Still". This month we'll be seeing "My Bloody Valentine 3D", "Notorious", and "The Unborn". So that's not a bad stretch generally speaking.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
I can afford to but I don't care to because going to a movie is expensive. I wouldn't be able to go ofen. But I would rather watch movies at home where I can be comfortable. Pop popcorn and not have to pay a arm and a leg for something to eat and drink. What with DVD players and even the television now you can watch a movie by paying for it and not having any commercials. I just don't see the sense to going out to watch a movie when I can watch it from the comfort of my own house.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
12 Jan 09
I prefer watching movies at home as well. Rather go with the driving to the movie, gas spent, admission, crowds, etc, it is better to stay at home in my opinion.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
13 Jan 09
It was around $7 per person the last time I went. I think it was actually $6.75. Add in some popcorn and a soda and it is almost $20 a person. I have not been since this past summer. I think the last thing I saw in the theater was HULK with my 9 year old.
@reichiru (748)
• Canada
12 Jan 09
I went late November last year, I've never really been a big fan of the movies. And I went to see Twilight too, kind of a waste of money. The tickets cost about $10 CAD, but luckily I didn't spend any on concession so that was it. I think the movies is an okay place to go from time to time, but not excessively. I can still afford it though, thankfully.
• United States
11 Jan 09
9 Dollars is cheaper than my local movie theater. Two nights ago I saw Marley and Me with my girlfriend for $11 each. Such a rip off but hey, as long as shes happy I will keep taking her to the movies when she wants.
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 09
I haven't been to the movies in years! I guess I tend to take in an old movie in front of my tv, I still have a lot of those old vhs tapes and I have some great movies on them! I guess going to the movies is one experience that I miss! I'm hoping that I may return to the good old darkened theater! Andrew
• United States
11 Jan 09
We're fortunate to have "second run" theater here. Movies there cost $2.00 to get in. You could still spend a small fortune though on the popcorn, hot dogs, drinks, candy. Which I don't. The last thing I saw there was "The Bucket List" If I rented it as a new release it would cost me $3.00. So it's actually cheaper to see it in the theater.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
11 Jan 09
that would be a great big NO. we cannot afford to do anything. we can barely make ends meet and pay our bills so there is definitely no money for extras. we loved to go to the movies during the matinees so we always had something to do that was relatively inexpensive and we brought our own snacks and drinks so we did not have to pay their ridiculous prices but we cannot afford to even do that anymore. people who have money and do not have to worry about it do not know how lucky they are and how much better their lives are.
@CRIVAS (1820)
• Canada
11 Jan 09
The last time that my husband and I went to the movies was for our anniversary this year and the only reason that we went was because someone had given us a gift certificate. I was noticing the costs of admission and I nearly laughed. They now want 15 dollars for adult admissions, this is ridiculous. That would mean that for just two people it would cost over 30 with tax and that's not including drinks or snacks. My first thought was: No wonder people sneak food and drinks in. I wouldn't buy food from a movies theater if you paid me! I think that now a days it;s just easier to wait for the movie to come out in movies stores, at least that way you can rent a few, buy snacks and drinks, and still keep it cheaper than if you went to the theater. Truthfully the only reason that we went to the theater was because I really wanted to see Twilight, I'm a big fan of the series of books. I know that we won't be going to watch any movies for a while especially since all the prices in stores seem to be changing so fast. You just never know when you are going to need the money for something more important.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
11 Jan 09
I don't go to the movies anymore.. it's so expensive.. i'd rather spend my money on more important things such as food, home furniture, etc..
@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Yes, the movies can be very expensive. We go once a month just to get out of the house and to cut down on our spending we eat before we go. The food price is really ridiculous. We went this month to see Cadellic Records with Beyonce. The next one we will see is Will Smith seven pounds.
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 09
I can afford to go to the cinema. But since the global economy is getting worse and I am worried about it. It seems it hasn't had an effect on me yet, but who knows what will happen tomorrow. So I don't really want to spend a lot of money during this hard time. I love China
• Philippines
11 Jan 09
yes, it is costly to watch movies but make sure the movie is worth your money.
@badzvenom (102)
• Philippines
11 Jan 09
No. In fact I seldom go to movie houses. I would only go if my girlfriend would like to see a movie. I would rather wait for for new movies to become available on cd/dvd for rent.
@britt_200 (1228)
• United States
11 Jan 09
nope...i used to go to the movies every saturday...i havent actually been to a theater in 4 or 5 months...and i hate that cuz i love to go to the movies! i cant even aford to go to the afternoon show...they just raised the prices a dollar on both the night and afternoon show. its going to be a treat from now on.