Sunday, October 01, 2006

Cinema Prices Out of Control!

A night at the movies isn't cheap. It is expensive enough for a couple out on a date to attend a movie without the popcorn, candy, or a drink. Therefore, taking ones whole family out for the night is completely out of the question unless you're one that makes the big bucks.

The movie theater in Marietta charges $8.00 per ticket for adults and $5.75 for senior citizens and children. Isn't that a bit much? Two people going to watch a movie would be better off if they waited a little while and just bought the movie. This way they would be paying $16.00 for a lifetime rather than for a couple hours.

Ticket prices are high all over the world. In New York City tickets have reached a record high for the city at $10.25 a ticket. Denmark also has high rates for a night of fun. It leads the world with an average ticket price of $12.42 per ticket.

Not only are the ticket prices outrageous, so are the concession prices. At some theaters the cheapest drink is $4.00 with no free refills.

Movie prices are way out of control all over the world. If companies don't start lowering their prices, the movie business will drop significantly, because people won't be able to afford to go.

11 comments:

ashley n said...

I agree that movie ticket prices are very high. At the theater close to my house in Cleveland it costs $8.25 per ticket at night. Just two years ago I remember it being $7.75. I don't think it is necessary for the prices to rise as much as they do, especially when the concession prices are rising just as much. But I also don't think the rise in prices will completely stop people from going and seeing a movie. I think the whole experience of going and seeing a movie in a theater will keep people going. There are some movies that are just better when seen in theaters with the big screen and suround sound. The prices might cause a decrease in the number of people that go, but I don't believe it will cause everyone to eventually stop going and the business to fall under.

Paige Burton said...

Movie tickets are too high, but that does not stop me from going to the movies. The price of a movie, at home, is $8.25, if the movie is after 5:00 p.m. However, I find ways around the expensive prices. At certain grocery stores such as Tops and Acme, they offer “super tickets.” A super ticket costs $5.50 and can be used for any show currently playing at a theater. I usually always leave 5-10 minutes earlier to go to the grocery and purchase the super tickets. Also, if you are an Entertainment Club member, they offer discounts on tickets. They have a coupon in which the 2nd ticket is free, if a ticket of equal or higher value is purchased. This coupon can be used on up to 10 tickets at one time. So, if a family wanted to see a movie, an Entertainment coupon would save them a lot of money. There are ways of beating the high costs, it’s just a matter of people finding them, and finding the time to save money. Because of Entertainment and grocery stores, I hardly ever pay the full price of a movie ticket!

ESM87 said...

Prices to go see a two hour movie are way to high!! Here at Marietta, I see the price to go see a movie is $8.00. At home, the price to see a movie is $5.75. If the movie is good enough I would pay to go see it, but most of the time I would not go to see a movie for $8.00. It is better off to just wait a few months for the movie to come out on DVD and watch it for a $2.00 rental in which you get to keep the movie for more than three nights. To me that is a better deal.
Another thought is that people may not want to pay $8.00 for a movie because the prices of other things in society today are unbelievably high. Gas is a prime example of something that is hurting people's wallets. People would rather save money for gas than to go see a movie and have to make the money again to pay for gas. I think the price for a movie is getting outragious and will decrease the demand to see the movie.

borichardson said...

I agree that movies prices are much too high. Like already stated, it would be so much cheaper(overall) to just wait and buy the movie. I understand that entertainment is an important part of our culture, but is it really worth the monetary price to go out and see a movie. I think it would just as easy to go see a play in Herman for free. I also believe that movies are the price they are because people keep paying them. If the demand for the movies shifts, then the prices will have to go down or the movies companies will start losing money, in my opinion.

Keith Zeigler said...

I would have to agree with anybody who says that a movie ticket in a theatre is absurd. But who is actually going to regulate or cap the price that movie theatres may charge for admittance? Unfortunately right now there is no one who can stop movie ticket prices from rising. The only way in the future that ticket prices may fall, without the government stepping in to set price ceiling, would be that ticket prices reach a point where people stop going to theatres to view movies. At that time, theatres would be forced to keep lowering their ticket prices until an equilibrium value may be reached.

MalloryH said...

I definatly agree with this article. I rarely ever go to the movies anymore unless I am asked or given movie discount tickets. I think its completely rediculous to have to pay so much to see a movie. Ecspecially when you can wait and rent it for $5 in a month or so. Maybe the reason movies are making so much money now isnt because the movies are great, but because the viewers are being priced to much.

Laurie Shepard said...

I completely agree with this article. I don't go to the theater as much any more because of the higher prices. It use to be a fun night out but now it is just another expense which takes all of the fun out of the night. I can rent a new movie on DVD for a DOLLAR!! at home. There really is no point in going out to the movies anymore. Even when we get discounts they don't do too much to the price. Now where are kids suppose to go at night?

katiedickson said...

I think the last time I actually paid for a movie ticket was back before the price topped over $7 each. I agree completely with what is being said within this article and the previous comments. Like Mallory, I use discount or passes if I ever even go to the cinima. Here in Marietta, I know our theatre is struggling to stay open because the number of customers/viewers has decresed so greatly in the past year. More and more people are turning to DVDs and away from Cinima productions. It really comes down to homemade popcorn as opposed to theatre popcorn, a HUGE screen or a big screen, and an upright, unadjustable chair or a lazy boy. I know where I would prefer to be watching my favorite flicks!

Nick Springer said...

This is a big topic for me. I used to go to the movies every weekend. In my hometown the price of a movie is $5.00. The prices are going up though, and now it is outrageous. I haven't been to a movie in about four months. Why go to a movie when you can rent one for less money and have your friends over and keep it for a week. You could also buy most movies for less than watching a movie. If the movie place in Marietta would drop their prices to $5.00, there would be a much higher number of movie watchers. With the lower prices the new viewers would be able to buy the food that would not have been bought before, so they would still make the same amount of money, if not more.

Nick Springer said...

I agree that the prices of movies are out of control. In my hometown a movie costs $5.00. With this price I could go to the movies every weekend. I haven't been to a movie in about four months now. I would rather rent a movie for a week for about four dollars. That way I can have friends over, have cheep snacks, and take bathroom breaks. You could ever buy most movies when they come out on DVD for less than eight bucks. If the movie place in Marietta would drop their prices to five dollars; there would be a lot more people watching movies. Say 15 people watch a movie for 8 dollars. Say 20 people watch a movie for 5 dollars. There is a 20 dollar profit difference for the movie place, but those 20 people that paid 5 dollars would be able to buy more snacks and the movie place would make more money. Why are econimists not talkin to these people? They're missing out on a lot of money.

Mica Seman said...

I as well agree with this article. As movie prices have risen I myself have already attended fewer and fewer movies. I believe I have been to less than ten movies this entire year. I understand that the movie theaters need to make a profit on their tickets, and perhaps that the prices for movies are rising for them, but as a result of the higher ticket costs it would be a smart move for the theaters to drop the prices of their refreshments. As refreshments and movies are compliments, when both have high prices it causes the demand for the market to be much lower. Therefore, the theaters should consider lowering the price of either their tickets, or their refreshments in order to increase sales.