Ok, those who know me know I have an unhealthy obsession with movies.
But I have a problem with them as well. They cost too damn much.
In the city there are some theaters that charge as much as $9.50
per person. To top this off they then show commercials at the theaters
for various products and even TV shows?!
Here is my thing. The reason that the network television is free
is because they run commercials. This is how they are able to make
money. This concept has not carried over to the movie theater owners
of America. They run more and more commercials, more and more trailers,
and more and more product placements in movies as well. In addition
they raise the ticket prices and charge you a huge amount at the
I knew things were going downhill when you were able to use a credit
card at the box office and then again at the concession stand. If
they make the assumption that you spend so much, you will be over
spending your cash in your pocket for food... That is sad.
Secondly, I hate when they rate movies based on what they make.
If all movies were on a equal scale, that would be fine. But the
amount of money a movie makes certainly does not have much of an
indicator of how good the movie is. It has much much more to do
with the power of the distributor and of the marketing department
of the actual studio. A great movie like Kevin Smith's Clerks made
almost no money because it was no released to most theaters. They
kept it in small coffeehouse venues. As opposed to crappy movies
like Jurrassic Park 2 that probably came out to thousands of theaters.
In addition prices keep going up, don't be surprised that box office
records get shattered. I bet the most watched movie of all time
is probably Gone with the Wind or Wizard of Oz. But there weren't
even half of the theaters when those came out as now. Also they
cost like a nickel or something. Certainly not near $9.50. I am