At the risk of sounding like just another cranky oldster, I do want to complain about movie prices.
This past week, I took two of my daughters upon two separate occasions to local cineplexes. At one, my 28 year old daughter and I saw "Precious." At the other, my 19 year old daughter and I watched "Blindside."
Both movies were quite good. Plus, there's a finance connection in that "Blindside" is based on a book by financial writer, Michael Lewis.
The mother-daughter bonding time was also good.
The cost of these outings? Too darn much!
The truth is, I hardly ever watch movies in a theatre when they are first released. For two years, one of my daughters was employed as a manager at a mall cineplex, so I had access to free movies. She's moved on to retail sales, and I've been happy to stay at home with Netflix, Redbox, and the local library ever since.
I took my daughters to matinees--supposedly cheaper. Not that I get how $8.25 per person is cheaper!
Then, I paid for a small popcorn and a small drink for each of us. It was 7.50 a person!
So, for two hours of afternoon entertainment, I spent $31.50.
How is this worth it?
I can go to a local theater/brewpub, sit on a couch, watch a second-run movie for $3, drink beer, eat pizza, and still spend far less than that. (The only drawback is that I can't take my 19 year old to the evening shows because there is an "over age 21" requirement.)
I hear that movies have not been greatly impacted by the recession. I have to say that surprises me. My past two outings to the movies have definitely impacted me! I can't say when I will bother to go again.