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#1 Oliver Hadlow Martin

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:36 AM

Anybody think they are getting really expensive these days?

I've noticed a continual decline in numbers going to see films too.

24 pounds for two tickets plus popcorn and drinks and your looking at 30 quid! (~55 usd).

That seems ridiculously excessive to me. I think these prices do nothing for viewing numbers or piracy for that matter.

Anybody else noticed this or is it just me. lol
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#2 Ravi Kiran

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:03 PM

My advice? Skip the concession stand. You aren't required to get popcorn and drinks at the movies.
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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:35 PM

Those sound rather like West End ticket prices, you can get cheaper cinemas tickets depending on your region and the time of day. Although 3D also adds to the costs, depending on the cinema; some don't charge extra.
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#4 Jay Stewart

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:27 PM

I think pricing is all pretty much relative to buying tickets to any entertainment event whether it be a music concert, stand up, live theatre, circus, etc.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:26 PM

Ticket prices are pretty obscene, I think, but I don't absolutely need to see even half the things that come out while they're new. The fact that $1 & $3 theaters, drive ins, discount hours (or even days in major theaters), Netflix and Redbox all exist make it easy to skirt such high prices, all one has to do is just wait a little while. I'll agree, ticket prices for movie theaters suck, but ... it's really just a first world problem; give it a bit of time and wait to see your movie of choice through some other outlet to save yourself a hefty buck.


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#6 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 02:15 AM

The price of cinema seats will depend on the costs of any one theatre and the nature of it's local market. However, there are ways of saving on the coasts, even London West End cinemas have saver prices. Watching a film at home isn't the same as seeing that film in a full cinema with an audience that's totally gripped by the story.
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#7 Blake Z Larson

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:49 AM

I paid only $12 dollars for an IMAX ticket to Dark Knight Rises. Quite surprising!
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#8 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:31 AM

I paid only $12 dollars for an IMAX ticket to Dark Knight Rises. Quite surprising!


In the 80s and 90s I would be at the movie theater just about every 2 weeks. Now, it's a real rareity for me to go to the theater for one simple reason:

There are very few films worth seeing on the big screen.

The only recent film I regret not seeing in the theater (which I wanted to) is The Tree of Life. Otherwise, let's face it...the quality of "cinema" (if you want to even call it that) has declined so much, and the prices have climbed so much that a LOT of people are watching things on VOD. Films like Melancholia are on VOD the same day they are in the theaters, whereas they used to be those films you would find in limited release at art house/independent theaters. Netflix and VOD has dealt a big blow to the mutilplexes which is why you see everything being filmed in 3D (a very annoying and fruitless gimmick in my opinion.) Plus, all this digital projection has an extrememly bland look. No grain whatsoever.

When someone re-releases 2001: A Space Odyssey in a new 65mm film print, I'll max out the credit card for that showing alone. But there is no way I'm spending $75 to sit through some idiotic popcorn movie just to be able to say "I was at the movies the other day."
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:58 AM

Bill sorry to be a bore but you mean a 70mm print 65mm being the neg size.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:20 PM

When someone re-releases 2001: A Space Odyssey in a new 65mm film print, I'll max out the credit card for that showing alone. But there is no way I'm spending $75 to sit through some idiotic popcorn movie just to be able to say "I was at the movies the other day."

I'm repeating myself, but when the Prince Charles in Leicester Square last booked '2001' the distributor wouldn't even tell them whether they would get a print or video (sorry, DCP, is that the proper term?)

Except for a terrible Italian independent film (a print, but shot digital) I haven't been to the cinema since 'Casino Royale' in 2006; have I missed anything?

Edited by Mark Dunn, 30 August 2012 - 12:21 PM.

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#11 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:34 PM

Bill sorry to be a bore but you mean a 70mm print 65mm being the neg size.


70mm, 65mm...whatever. I knew someone would call me out on that if it was incorrect but you get the point. ;) So while we're on the subject...

I never really understood how the projected print could be larger than the negative size with that format anyway. How does that process work? It can't be a blow-up considering the difference in size between the two is so small...
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#12 John Holland

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:39 PM

The extra 5mm housed the six track magnetic sound strips . So really the image is still 65mm .
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#13 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:41 PM

The extra 5mm housed the six track magnetic sound strips . So really the image is still 65mm .


That makes sense. Thanks.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:44 PM

Indeed it's not a blow-up. The print is simply 2.5mm wider on each side outside the perfs to accommodate the magnetic soundtracks.
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#15 Simon Wyss

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:44 AM

I want the old cinema back with carbon-arc light, 35mm black and white plus Technicolor, clean mono sound in synch, straightforward stories for adults with active men and beautiful women, the title first, quick cashers in the box office, and an entrance fee of 10 Dollar.
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#16 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:17 AM

I want the old cinema back with carbon-arc light, 35mm black and white plus Technicolor, clean mono sound in synch, straightforward stories for adults with active men and beautiful women, the title first, quick cashers in the box office, and an entrance fee of 10 Dollar.


You and me both, Simon.
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#17 ian dart

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:35 PM

hi john,

drop by the www.widescreenmuseum.com a fantastic site for an explanation of all the widescreen formats.

cheers
ian
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#18 Christopher Sheneman

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:52 AM

My advice? Skip the concession stand. You aren't required to get popcorn and drinks at the movies.


Skip around in the multi-plex- if you can. I often see 2-4 films for the price of one! Plus, look for the refillable large popcorn and drinks in the trash, you can exchange them for new popcorn and drinks.
Guys, you gotta make it "worth it"!
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#19 Mark McCann

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 07:54 PM

With the increase of Piracy it'll only get worse. rarely do big cinema companies say "Hey, lets lower the prices for the costumers".

But yeah skip the concession stand, you go there for the big screen atmosphere of a film, not to eat popcorn.
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#20 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:25 AM

With the increase of Piracy it'll only get worse. rarely do big cinema companies say "Hey, lets lower the prices for the costumers".


Let's face it...no business does that.
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