Today I was spending some time with friends and they mentioned they had just seen 21 Jump Street. They told me it was a great movie, super funny, and I should go see it. I agreed and said I would go see it later.
I didn’t want to go see the movie. The thing is, I actually want to see this movie. It probably is funny and I know I’d enjoy it. But I would NOT enjoy paying $16 per ticket to see it.
Yes, movie tickets cost $16 here! For me that’s almost double what I used to pay for tickets in my hometown and for both of us to go that is $32. To spend $32 on watching a movie just seems ridiculous to me when we are trying to climb our way out of debt on 1.5 salaries in a high cost of living area.
Plus there are a lot of reasons I don’t think movie theater tickets are worth it:
- Seats aren’t always that comfortable.
- They do assigned seating here and last time we got the front row (boo).
- Food costs extra and is over priced.
- You can’t talk during the movie if you want to.
- You can’t pause the movie. If you need a break you miss it.
- Other people can easily ruin your experience by kicking your seat, phones, talking, etc.
After talking about it we agreed that we really didn’t want to go to that movie… or any movies at a theater! While we both like the experience it simply isn’t worth it. The last two times we went we had free vouchers given to us as gifts. Unless we get more of those it is unlikely we will be visiting a movie theater any time soon.
We will stick with the $1 movie rentals at the local video store on weekdays and what we can watch online via Hulu. That’s plenty of entertainment on a much cheaper scale.
We’ve decided our stance on watching movies in theaters. I’m curious to know yours!
How much do movies cost where you live? How often do you go to see a movie in theaters?