The Opportunity Cost of Going to the Movies
Movie prices have gone up again. I simply cannot understand how anyone can justify spending $15 on a movie ticket, plus a dollar surcharge if you order online (which you have to do nowadays if you want to get in). Thats $16 to see a movie. Once. With hundreds of other people, most of which want to be there and enjoy the movie. But the vocal minority talk on their phones, talk to their friends, text, basically do anything and everything in their power to ruin your movie experience. And if you say something, you get stabbed with a meat thermometer. When I lived in NC I would put up with these shenanigans because I could get a student ticket for about $6, if some jaggoff wanted to talk through the film to his girlfriend, it wasn’t the end of the world. But now it is sixteen dollars. SIXTEEN DOLLARS!!!!!! That is literally more expensive than waiting for 3 months, buying the movie on Amazon, and watching it in the safety of your own home, AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT.
This is what sucks the most to me. I love movies. LOVE them. I love the dialogue, the cinematography. I appreciate when effects blend into the story seamlessly, when set pieces tower over the cast. There are so many elements to a film that deserve to be shown on the biggest fucking screen you can find. But more and more I can’t stand setting foot in a theater. No one who works there gives a shit (which they shouldn’t, especially if they are getting paid minimum wage). And I spend the majority of the movie stressing over whether someone’s phone is going to ring, and cause a whole scene.
I went to the movies at least 20 times last year. I have yet to go this year. I might make an exception for Iron Man 2 and Tron, but I don’t see myself going there again. I’ve found the opportunity cost of going to the movies, and it’s $16.