Thursday, December 15, 2005

What Hollywood Really Wants To Be is the Recording Industry

Movie prices may be going up again. All of this despite increased revenue from commercials playing before films and plummeting ticket sales in 2004. One wonders how many movie fans will need to desert Hollywood before they realize that they've become the new Recording Industry --a business hellbent on destroying their relationship with their customer base through bad faith, price gauging, and indifference to consumer complaints.

I am a die hard moviegoer. At the very least I'm there once a week. But even I will have to draw the line somewhere if this becomes the norm. Either that or buy bootlegs on the streets --see how this pattern works Hollywood? The recording industry never lowered prices on CDs even as they became cheaper to produce and what sprang up? Free downloads. Generally if people feel that someone or something has cheated them, they lose some of their resistance to doing unscrupulous things themselves. Basic human nature and karma. You get back what you give out.

$12.50 for a movie? You gotta be kidding.

11 comments:

Yaseen Ali said...

Um... what you said (Bravo).

It's hard enough affording ticket prices as they are, let alone these proposed higher fees. I find it extremely disturbing when I calculate how much money I've spent on movie tickets, DVD rentals, etc, this year alone. It's especially depressing when the films turn out to be bad.

During every holiday/awards season, my favorite theatre downtown raises its 9.35 ticket fee to 11.95 (and that's just matinee - evening prices are probably even more ridiculous, not that I'm going to try and find out).

Then again, that's Canadian dollars I'm complaining about. $12.50 US on your side? Ouch.

Anonymous said...

You know, everytime I decide to see a movie (which I have done much less this year than I typically do), I think about how many DVDs I could buy with the money I'm planning to fork over to see a film I may well hate.

Seriously. Why spend ten to twelve dollars to see Ron Howard's (let alone Lasse Hallstrom's) new movie when I can buy Amadeus instead?

adam k. said...

Dusty, you should buy Amadeus. I own it, it's well worth it. Same price as Cinderella Man with a popcorn and soda (but who actually buys refreshments at the theater anymore? yikes. I am all for sneaking stuff in)

John T said...

I'm already cutting back on the amount of movies I hit-this is just sad if they raise them again (they should also cut concessions prices-$7 for popcorn? Please).

NicksFlickPicks said...

Here is one area where I raise the flag high for small-city life. I saw a matinée of King Kong yesterday, on opening day, in an enormous THX-equipped stadium-style theater, for $4.00. It's true there are lots of movies you can't see in Hartford, especially if you aren't willing to wait weeks and months, but it's hard to argue with reasonable pricing like that.

Glenn Dunks said...

Ya, adult tickets here in Australia are about $13, but Australia and Canada have essentially the same conversion rate so when it's $12.50 in the states, that's horrible. I'm a student though so it's $11

Many cinema chains have discount days here though! Like, the two cinemas in my town have Tuesday tickets where for me it's $6.50. For adults it $7.50.

And some of the cinemas in Melbourne (er, the big city thats an hours train ride from my city and that has all the arthouse movies i like to see) also have them. One cinema has tickets on Monday before 4pm for $5! That is so freakin' cheap. Of course I have to pay $7 to get to Melbourne and back, but whatevs.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I complain about ticket prices, but I too am in an area that isn't affected nearly so badly as NYC. Student prices here (in cowtown Illinois) cost roughly $8.00. They were only $5.50 four years ago, however...

Unknown said...

I may complain about many things my country has, but I seriously can't say our movie tickets are expensive. At the best cinemas (stadium seating,THX,your average Cinemark) they can be up to 50 lempiras, roughly 2 USD and at less "glamorous" places they can get to $1.25. The real beauty comes on Tuesdays and Thursdays were EVERY theater in the country is forced to be half off. Today I was able to see "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" and "Red Eye" for $5 including cab fare and a bottled water. We may have crappy release dates, but thankfully (and hopefully) my love for the movies will never cease because of money.

NATHANIEL R said...

well not only is it expensive here but you don't have any options either. There is no matinee pricing and no second run houses.

adam k. said...

No matinee pricing in NYC? Dear god. I didn't know that.

The thing that really irks me is the refreshment prices. I don't understand why people buy them at all. $5 for popcorn and $4 for soda? What. The. Hell. You can just go out and get a real meal beforehand for less than that.

When I visit my aunt in Buffalo, we have a system where we hit the wal-mart across the street from the movie theater right beforehand and sneak in reasonably priced candy and good drinks. It's awesome (this is the same aunt with the cat named Foofoo ;)... she's great.)

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