So, when I lived in New York, I could deal with $10 a ticket in Manhattan. I mean, it is Manhattan and it was only the biggest theatres in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
However, nearly every theatre in Toronto is $12 dollars. Even ones that are out of downtown center. It really makes me crazy. In an age when we can buy a DVD for $12, THAT is the price they charge for just *one* ticket. And, don’t even talk to me about being able to download the movie.
That is an absurd price. However, there is ONE theatre which bucks this trend, and I really want to give them a shout-out. Rainbow Cinemas at Market Square is a theatre which doesn’t put a lot of money into looking stylish and occasionally is a week late on getting some movies, but they charge $6 a ticket at night… and $4 during the day.
Not only that, but they also have a mix of big budget movies and smaller independent films. It makes me feel like the theatre is run by actual people who actually love movies themselves. Not an evil corp who just wants to bleed the fun out of movies.
I mean, for just two of us to go to a movie at a Cineplex theatre (they own about 90% of the theatres in town) is $12 * 2 = $24 dollars, then you have to add on tax at 12%. That’s enough to buy three dvds in the bargain-bin or two brand new dvds from movies that came out not more than 3 months ago (thanks to the fast DVD turn around these days.)
Here are the personal facts for me. I don’t download movies. I love movies. I can’t afford to see the movies I want to see at most theatres. I would pay if I could afford $25, I just can’t pay that once a week. So, why not just download them. They aren’t losing anything since I couldn’t pay it anyway. So, what’s the problem?
That being said, I’m not going to do it. But, I just hate hearing the movie industry bitching about the fact that people download movies…….. I wonder why? Duh!