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Winbert Hutahaean
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 - posted July 18, 2017 02:45 AM      Profile for Winbert Hutahaean     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I used to be in Canada from 2009-2013 and knew some Cinemas were charging $2/show for a Tuesday special.

I just checked the same Cinema and it is still the same after 4 years.

http://www.rainbowcinemas.ca/A/?theatre=Saskatoon&

So how much is the cheapest cost in your area for a blockbuster title?

Back home in Indonesia is $1.5/ticket.

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Bill Brandenstein
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 - posted July 18, 2017 12:39 PM      Profile for Bill Brandenstein   Email Bill Brandenstein   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
There is a discount house in North Hollywood with a general admission price of $3.50 and a Sunday and Tuesday discount price of $1.75, all second-run. It's the ONLY second-run house in all of the San Fernando Valley and I believe draws a heavily Hispanic crowd including no doubt a nice peppering of gang members.

There are some first run twilight shows an hour from here at $6, but normal pricing is $10-14 for OK theaters and $12-18 for better ones (excluding Imax, RPX, etc.).

My favorite second-run house is Simi Valley 10 with a matinee price of $3.75 and evenings at $4.50. Presentation is okay, sometimes a bit tepid. But I can get tepid right here where I live from Regal for up to $14 a pop, so driving 40 minutes saves a boatload if the whole family goes.

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Guy Taylor, Jr.
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Premiere NASA Dollar 8 in suburban Houston charges $2.00 for late run movies. On Tuesdays just .50 cents all day. In is right next door to a Cinemark.

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Steve Klare
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It's to the point with us if we go out to a movie and have a middling dinner out too, the movie can be the big ticket item between them!

We have a lot of friends that have three kids. They have no trouble getting up to a hundred bucks by the time they head home from the movies.

We used to have a second run theater near us back when we first got married. If we didn't mind some lines and schmutz on the screen we could get a night out for like 10 bucks. This was good: we were pretty broke back then.

-it closed, renovated and reopened as a live theater. You can get a night in a fairly nice hotel for what that costs us these days.

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David Skillern
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Hi,

there is a 5 screen cinema in Blackwood, South Wales - my local cinema - which is part of the Picturedrome Electric Theatre co. and the ticket prices Monday to Friday are £2.50 all prices and £3.50 all prices on the weekend - value for money or what !!!!

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Bill Brandenstein
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By the way, by contrast, our local Imax house showing Dunkirk in 15/70mm this week is $16 for the first morning show of the day, then increasing to about $25 for the prime-time shows.

We're going, but I'm taking off work to hit the first show in the morning. If it's not the most amazing viewing experience of the year, well...

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Winbert Hutahaean
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Since everything is going to digital now, there is no issue of lines for second-run films, isn't it?

Back home in Indonesia, theatre/cinemas are more like attraction for people going to the malls. So the malls owner have different lease rate, which is cheaper for cinema.

Cinemas charge attractive ticket prices but getting money by selling food/drinks. We are not allowed to bring food/drink from outside.

A friend in Norway told me they have to pay £12/show all year around with only about 4 days with discounted half price. I think that is very expensive there. Don't blame the internet if people then tend to watch by streaming/downloading films, legal or illegally.

In Indonesia once that happened and cinemas were empty. Now, with the inflation rate, the ticket prices are actully going down and cinemas are always full packed, no matter illegal DVDs are sold everywhere.

cheers,

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Terry Lagler
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 - posted July 19, 2017 04:55 PM      Profile for Terry Lagler   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
For my upcoming Backyard Theater it will be free, and on film! But of course no blockbusters. LOL

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Burton Sundquist
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Hi Winbert,
I Didn't know you lived in Canada once. I live in the province of British Columbia, the most western province, currently battling over 150 wildfires. They are in the interior of our province 100's of Kilometers away from where l live but we are getting the smoke from all those fires.
I was holidaying there just 2 weeks ago when the first fires where starting... but on our smoke filled drive home I couldn't believe my eyes... In a small one horse town we drove past a real DRIVE-IN Theatre! I could not believe it. I wanted to stop and take pictures, but the driver did not want to stop. That's okay because I found the place on the internet later once I was home. I found that we have 3 of these Drive-Ins in our Province, one only an hour away...What has this got to do with a $2.00 movie ticket? Nostalgia. Glad to still have it.
...Saw a Planet Of The Apes marathon at a Drive-In when I was young and when the battle was over, the sun was coming up...

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Winbert Hutahaean
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Yes Burton, I used to be Terry Lagler's bakyard theatre audience. Four years in Toronto but I got almost nothing 8mm films from local flea market. I just wonder where those films were gone. [Wink]

cheers,

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Mark L Barton
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2014 and a two week stay in Toronto visiting family. They decide to go shopping , i decide to see a film (The last film I saw in Canada was in Vancouver 86 and The Fly) I drop into the RainbowCinema, Coburg, just outside of Toronto and watch Godzilla. How much did I pay $5Canadian, and i have just checked the prices today and they are still the same!!!
How come we pay so much in the UK for what is basically just watching a giant TV in the dark with strangers???

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Tom Spielman
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We have a neighborhood second run theater that charges $2.00 for a matinee with $3.00 being the regular adult price. I just watched Guardians of the Galaxy there last night. They also use real butter on the popcorn and concessions are reasonably priced. I spent $9.00 for a ticket and snacks.

It's a local treasure. I've watched World Cup soccer matches there as well as presidential debates.

There's a drive-in that's about 45 minutes away. For $8.00 you can watch 3 movies but this time of year the first one doesn't start until after 9:00. You can also bring your own food. We get there early, barbecue, and toss a frisbee around until the first movie starts.

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Dave Groves
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Our local Odeon charges £10.50 plus £1.60 extra for Blockbusters plus £2 extra if it's 3D. So a 3D blockbuster will cost me £14.10p, which, my exchange rate tells me is the equivalent of $18.30. Go before 5p.m and it's cheaper, and, if you don't own 3D glasses it's £1 extra. Cinemas appear to charge what they think the punters will pay and it can vary considerably. I don't go too often but tend to wait for the Blu-ray and run it on my projector. No noise, no 'phones, no people eating. Absolute bliss.

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Alan Rik
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We have the AMC Kips Bay which has a $8.75 Matinee first showing of the day. And with recliner seats! When I first came to NYC in 1998 I went to a theatre in Times Square and it was around 2pm. I asked how much and they said it was $10.50. When I asked if they had matinees he told me, "New York hasn't had matinees since the 80's."
I don't know if thats true or not but its nice that the prices have come down a bit in some cases.

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