ThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2182 times:
Not only does the cinema cost an OUTRAGEOUS £7/pp (I forgive them as I get orange wednesday today), but the BEN AND JERRYS icecream parlour on the top floor of odeon maidenhead is charging, and you won't believe this:
£3.15 for a small tub of icecream (1 scoop) £4 something for medium and over a fiver for 3 scoops.
Yes you heard right folks, thats $6-10 for a couple scoops of icecream..
Just thought I'd vent my anger
Anyone else have any hates regarding cinemas/theaters whatever you want to call them?!
TZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2889 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
Yeah, I dont like shelling $9 here at the movies to see one. I just wait a month and go to the cheap theater and watch them for $2.50. I still think its pretty outrageous. Dont get me started on the snacks, they are way to overpriced
After the movie has made the bulk of its money at the main theater, its basically handed down to the cheaper theater to get what ever profit is left out to get. They don't make much and the theater itself isnt all that great, but it sure beats $9.
IAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
I originally posted this in another forum right after the 2006 Oscars, but I like it and it sums up my feelings on the subject.
So the President of the Academy (chief Oscar-giver chump) came out to the podium during the Oscars to give a speech. He starts with some garbage about how nothing beats going to the movie theater. I started feeling my dinner coming back up and left the room until my wife changed the channel.
Going to the movie theater is one of the most God-awful experiences in our society. Commercialization and the degredation of civility in humanity has ruined what at one time was considered a fun treat. I shall expound...
TICKET PRICES - At the risk of sounding like "back in my day", I remember paying for a movie ticket with a $10 bill and getting change back. I don't buy the "movies cost money to make" argument when actors score seven figures. 'Round here, if you go to the theater with less than $25, you're cutting it close. And that's just for the tickets, which brings me to my next point...
FOOD - I liked it better when you could get a bucket of non-shitty (OK, less-shitty) popcorn swimming in oily butter. It was the same freakin' price whether you had your popcorn dry or you got a bucket of butter with popcorn floaties. A little part of me died inside when a clerk asked me if I wanted extra butter at 25 cents/squirt. WTF? Just give me some Twizzlers, then. No Twizzlers? But I can get a Shrek 2 Slurpee? Here's another area where they'll empty your wallet. $4 for a fecking large Coke? Makes you want to bring your own snacks, which leads me to my next point...
NOISY SNACKS - Whether purchased ("financed" is more like it) at the theater or brought from home, whoever thought noisy wrappers was a good idea should be hanged by their own entrails. It never fails that I always sit within a seat, or two, of some ignorant twat who bought a gallon jug of pretzels at the warehouse store and smuggled it into the theater under her hair weave. And she'll dig for her next pretzel at the bottom, sounding like a parade of drummers. Then comes the individually-wrapped candy with the crinkly plastic, also purchased in bulk. One's obliviousness (?) to the comfort of others makes me ill, which leads me to my next point...
SICK PEOPLE - If you're too sick to keep your bodily excretions inside you, stay the feck home. I didn't just pay $25 for these tickets so I can become infected with airborne Mexican meningicoccal ebola. How much can these people actually be enjoying the film if they're hacking, sneezing, blowing or snorting every thirty seconds? Makes me want to call and schedule a doctor's appointment when I leave the theater, which leads me to my next point...
CELL PHONES - Some are criticizing the new device being installed at some theaters that blocks or scrambles cell phone freqs in the auditoria. Bra-vo and a million blowjobs by hot, young nymphettes to the man who thought this up. I can understand forgetting to set the phone to 'silent', then scrambling to shut it up before you disturb others further. But there's always one asshat who lets it ring several times, then examines the caller ID (its still ringing, shitcocktoast!) before answering. Answering! In the theater during a movie! "Yo, whats up?" STFU, you Goddamned insensitive piece of crusty hobo shit! I paid money to watch this movie, not listen to you wax moronic in your ignorant street vernacular about the movie you're watching! Baboons have more manners, which leads me to my next point...
CHILDREN - Parents, listen up: the movie theater is not a day care. It is inappropriate to drop junior for a few hours with a wad of cash so that he can socialize with other young heathens. It never fails that I'm always seated behind a line of pre-teen, giggly girls who are infatuated with the pre-teen, too-cool-to-seem-interested boys sitting eleven rows behind them. Kimmie runs up the aisle to Boy Land, "Billy, Sarah likes you." *giggle!* Runs back to tell Kimmie, who is so embarassed that she runs up to deny the allegation. Within fifteen minutes, Kimmie is in the last row with Billy, whose hand is up her shirt trying to manipulate her training bra. I wonder if Mom and Dad know that Kimmie may conceive their first grandbaby by the end of the latest Harry Potter flick, which leads me to my next point...
BABIES - If you're attending an 11pm, or later, showing of Revenge of the Nerds VI: Nerds in Nursing Homes, is that really an appropriate venue for an infant? Its crying because it knows Mommy is a total dumbass with no parenting skills. And Mommy, if its crying, don't you think you should, at least, carry it out into the hall? Because there are normal folks praying for SIDS at this point, which does not segue very well into my next point...
START TIMES - Theaters should list the "make-believe" start time and the "actual" start time for films. I like the previews and I can even tolerate the animated reminders to "Shut your pie hole during the movie, please!" But although I am a captive audience, I still didn't cough-up two hours' pay to watch Coca-Cola and Chevy Truck ads. If the theater only serves Coke, why do I need to be persuaded to choose Coke as my refreshment? Deleting movie theater commercials could easily allow a theater to have two or three more showings per day. Of Gandhi.
In conclusion, I have developed an intolerance to movie theaters and all that they represent and ol' Sid can lick smegma. The fun is gone. If someone opens a chain of 21-up, cell phone-blocked, commercial-free theaters, I might be persuaded to go back. That is if my car doesn't get burglarized in the parking lot. Until then, I'll continue to rent from Blockbuster and chill in my recliner with a Shiner Bock and a bucket of butter-soaked popcorn.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11964 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2064 times:
Last time I went, it was to a cinema in central Birmingham, the tickets were £3.50 and popcorn was about £2, so not bad I suppose. Many have student discounts, can you not get a card so you can utilise these?
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EWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1988 times:
I haven't been the cinema in years. Probably 6 or 7. I have Netflix. If a movie is "that good" I have to see it, I will wait the few months and put it on the top of my list of movies to watch. This way, I can eat what I want, see it when I want to see it, know that I will not be leaving with the virus of the week and have no interruptions, whatsoever.
The film industry has lost touch with its customer base: the viewer.
That and Hollywood has a huge narcissistic outlook which makes the movies even less appealing.
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1969 times:
Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 2): three McDonalds double cheeseburgers, three orders of fries, four Snickers bars, and a 400 ml bottle of booze in my old Mac.
I guess I would not like to sit in the row you used, with all these used food wrappers on the floor - unless they collect all garbage from the cinema between shows.
Quoting IAH777 (Reply 9): new device being installed at some theaters that blocks or scrambles cell phone freqs in the auditoria.
What a brilliant idea and I say roll it out in all cinemas. How can people be so inconsiderate or so important that they must be able to use their mobile when a film is showing. People think it is OK to put their mobile on "discrete" but the light a mobile produces when receiving an incoming call or text in a darkened cinema is just as distracting as the beeping or whatever. When I saw Pirates of the Caribbean in the cinema, kids were texting and phoning their friends in other parts of the auditorium with a running commentary of what was happening on the screen! I was so annoyed but realised to stop it I would probably have to tell off 20 children and then I would probably have the management/parents on me like a heap of bricks, accusing me of being a paedophile.
And if you think the Odeon, Maidenhead is expensive at GBP 7.00, try the Odeon Leicester Square where seats in the Front Circle are GBP 17.50!
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