OpinionCinemas are driving customers away with excessively long advertising and high ticket prices.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2008-10-29 at 23:36:51   (8 comments)

On 2008-10-29 at 23:37:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Given that there are plenty of alternatives, from DVDs and TV to downloads, you'd think cinemas would try harder to get more people in the seats.
On 2008-10-30 at 01:31:06, Thewrit wrote...
add to this the low prices to own a set at home.
On 2008-10-30 at 03:56:23, BorgClown wrote...
Cinemas have a very low profit margin, it's the movie studios who essentially sodomize them. High prices and ad whoring are a consequence of abusive deals. Did you know, for example, that the profits of the first two weeks of exhibition go directly to the studios? It's on the third week that the cinemas start to earn. Lame movies can make this hard.
On 2008-10-30 at 08:54:00, Lee J Haywood wrote...
At peak times, for strong films, the cinemas really do fill up and I'm sure that they do bring in plenty of money. Obviously they have basic costs to cover, and must manage that to stay in business. But the idea of a flat price all day for all films is both silly and difficult for them to get away from. Cheap afternoon showings would help enormously, but for some reason they continue to charge full prices all day.
On 2008-11-05 at 04:13:15, Nevermore wrote...
I don't go to the movies any more because it's too expensive. I also hate the smell in those places; like old popcorn and sweat. And just thinking of the germs on those seats makes me shudder. The commercials are bearable.
On 2008-11-05 at 09:00:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I find the commercials unbearable, probably because I never watch them on TV (I record everything and skip). Some places are far, far better than others - the one I've always gone to in the past has low seats and you have to slide right forwards to rest your head, whereas the one I went to last week had lovely, comfy chairs with decent headrests.
On 2008-11-05 at 23:04:29, BorgClown wrote...
I can't stand the very few but highly annoying people. You know, the ones who carry crying babies, the cell phone individuals, the kids who ask "what did he said?" every minute, etc. Only by going to the least concurred exhibitions I can watch a movie at peace. That means watching new movies after two weeks of being exhibited.
On 2008-11-05 at 23:49:44, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I've never really had any problem with other people at cinemas here. A lot of the time I've gone by myself, but really it's far better if you can discuss it with someone immediately afterwards - not that there's usually much you can say.