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When did popcorn become so expensive????

This winter, my BFFs have been going to the movies once a week in the afternoon. The theater offers a card that you get points for free stuff. So, after going for a month ( we're a little slow on the uptake), we decided we should join. We received a voucher for $2 off a SMALL bag of popcorn. While the others were filling out their cards, I asked the manager, does this really mean a free bag(how much could a small bag cost)? He said, no a small bag is $6...ARE you kidding me...The ticket to the movie was $8...how can popcorn costs that much. I ran the HS booster club for years...I don't think we paid $6 for all the popcorn for the season!

They wonder why families stay home and rent movies. No one wants to say "no" to their kids for popcorn...It would costs $36 for a family of four just for popcorn!!!! Don't even think, you are going to share my bag...

I could hear soda cans popping during the movie...they were lucky the theater police didn't hear that!

It is windy here today but record breaking 60 ...we will pay for this.

Have a quilty kind of day!

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Comment by ginger on January 31, 2013 at 7:10pm

My DH was the general manager at our local theater for awhile.  Something you may not know - the local theater gets about 10% of the ticket price and the rest goes to the movie distributor/studio.  So if you paid $16.- for two tickets, the theater gets $1.60.  That's really not enough to pay for employee's salaries, electric bills, rent, equipment repairs, etc.  The only way they can stay afloat is to charge $6.- for a small popcorn.  Believe me, they hate it as much as you do.  And that fabulous "butter" they put on the popcorn?  Partially hydrogenated corn oil with special chemicals in it to make it butter flavored.  Evil stuff.  Avoid it at all costs.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on January 31, 2013 at 6:51pm

Sounds like a great idea as transportation to/from the movie (ie plane and rental car) is NOT a consideration, right? LOLOL

Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on January 31, 2013 at 9:07am

I have a great idea...come to Moses Lake, WA and watch your movie with me.  I'm not sure but I kinda remember my small popcorn being $3.50 at the Hobbit movie...entry ticket was $7.00... Think of the money you'd save...ha ha 

Comment by B J Elder/WA on January 31, 2013 at 8:44am

Yep, that's how they make their money. Does your theater go through bags and purses as you enter? It's almost worse than going through the airport security as they look for candy being brought in. Gotta watch out for those Candy Police!

Comment by Terry F on January 31, 2013 at 8:01am
And the last theater popcorn I had was lousy! People mock theater popcorn for "all that BUTTER", but in my opinion THAT is what is good about it.
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on January 30, 2013 at 9:38am

MaryAgnes has the facts right.  I think we may be coming up on the demise of the hometown movie theater soon.  If the theater owner is still using old-fashioned film, he will find that more and more distributors are switching to digital, which is a costly conversion for his eleven screens, and he will have to have at least one 3D projector - also enormously expensive.  If ticket prices skyrocket, fewer people will buy them and he can't keep the place running on the price of popcorn. Movie theaters will become very large multiplexes, only available in large cities, and those of us living in small towns will be watching our movies a few weeks late on our plasma screens in the family room.  She is also right that going to the movies with friends is mainly an enjoyable group activity that cannot be matched at home.  'Tis a conundrum -- which do you prefer?

Comment by Barbara Graham on January 30, 2013 at 9:29am

I went to the movie by myself last week. I rarely go at all but I desperately wanted to see Les Mis on the big screen. So, rather than getting the large popcorn to share at $8 I got the medium for $6 and it was too big for one person. It was my dinner so I felt okay about buying it. No drink--Mrs. Tiny B here would have to leave during the movie and I hate that.  (Too much info-huh?)

I went to the movie with my son last Christmas in Minneapolis--holy smoke, I thought our movie and popcorn prices had gotten out of hand. Sheesh! Somewhat better here in the sticks.

Comment by Janet/MO on January 30, 2013 at 8:55am

I used to love to go to the movies and quite often would go by myself if no one else was interested in seeing the same movie I wanted to see.  Now I have cut way back due to the excessive cost of going.  Plus quite often the popcorn in the theaters gives me massive heartburn! 

Comment by Shannon, ON on January 30, 2013 at 7:41am

stopped buying it years ago. watch netflix but an occasional movie as a treat. eat before I go and stash a bottle of water in my bag. works for me.

Comment by Pam/NY on January 30, 2013 at 7:39am

Exactly Sue...I can live for two hours without a soda or popcorn...but not fabric!

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