How much did your last trip to the movies cost?
Too bad there wasn't a Black Friday deal on movie tickets, because new data shows high prices are keeping many of us from a trip to theater.
According to our listeners, the price of seeing a movie out nowadays can span from an arm and a leg to pocket change- it mainly depends where you go, and when.
Kristine from Howell said she saw The Hunger Games with her husband and another couple last weekend, and it cost $13 per ticket. According to her, this was about the same cost as what each person spent on dinner, so the group[ brought their own water and snacks to save money.
"Look at the schedule and everybody can go the movies," said Arlene in Hamilton Square.
According to her, you just have to search for one of the many deals that exist, usually for those willing to see a movie early in the day. Arlene said she goes to the movies twice a week, and her family went to the movies on Thanksgiving.
John from Cherry Hill backed up this point by saying he and his wife took their kids to see a matinee showing of Peanuts yesterday for $24 (although they did bring their own food).
A caller named Christina said she was able to score two tickets to see The Martian for $11 because she saw it at an older theater.
Bill on the Parkway also noted a bargain theater in Northampton, Pennsylvania, where you get great ambience and a viewing for around $3.
Frank from Hazlet says he can still justify visiting a theater despite the price because you're paying for a distraction-free environment when you go out to the movies.
"You don't have to worry about getting up to let the dogs out, or the kids talking in the background ," he said. According to him, a few people chatting in the theater can be tuned out easily, unlike at home.
Are you paying a premium to hit the theater, or are you at home streaming? When was the last time you went out to see a movie, and how much did it cost? Let me know your experience in the comments section below.
Steve is filling in for Bill Spadea.