I think it’s safe to say that I’ve bought my last movie ticket.
I made my way down to the Mann Exchange theater on Maryland Ave. (About two blocks away from home, and it’s not even the closest theater to me!), pockets fully stuffed with gummy bears and a 20-oz. bottle of Pepsi, to finally watch X-Men 3. The price for a matinee ticket? $8.50. I don’t even want to know what they wanted to charge for a ticket after 5:00 PM. On the way home, I decided to grab some popcorn, and ended up spending over $5 for a small. (Granted, it’s been an hour and a half since I’ve gotten home and I’m still working on it, but still. Those same gummy bears would’ve cost me $3.25 for a bag half the size of what I brought in.) And yet, the theater still doesn’t seem to be making enough money to not require us to sit through about eight minutes of commercials before the previews even start to roll.
Bear in mind, I’ve never been much of a movie buff. In fact, 2004 marked the record for movies that I saw at the theater, at a whopping four (Van Helsing, Spider-Man 2, Shrek 2, The Incredibles). Most years, it’s one. And last year, I didn’t go to the movies at all. So it may not be as if I’m suddenly repudiating myself of the industry considering my lack of interest in it to begin with. I’ve always been very guarded about my free time – I wasn’t just going to commit 2 hours of my free time and roughly $15 in ticket and concessions unless I was sure I would like the movie.
So, yeah. From now on, if I want to see a movie, I’ll just wait until it comes out on DVD. It’ll only cost me an extra $5, and I’ll be able to watch it as many times as I want. Plus, I won’t have to shove gummy bears down my pants.
(BTW, I’ve cleaned up the “Angry Gohan” pic. Just thought I’d mention that.)