Standard Movie tickets in Oz cost $15, 3D Tickets upto $25 … that’s $13.50 US & $23US respectively. I don’t buy popcorn & drinks, it’s $10 for a mice-sized popcorn & drink, and they’ve always run out of the drink I want.
That’s $40-60 ($36-54 US) for any couple to go to the movies.
The last movie I went to, the seats were uncomfortable, there wasn’t enough leg room, there was popcorn & sticky substances on the floor, and arm-rest … and the volume of the speakers was unbelievably loud … and I suspect glorious 2 channel surround stereo, and the screen had a large discoloured patch almost 20% wide & 80% high … and the movie was only displayed in 720p and I spent 1/2 the time watching the dots crawl, and the air-conditioning was completely inadequate and I walked out smelling like I’d run a marathon fully clothed.
Blockbuster Bluray movies are debuting in Oz for $25, and then returning to their steady price of $35 after a few weeks of the novelty price. My couch is very comfy, I don’t have to smuggle food & drinks tucked under my coat, I can pause the movie at any time, I can control the loudness (and adjust different levels) of the 7.1 surround sound system, the floor is damn near spotless (in case I want to lounge around on the comfy rug), I can set the temperature to whatever I want, I can invite as many friends as I want, as many times as I want, and the picture is beautiful 1080p.
Home Cinema is the future, increasing the price in leaps and bounds is just hastening cinema’s demise.